Romanian artist Ion Grigorescu was born in 1945 in Bucharest, where he lives and works. Together with Geta Brătescu (born in 1926) and Ana Lupas (born in 1940) he is among the important Romanian artists in the time after WW2, whose work created a bridge to the international avantgarde also during the time of the Ceausescu dictatorship and has up to now a persistent influence on the development of the contemporary Romanian art.
Legendary is some meaningful anecdote. For his final exam at the Academy of Art he had to paint the obligatory portrait of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu as all students had to do. He demanded that the dictator should perform for him a model sitting. It would make no sense to paint only after a photography. Of some importance is also the fact that Ion Grigorescu during the 1970ies and 1980ies had access to film and photo materials and equipment. In a time when all such materials were rationed and only accessible with stately permission for special propaganda projects. The artist used the materials in some subversive way for his artistic studies and experiments. Clandestinely he filmed the everyday situations on the streets of the socialist reality. He made private photographs practicing Yoga exercises, performative actions or simply sleeping. He photographed his friends and family members during private gatherings and moments of happiness and coloured the images later on with oil colours. He created his own small visual cosmos and documented situations, which were usually subject to censorship and were in no understanding matching the communist doctrines for the role of the artists.
*1926 in Ploiești, Romania. Lived in Bucharest, Romania, - died 2018 in Bucharest.
Work: Autoportret cu pasāre (Self-portrait with Bird)
*1977 in Oradea, Romania. Lives and works in Paris, France and Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
*1986 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca and Berlin, Germany.
Work: Personal Hawking
*1977 in Dej, Romania. Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Work: Untitled (shoelace)
*1979 in Bucharest, Romania. Lives and works in Bucharest.
Work: Original Adidas
*1938 in Bucharest, Romania. Lived in London, Great Britain, - died 2004 in London.
Work: Three Worlds
*1979 in Bucharest, Romania. Lived in Bucharest - died 2011 in New York, USA.
Work: Rosetta (white, grey, black)
*1980 in Curtea de Argeș, Romania – died in 2020.
Work: Metal Doors
*1961 in Sibiu, Romania. Lives and works in Sibiu.
Work: Dialogue, from the Fish-Eye Series
*1982 in Bucharest, Romania. Lives and works in Bucharest.
*1982 Bucharest, Romania. Lives and works in Bucharest.
Work: Failed Mission #17
*1977 in Romania. Lives and works in Târgu-Mureș, Romania, and Paris, France.