ȘEU, Ioan




           Sculptor. Analysing his works of art from a stylistic and thematic point of view, the artist Ioan Şeu can be situated in the multiperspective identity structure of modern volumetry. These works of art created by the sculptor carry with them an inherent honesty and the simplicity of the occurrences and of the images that become ideas, all of them sources of inspiration for his art. The values of a simple and authentic familial life setting are completed by his academic studies at The National University of Arts of Bucharest, while his passion and the interest manifested in Romanian folk art, which the artist had the opportunity to study in the past, would become frequent motives important for defining his personal creative style. His real passion, his severity in following a strict working schedule, but also his pure, playful joy, all of them participate in bringing to life the piece of material and, in time, led to an impressive number of works of art that impose by their size and quality alike. As a young sculptor, he created works of art defined by a certain concept, while the thematic series of works entitled The Shouting over the Village or Ancient Words are characteristic of his art as a whole. Ioan Şeu considers himself to be a sculptor of ideas, as each work created by him has its own story, more recently focused on everyday realities. The sculptor from Hunedoara created, among other public demands, the 15 busts that form The Alley of Gymnasts in Deva.

Andreea Foanene (2014)


(Nicula, Fizeșu Gherlei, Cluj, 1940)
Academic studies:
1962 - 1965 - Faculty of Fine Arts of the Pedagogic Institute in Bucharest, with professors Ion Rus și Ion Sălișteanu, Bucharest, Romania;
Professional activity:
1969 - 1998 - Professor of Drawing, picture and sculpture at the Popular Creation Centre, Deva, Romania.
since 1980 - Member of the Romanian Fine Arts Union (Deva branch)
Member in the Local Committee for Public Forum Monuments No. 1 (Timis, Arad, Hunedoara, Caras-Severin)


Solo exhibitions:
1970 - Deva, Craiova, Romania;
1973 - House of Culture/Palace of Culture, Deva, Hunedoara, Romania (together with I. Mátyás, catalogue);;
         - Arad, Romania;
1975 - House of Culture/Palace of Culture, Deva, Hunedoara, Romania (catalogue, with foreword by Aurelian Sîrbu and Nicolae Gastone);
1979 - "Fondul Plastic" Gallery, Deva, Romania (catalogue, with foreword by Ion Sterea și Viorel Marinescu);
1980 - Sibiu, Romania;
1983, 1985, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 - Art Gallery, Deva, Romania;
1986 - Art Gallery, Deva, Romania (catalogue, with foreword by Gheorghe Vida);
1995 - Art Gallery, Deva, Romania (catalogue);
2000, 2008 - Hunedoara, Romania;
2010 - Marriott Hotel, Bucharets, Romania;
2013 - Târgoviște, Romania.
Group exhibitions:
since 1969 - particpates in numerous County and Intercounty Exhibitions organised by Romanian Fine Arts Union - Deva Branch;
1969 - Petroșani, Romania;
1978 - "House of Art" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
2001, 2006, 2010 - Bucharest, Romania;
1980 - The Painting and Sculpture Salon, "Dalles" Hall, Bucharest, Romania;
1980, 1981, 1984 - The Republican Painting and Sculpture Salon, Bucharest, Romania;
1981 - Peasantry - The Revolutionary Force, "Dalles" Hall, Bucharest, Romania;
         - Exhibition of Romanian Fine Arts Union - Deva-Petroșani Branch, Hyvinkää, Ometta, Finland;
1981, 1985 - Exhibition organised by the Romanian Fine Arts Union - Deva Branch, Petrosani, Romania;
1985 - Hyvinkää, Ometta, Finland;
1985 - Exhibition of Romanian Fine Arts Union - Deva-Petroșani Branch, "House of Art" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
1997 - The Republican Salon, Resita, Romania;
1997, 1998, 1999 - The International Republican Salon, Reșița, Romania;
2001 - The National Salon, Bucharest, Romania;
2003 - The Moldavian Salons, Bacău (Romania), Chișinău (The Republic of Moldavia);
2004, 2005, 2008 - The "Brâncuşiana" Republican Salon of Sculpture, Târgu Jiu, Romania;
2006, 2010 - Bucharest, România;
2008 - Alba Iulia, Romania;
2009 - Piatra Neamț, Romania;
2008 - 2009 - Ro-GE-Art, Germany;
2010 - Time - 55 years since the foundation of the Romanian Fine Arts Union - Deva-Petroșani Branch, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (catalogue, with foreword by Doina Reghiș Ionescu);
         - Târgu Jiu, Romania;
2012 - Ties, Art Gallery, Szombathely, Hungary;
2014 - Bistrița, Romania.
Monumental works:
1970 - The Steel Industry Monument (collective; bronze), Hunedoara, Romania;
1992 - The Heroes of the Nation (monument; high relief in bronze), Deva, Romania;
1995 - Christ (marble), Arad, Romania;
2002 - Nicolae Densusianu (bust; marble), Densuş, Romania;
         - Nadia Comaneci (bust; bronze), The Sports College, Deva, Romania;
2003 - The Writing Monument (stone), Tărtăria, Alba, Romania;
         - Molding for the Dramatic Theatre from Deva, Romania;
2004 - Paul Dimo (academician; bust; marble), The Technical Sciences Academy, Bucharest, Romania;
2008 - The Statuary Group of the Gymnasts (15 portraits in bronze), Deva, Romania.
Sculpture symposiums:
1984 - The National Symposium from Săliște, he participated with the work The Kind Words from Săliște (wood), Sibiu, Romania;
2001 - The National Symposium from Debreţin, Hungary;
2004 - The National Symposium from Zeicani, Hunedoara, Romania.
Works in public collections:
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania;
Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Works in private collections in Italy, Germany, France, USA, Hungary, Holland, Syria.
Prezes and Awards:
2004 - The "Meritul Cultural" Medal, 3rd class, Bucharest, Romania;
2005 - Excellence Diploma, awarded by the County Council of Hunedoara, Romania;
2008 - "Provincia Corvina" Excellence Diploma, Romania;
         - Diploma of Merit, awarded by Deva Municipality; 
2009 - Excellence Diploma, awarded by the Romanian Fine Arts Union - Deva Branch, Romania;
         - Citizen of Honour, Deva County. 


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