With the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York support, visual artist Mihai Bara takes part in the collective exhibition "Portal to Enigma", opening at Agora Gallery in New York on June 4.
Portal to Enigma focuses on the work of artists who embrace the challenge of self-expression with an enthusiasm that shines through their chosen medium, enlivening and intensifying their creations. The works seek to bring a sense of beauty to touch the emotions of their viewers, leaving a lasting impression and introducing us to the delicate, vibrant wonder of the world.
Romanian artist Mihai Bara invites the viewer to look beyond his literal figural executions to the feelings that lie beneath. His neo-expressionist images transcend the constraints of line and form to explore the emotionality, tensions and inner experiences that lie beneath the figural façade. What results are compelling paintings full of color, texture, energy and movement. His masterful sense of composition only serves to add to the emotional depth of the paintings.
Using a mixed technique centered around acrylics on canvas combined with other media such as paper, string, textiles and sand, he infuses his works with an intensity and vigor that makes his characters come alive. Inspired by the diversity of his homeland in Transylvania, Bara infuses each figural composition with a cultural richness reflective of the greater world we share. Through his art, Bara offers up “a point of view based on a true emotion” inviting the viewer to “think more about themselves, about life, about how insignificant we are as individuals.”
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