RADU CIOCA                                               





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Born in 1982 , lives and works in Cluj at The Paintbrush Factory, Romania.


Education :              


2005-2007 -  Master degree at the University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2001-2005 -  Graduated from the University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2004 – Mobility - ‘Socrates –Erasmus’ - L’Ecole Superieure des Arts Saint-Luc de Liege / Belgium  


Selected exhibitions:

Seeing ourselves sensing – group exhibition / Eastwards Prospectus Gallery / Bucharest (RO) 2017;

Cu exceptia riveranilor – group exhibition / Pilot Space - The Paintbrush Factory / Cluj (RO) 2016;

Speculum. Abstract Mirroring – group exhibition / Diehl Cube Gallery / Berlin (DE) 2016;

Extension.RO  group exhibition / Triumph Gallery / Moscow (RU) 2016:

Limit:less – group exhibition / ArtEncounters / Timisoara (RO) 2015;

Pocket revolutions : Romanian Contemporary Art – group exhibition / Korea Foundation Gallery / Seoul (KOR) 2015;

Cluj Connection 3D – group exhibition / Galerie Judin / Berlin (DE) 2015;

Transformation . Romanian Sculpture 25 years after the Revolution – group exhibition / Museum Beelden aan Zee / the Hague (NL) 2014-2015;

5 chambers – solo show / Eastwards Prospectus Gallery / Bucharest (RO) 2014;

Through the Collector’s Eye / Works of the Generation 2000 from Cluj in Three Romanian Collections - group exhibition / The Office / Cluj (RO) 2014;

A few grams of red, yellow, blue. New Romanian Art - group exhibition / Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle / Warsaw (PL) 2014;

23:59 – solo show / Jecza Gallery / Timisoara (RO) 2013-2014;

 œconomy, an already tumultuous landscape where phantasms cross”- group show / Oberwelt e.V./ Stuttgart (DE) 2013;

Pushing Jesus – artists from Fabrica de Pensule / Larm Galleri / Copenhagen, (DK) 2013;

The Whisperers – group exhibition, part of the Curators’ Network / Center for Contemporary Creation Matadero / Madrid, (ES) 2013;

Impossibility vs. Self-Censorship – group exhibition, part of the Curators’ Network / Center for Contemporary Creation Matadero / Madrid, (ES) 2013;

Exercises on Democracy – group exhibition / White House Biennial at Open Case 303 / (GR) 2013;

Thrills and Chills – group exhibition / Art Athina with Daily Lazy Projects / (GR) 2013;

Hotspot Cluj - New Romanian Art  group exhibition / Arken Museum of Modern Art / Copenhagen, (DK) 2013;  

V.I.C./ Very Important Chair – group exhibition / Atelier-Z  / Paris, (FR) 2013, and at Baril in The Paintbrush Factory / Cluj, (RO) 2012;

Superbia –  The Romanian National Pavilion in The New Gallery of the I.R.C.C.U., Venice Biennale - 12th International Architecture Exhibition / (IT) 2010;

Slash Show –  group exhibition / Slash Gallery / Cluj, (RO) 2010;

Inhabitance –  solo show / Laika (Dot Space) / Cluj, (RO) 2008;



The main target of Radu Cioca's idea based works is to create a state of self-awareness in which the mystification of our contemporary reality is unveiled, thus raising questions and revealing relative 'truths'. It's about searching to create moments where things click by interrogating the given reality through a series of connections. The last works of Radu Cioca investigate time as an ending tensioned moment – a study about the state of stressful expectative built on fear and  the state of uncertainty that drive our lives. The artist works freely, experimenting with various approaches, using sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, video, computer animation or digital generated images – the means of expression being determined by the way each concept dictates to reveal itself. There is a subtle poetic criticism in his works that deals with society's new values that are turned into relevant images of our times, created in an obvious derogatory manner.