Iulian Bisericaru b. 1987
Biography

Iulian Bisericaru lives and works in Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He graduated from the Painting Department of the University of Arts and Design Cluj-Napoca (RO), where he presently is a PhD candidate. His artworks offer a somehow neglected or hidden perspective on aspects of contemporary society, that the human eye willingly avoids. Ironic and playful at the same time, the artist demands the beholder to take a critical position towards environmental issues, be it by depicting the remains of industrial society or by approaching the controversial topic of city planning.

The most recent painterly series of Iulian Bisericaru approach a scenery inspired by Long Island-like first postwar modern housing projects. Situating his artworks somewhere in-between Bay Area Figurative Movement and lyrical abstraction, Iulian Bisericaru points out elements of absence, juxtapositions, natural and anthropic paradoxes. Throughout his artistic practice, Iulian Bisericaru has been reflecting upon the tensioned relationship between nature and the artificial, history and its potentiality for the future. Alluding to revolutionary programs of pioneers such as Le Corbusier and Frank Llyod Wright, the series Usonia (Into the Wild) (2014-2015) pushes the viewer into a secluded, almost surreal setting that is traversed by abrupt perspectives and complex fictional housing structures, which ambiguously reinterpret the integration with the natural surroundings and the emphasis placed on the harmony between man and nature.

Pictorial series such as Original Imago (2011-2012), Just Nature (2012-2013) or The Backyard (2013-2014) address the issue of the post-industrial landscape, where the marginal scenery of the suburb, the toxicity of the environment and the decaying state of the industry have a seminal position. As an ecologist, both by vision and through action, Bisericaru recycled images, resuscitating them for the collective memory by means of an intense aesthetic experience. By contrasting sharp lines and chromatics with definite colour zones and loud, loose painting with expressive elements, the paintings become – in some passages – autonomous, almost abstract patterns. Iulian Bisericaru’s visual practice is essentially linked to a profound engagement within the social realm, spanning from the critique of the utopian history, which invented the productivity and sustainability of massive industrial expansion to the idealistic alternative of architectural philosophies that reshaped the morphological connection between the urban and natural environments involved.

Solo Shows

2019
Green Mirror, Bendana-Pinel Art Contemporain, Paris, France
2019
The City In The Distance, Spinnerei Leipzig, Germany
2018
The Place for Standing Still, Ierimonti Gallery, New York, United States of America
2017
The Distance Between Two Solitary Objects, Anca Poterasu Gallery,  Bucharest, Romania
2016
‘Wide Open Spaces’/Painting, Calina Gallery, curator Liviana Dan, Timișoara, Romania
2015
Influences, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2015
Usonia Into The wild, Atelier Patru, Cluj Napoca, Romania
2014
The Backyard, Bucharest Biennale 6 paralel event and special event for the White Night of Galleries, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2014
Meet the artist, The Ark, Bucharest, Romania
2012
Asphyxia, Casa Matei, Cluj, Romania

Group Shows

2019
In The Eye of The Storm, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2019
Winter Celebration, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2017
The Map is Not the Territory, The Romanian Cultural Institute, Lisbon, Portugal
2017
Aschersleben Artistic Residency, Aschersleben, Germany
2016
Uncanny Landscapes, Artissima Art Fair, with Anca Poterasu Gallery, Torino, Italy
2016
Spinnerei Galleries Leipzig, Germany
2016
Expo Maraton RECALL, Presentation of winning artists from 2011-2015, University of Art and Design of Cluj-Napoca in collaboration with the Museum of Art of Cluj-Napoca
2016
Re: Fresh, Paul Sima Gallery, event under the aegis of University of Fine Arts, Cluj Napoca, Romania
2016
Extension.RO – Romanian painters, Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2015
System error, The National Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, curators Magda Grzybowska, Łukasz Huculak şi Karolina Szymanowska
2015
Double Agency, Cazarma Space – part of Art Encounters event curated Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacherm
2015
The Superheroes Beyond the Carpathians, Vienna Contemporary Fair, Austria
2012
Startpoint Prize, Romania Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, Romania
2012
Expotransilvania, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, event under the aegis of University of Fine Arts, Cluj-Napoca
2012
Girl Talk, Casa Matei Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2009
Mirionima Gallery, Macerata, Marche, Italia, event in the Erasmus scholarship under the aegis of Accademia di Belle Arti Macerata
2009
Del Fuorn Gallery, Macerata, Italia, event in the Erasmus scholarship under the aegis of Accademia di Belle Arti Macerata
2007
Omul X, Future Gallery, Sibiu, Romania

Bibliography

Upcoming artist catalogue to be published in 2020
La Lettura – Corriere dela Sera, Newspaper cover, 2017
Extension.ro exhibition catalogue (group exhibition), Triumph Gallery, Moscow, 2016
Blad Systemu/ System Error exhibition catalogue (group exhibition), The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and
Design in Wroclaw, 2016