Mircea Suciu (b. 1978, Baia Mare, Romania) lives and works in Cluj, Romania. Predominantly working in acrylic and oil paint combined with monoprint techniques, Mircea Suciu depicts solitary figures or groups—sometimes state and religious authorities—in sparse surroundings and caught in moments of inner conflict. Suciu grew up in an area of Romania loaded with historical conflict and came of age during and after the 1989 revolution. Fascinated by what he describes as “the absurd actions of man,” Suciu explores human foibles and existential problems in his work, pointing to the psychological terrain of his subjects.

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BIOGRAPHY

In one series of paintings, Suciu’s figures poke their heads through windows or into boxes, appearing to search for a way out, or their faces are otherwise obscured, suggesting states of alienation. The artist mines imagery from 1940s and ’50s advertising, reducing down the elements and adding symbolism, sometimes inflected with dark humour.

Works by Mircea Suciu have been included in the Timisoara Biennial (2017); Vilnius Painting Triennial (2016); Gwangju Biennial (2014); Prague Biennial (2009); and Istanbul Biennial (2009). His paintings have been included in group exhibitions in Kunstmuseum Bochum, (DE); Weserburg Museum, Bremen, (DE); Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, (NL); Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado, (US); Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, (FR); Fondation Francès, Senlis, (FR); Maison Particulière, Brussels, (BE); MODEM Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, Debrecen, (HU); and Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, (HU).

1978, Born in Baia Mare, RO
Lives and works in Cluj, RO


EDUCATION

1998-2003
University of Art and Design, Painting Department, Cluj, RO

2001-2002
Erasmus grant, San Martino delle Scale, Palermo, IT

2003-2005
MA, University of Art and Design, Cluj, RO


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Hotel Empathy, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2018
A Touch of Evil
, Jason Haam, Seoul, KR
Usual Suspects
, SPAȚIU INTACT, Cluj, RO

2016
Ship of Fools, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2015
The Fracture, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, RO
Root and Branch
, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2012
Black Milk, AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels, BE

2011
Telltale, Galerie Brandt, Amsterdam, NL
Full Moon, Laika Gallery, Cluj, RO

2010
A Matter of Life and Death, SLAG Gallery, New York, US

2009
The Fall, SLAG Gallery, New York, US

2008
How Deep The Rabbit Hole Goes, SLAG Gallery, New York, US

2007
Mircea Suciu, Galerie Mie Lefever, Destelbergen, BE

2006
The National Museum of Art of Romania, ING Event, H’art Gallery, Bucharest, RO

2003
Voyage, Voyage, Atelier 35 Gallery, Bucharest, RO

2000
C’est L’Heure Exquise, Atlas Gallery, Cluj Napoca, RO


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
La Brique, The Brick, Cărămida, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, FR
Feeling Called Love. Collection of an Idiot, Kunstmuseum Bochum, DE
Fair Maidens: The Feminine Ideal from Nicole Grigorescu to Ion Grigorescu
, MARe Museum of Recent Art, Bucharest, RO
Trouble in Paradise
, Collection Rattan Chadha Kunsthal Rotterdam, NL
Jason Haam, Seoul, KR

2018
Double Heads Matches
, New Budapest Gallery, HU
A Personal Voyage, Tajan Artstudio, Paris, FR
Works on Paper I
, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2017
Doing Identity. Die Sammlung Reydan Weiss
, Kunstmuseum Bochum, DE
Art Encounters 2017: Life a User’s Manual, Timisoara, RO
Proof of Life, Museum Weserburg, Bremen, DE
Beyond the pleasure principle - Affective Operations, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL

2016
XVI International Vilnius Painting Triennial, Nomadic Images, Vilnius, LT
Mir ist das Leben lieber. Sammlung Reydan Weiss
, Weserburg Museum, Bremen, DE

2015
Raoul De Keyser, Johannes Kahrs, Mark Manders, Mircea Suciu, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2014
Works on Paper I, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, BE
Transformation. Romanian Art 25 Years After the Revolution
, Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, NL
Defaced: a selection of works by contemporary Romanian painters, BMoCA Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, US
Gwangju Biennale 2014: Burning Down the House, Various locations, Gwangju, KR
This Side of Paradise, Sotheby’s S2, London, UK

2013
Viewing Room, All Visual Arts, London, UK
Scènes Roumaines, Espace Louis Vuitton Paris, FR In Alle Staten, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, BE
Nightfall New Tendencies in Figurative Painting, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, CZ
Sex, Money and Power
, Maison Particulière, Brussels, BE

2012
Hybride, Fondation Francès, Senlis, FR
Nightfall - New Tendencies in Figurative Painting
, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, HU
European Travellers, Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, HU

2010
Art Fanatics, Kunsthalle Mücsarnok, Budapest, RO

2009
Prague Biennale 4, Prague Biennale, Prague, CZ
Without Hintersinn
, 11th Istanbul Biennal, TR
Seeing is Believing,
Birmingham Art Museum, Alabama, US

2008
Under Natural Circumstances - Contemporary Art from Transylvania, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, HU


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2019
Mircea Suciu, Hotel Empathy, Zeno X Books, Antwerp, BE

2017
Mir ist das Leben Lieber – I Prefer Life, Reydan Weiss Collection, Museum für Moderne Kunst Weserburg, Bremen, DE
Doing Identity, Reydan Weiss Collection, Kunstmuseum Bochum, DE

2015
Picturing People – The New State of Art, Thames and Hudson, London, UK
Belvedere – Cincisprezece conversatii cu artisti contemporani, Editura Trei, Bucharest, RO
Drawing People, The Human Figure in the Contemporary Art, Thames and Hudson, London, UK

2014
Burning Down the House, Gwangju Biennale 2014, Damiani Srl, Bologna, IT
This Side of Paradise, Sotheby’s S2, London, UK

2013
Vitamin D2 – New Perspectives in Drawing, Phaidon Press Ltd, London, UK
Romanian Scenes, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, FR

2010
Nightfall – New Tendencies in Figurative Painting, Exhibition catalogue, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, CZ
Nightfall – New Tendencies in Figurative Painting, Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art (MODEM), Debrecen, HU

2008
Under Natural Circumstances, Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art (MODEM), Debrecen, HU


SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

2019
Y. Tuna, “Besieged By Fear”, Artist Portfolio, 212magazine, Guilt Issue, #8
C. Stegerean, “Mircea Suciu – Sur le Front des Medias”, Artpress, #465
A. Barak, “Mircea Suciu & Ami Barak en Conversation”, L’Officiel Art, #26

2011
D. Grant, “Romanians of the Day”, Art News, 10 May

2008
I. Dupuis, “Mircea Suciu”, Flash Art, October, #262
“Mircea Suciu”, ARTnews, October