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darastean



Lunei, L30
30010 Timisoara
Romania (România)
0040723341288

www.darastean.com

category: Painting
technique: Oilpainting
Style: Surrealism


Statement:
I believe the world is too empty, artistically speaking. If every ancestor had left us a page of a journal, a poem, a statue, a painting or just a scratching on a wall, our cultural heritage would have been immense and we would have understood our roots much better.

In order to be a part of the world’s cultural heritage I have tried to tell my story and using images I have put into these paintings everything I wanted to say. Surrealism has been a challenge for me: not only have I needed advanced technical skills, like the old masters, but also a good and vast imagination and some knowledge of philosophy, history, symbolism and psychology.

I like to think that my works are a mélange of surreal, metaphysic, fantastic realism and narrative art. I’m not an oneiric painter - I try to exchange information with the people who see my works. There is a story in almost every painting. If you go beyond my surreal paintings I am sure you will find a hidden poem and a piece of one's thoughts, no matter who you are, where you come from or where you are heading to. A surreal painting has neither boundaries, nor age… it goes beyond space or time and doesn't need a dictionary.


Bio / Resumee / Statement:
My childhood was very important for my development as an artist. I was born on April 2, 1971 in a small Romanian village surrounded by forests, a settlement where no modern facility had ever existed - not even electricity. I grew up imagining the “outside world”, making my own toys out of wood and clay, watching and studying nature. When I was 7 my family moved to a nearby larger village. There I started to broaden my horizons but at the same time lose my childhood. I started to discover civilization, as it was, and many times I had a feeling of “deja-vu”: seeing that things I had only imagined before actually existed.

I spent my teenage years preparing for a respectable career in electronics, but the influence of my grandfather, my first art teacher, a very good folk artist with an authentic aesthetic sense, was starting to come out. After high school I realized that I had to dedicate myself to the art of painting so I started to attend a local Graphic Art School. There I showed my professor a few paintings which looked so much like the works of Vasarely, Dali, Magritte and de Chirico that the professor asked me whether I had seen their works before. Having only read books about renaissance art and nothing about modern paintings, I started searching for information. Then I began my own art history course. After studying graphic art I decided to expand my view of art by studying design. I chose design because the study of art was too constrained by the work methods of our art teachers. Unfortunately there is no surrealist art school in the world and surrealism is still overlooked by professors who are too busy with postmodernist art. Studying design helped me indirectly by developing my abilities of projecting a surrealist atmosphere through perspective and projective drawing and also making me familiar with new art techniques. During that time I perfected my watercolors, icons and graphic art style.

Traveling through the Netherlands in the last few years raised my interest for the hyperrealism of the still lives of Flemish painters. Then I began to study the fantastic realism of Breughel and Bosch, of Carel Willink and Pyke Koch and the metaphysics of Magritte and Delvaux. Learning from the experiences of other artists and adding my view of the world I developed, in time, my own surrealist style.



Activities:
ONE MAN SHOW
2007- Iulius Mall, Timisoara, Romania
2005- Info Center, Timisoara, Romania
2005- Galeria Carola’s, Timisoara, Romania
2005- Consiliul Local Timisoara, Romania
2005- Banc Post Timisoara, Romania
2004- “Casa Vernescu”, Bucharest, Romania
2001- “ART Gallery”, Timisoara, Romania
2000- “U Art Gallery”, Bucharest
1999- “ROMANIA- UNESCO Club”, Bucuresti
1998- “ART Gallery”, Timisoara, Romania
1998- Galeria “Expo Noi”, Timisoara, Romania
1996- “Theodor Costescu” Culture Palace, Drobeta Turnu-Severin, Romania
1996- “Acces Gallery”, Timisoara, Romania
1995- Municipal Gallery of Bucharest, Romania
1995- French Institute, Bucharest, Romania
1992- Halmagiu, Arad, Romania


COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS
2004- World Trade Center Bucharest
1998- H. Beekman Kabinet, Marrum, Netherlands
2003- 2005 “Carola’s Art”, Timisoara, Romania
1996-2005 “Dominus” Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
1995-2005 “ART”Gallery, Timisoara, Romania
1994- European Convention of Science- Fiction, “First” Gallery and
“Bastion”Gallery, Timisoara, Romania
1994- Anual exhibition of the A.A.P.- Herastrau, Bucharest, Romania
1992-1993,“Coleus” Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


Other activity: Illustration, web design, photography


The Memories of a Cat
Painting
Oilpainting
70 x 50 cm
2000
sold
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and She Wached Me Leave
Painting
Oilpainting
50 x 44 cm
2003
sold
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The Marriage Photo
Painting
Oilpainting
50 x 34 cm
2003
sold
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Saving the Picture of NYC
Painting
Oilpainting
68 x 50 cm
2003
not for sale
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The Last Supper
Painting
Oilpainting
100 x 70 cm
2000
sold
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Apropo to Magritte
Painting
Oilpainting
70 x 50 cm
2004
sold
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The Baobab Tower
Painting
Oilpainting
71 x 52 cm
2004
sold
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The Vernescian Carnival
Painting
Oilpainting
65 x 52 cm
2004
sold
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Waiting for a new desert
Painting
Oilpainting
38 x 38 cm
2004
Price: 550 Euro
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The ladies and the dog of stone"
Painting
Oilpainting
52 x 36 cm
2004
Price: 900 Euro
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Who's coming
Painting
Oilpainting
67 x 50 cm
2003
sold
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The Other Amsterdam
Painting
Oilpainting
100 x 70 cm
sold
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Homage to Pieter de Hooch
Painting
Oilpainting
60 x 50 cm
2006
sold
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The Frozen World
Painting
Oilpainting
60 x 42 cm
2008
sold
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The Red Bed
Painting
Oilpainting
60 x 41 cm
2008
sold
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no title
Painting
Oilpainting
61 x 42 cm
2008
sold
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Looking For Reality
Painting
Oilpainting
148 x 87 cm
2008
Price: 2.500 Euro
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Metareligious Procession
Painting
Oilpainting
100 x 70 cm
2009
sold
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