CRITICAL REVIEW


        As an artist of the youngest generation, Bogdan Rata became known even from the beginning of his activity through an unconventional approach unfettered by any cliché, of human anatomy and through the almost exclusive use of the latest unconventional materials in creating his signed works. Equally preoccupied by the human condition in any historical époque, but also by the present’s aggression on the contemporary man, Bogdan Rata also adds a strong protesting message to the created shapes. The sculptor managed to impose his art abroad, being considered one the new realism representatives. His contorted, hybrid shapes, often representing anatomical details, realized in polyester, synthetic resin or painted metal are strongly suggestive and they communicate their message directly to the viewer. Being also the author of some public forum works, made from industrial materials as well, Bogdan Rata adds prominent psycho-social connotations to his works.

Luiza Barcan (2014)
 


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    BIOGRAPHY

    (Baia Mare, 1984)
     
    Academic Studies:
    2006 - B.A., West University of Timisoara, Sculpture Department, with professor Rudolf Kocsis, Romania;
    2008 - M.A., National University of Art, Sculpture Department, with professor Adrian Popovici, Bucharest, Romania;
    2012 - PhD, West University of Timisoara, Romania.
     
    Professional Activity:
    Teaches at Faculty of Arts and Design, Sculpture Department, West University of Timisoara, Romania.
     


    PROJECTS

    Solo Exhibitions:
    2005 - Prints and insects, Mansarda Gallery, Timisoara, Romania;
    2008 - Gene, UNA Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
    2010 - In/Out (Penitenciary), Mulhouse 010 Biennial of Photography, France;
             - Minimal Feelings, Jecza Gallery, Timisoara, Romania;
             - God Bless Me, Slag Gallery, New York, USA;
    2011 - 1990 Project: Hand Gun, Piata Presei Libere, Bucharest, Romania;
    2012 - rupTrup, Timisoara Art Museum, Romania;
             - rupTrup, with Mihai Zgondoiu, Atelier 030202, The Night of the Galleries, Bucharest, Romania;
             - Hand Gun, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania;
             - Artists of the Month (January), with Francisc Chiuariu, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania;
    2013 - Sculptures, "Farideh Cadot" Gallery, Paris, France;
    2014 - The Middle Way, Independents Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

    Group Exhibitions:
    2007 - Visual Eurobarometer. Vicinity, National Museum of Contemporary Art, ¾ Floor Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
    2008 - International Experimental Engraving Biennale, Cultural Center "Palatele Brancovenesti", Mogosoaia, Romania;
             - Against All Odds, Slag Gallery, New York, USA;
    2009 - Panorama de l’art roumain, Drouot-Montaigne, Paris, France;
             - Atelier in tranzitie, Alb-Negru, The Night of the Galleries, Bucharest, Romania;
             - Young Democracy, Young Art, exhibition celebrating 20 years from Romanian Revolution, Triade Interart Foundation, Jecza Gallery, Timisoara, Romania;
             - About Bodies, Jecza Gallery, Timisoara, Romania;
             - Capturing Gil-Gulim II, Slag Gallery, New York, USA;
    2010 - Buy What You Love, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA;
             - Al treilea 6, with Dan Raul Pintea and Lea Rasovszky, Little Yellow Studio, Bucharest, Romania;
             - Un Regard Autre, "Farideh Cadot" Gallery, Paris, France;
    2011 - Corpul Supravegheat, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, Romania;
             - Figure IN/OUT, LC Foundation, Bucharest, Romania;
             - Colouring the Grey, curator: Cosmin Năsui, special Projects section, Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, 4th edition, Artplay Design Centre, Moscow, Russia (book);
             - Post Humanism, curator: Cosmin Năsui, Pecherskiy Gallery (former V-Art Gallery), Moscow, Russia;
             - Colouring the Grey, State of Mind, curator: Cosmin Nãsui, The Artists’ House, Tel Aviv, Israel (book);
    2012 - State of Body, curator: Cosmin Năsui, Independents Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom (with catalogue);
             - The Essences of Reality, Hungarian and Romanian contemporary artists in an itinerant exhibition, Várfok Gallery, Budapest, Hungary;
    2013 - The Essences of Reality, International Exhibition of East European Contemporary Art, Brukenthal National Museum, Romania;
             - Kaleidoscope, European Commision, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, United Kingdom;
             - Personal Structures, Collateral Event Venice Biennale, 55th edition, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy;              
             - Autour du Portrait, "Farideh Cadot" Gallery, Paris, France;
    2014 - Artificial Life, Parallel Program of Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, Russia;
             - Le mur, La maison rouge, Paris, France.
    Monumental artworks:
    2007 - Monumental Work, Triade Sculpture Park, Timisoara, Romania;
    2008 - Monumental Work, Triade Sculpture Park, Timisoara, Romania;
    2012 - Hand Gun, Piaţa Presei Libere, Bucharest, Romania.
     
    Prizes and Awards:
    2005 - The Excellence Prize, awarded by the University of Arts, Timisoara;
    2006 - Second prize, Light in Chiarroscuro Style, awarded by the Dutch Embassy;
    2007 - Ex-aequo Prize, for participating in Visual Eurobarometer. Vicinity exhibition, awarded by the International Center for Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania.
     


    BIBLIOGRAPHY


    Artist`s Archive
     
    Web Sources:
    http://www.cosminnasui.com/2011/02/bogdan-rata/
    http://bogdanrata-sculpture.blogspot.ro/
    http://slaggallery.com/artists/represented/biography/24