CRITICAL REVIEW


          Graduate of the ceramics, glass and metal department from the National University of Art, Norian Paicu chose in over fifteen years of activity to express himself mostly as a sculptor, but also in other fine art languages such as: instalment, graphics, animation, decorative art. Currently he lives and works in Australia, without losing his connections with his native country. Being organised in terms of choosing the themes and techniques used, Norian Paicu creates, as a sculptor, workshop or monumental compositions making use mostly of metal: steel and bronze. His characters, originating from books, mythology or religion, are most often dynamic, expressive, impetuous, almost baroque through the maximum exploitation of detail. Their elaborate compositions create a dialogue between the natural possibilities of expression and the controlled interventions of the artist. Their surface is sometimes a type of hollowed net that suggests the ineffable existence of an inner content. The comment on exemplary humanity, expressed with the techniques and the vision of a contemporary artist represents a possible definition of his art.

Luiza Barcan (2014)
 


BIOGRAPHY

(Craiova, Dolj, 1969)

Academic studies:
1990 - 1996 - The National Academy of Art, Department Ceramics - Glass - Metal, specialization Metal, Bucharest, Romania;
2001 - 2004 - Advanced Diploma of Multimedia, Chisholm Institute, Frankston, Melbourne, Australia;
2008 - 2010 - Master of Fine Arts - Sculpture, Monash University, Caulfield, Melbourne, Australia.
 


PROJECTS

Personal exhibitions:
1995 - Astra Gallery, Sibiu, Romania;
1996 - The Contemporary Art Gallery, Humanitas, Bucharest, Romania;
1997 - Aula Romaniae Gallery, Romanian Cultural Centre, Vienna, Austria;
1998 - The Literature Museum, Bucharest, Romania;
1999 - East-West Gallery, Romanian Cultural Centre, New York, USA;
2010 - Masters of Fine Art - CLAUSTROPHOBIA, Monash University, Caulfield, Melbourne, Australia.

Group exhibitions:
1993 - The Gallery of the National Art Academy, Bucharest, Romania;
1994 - The Student Festival, Timisoara, Romania;
         - The Art Gallery, Craiova, Romania;
         - The Romanian Cultural Centre, Budapest, Hungary;
1995 - The House of Art Gallery, Studio 35 - The Game - The Play, Bucharest, Romania;
         - 130 Years of the National Art Academy, the National Theatre, Bucharest, Romania;
         - The History Museum, Bucharest, Romania;
1996 - STOP, Studio 35, Art Gallery, Craiova, Dolj County, Romania;
         - GATA, Soros Centre for Contemporary Art, the National Theatre, Bucharest, Romania;
         - The Graduates Exhibition, Graphics - Glass - Metal, the Galla Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
         - The City Show Room of Contemporary Art, the National Theatre, Bucharest, Romania;
2008 - Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne, Australia;
         - Convergence, Shifted Gallery, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia;
1997 - Studio 35, the Art Gallery, Craiova, Romania;
         - The Club Tref, Neufeld, Austria;
1998 - Arts of Fire, International Biennial Exhibition, the National Theatre Bucharest, Romania;
         - The Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary;
         - International Ceramics Festival ’98, Mino, Japan;
         - The House of Art, Gallery, National Art Exhibition, Bucharest, Romania;
         - The Yearly Art Exhibition (’95, ’96, ’98, ’99), the Art Museum, Craiova, Romania;
         - The Yearly Art Exhibitions of Moldova, the Art Gallery, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova;
         - Apollo, the Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
         - The Yearly Art Exhibition of Glass, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
1999 - Abstract Tales, Gallery@49, New York, USA;
         - Dantesca Centre, Ravenna, Italy;
         - The City Show Room of Contemporary Art, Architecture University, Bucharest, Romania;
         - Gaudeamus, International Exhibitions Pavilion, Bucharest, Romania;
2009 - Negotiating Space, ACGA Gallery Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia;
         - Toorak Sculpture Exhibition, Toorak, Melbourne, Australia;
2010 - Greater than One, Monash University, Caulfield, Melbourne, Australia;
         - The Looking Glass, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne, Australia;
         - Contemporary Art Prize, Williamstown Festival, Melbourne, Australia;
         - Bonanza, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne, Australia;
         - Linden Postcard Show, Linden-Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia;
2011 - Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney, NSW, Australia;
         - Flourish, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne, Australia;
         - The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Newport, Melbourne, Australia;
         - Toorak Sculpture Exhibition, Toorak, Melbourne, Australia;
2012 - For we are young and free, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne, Australia;
         - Toorak Sculpture Exhibition, Toorak, Melbourne, Australia.

Works in private collections: Austria, Australia, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Romania, USA.

Public art and commissions:
1996 - Top Holding Neptun, mural sculpture, interior design, Romania;
1997 - 1999 - PEGASUS, monumental sculpture, City Council Craiova, Dolj County, Romania;
                    - SAILOR, monumental sculpture, Naval Academy, Constanta, Romania;
2012 - SUE CAMPBELL LEGACY, bronze sculpture, Monash University, Faculty of Law, Melbourne, Australia.

Awards and prizes:
1996 - The Prize for Youth - Sculpture, The Yearly Art Exhibition of Artist, Craiova, Romania;
1996 - The Prize for Youth - Decorative Art, The City Show Room of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania;
1998 - People’s Choice Award, Arts of Fire, International Biennial, Bucharest, Romania;
2004 - Highly Commended Award, Advanced Diploma of Multimedia, Chisholm Institute - Frankston, Melbourne, Australia;
2009 - The Alliance Casting &Engineering Solution Award (Sculpture Student for 2009), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia;
2010 - Finalist - Contemporary Art Prize, Williamstown Festival, Melbourne, Australia;
2011 - Finalist - Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney, NSW, Australia;
         - People’s Choice Award - Bendigo Bank, The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Newport, Melbourne, Australia.
 


BIBLIOGRAPHY


META Cultural Foundation archive

Web sources:
http://www.norianpaicu.com/Norian_Paicu/Welcome.html