Roman Tolici DARK MATTER, 02.12 – 18.12.2016, Triumph Gallery, Moscow

Six, 2013, oil on canvas, 180x180cm

Roman Tolici

Dark Matter
02.12.2016 – 18.12.2016, Triumph Gallery
Triumph Gallery presents exhibition of Roman Tolici, an artist whose works have been displayed at the Gallery in the framework of EXTENSION.RO exhibition. His solo project will consist of works from different cycles, created in the past few years.

Roman Tolici graduated from the National University of Arts in Bucharest in 1988, he has been working in different techniques using oil, watercolour, ink, pencils and markers. At the exhibition will be presented oil on canvas paintings, varying in the size from small to colossal. All of the paintings are done in realistic style, the artist pays close attention to any detail, be it a person in a foreground or a bird in the sky. All of the works are linked to the everyday life. The thing, separating Tolici from other artists, is his particular perspective on common things. Each work contains details giving it a touch of mysticism. That very mysticism reaches its peak in Dark Matter series, where it gains its physical form.

«Tolici’s work has explored some very bleak and disturbing territory since he completed his studies at the National Art University in Bucharest in 1998. Tolici, with an anthropologist’s eye, has a remarkable facility to be able to zoom in and out of people’s lives.» © Matt Price, exhibition curator.



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Release of ROMAN TOLICI artist book

coperta Roman Tolici
Mobius Gallery, in partnership with Pandora M Publishing and Kontakt
Association, is pleased to announce the November 25th 2016 release of ROMAN
TOLICI artist book, with an ample essay written by Pascal Bruckner and snapshots
from interviews and conversations of the artist with curator Oana Tănase .
In conjunction with Roman Tolici’s first itinerary exhibition that begins its journey
at Mobius Gallery, in Bucharest, and will move on over the next two years to
Moscow, London, Lisbon, Paris, New York, and Toronto, the artist book ROMAN
TOLICI features an overview of the artist’s activity, from the emerging stages of
his career until now.
The exhibition opens on November 25 th at Mobius Gallery and runs until
December 2 nd . The public is welcome to peruse a few of never exhibited before
paintings, from different phases of Roman Tolici’s work, spreading over more
than a decade (2004-2015).
The project is co-sponsored by: Publicis One, National Cultural Fund Association,
Romanian Cultural Institute, Serve
Roman Tolici was born in 1974, in the Ghetlova village, the Orhei district, located
in the centre of the Republic of Moldova (former USSR member), almost 75 km
from Chisinau. He started studying arts at the Igor Vieru Arts School in Chisinau,
but his interest for images and for the visual culture had been nourished from his
very first years of life, by his family. He moves to Bucharest in 1990, after
receiving a scholarship at the Nicolae Tonitza Arts Highschool from the Romanian
state. In 1997 he defends his BA thesis in a public exhibition (organised in the
Constantin Brancusi Hall of the Palace of the Parliament); his BA thesis,
entitled Identities and supervised by Nistor Coita, concludes his studies and the
Graphic Arts Department of the National University of Arts of Bucharest. Starting
with 2000, he establishes himself as a painter, with personal and group
exhibitions. In 2000 he starts working with Oana Tănase (arts historian and
independent curator); the collaboration is materialized in the personal exhibition
“1 plus 1” (together with Dumitru Holban) hosted by the Museum of Romanian
Literature in Bucharest. The curatorial (and editorial) projects of Oana Tanase
include some personal exhibitions by Roman Tolici: Grafik und Malerei, Ross +
Ross Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany, 2011 (catalogue); Nobody, Jecza Gallery,
Timisoara, Romania, 2011 (catalogue); Action, Virtuell-Visuell, Dorsten, Germany,
2010 (catalogue); Cel mai probabil mâine/It Could Happen Tomorrow, National
Museum of Contemporary Arts, Bucharest, Romania, 2008. Some of the most
recent personal exhibitions of Roman Tolici include: Dark Matter (curated by Yana
Smurova), Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia, 2016 (catalogue); SIMVLACRVM
(curated by Simon Hewitt), Mobius Gallery, Bucharest, Romania, 2015 (catalogue);
Milk. Honey. Blood. (curated by Adina Zorzini), Stirbey Palace, Bucharest, Romania;
Ceremonies (curated by Adina Zorzini), National Museum of Arts, Chisinău,
Republic of Moldova; Senki (curated by Oana Tănase) Herman Ottó Museum,
Miskolc, Hungary. Throughout the years, the works of Roman Tolici have been
included in group exhibitions hosted by independent galleries and museums in
Sibiu, Vienna, Graz, Frankfurt, Tallin, Brussels, San Francisco and New York.
Roman Tolici lives and works in Bucharest.
Pascal Bruckner was born on December 15 th , 1948, in Paris. A prolific writer,
Pascal Bruckner belongs to that venerable lineage of French philosophers and
essayists who, for centuries, have cast an ironic and always intelligent critical
glance on the weaknesses and excesses of their society. His best-known works
have been dynamically controversial and widely discussed, particularly
Le Sanglot de l’homme blanc and La Tentation de l’innocence, for which he won
the Prix Médicis de l’Essai in 1995. Bruckner has also written fiction, including
Lunes de fiel (adapted for the screen by Roman Polanski) and Les Voleurs de beauté
(winner of the Prix Renaudot). He has taught in universities in France and the U.S.
and contributes editorials to major newspapers in many countries. He lives and
works in Paris.
Partners: Pandora M, Mobius Gallery
Sponsors: Publicis One, The National Cultural Administration, The Romanian
Cultural Institute, Serve
Project initiated by Kontakt Association
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