MOCAN, Liviu




Telephone:


0745.396.607
 

Website:


www.invitationsculpture.com
www.liviumocan.com

 

Gallery Address:


Str. Colinei, nr. 11, cod 400520
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
 

Email:


liviumocan@gmail.com

 




CRITICAL REVIEW


        In the last century art has see-sawed between form and abstraction, self-expression and representation, content and style. Liviu does not avoid these issues, rather he dives right into them and creates spectacular works of art that emerge to form their own category. I stand amazed, and grateful, for his talent and his faith in humanity and in God.
 
Philip Yancey (writer, 2013)
 


BIOGRAPHY

(1955, Cara, Cojocna village, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
 
Academic studies:
1991 - "Ion Andreescu" Academy of Visual Arts, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Scholarships and residencies:
1991 - 1992 - Resident at Anderson University and Mississippi College, USA.
 
Member of Romanian Fine Arts Union (Cluj-Napoca Branch)
President of EL Foundation
since 1990 - Member of "Atelier Sigma", Cluj-Napoca, Romania
since 1993 - Founder member of "El" Association, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
 


PROJECTS

Solo exhibitions:
1976 - Portraits, Gallery of the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy of Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
1991 - Living Principle, "Wilson" Gallery, Anderson University, Anderson, USA; 
        - The Family of Spirals, Anderson University, Anderson, USA;
1992 - The Rivers, Glen Eyrie Castle, Colorado Springs, USA;
        - Little Transparent Islands, Columbia College, Chicago, USA;
1993 - Hiob und Seine Freunde, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Ludwigslust, Germany;
1994 - Pedestals, Gallery of Romanian Fine Arts Union - Cluj-Napoca Branch, Romania;
1995 - Le Royaume des Enfants, Home de la Colline, Reconvillier, Switzerland;
1997 - Little Prayer, International House, New York, USA;
1998 - Little Prayer, Stony Brook College, New York, USA;
2000 - Resurrection, The Art Museum from Cluj-Napoca; The Gallery of the Council for Culture, Bistrita; "Apollo" Gallery and The National Theatre, Bucharest, Romania;
2004 - Seeds, University of Applied Sciences, Mithweida, Germany;
2005 - The Story of Bezalel (or The Prayer of a Sculptor), Franz Liszt Conference Center, Sopron, Hungary;
        - Seeds Among Ruins, the artist`s house situated on Tiblesului Street no. 3, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
2006 - The Hand of Love, Faculty of Arts, Chinese University, Hong Kong, China;
2007 - EU, a War of Seeds, Eger Park Hotel, Eger, Hungary;
        - Little Seeds, Emmanuel College, Gold Cost, Australia;
        - A Garden, Sibiu 2007 - European Capital of Culture, Sibiu, Romania;
2009 - 2012 - Invitation/Decalogue, traveling exhibition: The Art Museum from Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Park des Bastions, Geneve, World Council of Churches, Geneve, Switzerland; Bellflower, Los Angeles, Gerard Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, USA;
2013 - Art and Ideology under Communism and Beyond - Vertical Libraries, Jubilee Centre, Cambridge, Great Britain;
        - Verticals, Emanuel College, Oradea, Romania.

Group Exhibitions:
1989 - Fine Arts Winter Show, Gallery of Romanian Fine Arts Union - Cluj-Napoca Branch, Romania;
1990 - Laudatio, "Lucian Blaga" Library, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
        - ISFIT `90, The University for Technology, Trondheim, Norway;
1992 - Faculty Exhibition, Samford University, USA;
        - Sacred Arts, "Billy Graham" Center, Wheaton, USA;
1993 - ArtExpo, The National Decorative Arts Show, Bucharest, Romania;
        - Apocalypse, "Ludwigslust Schloss" Museum, Ludwigslust, Germany;
        - Decorative Arts Show, The National Theatre, Bucharest, Romania;
1994 - 2001 - Fine Arts Winter Show, Gallery of Romanian Fine Arts Union - Cluj-Napoca Branch, Romania;
1995 - Apocalypse, The Art Museum from Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
1996 - Corpus, Vaszary Képtár, Kaposvar and Vasarely Museum, Budapest, Hungary;
        - Small Sculpture Biennial, "Delta" Gallery, Arad, Romania;
        - Academy 70, The Art Museum from Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
1997 - Hieratic and Concrete, King`s College, New Jersey, USA;
1998 - Fine Arts Autumn Show, Gallery of Romanian Fine Arts Union - Cluj-Napoca Branch, Romania;
        - Fine Arts International Exhibition, Resita, Romania;
        - Small Sculpture Biennial, Arad, Romania;
1999 - Fine Arts Winter Show, Gallery of Romanian Fine Arts Union - Cluj-Napoca Branch, Romania;
        - The Tent, Gallery of Romanian Fine Arts Union - Alba Iulia Branch, Romania;
        - The Saving Boat, Blackthorn Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom;
2000 - Liber Studiorum, The Art Museum from Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
        - The Path, "Delta" Gallery, Arad, Romania;
        - Small Sculpture Biennial, "Delta" Gallery, Arad, Romania;
2001 - Small Plastic, "Orizont" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
        - Arts of Fire, "Apollo" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
        - Romanian National Fine Arts Expo, Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania;
2002 - Small Plastic, "Orizont" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
2005 - International Biennial of Contemporary Arts, Arad, Romania;
        - Paintings and Sculptures, the Latest Donations, The Art Museum from Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
2006 - Winter Salon, The Art Museum from Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
        - The National Salon of Art, "Constantin Brancusi" Hall, House of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania;
2007 - The Art Museum from Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
        - Meeting Point, "Delta" Gallery, Arad (Romania), Pecsi Galeria, Pecs (Hungary), Mesta Plzne Gallery, Pilsen (Czech Republic), Slavonia Museum, Osijek (Croatia), Oskar Kokoschka, Pochlarn (Austria);
2008 - The Family, Gallery of Romanian Fine Arts Union - Alba Iulia Branch, Romania;
        - Grace, Private Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;
2009 - Bronze Age, The Art Museum from Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
        - Meeting Point, Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2nd edition, National Theater, Arad, Romania;
2010 - Darul florilor (The Gift of Flowers), Stone Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
        - El Camino Sacral - the sacred in contemporary sculpture, curator: Corneliu Antim, organizer: "Dana" Art Galleries, Romil Group Headquarters - Showroom Fiat-Iveco, Iasi, Romania (other artists: Gabriela Drinceanu, Elena Dumitrescu, Mircia Dumitrescu, Alfred Dumitru, Mircea Enache, Raluca Ghideanu, Alexandru Grosu, Elena Hariga, Ion Iancuț, Peter Jecza, Ovidiu Maitec, Linda Menczel, Laurențiu Mogoșanu, Zoe Pop, Mircea Roman, Aurel Vlad, Gheorghe Zărnescu, Marian Zidaru, Victoria Zidaru);
2011 - Darul florilor (The Gift of Flowers), organizer: Romanian Fine Arts Union - Alba Branch, The Art Gallery of Romanian Fine Arts Union - Alba Branch, Alba Iulia, Romania (with the participation of the artistic group atelier PLUS: Anca Mihaela Pustea, Csaba Enyedi, Eunice Dănuț, Gelu Cadar, Iurie Cojocaru, Petru Leahu, Radu Pop, Valentin Dodică);
        - Art + Fe, Pons Fundacion, Madrid, Spain;
        - Umbre albe (White Shadows), Atelier +, Contemporary Art Centre Tower C., Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
        - Meeting Point, Biennial of Contemporary Art, 3rd edition, Arad, Romania;
        - Scara (The Scale), Atelier +, Contemporary Art Centre Tower C., Cluj Napoca, Romania
        - National Biennial of Small Sculpture The Age of Bronze, 2nd edition, curators: Radu Moraru and Alexandru Păsat, organizers: University of Art and Design and Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca, Romanian Fine Arts Union - Cluj-Napoca Branch, exhibition presented by Corneliu Antim and Oliv Mircea, Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (other artists: Cătălin Bădărău, Vlad Berte, Horia Bojin, Geta Caragiu, Ștefan Călărășanu, Radu Ciobanu, Vlad Ciobanu, Ernö Ciupe Bartha, Alexandru Ciutureanu, Dinu Cîmpeanu, Onisim Colta, Aurel Contraș, Delia Corban, Raluca Cozma, Dumitru Cozma, Aurel Cucu, Cristina Cucu, Denisa Curte, Ion Deac, Valentin Duicu, Maxim Dumitraș, Elena Dumitrescu, Alfred Dumitriu, Vlad Dumitriu, Radu Dumitru, Mihai Ecobici, Mircea Enache, Horia Flămând, Matei Gaspar, Adrian Golban, Mariana Gordan, Vasile Gorduz, Mihnea Daniel Grigore, Alexandru Grosu, Gyarmathy Janos, Eduard Herczeg, Bogdan Hojbotă, Darius Hulea, Ion Iancuț, Elena Ilas, Alice Iliescu, Cristina Iliescu, Kadar Karoly, Kiss Levente, Kocsis Rudolf, Kolozsi Tibor, Kovacs Géza, Ionela Lăzureanu, Silviu Florin Lisaru, Alexandru Lupu, Ovidiu Maitec, Makkai Istvan, Mihai Marcu, Florin Marin, Ion Mihele, Grigorie Minea, Oliv Mircea, Emilian Mocanu, George Stefan Moldovan, Traian Moldovan, Liliana Moraru, Radu Moraru, Gheorghe Muresan, George Pavel, Neculai Păduraru, Alexandru Păsat, Cristina Pop, Daniel Pop, Stanca Pop, George Purcaru, Silvia Radu, Anton Rațiu, Ion Ristea, Mircea Roman, Ana Rus, Liviu Russu, Santa Csaba, Elena Scutaru, Vasile Soponariu, Mircea Spătaru, Elena Surdu Stănescu, Florin Tamba, Ionel Tănase, Mihai Tugearu, Sandu Vasile, Paul Vasilescu, Marian Velescu, Marius Vesa, Aurel Vlad, Elena Lot Vlad, Ilarion Voinea, George Zaharia, Gheorghe Zărnescu, Marian Zidaru, Heide Warlamis, Makis Warlamis);
2012 - Începuturi (Beginnings), Atelier +, Contemporary Art Centre Tower C., Cluj Napoca, Romania;
        - Art + Fe, Centro Cultural de Lisboa Pedro Hispano, Portugal;
        - Vertical Libraries, "Helios" Gallery, Timisoara, Romania;
        - Scara (The Scale), Atelier +, Sun Garden Resort, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
        - Artă și sacralitate (Art and Sacredness), The Art Gallery from Focsani, Romania;
2013 - National Biennial of Small Sculpture The Age of Bronze, 3rd edition, curators: Radu Moraru and Alexandru Păsat, organizers: University of Art and Design, Art Museum, Cluj-Napoca, Romanian Fine Arts Union - Cluj-Napoca Branch, exhibition introduced by Aurel Codoban and Oliv Mircea, Art Museum, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (other artists: Vlad Berte, Ioan Bogdan, Ilie Bostan, Pavel Bucur, Liviu Bumbu, Geta Caragiu, Dinu Câmpeanu, Radu Ciobanu, Onisim Colta, Aurel Cucu, Cristina Cucu, Radu Dumitru, Mircea Enache, Elena Gheorghe, Alexandru Gheorghiţă, Gergely Zoltan, Gyarmathy János, Bogdan Hojbotă, Darius Hulea, Diana Katoka, Ionela Lăzureanu, Kiss Levente, Simona Kolozsi, Kolozsi Tibor, Elena Ilaş, Alice Iliescu, Mihai Istudor, Makkai István, Ioan Marchiş, Lucian Marchiş, Mihai Marcu, Florin Marin, Andrei Marina, Ioan Mihele, Traian Moldovan, Liliana Moraru, Radu Moraru, Gheorghe Mureşan, Aurel Olteanu Stanca, Alexandru Păsat, Cristian Pentelescu, Ana Zoe Pop, Daniel Pop, Radu Pop, Anton Raţiu, Ion Ristea, Mircea Roman, Ana Rus, Liviu Russu, Santa Csaba, Maria Sicoie, Alexandru Siminic, Vasile Soponariu, Mircea Spătaru, Elena Stănescu Surdu, Florin Tamba, Ionel Tănase, Titu Toncian, Mihai Tugearu, Marius Vesa, Ilarion Voinea, George Zaharia);
        - Meeting Point, Biennial of Contemporary Art, 4th edition, "Delta" Gallery, Arad, Romania;
        - Artă și sacralitate (Art and Sacredness), The Art Gallery from Focsani, Romania.
2014 - Artă și sacralitate (Art and Sacredness), exhibition introduced by Alexandra Titu and Constantin Prut, "Gheorghe Focșa" Hall, "Dimitrie Gusti" National Village Museum, in collaboration with the County Council of Vrancea, Cultural Centre of Vrancea and Romanian Fine Arts Union - Vrancea Branch (other artists: Ilie Boca, Mihai Chiuaru, Onisim Colta, Dana Constantin, Șerbana Dragoescu, Suzana Fântânaru, Marin Gherasim, Alexandru Grosu, Doina Mihăilescu, Liviu Nedelcu, Silviu Oravitzan, Aurel Vlad, Dany Zărnescu, Gheorghe Zărnescu și Victoria Zidaru).

Sculpture symposiums:
1996 - The Good Samaritan, Clujeana Hospital, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
2001 - Planet World, Samothraki, Greece;
2002 - The First Day, Galeria Veche, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
2006 - Elemental Alchemy, Matakana Country Park, New Zealand;
        - Rock the stone III, Albany, North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand;
2008 - Alexandria International Symposium, Alexandria, Egypt.

Monumental artworks:
1979 - Sportsman` Park of the Construction Company, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
1990 - Forcing Community and EU-rope fresco, The University for Technology, Trondheim, Norway;
1991 - Mustard Seed, Mustard Seed Foundation, Washington, USA;
        - The Mountain and Its Heart, Jordan River, Glen Eyrie Castle, Colorado Springs, USA;
        - Form with Water Base, Mississippi College, USA;
1996 - Yoke for Volunteers, The Art Museum from Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
1999 - Habitat Altar, Beius, Romania;
2003 - Seed, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
        - Shot Pillars, Piata Unirii, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
2005 - The Seed, The Art Museum from Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
        - Avram Iancu, "Avram Iancu" High School, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
2007 - Illseed, North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand;
        - The Earth Between Life and Death, Emmanuel College, Gold Cost, Australia;
2008 - Egyptian Poet, the National Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt;
? - Blessing, The Book with Precious Stones, Baptist Church, Marasti, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
? - Prayer, Lord`s Army Church, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
? - How will they believe if they do not hear, Radio Voice of the Gospel, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
 
Artworks in public and private collections from Romania, Switzerland, Germany, England, United States of America, Norway, New Zealand, Hungary, Austria, Greece, Australia.

Prizes and awads:
1992 - Mention of Honour, awarded by "Billy Graham" Centre, Wheaton, USA;
1997 - "Romul Ladea" Prize at the Small Sculpture Biennial, Arad, Romania;
1998 - Second place at the Competition for the monument of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, County Council of Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
1999 - First prize at the competition for the Memorial dedicated to the Martyrs of the Anty-Comunist Revolution from December 1989, City Council of Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
2000 - Blackthorn Gallery Prize, Liverpool, United Kingdom;
        - Nominated for Romanian Fine Arts Union Prize for Sculpture;
2001 - First prize for metal offerd by The International Exhibition Arts of Fire, "Apollo" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
2005 - "Ioan Alexandru Prize for Fine Arts", awarded by The Cultural Association "Aluma"r, Bistrita, Romania.
 


BIBLIOGRAPHY


Artist`s archive

Web sources:
http://www.liviumocan.com
http://ionatan.wordpress.com/2007/09
http://www.revistarecreativ
http://www.modernism.ro/2013/07/17/liviu-mocan-art-ideology-under-communism-and-beyond-jubilee-centre-cambridge/
http://www.modernism.ro/2014/03/17/arta-si-sacralitate-muzeul-national-al-satului-dimitrie-gusti/
http://www.modernism.ro/2013/11/10/bienala-nationala-de-plastica-mica-varsta-de-bronz-editia-a-iii-a/
http://www.modernism.ro/2011/11/30/bienala-nationala-de-plastica-mica-varsta-de-bronz-editia-a-ii-a/
http://www.modernism.ro/2011/02/11/darul-florilor-u-a-p-r-alba/
http://www.modernism.ro/2010/05/21/el-camino-sacral-inductii-ale-sacrului-in-sculptura-contemporana-vezi-foto/