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Bogdan Rata

Bogdan Rata

Bogdan Rata is a sculptor from the young generation of the artists. His new hybrid realism is finding new genetic forms of human anatomy in search of a new posthumanism.

Based in a “forgotten future”, his work reproduces “replicas of reality” reminiscent of the virtual world in the film Blade Runner.  Rata multiplies human parts (fingers, ears, and so on) and combines them into new life forms. The newborn creatures seem to result from strange experiments with the human body in an esthetics lab.

Rata’s works forge a contextual change of the anatomic detail through its obsessive multiplication. The materials used, and the resulting industrial look, question the assault on individual personality in a climate of commercial branding uniformity. The concept of “hand-foot” and the “unsuccessful blessing” symbol strengthens the idea behind the work, delicately propelling it into the realm of grotesque. The torso also evokes a twist of reality, the socially provocative themes of sexual identity and the hermaphrodite.

He uses new materials as polystyrene, industrial paint, plaster, synthetic resin.


Born in January 22, 1984, Baia Mare, RO

Live and works in Timisoara, Romania, and teaches at the West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Arts and Design, Sculpture Department

2012 – PhD, West University of Timisoara, RO
2008 – MA., National University of Arts, Sculpture Department, Bucharest, RO
2006 – BA. West University of Timisoara, Sculpture Department, RO

2015 – Superstitions, Nasui Collection & Gallery, Bucharest, RO
2014 – The Middle Way, Independents Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
2013 – Sculptures, Farideh Cadot Gallery, Paris, FR
2012 – Hand Gun,  National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, RO
2012 – rupTrup , Timișoara Art Museum, Romania
2012 – rupTrup, Atelier 030202, The Night of the Galleries, Bucharest, Romania
2012 – Artists of the Month, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
2011 – 1990 Project: Hand Gun, Piata Pesei Libere, Bucharest, Romania
2010 – In/Out (Penitenciary), Mulhouse 010 Biennale, France
2010 – God Bless Me , Slag Gallery, New York, USA
2010 – Minimal Feelings, Jecza Gallery, Timișoara, RO

2014 – Le mur. la collection Antoine de Galbert, La maison rouge, Paris, FR
2014 – Artificial  Life, Parallel Program of Manifesta 10, St Petersburg, RU
2013 – Autour du Portrait, Farideh Cadot Gallery, Paris, FR
2013 – Essences of Reality, East European contemporary Art, Muzeul Brukenthal Sibiu, RO
2013 – Personal Structures – Collateral Event Venice Biennale, 55th edition, Palazzo Bembo Veneția, IT
2013 – Kaleidoscope – European Commision, Farmleigh Gallery Dublin, UK
2013 – initiator Galery “geam MAT” Art MuseumTimișoara, RO
2012 – The Essences of Reality, Hungarian and Romanian contemporary artists in an itinerant exhibition, Várfok Gallery, Budapest, HU
2012 – Colouring the Grey – State of Body, curator Cosmin Năsui, Liverpool Biennial Independents 2012, UK (catalogue)
2011 – Colouring the Grey – State of Mind, curator Cosmin Nãsui, The Artists’ House, Tel Aviv, IL (book)
2011 – Post Humanism, curator Cosmin Nãsui, Pecherskiy Gallery, (former V-Art Gallery), Moscow, RU
2011 – Colouring the Grey, curator Cosmin Nãsui, special Projects section, 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Artplay Design Centre, Moscow, RU (book)
2011 – Figure IN/OUT, LC Foundation, Bucharest, RO
2010 – Un Regard Autre, Farideh Cadot, Paris, FR
2010 –  Al treilea 6, Dan Raul Pintea, Lea Rasovszky și Bogdan Rață, Little Yellow Studio, Bucharest, RO
2010 – Buy What You Love, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA
2009 – Capturing Gil-Gulim II, Slag Gallery, New York, USA
2009 – About Bodies, Jecza Gallery, Timisoara, RO
2009 – Atelier in tranzitie, Alb-Negru, The Night of the Galleries, Bucharest, RO
2009 – Panorama de l’art roumain, Drouot- Montaigne, Paris, FR
2008 – Against All Odds, Slag Gallery, New York, USA
2008 – International Experimental Engraving Biennale, Palatele Brancovenesti, Mogoșoaia, RO
2007 – Visual Eurobarometer, Vecinity, offered by the Intenational Center of Contemporary Arts, Bucharest

2014 – The Middle Way, St George Hall, Liverpool, UK
2012 – HandGun, Piaţa Presei Libere, Bucharest, RO
2008 – Monumental Work, Triade Sculpture Park, Timisoara, RO
2007 – Monumental Work, Triade Sculpture Park, Timisoara, RO

2011 – Prize for Sculpture of The Union of Romania Plastic Artists, offered at  The Arad Biennale of Art, Meeting Point
2007 – Ex-aequo Prize, ”Visual Eurobarometer. Vecinity”, offered by the International Center for Contemporary Art, Bucharest

Snapshot Romania, Contemporary Artists from Romania, Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection, 2013
Personal Structures, GlobalArtAffairs Foundation, 2013
The Soft Power of the Art Market, Vellant Publishing House, 2011
Colouring the Grey – State of Mind, Vellant Publishing House, 2011

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