NEAG, Valer




Telephone:


0766.208.490
 

Address:


Strada Victoriei, bloc 54, scara 4, apartament 7, Târgu-Jiu, Gorj, România, cod 1400
 

Email:


valer_neag@yahoo.com
 




CRITICAL REVIEW


            For more than a quarter of a century, Valer Neag has been playing a dangerous "game", forbidden for many: the game involving fire and light / he has been playing with fire and light. Whatever Valer Neag thinks and builds in glass is difficult to name. We would be tempted to call these works sculptures, because, no matter their dimensions, they have monumentality, containing that grain of intelligence and vitality without which sculpture cannot exist. The signs with which he operates both in the works carried out in glass and in the wood sculpture are bearers of Orthodox Christian symbols, and others come from the decorative peasant grammar and they have a great load of moral-expressiveness.
          Valer Neag’s works, which travelled the world from Japan to Germany and which ennobled the Romanian galleries and museums, constitute a unique artistic universe whose source seems to come from the archetypes of Neolithic art.


Florin Rogneanu (2012)
 


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    BIOGRAPHY

    (Dostat, Alba, 1954)
     
    Academic studies:
    1974 - 1978 - The "Nicolae Grigorescu" Fine Arts Institute, Bucharest, Romania.
     
    Member of the Romanian Fine Arts Union (Targu-Jiu Branch).
     


    PROJECTS

    Personal exhibitions:
    1979 - The Art Galleries, Deva, Hunedoara, Romania;
    1981 - "ART’IND" Galleries, Bucharest, Romania;
    1985, 1995, 2000, 2009 - Art Galleries, Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania;
    1990 - Art Galleries, Craiova, Dolj, Romania;
    2002, 2005 - Museum of Art, Craiova, Dolj, Romania;
    2003 - "Forma" Art Gallery, Deva, Hunedoara, Romania;
              - Sacred - Profane, Museum of Art, Craiova, Romania (together with Mihai Țopescu);
    2004 - "Alexandru Stefulescu" County Museum, Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania;
    2009 - The Shadow in the Wall, Municipal Art Galleries, Targu-Jiu, Romania;
    2012 - The Modern Art Museum, Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania.
     
    Group exhibitions:
    1980, 1984 - The Decorative Arts Quadrennial, "Dalles" Hall, Bucharest, Romania;
    1982, 1983 - The National Design Exhibition, "Dalles" Hall, Bucharest, Romania;
    1985 - The Dot, Plastic Sign, "Atelier 35" Gallery, Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania;
    1986 - The Decorative Arts Triennial, "Dalles" Hall, Bucharest, Romania;
    1988 - The International Glass Craft, Kanazawa, Japan;
    1988, 1993, 2002 - Glass and Light, "Orizont" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;      
    1993 - The Latin America Institute, Bucharest, Romania;
    1994, 2000, 2001 - Artists from Oltenia, Craiova, Dolj, Romania;
    1994, 2000, 2001, 2003 - 2008 - The Glass Salon, "Simeza" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
    1995, 1998 - 2014 - The Sacred in Art (annual exhibition), "House of Art" Gallery, Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania;
    1996 - National Small Sculpture Biennale, "Delta" Gallery, Arad, Romania;      
              - National Salon of Glass and Small Tapestry, "Apollo" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
    1997 - South Salon, Museum of Art, Ramnicu Valcea, Romania;
    1999, 2001 - 2013 - The Autumn Salon, Art Gallery, Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania;
    2003 - 2008 - The "Constantin Brancusi" National Sculpture Salon, Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania;
    2001 - The "Arts of Fire" International Biennale, "Apollo" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (other artists: Peter Weeis (Austria), Leposava Milošević (Yugoslavia), Sofija Bunarjaric și Ilia Iancov (Bulgaria), Ogiso Norihiko (Japan), Boris Roce (Croatia), Sido Racho (Syria), Alfred Dumitriu, Gheorghe Fărcașiu, Ion Berendea, Cristina Popescu Russu, Liviu Russu, Ionel Cojocariu, Gheorghe Butnaru, Gherghina Costea, Georgiana Cozma, Vioara Popescu, Ion Tămâian, Alexandru Badea, Nichita Fedot, Gheorghe Crăciun, Constantin Ionescu, Alexandru Isopescu, Petru Manea, Eugenia Enescu, Niculae Mirodeni, Anca Ignat, Gheorghe Maftei, Adriana Brăileanu, Victor Triare, Daniela Făiniș, Vasile Soponariu, Andrei Vlad, Ana Zoe Pop, Maria C. Trifan, Dorin Iormeanu, Alexandru Nestorescu, Mihai Țopescu, Ernest Palko, Mihaela Obadă, Ioan Nemțoi, Dumitru Rădulescu, Alexandru Ghilduș, Mihai Hlihor, Ana Mihaela Ursan, Alina Emilia Popovici, Maria Yonkov, Cristina Iliescu, Vladimir Cioroiu, Gheorghe Butnaru, Dan Băncilă, Bogdan Breza, Ioana Mușat Fluerașu, Ioniță Dumitriu);
    2003, 2007 - The "Arts of Fire" International Biennale, Bucharest, Romania;
    2004 - The Glass Salon, "Simeza" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (other artists: Laurențiu Anghelache, Lucian Butucariu, Dan Băncilă, Iza Uncov Dancea and Silviu Dancea, Vladimir Cioroiu, Ioan Nemțoi, Dan and Radu Popovici, Victor Săraru, Alina Băncilă, Ioana Budeș, Marian Mihalache, Elena Păduraru, Laura Prohnițchi);
    2005 - "Forma" Art Gallery, Deva, Hunedoara, Romania;
    2006 - Art Galleries, Ramnicu Valcea, Romania;
    2008 - International Sculpture Salon, Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania;
    2009 - Art Salon, "Apollo" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;      
              - Sutu Palace, Bucharest Museum, Bucharest, Romania;
    2010 - The Glass Salon, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;        
              - "Casa Simian" Museum of Art, Ramnicu Valcea, Romania;
    2011 - The National Salon of Contemporary Art, "Sofianu Troianu" Centre of Exhibitions and Events, Ramnicu Valcea, Romania;
    2011 - 2012 - The Winter Salon, organizer: "The Decorative Arts - Bucharest" Branch of the Romanian Fine Arts Union, "Orizont" Gallery, Sutu Palace, Bucharest Museum, Bucharest, Romania (other artists: Cela Neamţu, Marijana Biţulescu, Cristina Bolborea, Dan Roşeanu, Lucian Butucariu, Ionel Cojocariu, Ilie Rusu, Mihai Ţopescu etc.);
    2012 - The Decorative Arts Biennale, with the theme: Communication through Symbol, critical text: Aurelia Mocanu, organizer: The Decorative Arts Branch of the Romanian Fine Artists Union, The "Constantin Brancusi" Exhibition Hall, Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania;
               - The "Ion Andreescu" Art Biennale, 7th edition, curator: Valeriu Șușnea, with the participation of the art critic: Corneliu Antim, organizer: The Buzau Branch of the Romanian Fine Arts Union, "Ion Andreescu" Art Galleries, Buzau, Romania;
    2013 - The exhibition of the members of the Targu-Jiu Branch of the Romanian Fine Arts Union, Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania;
                 - The Glass Salon, The Romanian Order of Architects (other artists: Ioan Nemţoi, Mihai Ţopescu, Lucian Butucariu, Mihai Hlihor, Cătălin Hrimiuc, Cristina Iliescu, Valer Semenescu, Ilie Rusu, Vladimir Cioroiu, Alexandra Mureşan, Mădălina Papastere, Săndel Ene, Alina Chervase (debut award), Ioana Stelea, Adelina Constantin, Gabriela Velea, Alina Constantin, David Emilian Petruț, Irina Anghel, Victor Săraru, Dan Popovici, Eugenia Enescu and Ion Cadar).
     
    Symposia:
    1978, 1987 - The National Glass Symposium, Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania;
    1984 - The National Glass Symposium, Padurea Neagra, Bihor, Romania;
    1985 - The International Glass Symposium, 2nd edition, Nový Bor, Czech Republic;
    1986 - The National Camp of Glass and Porcelain Art, Dorohoi, Botosani, Romania;
    1988 - The International Glass Craft, Kanazawa, Japan;
    1990 - International Symposium in Open Air, Libenau - Cottbus, Germany;
    2006 - The "Constantin Brancusi" International Sculpture Symposium, Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania.
     
    Works in public collections:
    - National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, Romania;
    - Museum of Art, Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania; 
    - The "Ajeto Art" Glass Museum in Nový Bor (Ajeto Glassworks), Czech Republic;
    - The Glass Museum in Ebeltoft (Glasmuseet Ebeltoft), Denmark; 
    - Museum of the Art Institute (Museum of Kanazava College of Art), Kanazawa, Japan;
    - The Glass Museum in Prague (Museum Moser), Czech Republic – Museum of Art, Cottbus, Germany; 
    - Museum of Art, Craiova, Romania.
     
    Titles and awards:
    1988 - Award of Excellence, given at the International Glass Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan;
    1993 - 1st Prize, National Award for Glass Design, Bucharest, Romania;
              - 2nd Prize for Decorative Arts, Cotroceni, Bucharest, Romania;
    2003 - The Award of the Romanian Fine Arts Union, given for the participation in The "Arts of Fire" International Biennale, Bucharest, Romania;
    2006 - Award for Sculpture, Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania;
    2008 - 2nd Prize for Sculpture, International Sculpture Salon, Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania.


    BIBLIOGRAPHY


    Artist’s archive:
     
    Web sources:
    Mărculescu, Ema, Eveniment în lumea sticlei, in: "Observator cultural", nr. 225, 2004.
    (the article can be read in the following link: http://www.observatorcultural.ro/Eveniment-in-lumea-sticlei*articleID_11133-articles_details.html)
    Mocanu, Aurelia, Siliciu de Verona, in: "Observator cultural", nr. 678, 2013.

    (the article can be read in the following link: http://www.observatorcultural.ro/Siliciu-de-Verona*articleID_28819-articles_details.html)
    Năsui, Cosmin, Bienala Artelor Focului respiră în același aer, in: "Observator cultural", nr. 93, 2001.
    (the article can be read in the following link: http://www.observatorcultural.ro/ARTE-VIZUALE.-Bienala-Artelor-Focului-respira-in-acelasi-aer*articleID_741-articles_details.html)
     
    http://helionsf.eu/valer-neag-3/
    http://www.afaprr.ro/expozitia-anuala-sacrul-in-arta  
    http://miluta.ro/galerii-foto/item/380-salonul-sticlei-10-mai-2010-galeriile-orizont
    http://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-cultura-10872124-saloane-iarna-galeria-39-orizont-39-palatul-sutu.htm
    http://www.voceavalcii.ro/201108076384/Salonul-National-de-Arta-Contemporana-organizat-de-Nicolae-Sofianu-a-fost-o-reusita.html
    http://artindex.ro/2012/09/20/23108/
    http://www.uapbuzau.ro/bienala-ion-andreescu-editia-a-viii-a-2012/
    http://www.gorjeanul.ro/cultura-2/valer-neag-a-dezvaluit-targujienilor-%E2%80%93-%E2%80%9Cumbra-din-zid%E2%80%9D.VACQuNKSzoc
     
    Critical references:
     
    1. Studies in specialized volumes:
    Guță, Adrian, Generaţia ’80 în artele vizuale, Editura Paralela 45, Bucureşti, 2009.
    Vlasiu, Ioana (coord.), Dicționarul sculptorilor din România. Secolele XIX - XX, Lit. H - Z, Vol. II, Editura Academiei Române, București, 2012, pp. 165 - 166.
     
    2. Articles in periodicals:
    Davidescu, Cătălin, Sticla în muzeu, in: "România literară", nr. 14, 2003.
    (the article can be read in the following link: http://www.romlit.ro/sticla_n_muzeu)
    Mocanu, Aurelia, Vulcanologii artei, in: "Observator cultural", nr. 577, 2011.
    (the article can be read in the following link: http://www.observatorcultural.ro/ARTE-VIZUALE.-Vulcanologii-artei*articleID_25434-articles_details.html)