PETRICA STEFAN

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Synthetic Landscape 2, 2016, acrylic,marker, oil on canvas, 150×90 cm

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Petrica Stefan is a young painter (b. 1988, Resita) living in Timisoara, Romania. He has an MFA degree in Painting from the West University in Timisoara.

“Petrică Ştefan’s painting evolves under certain rules imposed by the artist himself. With a carefully built studio routine, the painter thoroughly explores ways and methods of rendering matter in its various forms, from heavy, earthly consistencies to aerial vibrations and a certain line parallelism that become, altogether, real communication networks between the types of space he introduces in his works. Although shapes are not missing, and the construction of the image is similar to a study after life, the mental challenges that he creates stand in the comprehension of the whole. One could say that he paints in an abstract manner from this point of view, of abstract thinking transposed into visual image. The fragments he depicts, diverse and combined, seem to be part of a knowledgeable wholeness.

Being taught in an academic environment where abstraction had been practiced for decades, and I am referring to the Art University in Timişoara, he studied with Cristian Sida, a well-known abstract artist himself, who had been Romul Nuţiu’s studio assistant. Petrică Ştefan  continues the practice and transforms it in his own style, always looking for new ways of expression of his ideas. His style can be easily recognized after a few distinctive elements: small, vibrate color spots juxtaposed on rigorous and repetitive parallel lines drawn on large-scale surfaces. His backgrounds are painted in light, aerial colors that remind us of sky details painted by the masters of landscape. He uses mixed media, acrylic or oil paint combined with a rigorous drawing in ink.”

Simona Vilau on occasion of the exhibition „Fluid Networks“, 2017

WORKS IN ART COLLECTIONS
Art in Embassies
Private collections in Europe and USA

SYMPOSIA
Artists in Residence, Serbia
Cetate Arts Danube – Artists in Residence, 2014, 2016 – 2019, Cetate Arts Danube Center, Cetate, Romania

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Solo Show
Stefan Vogdt Galerie, Munich

2017
Fluid Networks
418Gallery, Cetate

2016
On Space
418Gallery, Bucharest

2012
Konfrontation V
Galerie 3,Klagenfurt

2011
Evolution
Triade Gallery, Timișoara

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Opening Artspace, Stefan Radu Cretu, Albert Kaan, Petrica Stefan
GOLDEGG4, Vienna

2018
Herbstausstellung
418 Gallery, Cetate – RO

2017
Konfrontation X
Galeri3 Klagenfurt

Universallowed, grupul Avantpost
Fabrica de bateii, Timisoara

The Burning Island
Belgrade City Museum

Salonul Artelor Vizuale (Youth Award)
Muzeul de Arta , Timisoara

2016
Hidden Agenda (in memoriam Sorin Oncu)
Temporary Museum of Contemporary Art, Timisoara

Hidden Agenda (in memoriam Sorin Oncu)
Rezidenta Scena 9, Bucharest

An abstract feeling: young romanian artists
418Gallery, Bucharest

Unseen
Helios Gallery, Timisoara

2015
Beyond the silence, Theresia Bastion, Timisoara

2014
The Vanishing Point, TIMCO space by Galeria Calina

Cetate – Workshop at the Danube VII
418 Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2011
Spazzi Apertti
Romanian Cultural Institute, Roma

Ars Pontem Contest (won)
Rogathe Church, Hamburg

Salonul Artelor Vizuale/ Visual Arts Saloon
Baroque Palace, Timișoara

2010
Jurnal de Atelier /Studio Diary
Galeria Casa Artelor, Timișoara

Jurnal de Atelier /Studio Diary
UnaGaleria, București

Premiul I in cadrul concursului Juventus cu tema Portret / Juventus contest (won)
Triade Gallery, Timișoara

Gata!/ Enough!
Helios Gallery, Timișoara

Semn-Simbol/ Sign-Symbol
Romanian Cultural Institute, Budapesta

Arts & Design College Aniversary Exhibition
Timco Spaces, Timișoara

Salonul Artelor Vizuale/ Visual Arts Saloon
Baroque Palace, Timișoara

2009
Salonul Artelor Vizuale/ Visual Arts Saloon
Baroque Palace, Timișoara