Ioan Popoiu

Ioan Popoiu received his B FA from the Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest, Romania, in 1975. After graduation, he participated in most of the Annual and Biennial exhibitions organized in Romania.  Ioan Popoiu moved to NYC in 1984. In 1989 he had his first solo show at Morin Miller Gallery in NYC. In 1990, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam included him in a fund-raising event “Unveiling the Communist Romania”, under the auspice of Christie’s. In 1994, one of his works became part of the permanent collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis.

“In my  work I use the fluidity of the paint as a form  of expression, which  gives  me the opportunity to explore freely and deeply  into  the  universe of abstraction. I began working with fluids sometime in the 80’s, and I became more involved with it in the early 90’s. Even now it still captivates me. Every one of my works is an exploration of color and texture obtained by juxtaposition of many layers of paint and polymer. I like to develop my work by implementing the laws of nature.  The shapes and forms in my paintings speak of my surroundings and they are related to the concepts of time and space. The structure and transparency obtained by overlapping multiple layers of color creates a 3-D effect creating a form of expression which is continuously changing.

In recent years I have used bright,  fluorescent  colors,  perhaps  as  a  response to a previous experience I had as a young artist in my native country, Romania. When I first visited the region of Maramures, I was fascinated by the powerful originality of its folk art. People there use very bright colors as a form of expression of their positive vision of life.”

Since his arrival in the States, Ioan has had several one-man shows and has participated in numerous group shows here and aboard. His works are in Collections in: Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Japan, Netherlands, Romania, and U.S.A.

 SINKING ARK, Acrylic on canvas, 60 X 48 inches SINKING ARK, Acrylic on canvas,
ANGELS LEAVING THE ZONE, Acrylic on canvas, 70 X 90 inches
 DEUX RONDS BLEU, Acrylic on canvas, 60 X 60 inches
 LHASA REFLECTION, Acrylic on paper, 37 X 23 inches
 WARRIORS OF EXTINTION, Acrylic on canvas, 90 X 70 inches
 RED ISLAND, Acrylic on canvas, 40 X 30 inches
 ARABESQUE, Acrylic on canvas 40 X 30 inches
 AVALANCHE, Acrylic on canvas 24 x 30 inches
BLUE LOBSTER, Acrylic on canvas 30 X 24 inches
REMY, Acrylic on board 28 X 18 inches
ORGANIC SHAPE, Dyes on board 20 X 15 inches
RISING SHAPE, Acrylic on canvas 28 x 24 inches
 UNTITLED, Acrylic on Board 80 x 90 inches
NET, Acrylic on board 16 X 10 inches
 ROLLING BALL, 2008 acrylic on canvas 24 x 24 inches
 CUCUTENI, Acrylic on canvas 80 X 70 inches
 FIELD, Acrylic on canvas 40 X 30
GRAY, Mixed Media on paper 20 x 15 inches
 MOUNT MERU, 2009 Acrylic on canvas 24x 24 inches
 MOVEMENT IN RED, Acrylic on board 17 X 12 inches
 NESTS, acrylic on canvas 90 X 80 inches
FIELD # 2, 2008      Acrylic on canvas 24 x 24 inches
FLOATING SHAPES, 2008               Acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 inches
DO YOU LIKE MY SKATES, 2008        Acrylic on paper 37 x 23 inches
CABO DE HORNOS DISSOLVES,  Acrylic on canvas,  70 X 60 inches.
FORBIDEN ,   Acrylic on canvas,  24 X 24 inches
JUAN YEAR AGO,   Acrylic on canvas,  70 X 60 inches
42nd STREET SPIDERS,  Acrylic on canvas,  46 X 38 inches
CARTOGRAPHER' S DREAM,  Acrylic on canvas,  42 X 32 inches