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Miki Velciov (b. 1968) graduated from The University of Arts and Design – Timisoara, 2013 – Bachelor, 2015 – Master. Although he is a late bloomer, Miki Velciov is already known in Romania for his complex research in the media painting, object, installation, video and land art.
He approached art making after studying the primordial elements of nature, such as earth, water, air, fire, by documenting the different layers of reality. With the works ‘Rooting (2013)’, ‘1m3 of life (2015)’, or ‘In Terra Pax (2016’), the artist reveals the dimension of life’s hazard. Starting his exploration with insects and plants – by observing the balanced way in which they organize their lives in relation to the resources – Velciov goes even further and analyzes the socio-political dimension of the organizational systems that man creates. His endeavor points out the destruction of the natural balance and the excessive exploitation of resources, which lead to habitat damage, pollution and subsequently to the phenomenon of migration.
The series of works ‘Big Brother (2014)’ and ‘Oculus (2016, 2015)’ manifest the artist’s concern about the ubiquity of surveillance systems as a form of over-control, typical to totalitarian societies. In this context, he began working in the anamorphic technique; installations with a privileged point of view, such as ‘Triandra (2019)’, ‘Turgidum (2018)’, ‘Temporary restraint (2016)’, ‘Shock wave (2016)’, ‘Oculus (2015)’, ‘Oculus Domini (2014)’, reveal on one hand the illusion of absolute control and on the other hand the impossibility of utopian struggle for perfection in these dictatorial regimes.
Miki Velciov has participated in numerous festivals, residencies and contemporary art exhibitions, such as Méricourt, France (2019), Ad Ognuno a Sua P’Arte, Villatalla, Italy (2019), Cetate Arts Danube (2018, 2019), Adata Air, Plovdiv (2018), Danube Dialogue, Novi Sad (2018).
In 2014, he co-founded Avantpost, a platform that promotes artists from Timisoara, Romania.
In the context of the fruitful collaboration during the Artists in Residency – Cetate Arts Danube, programme 2018 and 2019, Miki Velciov became part of 418GALLERY’s represented artists in 2019.
Méricourt, 2019, France
Ad Ognuno a SuaP’Arte, Villatalla, 2019, Italy
Fundația Hertzeg, Gărâna, 2019, Romania
Cetate Arts Danube – Artists in Residency, 2019, Cetate Arts Danube Center, Cetate, Romania
Cetate Arts Danube – Artists in Residency, 2018, Cetate Arts Danube Center, Cetate, Romania
ADATA AIR, Plovdiv 2019, Capitală Culturală Europeană, 2018, Bulgaria
Bulgarisches Kultur Institut Berlin, 2017, Germany
What Are the Grasses Hiding, Rusenski Lom Natural Park. Nisovo, 2016, Bulgaria
Arsenal. Process Space Art Festival, Russe, 2016, Bulgaria
Entities at the Crossroads Artforum, Bahnhof Langmeil, 2015, Germany
Land Art, Ghelari, Hunedoara, 2014, Romania
Maudite soit la guerre, Méricourt, 2013, France
Aradul văzut de artiști, Arad, 2013, Romania
Lipova, 2013, Romania
Spectrum, Art Museum, Timișoara, Romania
Epicentru, Art Museum, Arad, Romania
Transborder. Ecouri Europene Consulart / Double Exhibition România – Serbia, Asociația Diplomatic Art & Timișoara 2021 – European Capital of Culture, Parcul Gheorghe Doja Timișoara, Romania
In Vitro Veritas / Avantpost Exhibition & Timișoara 2021 – European Capital of Culture, Gara de Nord, Timișoara, Romania
Danube Art Festival: Timișoara – Novi Sad 2021 European Capital of Culture, Galeria Mamuzić Gift Collection Novi Sad, Serbia
20, Galeria Helios, Timișoara, Romania
Universallowed, Avantpost Exhibition, Fabrica de Baterii, Timișoara, Romania
Hidden Agenda. In memoriam Sorin Oncu, Avantpost Exhibition, The Temporary Museum of Contemporary Art, Timișoara & Rezidența Scena 9 / NAG Bucharest, Romania
Unseen. Celebrating DADA, Avantpost Exhibition, Galeria Helios, Timișoara, Romania
Becoming Connected, Avantpost Exhibition / Bienala de Artă Contemporană Art Encounters, Memorialul Revoluției, Timișoara, Romania
Desenul din atelier. Bienala de grafică, Facultatea de Arte și Design, Universitatea de Vest, Timișoara, Romania
Beyond the Silence, Expoziție Avantpost, Muzeul Banatului, Timișoara, Romania
Heimat an derkreuzung, Bulgarisches Kultur Institut Berlin, Germany
Rodina na krastopat, Wittgenstein Haus – Bulgarisches Kulturinstitut Viena, Austria
The Vanishing Point, Avantpost Exhibition, Halele Timco, Timișoara, Romania
Diplomatic Art, Business Center, Timișoara, Romania
Diptyque, Galeria Calpe, Timișoara, Romania
Bulharski Culturny Institut, Bratislava, Slovakia
So Close, So Far, National Gallery For Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria
Concav, convex, Concursul Juventus, Galeria Triade, Timișoara, Romania