Florin Mitroi b.1938 – d. 2002

Florin Mitroi lived and worked in Bucharest. Due to the political situation during the Ceausescu regime, Mitroi kept his work hidden in his studio. After his death, it was shown in Salon der Angst, Kunsthalle Vienna (2013), and in the Biennial of Painting at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (Deurle, Belgium) in 2012. Mitroi was Professor at the Bucharest Academy of Art and left an oeuvre that was highly influential for the younger Romanian art scene.

“His drawing technique went from a traditional sketching of the figure toward shaping it with few rapid strokes. As if a Chinese killer-calligrapher, Mitroi would sharply whip the surface with a knife-acting brush leaving slit-like streaks of color on bodies and faces simultaneously drawn and butchered in this razor drawing – a consummate mixture of pleasure in gesture and hatred in feeling. His compulsive draw-to-cut is accountable for the only mythological figure frequent in his work, Atropos, goddess of fate. Mitroi’s Atropos has no customary scissors to cut life’s thread, but holds more violent tools: scythes, knives or daggers. Later, Mitroi used scissors to slash-out his harsh, final works, the drawings on metal sheet, often showing himself as either a fatally wounded body, with implements such as knives or axes plunged into the metal flesh, or a rigid, dead corpse exposed to the beholder’s derision.” (Erwin Kessler)