Serban Savu
Romanian, born 1978
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Galeria Plan B at The Armory Show 2017,
Galeria Plan B
David Nolan at Frieze New York 2012,
David Nolan Gallery
David Nolan at Art 43 Basel,
David Nolan Gallery

In his realist, melancholic paintings, Cluj School artist Serban Savu—who grew up during the overturn of Communism—depicts a newly democratic society among the drab modernist housing and abandoned factories of Romania's cities and countryside. Using a subdued palette and impressionistic figures, he presents nature as dominated by concrete, as in Mountain of Nostalgia (2008), in which men sift through a junkyard's wreckage. An anti-heroic update to Socialist Realism, Savu's work also references the history of landscape painting.