Sebastian Hosu: New Works
14 October—11 November 2017

The selection of Sebastian Hosu’s paintings gives an insight into his impetuous and bold style. The Romanian artist’s scenes—n equal parts coarse and masterfully conceived—are partially populated with fragmented figures. To create them, Hosu does not truncate complete depictions, but conceives them from an essential gesture and reduces them to that gesture. By compressing them to a movement, a position or interaction, Hosu makes his partial figures so strong that the viewer instinctively completes and complements the image contents. He succeeds in portraying flight and fall, as well as sculptural motionlessness, and tense physicality in the few patches of colour.

The same is true of his canvas; here too, areas not essential to the scene are left bare, the empty spaces around a concrete or figural concentrate force the surroundings into the background, emphasising what is there. In this way, Hosu creates corporeality with the pasty materiality of the raised masses of paint on one hand, leaving bare canvas, an absence of pigment in other areas.

For Hosu, omission is not a simple reduction, it is a concentration on the essential. As a result, the images composed are not superficially harmonious, yet cleverly balanced. Abundance and absence complement one another convincingly, like in an ingenious sketch, summarising the idea to its key moments in anticipation of a work, by emphasising the focal points, merely hinting at the surroundings, and forming an orderly clarity.

Viewers are given a surprisingly in-depth impression of the painting process. Excitement and tumultuous colours, emotion and tension in the image content become tangible as a transmission of the artist’s energy and ambition. The visible, corporeal study in paint and canvas largely necessitates extensive formats to capture and present the artist’s gestures.
—By Tina Simon /Translated by Brendan Bleheeen
Dr. phil. Tina Simon

Author and publicist, Leipzig 

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Sebastian Hosu
born 1988 in Satu Mare [Sathmar, Satmer, Szatmárnémeti], RO 
lives and works in Leipzig, DE
2013–2016 Meisterschüler, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
/Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst [HGB], Leipzig
2011–2012 Master at the Académie Royale des Beaux-arts, Painting section, Liege, BE
2009–2010 Bachelors degree at the University of Fine Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca, RO
2008–2009 Erasmus scholarship at the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti di Turio, IT
2007 Graduated in the Aurel Popp Art High School, Satu Mare, RO

Solo Exhibitions Selection
2017 »Neue Bilder«, Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig
»Tough Time« Brennecke Fine Art, Berlin
2016 »Creating Realities«, [with Georg Brückmann], Rutger Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
»Menschen-Träume«, [Artist Talk with Misheck Masamvu], KAAD, Bonn
2015 »Sun Outside«, KAAD, Bonn

Group Exhibitions Selection
2016 »Klasse Ottersbach«, Bayer-Kultur, Leverkusen 
2015 »Painting«, Triumph-Gallery, Moscow, RU
2014 »Die Pferde sind tot!«, Forum Kunst Rottweil
Galerie de Wégimont, Liége, BE
2013 »Drawing protest«, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst [GfZK], Leipzig
2012 »G.U.E.S.T.S.3«, Brussels, BE
»Paintball«, Dubois Friedland Gallery, Brussels, BE
2011 »Plurality«, Académie Royale des Beaux-arts, Liege, BE
2009 Animation »Obscurus« projected ›2nd Annual Toronto Romanian Film Festival‹, Toronto, CA


2017 »The Elisabeth Greenshields Award«, CA
2015 1st Prize »10. Kunstpreis Wesseling«, DE
1st Prize »ArtWalk«, Leipzig, DE
20142016 »KAAD Stipendium«, DE
2012 »The Elisabeth Greenshields Award«, CA
»Price Horlait«, Brussels, BE
Finalist »Herelbeke Prijs Beeldende Kunsten«, BE
2006 1st Prize »Drawing on ecology«, Satu Mare, RO 
Mention in the »National Painting Olympiad« [Competition], Timisoara, RO


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