The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, in partnership with Gallery RIVAA, has the pleasure of inviting you to the sculpture Exhibition:
“Angels Go North” by MIRCEA LACATUS.
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 2016, 6-9 PM,
with a cello recital by
527 Main St, Roosevelt Island – New York, NY 10044
November 5-27, 2016
Gallery hours: Wednesdays & Fridays 6-9 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11 am-5 pm
Phone: (212) 308–6630
Mircea Lacatus (b. 1962, Gherla, Cluj County, Romania) graduated the Art High School in Arad (1981). He holds a B.A. in sculpture, restoration, and pedagogy from the National University of Arts in Bucharest (1989, class of Professor Vladimir Predescu). Soon after graduation, he moved to Vienna, Austria, where he lived and worked for 22 years. In 1993 he received his Master’s degree from the University of Vienna. During his Viennese years he also worked as a freelance artist for the Vienna Opera.
Since 1985, he has had numerous solo and group shows throughout Europe and the US.He has also been invited to participate in prestigious international symposiums in different countries (Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, Israel, India, Japan). He is currently based in Huntsville, AL. In the last three years, he has taught as a guest artist at University of Alabama in Huntsville and Oakwood University. He has an art studio at Lowe Mill, in Huntsville.
Glenn Dasher, sculptor and Dean of Fine Arts, UAH (University of Alabama in Huntsville), wrote about Mircea Lacatus: “His sculptures display a wide variety of techniques. Not only are his works technically well executed, they are especially strong conceptually. Simple creations of ordinary stone are transformative and serve in his quest for rediscovering and finding expression in the “sacred” in our daily lives. His sources of inspiration are the legends and the great myths of mankind. Working within the long respected tradition of the surrealistic juxtaposition of disparate forms to create new meaning, Mircea Lacatus takes the effort further in blending the unique forms, historically associated with very different belief systems, creating beautiful and believable statements of remarkable clarity. (…) He gives his sculptures an air of timelessness, while being archaic and futuristic.”
Ariana Arcu (b. 1976, Cluj-Napoca, Romania) began her cello studies at the age of 7, in her native city. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the “George Enescu” National University of Music in Bucharest, and her Master’s degree and PhD from the University of Alabama, USA. Her professors include Gabriela Todor, Vasile Jucan, Marin Cazacu, and Carlton McCreery.
She has performed in master classes for prominent musicians, such as Pieter Wispelwey, Radu Aldulescu, Andres Diaz, Franz Helmerson, Voces Quartet, and The Emerson Quartet. Ms. Arcu has given recitals in Romania and North and South America, and has also appeared several times as soloist with orchestras, such as The Bucharest Conservatory Orchestra, The Huxford Symphony Orchestra of University of Alabama, and The Shoals Symphony Orchestra.
She has won awards at several national competitions, including: the First Prize at Constanta (1994) and the Second Prize at Ploiesti (1992) and Timisoara (1993). She was also the recipient of the “Elizabeth Hamner” fellowship, in 2009. In 2000, she was invited to be a guest-recording artist for the album “Acoustica” of the legendary rock band “Scorpions”, and has concertized with them in South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and throughout Europe. Currently she holds the Assistant Principal position in Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and is also part of the faculty at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and at the Oakwood University. Since 2010 she has been a member of the Arrhythmia string quartet, along with members of the Alabama Symphony. The quartet had its first important international tour in 2011 in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova), Cluj and Sibiu (Romania), and had recently recorded a CD with the Grammy winner bandoneonist Raul Jaurena.