ROMAN COTOSMAN

Roman Cotosman - No. 5, 2000 -2002, drawing on paper, 21 x 28 cm

No. 5, 2000 – 2002, drawing on paper, 21 x 28 cm

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BIOGRAPHY
Roman Cotosman (1935 – 2006) started his artistic journey in the 1960s in Timisoara. In 1962 he stopped working figuratively and started to explore for a short period the Informel before dedicating himself to constructivist art.
In 1968, he achieved his first kinetic work, Quaternar I, at Fabrica Dermatina, in Timisoara, artwork developed for the following year Biennial Exhibition of Constructivist Art in Nürnberg, Germany.
Cotosman is a founding member of the kinetic-constructivist group, 1.1.1. (1966-1969) which he founded with Ștefan Bertalan and Constantin Flondor in Timișoara. 
In 1968, Roman Cotosman participated at the first abstract-constructivist exhibition in Romania, “5 artists from Timisoara.”, at Kalinderu Gallery in Bucharest together with Stefan Bertalan, Constantin Flondor, Zoltan Molnar and Diet Sayler.
Cotosman represented his country at the 1969 Biennial Exhibition of Constructivist Art in Nürnberg, Germany.
In 1970, he moved in the United States and firstly settled in New York and in 1972, he moved to Philadelphia, where he would spend the rest of his life.
In the United States, Roman Cotosman continued to work conscientiously and relentlessly creating an extensive array of minimalistic drawings, collages and objects.
After 1989, Roman Cotosman started exhibiting in Romania again. 1995 marks Cotosman’s participation at the Venice Biennale, at the Romanian Pavillon.
He passed away in Philadelphia in 2006.

WORKS IN ART COLLECTIONS
The Romanian Museum of Art, Bucharest, Romania
The Contemporary Museum of Art, Timisoara, Romania
MaRE, Museum of Recent Art, Bucharest, Romania
Museum fur Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, US
Dean Witter Inc., Philadelphia, PA

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Diet Sayler – Roman Cotosman | An Artist Friendship, | Texts by Livius Ciocarlie, Diet Sayler, Mihai Oroveanu, Simona Vilau | Fundatia Joana Grevers, Bucharest, 2015
Roman Cotoșman. Încrâncenarea vieții | Livius Ciocârlie and Ion Manta|  Editura Brumar, Timisoara, 2008
Roman Cotosman. | Texts by Livius Ciocarlie, Roman Cotosman, Octavian Barbosa, Liliana Pintilie, Coriolan Babeti and others |  Triade Foundation, Interart, Timisoara, 2004
Experiment în arta romanească după 1960 | Puncte cardinale ale mișcării artistice timișorene. 1960-1996 | Text by Ileana Pintilie | The Soros Center for Contemporary Art, 1997, Bucharest.
“Roman Cotosman”. | texts by Ileana Pintilie, Andrei Pintilie and Roman Cotosman. | The Museum of Art, Timisoara, 1995
“Creation and European Synchronism”.  The artistic movement in Timisoara 1960 – 1970 | Ileana Pintilie, The Museum of Art, Timisoara, 1991.
Contemporary Drawings. Philadelphia II. Catalogue The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1979

TEXTS BY ROMAN COTOSMAN
A Statement | Arta, 2 februarie 1992
Reflections on Rhythmic Void | Text from the catalogue Creation and European Synchronism.  The artistic movement in Timisoara 1960 – 1970 | Ileana Pintilie, The Museum of Art, Timisoara, 1991
Kinetic Art – A Future Instrumental Language |  Text in the catalogue Roman Cotosman and Rudolf Valenta, Nuremberg, Galeria Johanna Richard, 1981.

SELECTED ARTICLES
Roman Cotosman – Diet Sayler, O prietenie | Revista Arta, Simona Vilau, August 2015
Despre arta prietenie, destin | Orizont, Marcel Tolcea, May 2015
Un ascet în pustiul civilizaţiei | „Orizont”, nr. 3, Coriolan Babeți, 2004
Două proiecte de arta monumentala. Masă rotundă cu: Livius Ciocârlie, Radu Radoslav, Ciprian Radovan, Ileana Pintilie, Şerban Sturdza | „Orizont”, nr.6, 1999
Utopia | Revista Arta, Călin Dan, februarie 1992
A Retrospective Look | Revista Arta, Ileana Pintilie, februarie 1992
Close look at contemporary drawing | The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1979
Constructivismul între raţional şi irațional. Note de la Bienala de la Nürnberg | „Secolul 20”, nr. 5, Octavian Barbosa, 1969
5 tineri artişti din Timişoara | „Contemporanul”, nr. 2, Eugen Schileru, 1968

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
Roman Cotosman | New Schaulager Presentation, 418GALLERY, Munich

2015
Roman Cotosman – Diet Sayler. An artist friendship., 418GALLLERY, Bucharest

2008 
“Roman Cotosman”. Museum of Contemporary Art, Timisoara

1998
Sculpture. Reliefs. Installations. East-West Gallery, New York

1997
“Roman Cotosman”. Museum of Contemporary Art, Timisoara

1996
Solo Exhibition. Pro Arte Gallery, Lugoj, RO
Retrospective 1961-96. Etaj 3 ⁄ 4 Gallery, Teatrul National, Bucharest

1995
“Rhythmic Void”. Collages. Curated by Diet Sayler, Üblacker-Häusl Museum, Munich

1981
“Roman Cotoșman” with Rudolf Valenta. Johanna Ricard Gallery, Nuremberg

1968
Quaternar I. Kinetic Installation at Fabrica Dermatina, Timisoara
Kinetic Art Projects – The Journalists’ House, Bucharest

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
This Could Be It – Mircea Popescu & Roman Cotoșman, Jecza Gallery, Timisoara

2017
Art Encounters, 2nd edition. Life a User’s Manual. Re-enactments 5 artists from Timișoara
Museum of Arts Timisoara, Timisoara

2012
Künstler aus Rumänien im Ausland, Galerie Emilia Suciu – konstruktiv-konkrete Kunst, Ettlingen

2006
George Apostu, Roman Cotoșman, Paul Neagu. Artists in Exile, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest

2000
“Group exhibition” Museum of Concrete Art, Ingolstadt, Germany

1999
“Romanian American artists” The organization of American States” Washinghton D.C.

1998
“Romanian American Artists”. World Bank. Washington D.C.

1997
Concrete art | Beratzhausen, MNAR – Museum of Art, Bucharest
“13th Biennal of Small Sculpture”. Museum of Concrete Art. Murska Svobota, Slovenia

1996
“Experimentalism in arta Romaneasca. 1960-1990. Teatrul National, Bucharest

1995
Venice Biennale, participation in the Romanian Pavilion

1992
Konstruktive Kunst in Europa nach 1920. Karlsruhe, Emilia Suciu Gallery

1991
Creation and European Synchronism. The artistic movement in Timisoara 1960 – 1970, Timișoara, The Museum of Arts. Roman Cotosman has been awarded the prize of the critics department of the Union of Fine Artists, Romania

1989
“Konkrete Neun”. International Exhibition, curated by Diet Sayler. Kunsthaus, Nuremberg

1984
Annual Awards Painting Exhibition. Cheltenham Art Centre, Philadelphia

1982
“Arteder 82. Muestra International de obra grafica.” Secion Dibujo, Bilbao

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1979
“Contemporary Drawings”. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

1977
“Annual Awards Painting Exhibition”. Philadelphia II, Philadelphia Museum of Art

1973
“New Tendencies”. Washington D.C., Henry Gallery

1969
“Romanian Artists at Richard Demarco Gallery.” Grupul 1.1.1.. Paul Neagu, Horia Bernea, Ion Bitzan, Ion Pacea, Vladimir Setran, Radu Dragomirescu, Edinburgh
“Konstructive kunst. Elemente und Principien”. Biennale, Nurnberg.Stefan Bertalan, Roman Cotosman, Constantin Flondor, Pavel Ilie, Mihai Rusu. Curated by Octavian Barbosa. The Biennial of constructivist art, Nuremberg
“Mostra degli artisti rumeni”. Torino, Italy

1968
5 artists from Timisoara. Stefan Bertalan, Roman Cotosman, Constantin Flondor, Zoltan Molnar, Diet Sayler. Curated by Eugen Schileru. Kalinderu Gallery, Bucharest
(1st abstract-constructivist exhibition in RO)

1967
The national drawing and engraving salon – Sala Dalles, Bucharest
Regional Exhibition – Museum of Contemporary Art, Timisoara

1966
Regional Exhibition of Fine Arts. Museum of Contemporary Art, Timisoara

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