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Ioan Popoiu

Ioan Popoiu received his BFA from the Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest, Romania, in 1975. After graduation, he participated in most of the Annual and Biennial exhibitions organized in Romania.  Ioan Popoiu moved to NYC in 1984. In 1989 he had his first solo show at Morin Miller Gallery in NYC. In 1990, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam included him in a fund-raising event “Unveiling the Communist Romania”, under the auspice of Christie’s. In 1994, one of his works became part of the permanent collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis.

“In my  work I use the fluidity of the paint as a form  of expression, which  gives  me the opportunity to explore freely and deeply  into  the  universe of abstraction. I began working with fluids sometime in the 80’s, and I became more involved with it in the early 90’s. Even now it still captivates me. Every one of my works is an exploration of color and texture obtained by juxtaposition of many layers of paint and polymer. I like to develop my work by implementing the laws of nature.  The shapes and forms in my paintings speak of my surroundings and they are related to the concepts of time and space. The structure and transparency obtained by overlapping multiple layers of color creates a 3-D effect creating a form of expression which is continuously changing.

In recent years I have used bright,  fluorescent  colors,  perhaps  as  a  response to a previous experience I had as a young artist in my native country, Romania. When I first visited the region of Maramures, I was fascinated by the powerful originality of its folk art. People there use very bright colors as a form of expression of their positive vision of life.”

Since his arrival in the States, Ioan has had several one-man shows and has participated in numerous group shows here and aboard. His works are in Collections in: Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Japan, Netherlands, Romania, and U.S.A.

SINKING ARK,   Acrylic on canvas,  60 X 48 inches_0.jpeg

Sinking Ark, acrylic on canvas,  60" X 48"

WARRIORS OF EXTINTION,  Acrylic on canvas,  90 X 70 inches_0.jpeg

Warriors of Extinction, acrylic on canvas,  90" X 70"

ANGELS LEAVING THE ZONE,   Acrylic on canvas,  70 X 90 inches_0.jpeg

Angels Leaving the Zone, acrylic on canvas,  70" X 90"

Remy    Acrylic on board  28 X 18 inches.jpeg

Remy, acrylic on board,  28" X 18"

RED ISLAND,  Acrylic on canvas,  40 X 30 inches_0.jpeg

Red Island, acrylic on canvas,  40" X 30"

DEUX RONDS BLEU,   Acrylic on canvas,  60 X 60 inches_0.jpeg

Deux Ronds Bleu, acrylic on canvas,  60" X 60"

LHASA REFLECTION,  Acrylic on paper,  37 X 23 inches_0.jpeg

Lhasa Reflection, acrylic on paper,  37" X 23"

Blue Lobster    Acrylic on canvas  30 X 24 inches.jpeg

Blue Lobster, acrylic on canvas,  30" X 24"

AVALANCHE  Acrylic on canvas   24 x 30 inches.jpeg

Avalanche, acrylic on canvas,  24" X 30"

Arabesque     Acrylic on canvas   40 X 30 inches.jpeg

Avalanche, acrylic on canvas,  24" X 30"

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