As a Romanian artist having lived through political struggles and the subsequent attempts at reconstruction, Mircea Suciu (b. 1978, Baia Mare, Romania) depicts images brimming with intangible but undeniable tension. The figures found in his works often shy away from the viewers, as if hiding in shame or looking to escape from the boundaries of the frame. Some are even evocative of egocentric children, “hiding” by covering their faces, conflating their inability to see with the audience’s as well. Such images in monochrome settings cast a curiously eerie shadow upon Suciu’s works, making them all the more intoxicating. Such depictions, however, are not intended to simply engage; the subjects of Suciu’s artwork express the underlying meaning of aggression, defensiveness, and suffering, of what civilians are inevitably exposed to in times of war as a result of religious fundamentalism and extreme nationalism.
Mircea Suciu was born in 1978 in Baia Mare, Romania. After having studied painting at Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca, Suciu’s artistic career took off with a group exhibition at Mestna Galerija in Ljublijana, Slovenia, followed by many more in spaces such as Espace Louis Vuitton in Paris, France, Fondation Francès in Senlis, France, Maison Particulière in Brussels, Belgium, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art in Debrecen, Hungary, and more. His works were shown in the 7th Gwangju Biennale in 2014, the 4th Biennial of Prague, and the 11th Biennial of Istanbul.
Suciu currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Cluj, Romania.