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.
Over the past few years the profile of the gallery started focusing in two distinct directions.
Promoting young cutting edge Romanian artists on one hand, like figurative painter Anca Bodea from Cluj, kinetic art sculptor Stefan Radu Cretu from Sibiu, the surrealistic painter Maria Manea from Bucharest, sculptor/composer Cristian Raduta from Bucharest and the Timisoara based young abstract painter Petrica Stefan.
On the other hand, the gallery is dedicated to the survey of the Romanian avant-garde of the sixties, a period when realistic socialism was imposed by the communist regime. During this oppressive system, very few artists were daring to go another path, abstraction in Eastern Europe. The five artists are: Roman Cotosman (Timisoara/Philadelphia) who focuses on geometrical abstraction; Sorel Etrog (Jassy/Toronto) renowned diaspora abstract sculptor who lived in Canada; Vincentiu Grigorescu (Bucharest/Milano) shows an early inclination towards geometrical abstraction in painting and then focuses on the materiality of the canvas itself; from Timisoara, Romul Nutiu develops his form of abstract expressionism and Diet Sayler (Timisoara/Nurnberg) who also concentrates on geometrical abstraction.
The goal of the gallery is to create a solid and reliable profile of a Bucharest-based contemporary art gallery in the emerging art market from South-Eastern Europe, focusing on the artists of the Romanian avant-garde of the sixties and the young artists of the gallery.
418Gallery together with the Joana Grevers foundation organises every summer since 2008 the Cetate Arts Danube artists in residence event, where several artists are invited to work on the former family estate. During the first few years it was only proposed to the artists of the gallery, but since 2012 international artists are welcomed to the residency as well. The invited international artists were from Western and Eastern Europe as well as the United States. The artists in residence event lasts between two to three weeks and usually takes place in the month of July.
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.