Comsa Radu

Anul Nasterii: 1975

Radu Cosma

(Born in Sibiu, Romania, 1975)
Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Painting, installations, video installations

PhD study in the field of visual culture & painting: “PROPAGANDA – types of discourse in the visual contemporary arts”, University of Art & Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
MA degree, University of Art & Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
graduated from the University of Art & Design in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (formerly called “Ioan Andreescu” Academy of Visual Arts), Faculty of Fine Arts, painting section

Solo exhibitions
On Memory and Reminiscence, CITRIC, publication of a monograph with text by Michele Robecchi
2001, Matei House, (video installation & action), Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Love upon open heart, Sindan Gallery (video installation/ object), Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Exil, Atas Gallery of the University of Art and Design (installation/ object/ painting), Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Golem, Matei House (painting installation), Cluj-Napoca, Romania
The German Cultural Centre, the Merz Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Group Exhibitions
Documenta, How to Build a Universe that does not Fall apart Two Days Later, curated by Simona Nastac, Regensburg, Germany
Expanded Painting 2, Prague Biennale 3, Prague, Czech Republic
Airbag, National Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Romanian Cultural Centre, Budapest, Hungary
Contemporary Art Gallery of the Bruckenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania
Union of Hungarian Artists’ Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
The German Cultural Centre, the Merz Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Prize of DWS presidium (Deutscher Wirtschaftsclub Siebenburgen) at the second edition of the German Economic Club in Transilvania Art Prize for young artists promotion in painting, Romania

About Radu Comsa’s work

With a preserved childish vision of today, Radu Comsa recalls memories of his childhood faded from his mind; repressed memories (some of them apparently insignificant scenarios of an observant boy). It is not another story concerning communism – as it may seem at first glance. His works are not loaded with serious political controversy or historical abbreviations, but have an incommensurate joy of pointing the other face of the same reality. He guides his interest to another direction. Between the past, and what is to come, the involutary memory makes unexpected discoveries: unfashionable people, useless toys, unemotional, ironic circumstances, unnoticed views. Comsa’s painting aims at delivering a proustian sort of happiness, induced by the recognition of the past in a present moment.