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Apollo the Sad, Daphne the Poor

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Apollo the Sad, Daphne the Poor

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140 x 206 cm
55.12 x 81 in


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Acrylic on unstretched canvas (Signed front right corner)

The artist reinterprets the myths of Apollo and Daphne from the Greek Mythology. Apollo, the god of light, day, and art, insults the god of love, Eros, who takes revenge on him by shooting him with the arrow of love. Apollo falls in love with the chaste Daphne; despite the certainty that he will never be able to convince her to reciprocate. Daphne, to get rid of Apollo, asks her father to transform her into a laurel tree, and Apollo, in a final gesture of affection, grants immortality to the bay leaves to make them eternally green.

Exhibition catalogue "Untouchable Love" edited by Anaid Art Gallery, Berlin, 2018, page 12-13

About the Artist

1977 Bucharest, Romania

Alexandru Rădvan was born on 16th of May 1977 in Bucharest Romania. He graduates the National University of Arts in Bucharest, painting department, class of prof. Florin Mitroi. In 2012 he becomes doctor of philology at the Faculty of Letters, with the paper “Fantastic image made by plastic and literary means”. Currently, he is a professor at the National University of Arts Bucharest, Painting Department.

In the last decade, Alexandru Rădvan constantly exhibited in country and abroad, being a reference name for the Romanian contemporary art since 2000. His creation is based on an ample cycle of works – the series Imperator, Minotaur, Constantine the Great, Homage to Judas, Christ – who often makes references to myths and mythologies. The artist is preoccupied by the relationship between contemporary society has with myths, mythology and ancient religions. Is the contemporary man capable to deciphering and understanding ancient myths? Can he still relate to religion as our ancestors did?

Alexandru Rădvan’s works talk to the onlooker, challenge him both intellectually and emotionally. It is an art structured and designed on the idea of ​​forcing and query the limits. Or, Alexandru Rădvan stretches the limits of representation and establishes a direct dialogue with Constantine, Judas, Christ. The three series of works or three stages in the artist’s oeuvre highlight, from an artistic perspective, the rewriting of a new humanity. The artist’s concern is the human dimension of his characters: Constantine – the man, Judas – the man, Christ – the human being. Forcing and interrogating limits lies at the very heart of his art, one that does not invite mere contemplation but rather a sharp scrutiny of whatever subject is under discussion.  “I do believe images have a capacity to tell stories. I believe that painting is a living phenomenon, which cannot be approached with circumspection and attention, but rather totally, without any concern as to how one gets out of it.  Like a fight”, confessed Alexandru Rădvan.

His works are part of important public and private collections in Austria, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Israel, Germany, USA and Romania.

Alexandru Rădvan is represented by Anaid Art Gallery since 2005.

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Berlin, Kurfürstendamm 195

Anaid Art Gallery is from 15 years on the contemporary art market. The gallery has a gallery space in Bucharest, Romania, since 2004 and an operational office in Berlin, Germany since 2015.German Our goal is to present the most innovative and intriguing contemporary art from emergent and established artists. The gallery strives to present a dynamic program o...

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