Romanian painter Bogdan Mihai Radu has just had a successful exhibit in London this month. We had interviewed the winner of the 2018 Oxford International Fair about his exhibit, his muses and his art.
1.You’ve just had a successful exhibit in London these days. Can you tell us a bit about the exhibit and why you have chosen to present the “ Searching for Life” series? I feel happy about this exhibition, being my first personal exhibition in the UK at RCI London. “Searching for Life” series was chosen because one of these works, Searching 3, brought me the 1st place at Oxford International Art Fair 2018. Seeing the response to my work from the judges and british people I had a big confidence boost. Going to events here in London, meeting with people, seeing how the artist community works, I decided to move to London so I can be closer to the things that fascinated me: the culture, the urban landscapes and the freedom I felt. I’ve been working for almost three years for this series and the decision to gather all of my works into one exhibition is a statement that covers my search in art, it being the first exhibit that lists all of the paintings from the series. Since we are here, I would like to thank Mr. Dan Mihalache, the Romanian Ambassador in London for the support and also to all the members from Romanian Cultural Institute.
2. Express your intention behind your paintings? Every painting represents a life period, in other words a search. I feel that every person is in a never ending search. Either we search for material things, a house, a job, a new something or spiritual identity and meaning, we are always on the run. I decided to put my searching on canvases. For example, “Searching for spring” is a painting that emerged in the winter time when my soul desired the colour and warmth of spring. Another example is “Green Forest”, a piece that was brought to light after I got lost in an ocean of life embedded in nature. The examples can go on.
3.Can you talk about what has formed you as an artist? When did you realise you wanted to paint and what were you sources of inspiration?
My story dates a long time ago, in childhood to be more precise. After seeing a movie, “The Man Who Lived at the Ritz”, a name I lost in time, being understood by my unconscious mind over the years as “The Painter who…”. As a whole, my inspiration is my life. I hope I am not misunderstood, but the feelings I have, the connection with people around me, the drama in my life, all of the things I’ve been through is a powerful and never ending source of inspiration.
4. Is there any artist that you admire? Yes, in fact, there are a lot of artists that I admire, but I would like to mention two of them. The master painter Corneliu Brudascu, from Cluj-Napoca and the well known and acclaimed Gerhard Richter. Mister Brudascu was a good friend, a master and spiritual parent for more than 15 years. In my searches I find a lot of emotion I see and feel in the work of Gerhard Richter.
5.What career you would have chosen if you were not able to paint? I think I would have chosen photography. It is fascinating for me to see how much the art has involved in this area.
6. If you could meet one artist( dead or alive) and have dinner with them, who would you choose? For sure it would be Richter.
7. Do you do anything special when you prepare yourself to start a new painting, such as listening to a type of music or having any rituals/routine when working? Nothing special, but music calms me down and puts me in the mood, but I cannot paint without feelings. I enter my workshop when I have something to say, when I have something to transfer to the canvas.
8. Which piece of your artwork is your favourite or which one you would love people to remember you by? Searching for Monet. ( another favourite painter)
9. What do you think about digital artwork? Would you like to interact with it in the future? I respect digital art, I like it also. It is possible that I could approach this realm in the future, but is hard for me to say for sure now.
10. What advice would you give to a young artist?
If you have a dream, follow it. Don’t hesitate to work your ass of and not be discouraged by bumps in the road. The most important thing is that you should never abandon the love you have for whatever makes you happy.
11. Do you plan to have any other exhibits in the future? Yes, of course. In autumn for sure. I am working alreadyfor a new series.