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Wed, 10 Jul


Romanian Cultural Institute


A solo painting exhibition by Bogdan Mihai Radu


Time & Location

10 Jul 2024, 19:00 – 20 Sept 2024, 17:00

Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH, UK

About the event

The Romanian Cultural Institute cordially invites you to the Private View of painter Bogdan Mihai Radu's stunning solo show "Inner Landscapes". The exhibition showcases 20 impressive works inspired by nature and filtered by the artist' s perceptions and feelings. These subjective landscapes project dramatic effects that the viewer takes in, immediately being transported to alternative realms. Bogdan Mihai Radu painted these works in three different moments of this artistic development. Some of them are idyllic pastoral landscapes from Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains. Others were inspired by the artist' s love for irises and wildflowers. The remaining ones are inspired by British landscapes. The artist sees his works as dense multi-layered creations of palette, textures and themes. 

The Private View of the exhibition takes place on 10 July at 7 PM in the presence of the artist. The exhibition will be open at the "Constantin Brâncuși" Gallery from Mon-Fri, 10 AM - 4 PM until 20 September.

Romanian-British painter Bogdan Mihai Radu currently features in the prestigious Summer Exhibition 2024 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and Hampstead Art Society’s Summer Art Exhibition 2024. Radu is known for his dramatic, light-filled landscapes, seascapes, floral still-lifes, vivid, abstract paintings and his passion for painting incredible portraits of Queen Marie of Romania. The artist had his first solo exhibition in 2002. Entitled Past Shrouded in Shadow and Colour, it was held at Casa Ille et Vilaine in Sibiu. The show was well received amongst Sibiu’s art community. In 2003, Radu was invited to join the Society of Fine Artists in Sibiu. This paved the way for his participation in a group exhibition at Atelier 35 Gallery and for a solo exhibition entitled Reflections at Atelier 202 in Apoldu de Sus. Radu went on to have several notable solo exhibitions: Flavours of Sibiu at the Casa Luxembourg (2004), Plunged into Colour at the Cisnădie City Hall in 2004, and Contrast and Colour in 2005. The same year, Radu was named one of the ‘Young Talent’ winners in a contest organised by the Art e Arte Foundation. Radu exhibited throughout Romania during this period. Selected shows include Ion Dacian at the National Theatre of Operetta in Bucharest in 2005, Angels and Saints at the Comedy Theatre in Bucharest in 2006, and The Queen Marie’s Heart at the Carol I Central University Library in Bucharest in 2006. In 2007, Radu was admitted to the Art and Design University of Cluj. In parallel with his time there, he attended master classes with Cornel Brudașcu – a respected painter from the older generation whose work has greatly influenced Radu’s practice. Following his studies, Radu continued to exhibit in Romania. He had an eponymous solo presentation at the Student’s Culture House in Cluj and a show entitled: It’s Tiring to be a Painter at the Green Hours Jazz Cafe in Bucharest. After participating in the Oxford International Art Fair in 2018, Radu moved to London to draw inspiration from a different culture and environment. In November 2020, Radu received from the President of Romania ‘The Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of Knight, Category C, Fine Arts’, for his contribution to arts and culture. Radu’s works are included in several important museum collections - one of the most prominent being the Cotroceni National Museum in Bucharest, Romania - and in notable private collections, including the Romanian Royal Family.

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