CRITICAL REVIEW


          An undisputed master belonging to the veteran-sculptors generation of the creative symposia, Liviu Russu acts as a unique voice in the contemporary sculpture scenery. He is, by excellence, an abstract and minimalist creator. No matter the context in which he inserts his vision into his works, or the sizes of the works, whether they are thought of as monumental sculptures or small fine art, Liviu Russu regards matter as a whole that the artist imprints with a sign, that same sign that transform the log or the stone block into a three dimensional work meant to directly communicate with the surroundings. Because the artist’s interventions on the working material are usually minimal, he knows how to exploit the natural properties of stone or wood, intelligently taking advantage of the textures. Without any doubt, Liviu Russu thinks through all his interventions before integrating them into the project, as they are the result of an implemented intelligence that is inquisitive and prone to fine irony, to subtle humour and to a "contagious" type of attachment and understanding of the matter meant to become art. His sculptures have a pronounced verticality and a finesse of execution that betray a long time practiced craft.

Luiza Barcan (2014)

 


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    BIOGRAPHY

    (Bucharest, 1951)

    Academic studies:
    1975 - “Nicolae Grigorescu” Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest, Romania.

    Scholarships:
    1975 - 1977 - ”Dimitrie Paciurea” sculpture scholarship;
    1984 - Sculpture scholarship, Rome, Italy.
     


    PROJECTS

    Solo exhibitions (selected):
    1974 - Drawings, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
    1975 - Drawings, Iaşi, Romania;
    1976 - Sculpture, Bucharest, Romania;
    1982 - Sculpture, Timişoara - Lugoj, Romania;
    1984 - Sculpture, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy;
    1993 - Bronze, Beratzhausen, Germany;
    2001 - Sculpture drawings, Hemau, Germany;
    2008 - Drawings, Beratzhausen, Germany;
    2011 - Sculpture, “418 Gallery”, Bucharest, Romania.
     
    Group exhibitions (selected):
    1979, 1981, 1983, 1998, 2003 - Dantesca, Ravenna Italy;
    1982 - International exhibition of decorative arts, Erfurt, Germany;
    1983 - Group exhibition (sculpture), London (England), Danemark, Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary), Moscow (Russia);         
    1990 - The wood in the romanian sculpture, München, Germany;
    1991 - Romanian Contemporary Art, Paris (Franţa) şi Beratzhausen (Germany);
    1992 - Romanian Contemporary Art, Regensburg, Germany;
    1993 - Romanian Contemporary Art, Beratzhausen, Germany;
             - International exhibition with contemporary works, Castle Altshausen, Germany;
    1994 - International Contemporary Sculpture, Altshausen, Germany;
    2001 - Romanian Contemporary Art, München, Germany;
    2004 - Grosse Kunstausstellung München, Haus der Kunst, München, Germany;
    2008 - Gebaut - gebrannt, Galerie Oberösterreichischer Kunstverein, Linz, Austria;
    2009 - Halbe- Halbe, ceramic exposition, Szombothei, Hungary;
    2010, 2012 - International biennale of sculpture, picture and ceramic, Grottaglie, Italy;
    2011 - Age of bronze, Art Museum, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
    2013 - Rezonanţe (sculpture), Art Gallery, Focşani, Vrancea County, Romania.

    Symposions:
    1970, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985 - Sculpture symposion (stone), Măgura, Buzău County, Romania;
    1972 - Sculpture symposion, Parcul Titan, Bucharest, Romania;
    1977, 1978, 1980 - Sculpture symposion (wood), Arcuş, Covasna County, Romania;                  
    1982 - Sculpture symposion (wood), Sălişte, Sibiu County, Romania;
    1984 - Sculpture symposion (stone), Timişoara, Romania;
    1987 - Sculpture symposion (stome), Macea, Arad County, Romania;
    1991 - Sculpture symposion (metal), Galaţi, Romania;
    1992 - International sculpture symposion (wood), Beratzhausen, Germany;
    1993 - International sculpture symposion (wood), Haidmühle - Passau, Germany;
    1994 - International sculpture symposion (wood), Skulpturenpark, Berlin, Germany;
             - Herzogin Diane, Castle Altshausen of Carl Herzog of Wurttemberg, Germany;
    1995 - International sculpture symposion (wood), Schwarzenberg, Austria;
    1996 - International sculpture symposion (wood), Untergriesbach, Germany;
    1997 - International sculpture symposion (wood), Gărâna, Caraş-Severin County, Romania;
    1998 - International sculpture symposion (wood), Volary, Czech Republic;
    1999 - International sculpture symposion (wood), Madona di Campiglio, Italy;
    1999, 2001 - Sculpture symposion (wood), Pucioasa, Dâmboviţa County, Romania;
    2001 - International sculpture symposion (wood), Hernau, Germany;
    2002 - International sculpture symposion (stone), Schönebeck, Germany;
    2002 - International sculpture symposion (stone), Drama, Greece;
    2003 - Rieb, Bayern, Germany.

    Awards an prizes:
    1996 - Prix de portrait Paul - Louis Weiller, international sculpture prize, Paris, France;
    2000 - First Prize for Sculpture Bucharest, Romania;
    2005 - Critics’Citation, Madonna di Campiglio, Italy.
     


    BIBLIOGRAPHY


    Borman, Gottfried, Die inlandische und auslandische Zeitschriften „Kunst”,„Keramik der Welt”, Düsseldorf, 1984.
    Botez-Crainic, Adriana, Arta formei, Bucureşti, 1993.
    Cârneci, Magda, Artele plastice în România, Editura Meridiane, Bucureşti, 1999.
    Contemporary romanian sculptors, Editura Artis, Bucureşti, 1985.
    Horsia, Horia, Spaţii - forme - culori în arta contemporană, Editura Meridiane, Bucureşti, 1989.
    Pleşu, Andrei, Chipuri şi măşti ale tranziţiei, Editura Humanitas, Bucureşti, 1996.
    Who’s Who in Romania, Editura Pegasus Press, Bucureşti, 2002.

    Cataloage:
    Tabăra de sculptură Măgura, Editura Artis, Buzău, 1980.

    Surse web:
    http://www.liviurussu.8m.net/about.html
    http://taberedesculptura.mnac.ro/int_liviu_russu.html