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"Exploring the seen of the unseen"
A recent articled published in January 2010 in BurnabyNow about Liuta Nicu Vancouver Expo
"In Romania, Nicu Liuta says, you can feel it in the wind. The air
carries a texture of the spiritual, the unseen, the reality beyond
In North America, that spiritual texture has been all
but lost. You can still find it in the woods, he says. First Nations
people are still in touch with it.
But in the rest of society, the rush to do, to achieve, has all but obscured it.
into the soul: Nicu Liuta is a painter whose exhibition, The Seen of
the Unseen, will be on display at the Deer Lake Gallery starting Feb. 5.
much do we engage ourselves in the profound experiences? We do so many
things, we forget who we really are," he says. "Painting is a ritual to
uncover the spiritual texture of the world."Liuta speaks softly, but his words carry the conviction of one who has spent much time in contemplation
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You can read my latest review from the ArtisSpectrum magazine which appeared in volume 19, page 8 and can be previewed here http://www.artisspectrum.com/AS.19.web/eBook.pdf or on our site here
Article preview below: (©2008 ArtisSpectrum)
"In his richly hued canvases, Nicu Liuta explores and expresses
his own intense spirituality through a series of figurative and
abstracted symbols and themes. Over time, Liuta has developed
a personal iconography which represents both his individual
devotion and didactic intentions. Focusing on the benevolence of
mankind, beauty of nature, and joy of life, Liuta poetically renders
expressions of love, both earthly and divine. As an artist and
Orthodox priest, Liuta intends not only for his works to portray
a visual beauty, but an underlying religious message. Biblical
imagery combined with dynamic abstracted shapes, swirling
movement, and sense of wonderment create canvases that are
both aesthetically and spiritually enlightening. His works speak
directly to the viewer, attempting to engage the soul in a sacred
dialogue wherein he interprets his own powerful experiences
through visual means.
Deeply reminiscent of the mystical works of Marc Chagall,
Nicu Liutas paintings also display his personal biography,
which is inseparably intertwined with the history and tradition
of his native homeland. Paints infused with the earthy colors of
Romanian folk arts and textiles are texturally applied with a thick
impasto brushstroke and draw upon the imagery of his childhood
spent in a remote Eastern European village. In a place where
time forgot, Liuta was able to expand his imagination, drawing
artistic inspiration from the stars above, the land below, and the
world around him. Like Chagall, Liutas paintings have a sense
of nostalgia for the traditions of the past, but display a timeless
and mysterious mysticism that easily translates to the modern
Born under the Ceaucescu regime in a small mining town
in Romania, Nicu Liutas artworks are profoundly influenced
by his personal past and spiritual present. Widely collected and
exhibited throughout North America and Europe, Nicu Liuta lives
and works in Vancouver, British Columbia."
During 25 March - 15 April, 2008 I will be exposing my paintings at the Agora Gallery in New York!
I invite you all to review my Agora artist page, permanently online, or to come and visit us at the Gallery expo floor during the mentioned period, hope you'll see something you like!
You can read here the full press release from Agora Gallery , here is a small preview:
"The Agora Gallery (530 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York, NY, 10001) is proud to present Nicu Liuta in The Persistence of Form. Scheduled to run from March 25th through April 15th the collection will feature a captivating selection of Nicu Liutas healing works.
Nicu Liuta uses both spiritual and painterly strokes to capture the luminescence of our life cycles in his breathtaking expressionistic and figurative paintings. He blends color and form in a gripping collection of signs which point out the soul's pilgrimage in and between the conflicting realms of the spirit. His paintings relate a profound search for "the seen of the unseen", the visible of the invisible. With emphatic splashes of color and scratches of his brush, he translates mystical experiences of spiritual encounters in works reminiscent of Marc Chagall and Ad Reinhardt. Nicu believes that color has the capacity to heal our soul by inspiring contemplation, thus leading the viewer to reach beyond the limitations of his perceptive mechanisms to get closer to the natural world."
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