(b. 1974, RO)
Portrait of Victor Man. / Photo: Studio Victor Man.
Victor Man, born in 1974 in Cluj, Romania, lives and works in Cluj, Romania and Rome, Italy. Man is known for his nocturnal paintings with a strong spiritual aura, rendered in a figurative – icon-like – imagery.
His work is marked by a strong art historical dialogue, citing and answering artists such as Edouard Manet (1832-1883) or Gerhard Richter (b. 1932). The nocturnal character comes from his preference to paint in dark tones. As a result, a certain mood hovers over his entire oeuvre, functioning as a continuum throughout his works. The foundation elements for his work are literature, art history, the collective memory and personal experience.
Victor Man has been on the international scene since the 00s. As a result, Man has had shows in Germany, the United States, Mexico, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, France, Austria, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
In 2007 he represented Romania at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia and in 2014 he won the Deutsche Bank Artist of the year award, followed by a landmark solo exhibition at the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin, which travels to the Zacheta Museum of Art in Warsaw, Poland and Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany.
His work is collected by several important private and public collections, such as Centre Pompidou, Paris, Tate, London, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art San Francisco (SFMOMA), San Francisco, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAMeC) di Birgamo, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Centre International d'Art et du Paysage, L'île de Vassivière, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, Israel Museum, Israel, Collection of Contemporary Art of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn, Deutsche Bank Collection, Berlin, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, David Roberts Collection, London and the Kadist Art Foundation Collection, Paris/San Francisco.
Victor Man is ranked top 10.000 globally on the Artfacts ranking and top 10 in Romania.
Victor Man books – Select bibliography
For further reading on Victor Man we recommend a monographic publication from 2008 Victor Man and the monograph on the occasion of winning the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year award in 2014 Victor Man. Szindbad (German edition) Artist of the Year 2014.
Selected works – 2013-2016
Victor Man, Self-Portrait at Father's Death, 2016. Oil on canvas mounted on wood – 27 x 19 cm. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.
Victor Man, Untitled (Connaissez-vous des Esseintes?), 2015. Oil on canvas – 101.1 x 70.9 cm. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.
Victor Man, K, 2014. Oil on canvas – 60 x 40 cm. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.
Victor Man, Ombre sul giallo, 2013-2014. Oil on canvas mounted on wood – 27 x 19 cm. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.
Victor Man, Untitled, 2013. Oil on canvas – 100 x 67 cm. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.
Victor Man, The Chandler, 2013. Oil on cardboard – 101 x 72 cm. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.
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