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 Or a long-forgotten experience, replaced and superseded by the virtual reality of our modern times?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.
2017 «The Elisabeth Greenshields Award » , Canada
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
Sebastian Hosu19 Sep - 17 Oct 2020Hosu’s paintings and drawings are set in natural surroundings, though for the artist, nature also includes urban leisure facilities like playgrounds, parks or outdoor pools. Some of the figures appearing...
Positions Berlin10 - 13 Sep 2020Since many years, Berlin has been the city that can offer the broadest overview of current developments in contemporary art through the multitude of international artists and galleries based here....
Art Rotterdam6 Feb - 9 May 2020location Art Rotterdam Van Nellefabriek Van Nelleweg 1 3044BC Rotterdam Open on Woensdag 5 februari 2020 Opening on invitation: 18.00 – 22.00 Donderdag 6 februari 2020 11.00 – 19.00 Vrijdag...
PAN Amsterdam19 - 26 Nov 2017PAN AMSTERDAM: FAIR FOR ART, ANTIQUES AND DESIGN RAI Amsterdam conference building Europaplein 20 1078 GZ Amsterdam Booth 88
Paper Positions Berlin27 - 30 Apr 2017Following the great success of our last year’s group show PAPER POSITIONS in May 2016 at Bikini Berlin we expand this event to an independent new art fair for Berlin....
Art Paris30 Mar - 2 Apr 2017
PAN20 - 27 Nov 2016PAN 2016 AMSTERDAM - Booth 88 20 NOVEMBER - 27 NOVEMBER / 2016 THE ART, ANTIQUES AND DESIGN FAIR OF TODAY 20-27 November 2015 Daily 11AM - 7PM 22 November...
Amsterdam DrawingContemporary Art On Paper 22 - 25 Sep 2016From Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 September 2016, Amsterdam will experience the fifth edition of the annual art fair for gouaches, collages, watercolors, charcoal and pen, oil and ink works...
Sebastian Hosu & Georg BrückmannCreating realities 2 Sep - 1 Oct 2016You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition Creating Realities with work by Sebastian Hosu and Georg Brückmann on Friday 2 September from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Brückmann...
PAN Amsterdam22 - 29 Nov 2015Rutger Brandt Gallery will be participating in the PAN Amsterdam Art Fair, the art, antiques and design fair of today! Visit us at booth 132.