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Dominic Virtosu

After Life (2017)

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78.7x78.7 in
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On an abstract and colorful background filled with perspective lines, hues of neon and paint dabs, a number of dancers appear. The women all wear bright RED balet outfits that present a striking contrast with their dark, blue undertoned skin. This impressive composition revolves around an open tomb – situated at the center, cutting diagonally through...
On an abstract and colorful background filled with perspective lines, hues of neon and paint dabs, a number of dancers appear. The women all wear bright RED balet outfits that present a striking contrast with their dark, blue undertoned skin. This impressive composition revolves around an open tomb – situated at the center, cutting diagonally through the canvas, an orthodox cross crowning it. The undertaker is still in the hole as the cofin had just been lowered, it seems. The mood of the painting is not grimm nor is it sad. It is a crude awakening to the afterlife. A rite of passage.
The artist was inspired by the funeral of his own uncle where he took the picture of the undertaker and the tomb. Irreverence was not the purpose of this picture – it was the questioning of the idea of sadness and loss. How do we, as cognizant humans, deal with loss? The artist answers by proposing an impressive color palette that almost drowns-out any imaginable pain and grief.

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BalletDancersMortalityRedDegas

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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...

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.

 

 

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