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Stefan Doru Moscu: Piecing Together Deconstructed Reality

Time And Texture

Stefan Doru Moscu is a surrealist artist and sculptor based in Brasov, Romania, born there in 1982. A Quentin Tarantino of fine arts, he paints an oddly satisfying pulp fiction every time he holds a brush. His work is enigmatic with scenes from popular music videos, old photographs, cartoons, movies, and fairy tales. The abstract imagery isn’t just a fancy puzzle but depicts the socio-political and cultural issues as well as the transformation of society through time.

"I Can't Stand My Own Mind" by Stefan Doru Moscu, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2017

“I intend to explore the relationship between man and nature in urban environments in an attempt to obscure historical and political references with personal memories, film references, and scenes from the entertainment industry, and elements from art history.”

"Try To Name What You Feel When The Feeling Is Gone" by Stefan Doru Moscu, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2018

Moscu’s father was a self-taught sculptor and young artist’s first inspiration. Stefan studied Arts and Restoration at the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu. At the moment, the artist prefers oil and acrylic on canvas more than sculpture as painting allows him to express himself better. His current style is the evolution of decades of practice and hard work.

"Skin Covered In Ego" by Stefan Doru Moscu, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2018

Hypnotizing Symbolism

With a somber palette of colors with shades of blue and gray, the paintings are dark but far from dull. The surreal reality Moscu creates on his canvas presents a unique overlook on the realities of living in a current political, economic, and ecological climate. Reflecting on the social issues and injustices, Stefan projects these global problems onto personal, individual human struggle.

"Party Never Fit Me" by Stefan Doru Moscu, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2018

“The transformation of society between the “online and offline” of the immediate past and the present is my main focus. I take inspiration from textures like those of objects degrading, decaying, rusting, or corroding over time.”

"I Refuse To Give Up My Obsession" by Stefan Doru Moscu, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2017

Stefan Doru Moscu has presented his artworks in multiple exhibitions in the USA and Europe. The independent artist works in the studio with his wife, who is also a painter, and has been working on four series of paintings, experimenting with abstract expressionism. By deconstructing reality and piecing it back together with the use of oils and acrylics, the artist challenges existing political, economic, social, and technological paradigms.

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You can view more work by Stefan on his Instagram and website.

Article written by Abeer Khan

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