Mircea BUT - Artist in residence, August, 2017

 
 

Mircea But is a BA and MA graduate of the Cluj Napoca Art and Design University’s Painting Department. As a student he had various collaborations in different art projects, both national and international, and he was also granted two Erasmus scholarships. During 2014-2015 he benefited of an artistic residency at Spatiu Intact, part of Paintbrush Factory from Cluj. His paintings mixes varied work environments and materials (oil, acryl, spray, collage, photography) in an experimental way, his work process having as much importance as the final image. The apparent simplicity of his paintings belies a lengthy gestation period, which is guided largely by intuition, rather than by following a pre-existing plan. In this way, his art presents itself in the posture of a process of discovery, puzzle pieces that wait to be put together. Individually as well as collectively, his works revolve around the activity of painting, but also move beyond its physical means. The abstract aspect of his canvases owes itself to the constant process of de-contextualisation and re-contextualisation of the figurative image which undergoes a cleansing procedure. The shapes and marks that compose his woks often invoke spatial or figural illusions. Because of this compositional and chromatic minimizing the result becomes a picturesque situation with a minimal, subtly evocative appearance which inspires contemplation.

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Born 1991 Baia Mare, Romania
Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Education

2013-2015 Master degree, painting department, University of Art and Design from Cluj-Napoca
2010-2013 Bachelor degree, painting department, University of Art and Design from Cluj-Napoca

Artist residencies and scholarships

2014-2015 Residence at Intact Space, Paintbrush Factory Cluj-Napoca, July - September
2015 Erasmus Placement scholarship at Plan B Gallery, Berlin, DE
November 2015 – Custody member of the Romanian Pavilion at Venice Biennale
2012-2013 Erasmus Study scholarship at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milano, November-March

Solo exhibition

2012 Expo Maraton, Casa Matei Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, RO

Group exhibitions

2015 Latin love, Perugia, IT
UAD Graduate Exhibition – Expo Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca, RO
Latin love, Macerata, IT
Rumble in the jungle, Casa Matei Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, RO
Wild Awake, Lateral Art Space, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj-Napoca, RO
2014 Latin love, Bari, IT
Exhibited artist during the conference held by Luc Tuymans at Intact Space, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj-Napoca, RO
Latin love, Casa Matei Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, RO
Land Art Project IP “ Green and Brown “, Ille d’Ouessant, FR
2013 Minerva Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, RO
Absorption, Anaid Gallery, Bucharest, RO 
Art Camp exhibition „In varful campului”, Iasi, RO
Art Camp exhibition „Ars Campus”, Ulmeni, RO
UAD Graduate Exhibition - Expo Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca, RO
Genetic adjusted, Humanitas Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, RO
2011 Group student exhibition, UAP Gallery, Baia Mare, RO
Art camp exhibition ,,Ars Campus’’, Ulmeni, RO

Art fairs

2016 Art Market Budapest, Budapest, HU
Saatchi START Art Fair, London, UK
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