Right Brain (2020)
The artists’ wish was to create a work based entirely on the Right Brain intuition, knowing that the right part of the brain is the more creative and emotional one. Virtosu focused his energy into using the left hand for the full painting process.
Since „left-brained people are supposed to be logical, analytical, and methodical, while right-brained people are supposed to be creative, disorganized, and artistic. But this left-brain / right-brain theory has been refuted by a large-scale, two-year study by researchers at the University of Utah.” – Virtosu wanted to test this theory by allowing, as an experiment, only his left hand to work on this painting.
The experience itself of creating with the non-dominant hand is one that should be attempted by anyone at some point. It creates a feeling of being int the present momen: kind of like a meditation does.
The artist is immersed completely in the work and dives very deep into his subconscious intuition. The process becomes less intellectual and more intuitive in nature and the result, allthough not always visually atractive, is a work that shows the full involvement of its creator. Almost like a shamanic process, this type of creation is channelling a hidden energy by unblocking the paths to intuitive movement and gesture.
The work is created using spray paints and oil colors, sometimes combined and super imposed to create spectacular effects. The spray paints also add a vibrant neon-like glow to the entire canvas, popping out from a distance to really enhance the power of the subject.
The Cactus itself is based on a photograph that the artist himself had taken at the Brussels Botanical Garden, a picture of a magnificent and royal cactus that was expanding outward, like an underwater bubble of air.
Upon closer inspection, one can see that the shapes on the cactus are intricate dabs of paint that intertwine with one another and play a game of contrast and texture to create, in the abstract, the shape of the cactus.
Dominic-Petru Virtosu was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1983. He completed his formal artistic education with a License in painting (2006) class of renowned Romanian artist Florin Ciubotaru and a Master’s in 2013 with professor Catalin Balescu at the Bucharest National University of Arts; also attending a semester as an Erasmus exchange student at the prestigious Hochschule fur Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig where he was guided by the style and color of his professor, Annette Schroter.
The artists’ German High-school education proved to be a founding element for his work-ethic and discipline – this led to him continuously developing his artistic practice even through 10 years of employment within the tourism and audio-visual industry of Romania. Works created between 2009-2013, while the artist was employed at the biggest private television conglomerate of Romania, are a strong testimony of this effort: to question his environment and society’s consumerist tendencies in a broader sense.
After 2013, his focus shifted towards integrating the paradox of image representation vs. pure painting – an essential pathway for Virtosu’s development. His style merged the two directions into an organic vivid mix in which color and subject matter are unified and produce an exceptionally powerful image. Each work thus becomes its own unique path and requires its own technical solutions – both plein-air and works of fantasy became unified in style.
Dominic-Petru Virtosu’s French heritage also played a part in creating a strong connection to the cultural and artistic environment of Paris at a young age. His travels to the capital of France for extended periods of time where the most relevant and prestigious museums and exhibitions of the time were readily accessible prompted the artists’ curiosity and stimulated his artistic eye at a young age. His French legacy and fluency in the French language also helped the artist secure a scholarship at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing in France where he studied art-teaching in 2017-2018; thereafter being employed as a painting professor at this same university to this present day.