''ACTION ATTENTION!'', 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 41 x 53 cm
''ACTION ATTENTION!''

''PlayGround'' series, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 93 x 117 cm
''PlayGround'' series

lovely people, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 70,5 x 55 cm
lovely people

Sprung, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 85,5 x 73 cm
Sprung

''ACTION! ATTENTION!'' series, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 53 x 41 cm
''ACTION! ATTENTION!'' series

creative space, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 70,5 x 55 cm
creative space

"daylight" series, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 93 x 100 cm

Hug, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 53 x 48 cm
Hug

Light Show, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 70,5 x 55 cm
Light Show

same movement, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 58,5 x 37,5 cm
same movement

same movement, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 53 x 43 cm
same movement

untitled, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 107 x 140,5 cm
untitled

ACTION! ATTENTION!' SERIES, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 54 x 44 cm
ACTION! ATTENTION!' SERIES

ACTION! ATTENTION! SERIES, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 54 X 44 cm
ACTION! ATTENTION! SERIES

Daylight Series, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 93 x 100 cm
Daylight Series

Untitled, 2017

  • charcoal on paper
  • 54 x 49 cm
Untitled

Playground series, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 61 × 77 cm
Playground series

Natural selection, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 61 × 49 cm
Natural selection

Daylight, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 76 × 81 cm
Daylight

Untitled, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 130 × 163 cm
Untitled

From the 'playground' series, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 115 x 125 cm
From the 'playground' series

From the 'outscape' series, 2016

  • charcoal op paper
  • 61 x 50 cm
From the 'outscape' series

From the 'outscape' series, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 110 x 86 cm
From the 'outscape' series

Untitled, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 58 x 51 cm
Untitled

From the 'playground' series, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 143 x 117 cm
From the 'playground' series

From the 'outscape' series, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 46 x 43 cm
From the 'outscape' series

Action! Attention!, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 50 x 53 cm
Action! Attention!

ACTION! ATTENTION!, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 94 x 107 cm
ACTION! ATTENTION!

From the 'outscape' series, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 46 x 43 cm
From the 'outscape' series

From the 'outscape' series, framed, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 46 x 43 cm
From the 'outscape' series, framed

From the 'outscape' series, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 68 x 75 cm
From the 'outscape' series

From the 'outscape' series, framed, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 68 x 75 cm
From the 'outscape' series, framed

Untitled, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 46 x 43 cm
Untitled

Untitled, framed, 2016

  • charcoal on paper
  • 46 x 43 cm
Untitled, framed

Sebastian Hosu

My painting depicts reality – my reality. This also encompasses my idea of nature, which is in turn an expression of this reality. I see nature as a presence in painting that is archetypical and not illustrative. But what is nature? Something that leads the way and where we belong? Still? Or a long-forgotten experience, replaced and superseded by the virtual reality of our modern times?   

In my work, I seek to answer these questions not by the means of rational capacity, but through art. In my paintings, memories of a natural presence emerge. The bodies of humans, animals and also the landscapes are imbued with something primordial – as if the clash of nature and culture never happened. Taking a closer look, one may notice that the bodies, albeit fragmentary and incomplete, are not disfigured or even mutilated. They are being absorbed by a swooping energy, merging with the landscape just as the scenery becomes the body in that they nurture each other. Thus, the hierarchy between space and figure is dissolved

But the figure resists. Due to its physical severity / heaviness it withstands the tendency of nothingness to devour it whole. In my paintings, this severity / heaviness is endowed with a physical presence: oil colour brushed on through pastos establishes its own physicality. Also, the format of my paintings play an important psychological role: for me, the work with larger formats makes the immediate physical interaction with the canvas come alive. It is not a nostalgic retrospection on the condition before the clash between nature and culture. Also, it is no illusion of an ideal world. The composition lives and breathes in its instability which through its restlessness fractures the desired harmony between ‘green body’ and wideness of space that are shown in a dialectical discrepancy. I have been occupied with this restlessness or dynamic in the art of painting for a long time.

Read the Dillinger Magazine article on Hosu, May 2017

Curriculum Vitae

Born in 1988, Satu Mare, Romania

Lives and works in Leipzig, Germany

Education

2013- 2016 Meisterschüler studies at Prof. Heribert C. Ottersbach (HGB), Leipzig, Germany
2011-2012 Master at the «Académie Royale des Beaux-arts », Painting section, Liege, Belgium
2009-2010 Bachelors degree at the University of Fine Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2008-2009 Erasmus scholarship at the «Accademia Albertina di Bellearti », Turin, Italy
2007 Graduated in the High School of Fine Arts « Aurel Popp », Satu Mare, Romania

Selected exhibitions

2015 «Natural Selections», Westpol A.I.R. space, Leipzig, Germany
2015 «Sun Outside», KAAD, Bonn, Germany

Selected group exhibitions

2016 «Menschen-Träume», (artist talk with Misheck Masamvu), KAAD, Bonn, Germany
2016 «Klasse Ottersbach», Bayer-Kultur, Leverkusen, Germany
2015 «Backstage Painting», Triumph-Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2015 « Backstage Painting», Bükü-Galerie, Leipzig, Germany
2014 «Die Pferde sind tot!», Forum Kunst Rottweil, Germany
2014  Galerie de Wégimont, Liége, Belgium
2013 «Drawing protest», GFZK ‘Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst’, Leipzig, Germany
2012 «G.U.E.S.T.S.3», Brussels, Belgium
2012 «Paintball», Dubois Friedland Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2011 «Plurality», Académie Royale des Beaux-arts, Liege, Belgium
2009 Animation «Obscurus» projected ‘2nd Annual Toronto Romanian Film Festival’,
Toronto, Canada
2008 Participant in «Animest» Festival of Animated Film, Bucharest, Romania
2008 Participant in «Cluj Film Festival» [Festivalul Filmului Clujean], Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2008 Participant in «International Short Footage Festival», Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Awards

2015 1st Prize «10. Kunstpreis Wesseling», Germany
2015 1st Prize «ArtWalk», Leipzig, Germany
2014-2016 KAAD Stipendium, Germany
2012 Elisabeth Greenshields Award, Canada
2012 «Price Horlait», Brussels, Belgium
2012 Finalist «Herelbeke Prijs Beeldende Kunsten», Belgium
2006 1st Prize Drawing on ecology, Satu Mare, Romania
2006 Mention in the National Painting Olympiad Competition, Timisoara, Romania

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