Radu Cioca

Works

Radu Cioca

The main target of Radu Cioca’s idea-based practice is to create a state of self-awareness in which the mystification of our contemporary reality is unveiled, thus raising questions and revealing relative ‘truths’. It is about searching to create moments when things click by interrogating the given reality through a series of connections. His recent works investigate time as an ending tensioned moment – a study about the state of stressful expectative built on fear and the state of uncertainty that drive our lives. 

The artist works freely, experimenting with various approaches, using sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, video, computer animation or digitally generated images – the means of expression being determined by the way each concept dictates to reveal itself. 

There is a subtle poetic criticism in his work that deals with society’s new values, which are turned into relevant images of our times, created in an obviously derogatory manner

CV

Born in 1982, lives and works in Cluj (RO)

STUDIES

2001 – 2005

BA, University of Art and Design, Cluj (RO) 

2005 – 2007

MA, University of Art and Design, Cluj (RO) 

WORKSHOPS AND RESIDENCIES

2004 

Mobility – ‘Socrates –Erasmus’ – École Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc de Liège (BE)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019

‘The Museum Affair. Grafting Exercises in the Museums of Cluj’, National Museum of Transylvanian History, Ethnographical Museum of Transylvania, Zoological Museum and Botanical Museum of the Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj (RO)

‘Vibrating Now. unofficial’ (solo show), HangarF, Alba-Iulia (RO)

2018

‘Cu excepția riveranilor #3’, Pilot Space – The Paintbrush Factory, Cluj (RO) 

‘Varia’, Galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris (FR)

‘Double Heads Matches’, New Budapest Gallery, Budapest (HU)

2017

‘Cu excepția riveranilor #2’, Pilot Space – The Paintbrush Factory, Cluj (RO) 

‘Seeing Ourselves Sensing’, Gaep (formerly Eastwards Prospectus), Bucharest (RO) 

2016

‘Speculum. Abstract Mirroring’, Diehl Cube Gallery, Berlin (DE)

2015

‘Limit:less. Art Encounters Biennial’, Timișoara (RO)

‘Cluj Connection 3D’, Galerie Judin, Berlin (DE)

2014

‘//// 5 Chambers’ (solo show), Gaep (formerly Eastwards Prospectus), Bucharest (RO)

‘Transformation. Romanian Sculpture 25 Years after the Revolution’, Museum Beelden aan Zee, the Hague (NL) 

‘A few grams of red, yellow, blue. New Romanian Art’, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (PL)

‘Hotspot Cluj – New Romanian Art’, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen (DK) 

2013

’23:59’ (solo show), Jecza Gallery, Timișoara (RO)

‘Impossibility vs. Self-Censorship’, part of the Curators’ Network, Center for Contemporary Creation Matadero, Madrid (ES) 

‘Exercises on Democracy’, White House Biennial at Open Case 303, Athens (GR) 

2010

’Superbia’, The Romanian National Pavilion in The New Gallery of the I.R.C.C.U., Venice Biennale – 12th International Architecture Exhibition (IT) 

Exhibitions