Paintings by Andreea Zimbru
I like to think that my art is like a puzzle. Divided, each piece has its own story but together they form a simple yet complex universe.
My main subject of interest is daily life, which may seem simple, but my paintings present a new version, evoking hidden aspects of reality and generating a different perspective of human existence.
Composed in different techniques, sizes, and manners, the paintings are in a close relationship with the concept of experiment.
As a theme, the protagonists of the works are often extracted from concrete reality. The subjects then become the center of interest, revealing (sometimes visually) nothing more than their presence, allowing the viewer to make their own associations.
The images are paradoxical because they involve a contradictory state between the real and the unreal.
The presence of the human figure, although shrouded in mystery, evokes a state of temporary suspension, which may evoke introspection.
What makes the subjects intriguing is the fact that they are juxtaposed with the unknown and the fact that each subject is questioning their identity. The viewer’s perception of the work also adds to the intrigue.
I find myself playing with different materials, from traditional oil paintings, to collages, to graffiti spray paint.
The different approaches in painting style, the atmosphere of a piece, or even the colors I use, are closely connected to the unpredictability of the present moment, depending heavily on my current state of mind.
Andreea Zimbru was born and raised in Falticeni, a small city in the Moldavian region of Romania. After graduating from an art high school in Suceava, she moved to Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania to complete her studies. She graduated with a BA and MA in painting from University of Art and Design in Cluj and is now working toward her PhD in Visual Arts at the same institution.