International. Contemporary. Art.
Liviu Mihai, an artist in Romania/Bucharest. Mostly does painting and graphics but also experiment subjects in the field of conceptual and digital art. Liviu has always been captivated by the human figure in paintings and drawings, but even now he gladly paint themes inspired from nature, mostly landscapes. At the moment he is more focused on the valences of the human figure.
This is an interview with Liviu Mihai.
“In my paintings I use juxtapositions of elements of the human figure but also of natural origin, to draw a certain concept. For example in the work “Transmutation” where the subject is the fall of the communism in Romania where the dog represents the social/political state at the moment until close to the present. I am fascinated by the human, not anatomically, but psychologically and socially. Many times I try to represent the abstract through material forms that at first sight are not recognisable, but after a closer look become more real. Another subject I research is the concept life/death, beauty/ugly, more exactly this dualism we find everywhere. I am also fascinated by the idea of for transformation, human, animal and I try to describe this in my works.”
How would you describe yourself? And your artwork?
I am a person who is addicted to art and creation. Generally I handle mostly painting and graphics but I also approach and experiment subjects in the field of conceptual and digital art. I have always been captivated by the human figure in paintings and drawings, but even now I gladly paint themes inspired from nature, mostly landscapes, but at the moment I am more focused on the valences of the human figure.
What drives you?
I always have this creative feeling so I guess something inside guides me, I assume this happens with every single artist. I think the artist has a role of mediator between society and the world as he sees it and that’s an important and motivating role for him because the artist creates messages / concepts / images influence on the viewer.
What is your definition of art?
For me art is generally physical and spiritual manifestation of the man approaching him of the Creator. Man is a creator and this must not forget.
Where do you get your inspiration?
When it comes to inspiration often things get complicated. O have quite often many ideas at the same time and it’s hard to choose which is the best solution for that subject. I think an artist is like a receiving antenna which continuously absorb information, process them and then turn them into artistic messages. That’s what I do, capture information from the environment and then turn them into my art.
How do you deal with artist’s block?
I have friends that are artists and I really like spending time with them because we speak the same language. I am enthusiastic every time I meet new artists and see new ways of artistic expression ..You can learn and discover more with others.
Where do you see your art going in ten years?
I never thought about this before and I do not usually make long-term plans because the future is unclear to everyone, but I trust my work. For me it is important creative act itself but it’s true that you need the support of others, and as an artist you feel motivated when appreciated by others.
Can you tell us what you have going on right now?
At the moment I’m working on a series of paintings and I have in mind an exhibition in a gallery in London. So far I have not found the gallery but I hope to come soon!: D
Can you tell us what your ‘Before I Die’ is?
Not before seeing Romania getting back to Constitutional Monarchy.
I know my artwork is finished when…?
Often the most important is to know when to stop working. It happened to be carried away and turn work into something else without realizing it. It’s best to start a new piece. But usually if the concept I have in my mind overlaps as well over the easel I, then it is a sign that the work is ready.