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Where do you call home? How long have you lived there?
My life is a "travel package," as I lived and worked in several countries. From Romania, I went to Hungary, from Hungary to Canada––on the East-coast (Montreal), then I lived a few years in the USA (Maryland), and now, for the past five years I’m back to Canada––on the west-coast, in Calgary, and looking forward to my future destination, which is yet to be determined. As I was most of the time on the road, my workspace was either in a corner of a room or a large studio. Right now, almost all my house is a studio; I move my setting around the house searching for the perfect spot of light and inspiration. Finally, my home is the place where I setup my studio.
When did you start to make art?
I can’t point to a specific moment; I think that the biggest decision and the moment of switching my life towards art was when I interrupted my university studies in engineering and I dedicated myself entirely to the artistic career. It was the idea of freedom of expression that made me take the decision to become an artist. The “work of art” is a process in the development defining an “artist”, with no clear boundaries, and I can’t point to and exact moment in time when I crossed towards that level.
How did you evolve into an artist?
During my early twenties I started to study about Parapsychology-related phenomena, about the invisible part of us, about the power of being a Human. This has had the most powerful influence in my art. It’s about the power of love; it’s about the power of balance. All my work is a struggle to discover the essence of life, to find the link between the human reality and the spiritual one in order to distinguish the light at the end of the tunnel. Enlightenment is what motivates and guides me. The unknown, the energy and the struggle to discover the essence of life, the movement and the metamorphosis are the basic elements of my work. Each painting is a story, a rhapsody, a vision into spirituality. I am trying to suggest only the idea of departure in meditation toward perfection, without creating the image of an absolute world.
What drove you to make art as a professional activity? What does being an artists mean to you?
I was driven mainly by the freedom of expression and the need to communicate my research and perception about life and the human existence. To be an artist it’s not a “work” per se, it’s everything, it’s a lifestyle; it’s a hobby, work, and way of existence. After more than 30 years in visual art and after I passed the stages of apprentice and painter, I like to think of myself as being an Artist:
He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands, and his head, and his heart, is An Artist"
St. Francis of Assisi
Can you sum up your art style?
For me, the visual form of expression in art is the surrealism, the philosophical way of representation of the spiritual existence. The painting is an image witch is at the same time real and unreal; an art that has a dream-like vibration, not necessarily based on reality. I am using a lot of symbols in my art, although not always. I am not trying to create poetry, but an idea of liberation to go back to the “beginning of all beginnings.” Everything is about the transition from conscious to subconscious levels. I use elements of music, dance, and nature to express harmony, movement, and transition; and always very vibrant and strong colors to express and give energy and power.
Where do you look for inspiration? Music, other artists?
I meditate. I search for an idea which was just a flash in the dark; I catch that idea and then create a psychological outline; an immaterial, mind-only, visual expression. Then I try the best I can with all my technical knowledge to transpose this idea into our material world as a visual image, as a vibration of a different dimension.
The second step is the most difficult and sometimes it took me years of struggles to finish it. I have several “flashes” in development but some of them are very old now, and I don’t know if I will ever be able to touch the level of Enlightenment needed for them.
I consider “Inspiration” as a relative term, a “supra-definition” of just a normal connection with a “different dimension.” In some people, this form of connection is stronger, but usually it is there in all of us without any magic. I believe all my “flashes” (of inspiration) are just a kind of “vibration” that I am receiving from a hyperexistence in which we are fully integrated. We have the Universe inside of us; we are the Universe; we just need to allow ourselves to receive, interpret, and recognize these “flashes” and give ourselves the time to reflect on them….
Do you have a favorite piece, or is there a memorable experience you can comment on while creating one of your pieces?
There are a lot of pieces that I love, but one particularly carries me into “light”, and this is “The music dimension”. When I created that painting I was there, I was inside of the image, I was interacting with this spiritual dimension, I was “dreaming” with my eyes open in a different level of consciousness.
Do you admire any specific other artists or authors or philosophers?
Everything what relates to human consciousness, to “enlightenment”, is part of my daily philosophy; hence, I have a lot of admiration toward these kinds of ideas and those who promote them.
One of my favorite authors is Carlos Castaneda and my favorite artist is the Creation itself with nature as the absolute image; it represents the perfection in a continuous movement.
What are your goals for the future?
Goals… I am the spectator watching myself acting and paying attention to the upcoming events from the balance of life. I just want to continue painting and conveying my ideas to those who want to pay attention.
If there is one thing you would like people to know who are not yet familiar with your work, what would it be?
Look beyond the image; free yourself if you want to understand my art work. The bridge of communication it’s inside you.
Current Residence: Canada