(b. 1982, RO)
Radu Cioca in his studio.
Radu Cioca, born in 1982 in Romania, lives and works in Cluj, Romania. The artist is experimenting with various approaches, using drawing, painting, photography, video, computer animation or digital generated images, with a focus on sculpture and installations that challenge materials.
The aim of Radu Cioca's idea-based practice, is to create a state of self-awareness in which the mystification of our reality is unveiled, thus raising questions and revealing relative 'truths'. He is interested in creating moments where things 'click', by interrogating the given reality through a series of connections.
His recent works investigate subjects such as the perception of time, the evolution of social trends and the aggregation of matter in relation with the idea of presence and universal vibration. 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, nuanced in a derogatory fashion.
Cioca is one of the main representatives of the contemporary art scene in Cluj, Romania.
Radu Cioca achieved his MA at the University of Art and Design in Cluj, Romania in 2007 with a 'Socrates-Erasmus' in 2004 at the École Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc in Liege, Belgium.
Cioca haș participated in multiple national and international group shows, exhibiting at institutions such as the National Museum of Transylvanian History; Museum Beelden aan Zee in The Hague, The Netherlands; the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland; the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Centre for for Contemporary Creation Matadero in Madrid, Spain and participating in the Art Encounters Biennial in Timisoara, Romania and the Venice Biennale at the Romanian National Pavilion in Venice, Italy.
Radu Cioca, Yellow Triangle, 2013. Concrete, iron, paint, wood – 74 x 74 x 30 cm. Courtesy Gaep Gallery.
Radu Cioca, Imitating Perfect Shapes, 2012. Photography on Alucobond, compressed earth – 45 x 41 x 11 cm. Courtesy Gaep Gallery.
Radu Cioca, Study for the Perfect Gesture, 2016. Concrete, iron – 121 x 145 x 12 cm. Courtesy Gaep Gallery.
Radu Cioca, Superbia, 2007-2010. Wild cherry wood, velvet, bronze – 275 x 120 x 170 cm. Courtesy Gaep Gallery.
Radu Cioca, Horizontal Curtain, 2013. Concrete, faux fur, metal – 30 x 61 x 7 cm. Courtesy Gaep Gallery.
Radu Cioca, 23:59, 2014. Earth stencil, wood panel, acrylic – 68 x 200 x 6 cm. Courtesy Gaep Gallery.
Radu Cioca, Political Correctness (2), 2015-2016. Concrete, print on paper, graphite circle on wall – 85 x 85 x 21 cm. Courtesy Gaep Gallery.