Oana Farcas, ‘The Letter’, 2014, Mind Set Art Center

About Oana Farcas

People, real and imagined, lie at the heart of Oana Farcas’ somber-hued oil paintings on linen, canvas, and wood. Marrying images discerned by the eye with those discerned by the mind’s eye, her painterly works range in size from miniature portraits to large-scale crowd scenes, which according to Farcas “play with reality and its logic.” A 2012 series depicting Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, and other artists she admires, in their studios, explored the creative process, especially the connection between the artist and his medium. Others, such as Portrait of the Artist as a Young Artist, reference the fairytales of her native Romania, with animals and anthropomorphic beings sharing the scene with fully human figures. Her paintings form “a fragmentary and ambiguous analysis on thoughts, sensations, and images that become accessible to consciousness only in certain contexts,” Farcas explains.

Romanian, b. 1981, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, based in Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County, Romania