Oana Farcas

(b. 1981, RO)

Oana Farcas in her studio. Photo: Getty images.

Born in 1981 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Oana Farcas is a contemporary painter living and working in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Farcas is best known for her dreamy and surreal figurative paintings, filled with colour, strange objects and complex narratives.

Farcas packs her paintings with historical or art historical references, rendered in a colourful and contemporary visual language. Her surreal compositions carry a strong sense for mystery and enigma, creating a dreamlike image. Doing so, Farcas balances between reality and imagination evoking ambiguous thoughts and sensations.[1]

Farcas is one of the main representatives from the contemporary art scene in Cluj.

Career facts

Oana Farcas studied from 1999 to 2005 at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, achieving her MA in painting in 2005. In 2010, she achieved her Ph.D. at the same university.

Oana Farcas has had solo and group exhibitions at renowned institutions such Hugo Voeten Art Center in Herentals, Belgium; the Mind Set Art Center in Taipei, Taiwan; the Foundation Françès in Senlis, France; the Louis Vuitton Espace Cultural in Paris, France; the Kunsthalle Athens in Athens, Greece; the Peugeot Art Center in Paris, France; the Mucsarnok Budapest Kunsthalle in Hungary; the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark; the Aarhus Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark; the CCA Kunsthalle in Mallorca, Spain; the Espace Tajan in Paris, France; the Brukhental Museum in Sibiu, Romania and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miercurea-Ciuc, Romania.

Farcas is featured in several prestigious public and private collections such as the Museum 21C in Louisville, Kentucky, the United States of America; the Taubmann Museum of Art in Virginia, the United States of America; the Fondation Frances Senlis in Paris, France; the Susan and Michael Hort Collection in New York, the United States of America and the Art Foundation Mallorca (AFM) in Mallorca, Spain.

Selected works

Oana Farcas, Untitled , 2016. Oil on canvas – 80 × 51 cm. Courtesy Galleria Doris Ghetta.

Oana Farcas, The lady and the unicorn , 2015. Oil on canvas – 80.5 × 80.5 cm. Courtesy Galleria Doris Ghetta.

Oana Farcas, Untitled nr.6 , 2014. Oil on canvas – 54.5 × 44.5 cm. Courtesy Galleria Doris Ghetta.

Oana Farcas, Miniature, 2016. Oil on wood – 5.7 × 4.5 cm. Courtesy Galleria Doris Ghetta.

Oana Farcas, Untitled (three works), 2008. Oil on wood – 3.8 × 5.7 cm. Courtesy Heritage Auctions.


[1] Galleria Doris Ghetta, Oana Farcas at https://www.dorisghetta.com/oanafarcas-eng consulted 16/01/2021.

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