In 2013, I had a shy start in exposing my works. My first exhibition was at Home Matasari for Formaje Sketch Page. My first major group exhibition was later that year, at Work In Progress - Episode 3: Cyclops Parking Place (view more here), and also my first work submission overboard for In Wall We Trust #3, in Italy (view more here).
As a school teacher, my mother always had in the house sticker paper. Since I have been a collector of sticker, in 2012, I started to make my own.
In October 2016, I took part in Puls-Play project, along with 29 artists. Each artist had to pick 4 locations in Bucharest, and make works inspired by the chosen places, in any medium they found fit.
I picked J'ai Bistro, Dolphin's Market, Obor Market and The Comedy Theater.
J'ai Bistro - Life On Loop, marker on paper, 70x100 cm - View More
Dolphin's Market - No Title, marker & liner on photo print, 70x100 cm - View More
Obor Market - At The Market, site specific & photo - View More
The Comedy Theater - Feelings Cube, 5 x canvas 30x30 cm, mixed media, installation - View More
In November, the selected works were displayed in the "Feel Bucharest" exhibition, at Pura Vida Hub - see more photos. The Puls-Play project also invited Vhils to work in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca & Timisoara - photos here
This year, M.O.R.A
Center (More Opportunities for Romanian Artists), selected my
project, Open Your Eyes,
to be part of the second edition of M.O.R.A. Emerging Program.
< About Open Your Eyes >
OPEN YOUR EYES is the incentive challenging the
viewer to pay attention to society, with eyes wide open. The work is composed of two eyes in tears, as
symbol of human consciousness and reflection of the universe, but also of the
painful human experience of living in darkness. Once open, we discover two
contrasting scenes - an ignorant man with an absent gaze, in a toxic urban
landscape of decay and deceit, opposed to the natural and colorful landscape. This contradiction suggests the tendency of eyes
wide shut and of accepting decline for the sake of comfort. The solution is to
open the eyes. AND SEE.
"Are your eyes
open? What did you see the last time you looked around?
I saw a conflicting
world. A masculine urban landscape, aggressive, ignorant. A feminine nature,
warm, protective and free. Two instances which at the moment cannot coexist.
When I close my eyes,
I feel lost in
space. When I open them, I see the problem and ask questions to find the
solution. It is never easy to acknowledge the illusion. What do you see now?
What do you feel? Do you enjoy the sight?"
During the opening, I
offered visitors 3D glasses to experience the work in a unique way.
Mixed media on wood: acrylic, collage,
Deja-WV #2 // Midocar 2017 Callendar - Live Drawing - Bucharest, Romania - 2016
seriesproject fromLondon, byThe SRK Studio.Theirnewestbook release will be skull themed, and
is coming out thisAugust.
My work was inspired from my patterns sticker series, and tells the story of what we do wrong as humans in life. The skull is often a metaphor for death, so you can say it illustrates what it makes us dead as species.
The launch party & exhibition will take place at Kult Gallery, in Singapore, on the 1st of August, 2014.[FB event]
< About Stickerbomb book series >
The concept for the Stickerbomb book series was born in London in 2008 and the popularity that followed, quickly propelled the book into one of the most successful book series published by Laurence King Publishing. Such was the international demand for Stickerbomb, the series has seen the release of 5 books in just over 6 years, firmly establishing itself as a brand in the publishing industry as well as the gift and design markets.
Stickerbomb formed a network of over 200 selected artists and illustrators globally and with book sales now approaching nearly 200,000 worldwide. The project is the creation ofThe SRK: a multi-disciplinary studio with a background in production and publishing. Follow the project on: Website || Facebook || Instagram
This December, while passing by several dumpsters, I imagined how would it be if the dumpsters themselves could communicate with us. Here are some thoughts I think they would share. Enjoy the "Dumpster notes" series.
To be continued...
COLOUR US Project
I launched a series of interactive stickers this October, inviting people in
Bucharest to color them. Instead of using their energy
for better purposes and maintain a positive thinking when facing different
situations in everyday life, people tend to remain trapped in doing things that
they don’t enjoy, repeatedly, until they become as grey as the cities they live
in. For me, color is a symbol of returning to happiness. The idea of the series is to help people ask themselves about what makes them unhappy.
People no longer find the time to understand the causes of their present state of mind and hide all that disturbs them somewhere in their unconsciousness. This doesn't solve the problem, but makes it harder to cope with. Wanting to surprise people and make them stop from their daily routine, I left parts of his stickers uncolored. You truly understand an experience in your life when you live it yourself. Likewise, inviting people to spend a few minutes coloring their fears, their past or the depiction of their own self can make them more conscious about what they've been missing lately.