CRITICAL REVIEW


        Animated by a classical ideal of sculpture, he transforms the human being into the hero of his entire creation. In portraits, nude studies and statues, he analyzes human shapes, retaining those aspects that talk about harmony and beauty, about what is sustainable in human reality, beyond incidents, appearances and destructive actions of time. In a period in which artistic life records the most various experiments, both in the field of technical means, and also in the one of the figurative structure, the sculptor believes in the human body’s unlimited possibilities to cover the entire range of the existential problematic. He realized open-air monuments in Timisoara, Bucharest, Onesti, Tokio, Evry-Paris, Monte-Carlo, Cergy-Pontoise, Bois-Colombes, Nisa.

Constantin Prut (2014)
From Dictionar de arta moderna si contemporana, upcoming edition, Polirom Publishing House, Iasi, 2015
 


BIOGRAPHY

(Fetesti, 1920 - Paris, 1992; 1965 - he established in Paris, France)

Academic studies: 
1939 - 1944 - Academia de Belle-Arte, with professors Nicolae Dărăscu and Cornel Medrea, Bucharest, Romania;
1945 - Free School of Fine Artist, Sighisoara, Romania.

Scholarships:
1947 - Receives a scholarship from the French Government, but the Romanian authorities refuse to grand him the passport. 

Professional activity:
1960 - 1965 - Modelling Professor at the "Ion Mincu" Architecture institute, Bucharest, Romania;
since 1969 - Sculpture and Drawing Professor at the American Center, France;
since 1975 - Substitute Teacher at Sorbonne, Paris, France. 

since 1991 - Member of Honour of the Romanian Academy
 


PROJECTS

Personal exhibitions:
1945 - Sighisoara, Romania; 
1946, 1947 - Caminul Artei, Bucharest, Romania; 
1948 - "Universul" Hall, Bucharest, Romania; 
1954 - "Dalles" Hall, Bucharest, Romania; 
1956 - "Magheru" Hall, Bucharest, Romania; 
1962 - "Dalles" Hall, Bucharest, Romania; 
1964 - "Zapion" Hall (with the painter Brăduţ Covaliu), Athens, Greece;
1970 - American Center, Paris, France;
1972 - Kredit Bank, Malmö, Sweden; 
         - American Center, Paris, France;
1973 - "Mobilier Modulaire" Gallery, Paris, France;
1974 - Galeria de l’Université, Paris, France; 
1975 - American Center, Paris, France; 
1982 - Art Center, Paris, France; 
1984 - "Mossa" Gallery, Nice, France;
2008 - "Dialog" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (exhibition accompanied by catalogue, with texts by Ruxandra Garofeanu, Ion Vlad, Ionel Jianu, Dan Hăulică, Denis Chevalier, George Astalos, Pavel Şuşară);
2009 - Ion Vlad - Sculpture and Drawing, Cotroceni National Museum, Bucharest, Romania.

Group exhibitions: 
1947 - The exhibition of the "Luchian-Paciurea" group, curator: Ionel Jianu, Caminul Artei, Bucharest, Romania;
1948 - Flame, Bucharest, Romania (exhibition accompanied by catalogue, prefaced by Marcel Breslaşu);
1957 - 10 Years of Fine Art Creation, Museum of Art of R.P.R., Bucharest, Romania;
1958 - Fine Arts Exhibitions from Socialist Countries, the itinerary exhibition from Warsaw (Poland), Budapest (Hungary), Belgrade (Serbia), Moscow (USSR);
1960 - Romanian Art Exhibition, itinerary exhibition: Bratislava (Slovakia), Prague (Czech Republic), Berlin (Germany), Cairo (Egypt), Alexandria (Egypt), Athens (Greece), Helsinki (Finland). 
1960 - 1961 - Exhibition of Romanian Art, itinerary exhibition in Moscow and Leningrad, USSR;
1961 - L’Art Roumain du XIXe Siècle à nos Jours, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, France (exhibition accompanied by catalogue, with texts by Jean Cassou and Ion Jalea);
         - International Sculpture Exhibition, Musée Rodin, France;
         - Exhibition of Romanian Art, itinerary exhibition in Ankara (Turkey), Istanbul (Turkey), Damask (Syria), Sofia (Bulgaria);
1962 - Biennale from Venice, Italy;
1965 - Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Paris, France;
1967 - Réalités nouvelles, Salon Grands et Jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Salon Comparaisons, Paris, France; 
1969 - Depuis Rodin, Municipal Museum, Saint-Germain en Laye, France; 
1974 - 50 Sculpteurs de la Nouvelle École de Paris, itinerary exhibition in Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway; 
1975 - Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Paris, France;
         - Salon Contradictions, Paris, France; 
          - "Hammer" Gallery, New York, SUA;
1977 - "Marlborough" Gallery, Montreal, Canada;
         - Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Paris, France; 
         - American Center, Paris, France;
         - Espace Cardin, Paris, France.

Monumental works: 
? - George Enescu (bronze), Barlad, Romania;
? - Dance (relief), the façade of the Romanian Opera House, Bucharest, Romania;
1965 - Maternity (bronze), the façade of the Municipal Hospital, Onesti, Romania.

Works in public collections:
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania;
The Romanian National Art Museum, Bucharest, Romania (21 works in gypsum, bronze, artificial stone, cement);
Museum of Art, Constanta, Romania;
National Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania;
Museum of Art, Timisoara, Romania (Gheorghe Doja work, gypsum).

Titles and awards: 
1945 - Simu Award;
1964 - State Award.
 


BIBLIOGRAPHY


Prut, Constantin, Dicționar de artă modernă și contemporană, Editura Univers Enciclopedic, București, 2002.

Vlasiu, Ioana (coord.), Dicționarul sculptorilor din România. Secolele XIX - XX, vol. II, lit. H - Z, Editura Academiei Române, București, 2012, pp. 352 - 353.

Web sources:
http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ion_Vlad_(sculptor
http://www.onlinegallery.ro/sculptori/ion-vlad

Bibliography and critical references:
Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs, Tomurile I - VIII, Paris, 1999.
Grigorescu, Dan, Idee şi sensibilitate. Direcţii şi tendinţe în arta contemporană românească, Editura Meridiane, Bucureşti, 1991.
Jianou, Ionel; Chevalier, Denis; Plazy, Gilles; Astalos, Georges; Chihaia, Pavel, Ion Vlad, Editura Elinika, Franța, 1991.
Mihalache, Marin, Ion Vlad, Editura Meridiane, Bucureşti, 1966. 
Oprescu, G., Sculptura românească, ediţia a II-a, Editura Meridiane, Bucureşti, 1965.