Bogdan Mihai Radu Interview by Javier Melian www.chrom-art.org co-founder for www.thepalettepages.com
Born in Sibiu, Romania, Bogdan Mihai Radu spent his childhood in Tălmaciu, a picturesque little town in rural Transylvania. He was only seven when he watched a movie that would change his
destiny. In it, the main character stealed famous paintings in museums and private collections that he skillfully copied and replaced with reproductions. Fascinated by the film, little Bogdan
‘borrowed’ paintings from relatives to reproduce and then return as copies without anyone suspecting the trick for over two years!. It was the first success of the future painter who would,
before long, became one of the most prominent young artists in Eastern Europe, despite the prejudices of his parents who opposed his desire to become one.
For Bogdan, creating is not just an experience, it’s breathing, it’s life itself: “I can not live without painting, because it’s just when I paint that I feel truly alive. When I stand in front a
canvas I find myself”
Bogdan gradually developed his own style of painting in the limits of impressionism and expressionism. He has a great weakness for flowers: “Since I was little I liked painting flowers, buying
them and giving them away. The gift of a flower is one of simplicity and extraordinary beauty. And if you give someone a painted flower, the gesture becomes memorable and charged with emotion…
Flowers express the ethereal in each of us, the fragility and the strength at the same time”. Their vulnerability and femininity is counterbalanced with as much masculinity through Bogdan’s sharp
brush strokes on their petals that often resemble a painting storm over a cold sky. “The sky becomes the embroidered cloth of our dreams, aspirations and hopes. It’s a space that expresses light
and shadow, known and unknown, human and magical. It’s the serene and the storm within us, sometimes simultaneously”.
His first international exhibition happened almost by chance in 2009. The universe conspired in his favor as a picture of his hometown’s church, painted whilst he was still a child, was donated
by the city of Tălmaciu to French city of Vitré when they became twinned. The painting was very well received by the French, and their interest on his work grew such that he was invited by the
organisers to exhibit in France.
2010 was a watershed year for Bogdan as he became bedridden, paralyzed for almost a year, but doctors were unable to specify exactly what triggered his autoimmune disease. This happened at the
time when his career was really taking off; he was a very active, rising artist with already over 30 solo exhibitions under his belt. On the other hand his illness also brought him a wave of
sympathy. Bogdan was quickly surrounded with plenty of warmth from people. Entire campaigns were created to offer him unconditional support. All this boosted him back to a speedy recovery.
Bogdan Mihai Radu is now one of the most wanted young Romanian artists of the moment. His paintings are found in collections around the world. He owns a stunning gallery in the historic part of
Bucharest, with all the grandeur of the Parisian art houses. As a qualified art therapist he also runs a very popular painting school. He has over 13,000 people following him on Facebook and he
is a larger than life character as you are about to see.