Galerie Isa is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Romanian artist, Radu Oreian in India. Under the title, Farewell to the Thinker of Thoughts, Oreian assembles new artworks that array from small and medium sized drawings with graphite, gold leaf and oil up to large scale oil paintings on canvas, displaying the broad range of techniques, interests and skills the artist draws upon. The exhibition reflects Oreian’s ongoing preoccupation with ancient painting techniques, sacred scriptures, medieval legends and contemporary narratives. It demonstrates an extraordinary artistic talent that guides the viewer through a labyrinth of form, paint and structures in a color spectrum that spans skin, bone and flesh to be confronted with the inner self.
The artworks in the exhibition puzzle the viewer with a new visual imprint of a peculiar density that appears to exist in a pulsing state of tension and relaxation. Oreian achieves this density through interweaving human thoughts and fragmented corporeality, through the depiction of chaos and order which he manages to synchronize after all, and finally through a collaging of figuration and abstraction that leads to the creation of something beautifully organic and compressed. We not only accompany Oreian in a working process of repetition and meditation but also witness the artistic composition of a density that creates visibility, awareness, and ultimately knowledge about who we are, how we are structured and encounter the world we live in.
Radu Oreian was born in 1984 in Tarnaveni, Romania, and lives and works in Marseille, France.