Artist Statement -

Mircea Popescu


In my work time is an active element. I paint like I build a sculpture using simple forms, lines and textures representing days, hours and archetypes such as: books, letters, numbers or primordial elements. The surface; canvas, wood, or paper is painted from dark to light, a technique used in the byzantine art.

Using classical principles, the golden section, the structures of my compositions are based on rigorous diagrams of simple geometric figures. Considering that contemporary art is characterized by invention and experimentation, texture becomes an essential element of my paintings that comes naturally from the way the paste is applied, transparent layers of paint creating new surfaces.

Light is the most surprising element in my paintings which is a result of my technique; the method I mix the primary colors, pigments and other substances What is interesting, not all of them contain the same light, but all of them radiate energy.

Artist Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
2014 - "Layers" Art on the Avenue Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Painting, sculpture, drawing, prints.
2001 - “Process, Innovation and Construction” Gallery at Summit Bancorp, Princeton, NJ, drawing, painting and mixed media sculpture.

2000 - “Mythologies” East West Gallery, New York, NY, mixed media sculpture, painting and drawings.

1996 - “ Process”, Constandine Gallery, Stuart Day School, Princeton, NJ, mixed media sculpture, outdoor installation, painting, mixed media on paper.

1993 - “The Family” Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, mixed media sculpture. Cast aluminum, wood, steel, stone, plaster, stoneware and canvas.

1991 - “Object” Simeza Gallery, Bucharest, Romania, - functional objects, glass, aluminum

1988 - “Installation II” Municipal Museum of Bucharest, large installation, clay, hay, wood.

1982 - “Installation I” Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, large installation of ceramic objects.

Selected International Group Exhibitions

1991 - The 21st International Biennial of Contemporary Arts, Sao Paulo, Brazil, “ Man on his own shoulders”, installation, performance. clay, wood, lead, fabric.

1991 - “Configura” Biennial of Decorative Arts, Erfurt, Germany, ceramic sculpture.

1991 - “Romanian Artists” Brussels, Belgium, ceramic sculpture.

1989, 1987, 1985, 1983 - International Juried Ceramic Sculpture Competition, Pro-Tadino, Italy.

1988 - International Ceramic Sculpture Triennial, Subotica, Yugoslavia

1987 - “Dantesque” International Small Sculpture Biennial, Ravena, Italy

International Creative Symposia

1992 - International Woodcarving Creative Symposium, Kemijarvi, Finland.

1992 - International Ceramics Symposium, OICS, Oslo, Norway.

1986 - International Ceramics Symposium, Syklos, Hungary.

Selected Group Shows

2012 RSVP 2012 LG Tripp Gallery, Philadelphia PA

2011, 2010, 2007, 2004, 1998, 1997 - Mercer County Artists. MCCC Gallery, West Windsor, NJ

2010, 2009, 2008, 2011, Drexel University Annual Exhibition

1995, 1994 - Annual Fall Exhibition, Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA

1994 - “Obsession and reflection”, Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

1993 - “About Angels”, Lexington Gallery, Lawrenceville, NJ.

1993 - “The Mirror of the Mind”, 101 Wooster Street Galleries, New York, NY

Artist Publications


Artist Collections


Museum of Ceramic Art, Faenza, Italy, ceramic objects.

Museum of Modern Art, Pecs, Hungary, ceramic objects.

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, ceramic sculpture.

Contemporary Art Museum, Bucharest, Romania, mixed media sculpture.

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