CRITICAL REVIEW

Costel Badea has created spatial structures, reliefs, decorative panels, industrial prototypes. His artworks represent the evidence of the multiple possibilities the ceramic materials have in order to satisfy different material and spiritual conditions imposed by a highly industrialised society. He inquires the peculiarities of ceramics, the peculiarities of the expressive forms... The interest he has in "fire arts", his passion for modelling clay (although he also works with stoneware, glaze, and porcelain) is an effect of the multiple formal possibilities the materials offer once they are submitted to the artist's will and results from his ability to create new identities exploiting either the expressiveness of the volumes or the unexpected game of glazes and engobes. In some of his artworks, the artist inserts various elements he retains from nature and combines them without altering natural order, only to reveal hidden relations, to assert his ingenuity. From the shapeless clay he works with emerge / come out geometric shapes, crystallizations not necessarily related to the material, but rather to the efforts he makes to achieve a systematic order. The refined scale of grey variations / shades is animated by intense colour tones that complete without ostentation the visual programme of Badea's artworks, their concrete form.


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    BIOGRAPHY


     (Iasi, 1940 - Bucharest, 1994)

    Academic Studies:
    1958 - 1964 –„Nicolae Grigorescu” Fine Arts Institute (teacher: Mac Constantinescu), Bucharest.

    Proffesional Activity:
    since 1964 – “Nicolae Grigorescu” Fine Arts Institute, Bucharest
    since 1970 – Titulary Member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva
    Member of Romanian Fine Arts Union
     


    PROJECTS

    Exhibitions
    Personal Exhibitions*:
    1968, 1983 – Simeza Gallery, Bucharest;
    1971 – Apollo Gallery, Bucharest;
    1972 - Galateea, Gallery, Bucharest;
    1974 - Eforie, Gallery, Bucharest.

    Group Exhibitions (selection):
    since 1965 – participates to the Sculpture and Decorative Art Salons
    since 1966 – participates to the International Ceramics Conquests in Perugia, Faenza, Vallauris, MIno - Japan, Perth - Australia.

    Symposiums:
    1972, 1973 – Monumental Ceramics Symposium, Sighisoara, Mures
    1976 - Monumental Ceramics Symposium, Medgidia, Constanta;
    1978, 1980 - Monumental Ceramics Symposium, Sibiu.

    Monumental Works:
    1966 - Neptun, The Black Sea;
    1971 - Costinesti, Giurgiu, Jilava;
    1975 - Slobozia, Ialomita;
    1977 - Târgu-Jiu;
    1979 – Romanian Embassy, Atena, Grecia;
    1981 - Medias, Sibiu.

    Distinctions:
    1969 – The Prize of the Young given by the Romanian Fine Arts Union 
    1970, 1978, 1986 – The Gold Medal (Targa d' Oro) at the International Ceramics Conquest, Perugia, Italy
    1972, 1981 – The prize of Romanian Fine Arts Union for Decorative Arts
    1972 – Grand  Diploma of Honour at International Ceramics Biennale (given to Romanian artists group), Vallauris, France;
    1973 – 2nd Prize offered by The Architecture Minister at the Ceramics in Contemporary Art Exhibition, Gdansk, Poland;         
             - The prize for prototype given at the Ceramics and Faience Symposium, Sighisoara, Mures
    1974 – The Gold Medal, Vallauris Biennale, France
    The 1st Prize, Erfurt Quadriennale, Germany
    1984 – The Gold Medal, Perugia, Italy;
    1989 – Mention of Honor, Mino, Japan.

    * also exposed in Debreczen, Hungary (1978).
     


    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Barbosa, Octavian, Dicționarul artiștilor români contemporani, Editura Meridiane, București, 1976.
    Fundația Culturală META, Un secol de sculptură românească. Dicționar A-D, Colecția SINTEZE, Editura META, 2001, pp. 43 - 44.
    Prut, Constantin, Dicționar de artă modernă, Editura Albatros, București, 1982.

    Bușneag, Olga, Artă decorativă românească, Editura Meridiane, București, 1976.