418 Gallery was founded in 2008 in Bucharest, Romania, by Dr Joana Grevers, an art historian with Romanian roots and Guy K. Williamson, an American art collector, and has currently two additional branches, in Munich and Cetate on the Danube.
In recent years the profile of the gallery concentrates on two distinct directions.
On one hand the gallery is dedicated to the survey of the Romanian avant-garde of the sixties, a few artists who were creating abstract art behind the Iron Curtain at a time when Socialist Realism was imposed. Romul Nutiu developed his own form of Abstract Expressionism; Diet Sayler focused on geometrical abstraction and Minimal art; Vincentiu Grigorescu was initially concentrated on geometrical abstraction, later the materiality of the canvas.
The gallery considers the topic Abstract Expressionism behind the Iron Curtain to be highly relevant, therefore it represents also Edo Murtic from Croatia and Andrej Jemec from Slovenia, who already painted in the late 50s in this manner.
On the other hand, we are promoting young cutting edge artists. Among them are the sculptors Stefan Cretu (kinetic art), Albert Kaan and Cristian Raduta, whose big scale works are always on show in the sculpture garden in Cetate, and the young painters Anca Bodea from Cluj, Maria Manea from Bucharest and the Timisoara based Petrica Stefan.
Since 2008, 418 Gallery and the Joana Grevers Foundation organise every summer the Cetate Arts Danube Residency, a workshop for Romanian and international artists on the former family estate. Here new boundaries have been created with Constantin Luser, Stefan Papco, Ignazio Mortellaro, Maggie Michael, Simon Iurino, Vikenti Komitski, and others.
418 Gallery Founders
Joana Grevers was born in Bucharest, Romania; in 1983 she achieved the MD from the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany and subsequently completed her doctoral thesis in medicine in 1986 at the same University. In 1997 Joana Grevers achieved her PhD in Art History from the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. She is the Director of the Foundation Joana Grevers which sustains art projects in Romania, member of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Advisory Board and a member of the Acquisition Committee of Russian & Eastern European Art of the Tate Gallery in London.
Guy K. Williamson born in Maryland, USA, holds a BSC in Psychology from the University of Arizona 1980 and achieved in 1983 his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, State University of Arizona.