Bogdan-Rata,-Lonly,-courtesy-Nasui-Collection-&-GalleryRising art star Bogdan Raţa is the Romanian artist featuring in the exhibition “Kaleidoscope: Contemporary Art from EU Member States” at Farmleigh Gallery in Dublin, which marks Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The artist will exhibit the highly praised sculpture “Lonely” (2011) – project supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Romania in Ireland.

“Kaleidoscope: Contemporary Art from EU Member States” presents a selection of contemporary art works from the 27 member states of the European Union, which reflect the current art practice of contemporary artists, of many European nationalities, across a variety of media – video, drawing, sculpture, print and painting. The unique vision of each artist reflects the diversity of new work being created throughout Europe.

A sculptor from the young generation of Romanian artists, Bogdan Raţa (b.1984) is already appreciated by critics and audiences both at home and abroad. His hybrid realism unveils new genetic forms of human anatomy. The materials used (synthetic resin, auto chit) are intimately linked to the created forms, without the mark of the creator; the sculptures look as if they are serial produced, in an industrial process. “I reinterpret the human body in order to induce a state of confusion and an emotional impact to the viewer. I want him or her to understand the contemporary human being from a new perspective” – says the artist.

Bogdan Raţa’s exhibitions include “Artists of the Month”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; “Hand Gun”, public artwork in Piata Presei Libere, Bucharest; “Penitenciary”, Mulhouse Biennial, Art Basel; “God Bless Me”, Slag Gallery, NY; “The Essences of Reality”, Várfok Gallery, Budapest; “Colouring the Grey – State of Body”, Independents Liverpool Biennial – St. George’s Hall; “Colouring the Grey – State of Mind”, Artists’ House, Tel Aviv; “Colouring the Grey”, Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. The artist is represented by Nasui Collection & Gallery in Bucharest.

When: 1 May – 30 June 2013

Where: Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin

Kaleidoscope Catalogue (PDF)