Friday, January 23, 2015

Romanian Artist Ilie Vaduva Exhibits at Anne Lloyd Gallery

Far from his home in Romania, Ilie Vaduva recently landed in Decatur and has established himself in a studio at the Heroic Age Art Center in Mt. Zion. His childhood love of art was nurtured throughout his school years, during which he trained in decorative mural painting, graphic design, printmaking and classical skills.

The combination of all these influences can be seen in the innovative mixed media technique he has developed and perfected. It combines graphic accents of pen and ink with transparent layers of oil on canvas. The accents of the pen can be found in the thickness of the lines and in the areas which develop texture. Color is created by layers of transparent oil paint. The result of the technique is a rich sense of depth. The psychology of ego and alter ego is represented through surrealistic scenes in which “characters” –ribbon-like mythological animals and chess pieces - meet their own distorted images

  • The Decatur Area Arts Council presents Vaduva’s U.S. debut with the exhibit “EGO VS. ALTER EGO” in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center from February 5-28. The exhibit showcases huge wall-size paintings that combine his unconventional touch of classicism with surrealistic images.
  • An opening reception, free to the public, will be held on Friday, February 6 from 5-7:30 pm during the First Friday Gallery Walk. Ilie Vaduva will be on hand to meet and talk about his work.
  • The following week, on Wednesday, February 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Vaduva will give a presentation, entitled “Layer By Layer,” as part of the DAAC ongoing Members-Only Series. Soft spoken but passionate about his work,Vaduva will provide insights on his technique and a demonstration surrounded by his work in the Anne Lloyd Gallery. You’ll be able to ask him questions or try your hand at his technique.

The exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For more information, contact the Decatur Area Arts Council at 423-3189.

Jerry Johnson
Executive Director
Decatur Area Arts Council