Cătălin Pîslaru

Works

Cătălin Pîslaru

“There is nobody that loves painting more than me.

I must subjugate my obsession for color and control it under the cognitive cage of drawing.

I can pretend to push my viewer to the edge of the cliff, but they have to jump off themselves.

I’m not a killer, I’m just a bored painter.  

Conceptualising painting is like adding parmigiano on top of spaghetti with vongole. Unnecessary.“

 

Photo by Lars Monshausen

CV

Born in 1988, Chișinău (MD), lives and works in Düsseldorf (DE)

STUDIES

2018 

Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, title of “Meisterschüler”, prof. Jean-Marc Bustamante – Florian Pumhösl (DE)

2013 

MA, Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome, specialization in painting (IT)

2011 

BA, Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome (IT)

2007 

Academic Lyceum of Fine Arts “Igor Vieru”, Chișinău (MD)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2024

‘24! – Questions for the Concrete Art’, Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg (DE)

2023

‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, Gaep, Bucharest (RO) (solo)

‘The Signs for Somewhere and Elsewhere and Here and Now’, Gaep, Bucharest (RO)

2022

Spark Art Fair, Vienna, solo presentation, together with Jecza Gallery (AT) 

miart, Milan, duo presentation with Josephine Baker, together with Nir Altman Gallery (IT)

Art Cologne, solo presentation, together with Nir Altman (DE)

‘On/Off the Grid’, Jecza Gallery, Timișoara (RO)

2021

‘David and Billy’, Nir Altman, Munich (DE) (solo)

Hans Purrmann Preise, Kunstverein Speyer (DE)

‘Die Große’, NRW Forum Düsseldorf (DE)

Artissima, Turin, duo presentation with Susi Gelb, together with Nir Altman (IT)

2019

‘Premeditated Flight of an Innocent Bird’, Nir Altman, Munich (DE) (solo)

Jahresgaben, Kunstverein Munich (DE)

‘Sinopa’, Schierke Seinecke Gallery, Frankfurt (DE) (solo)

‘Drawing Wow’, BCMA, Berlin (DE)

‘Die ersten Jahre der Professionalität 38’, Galerie der Künstler (BBK), Munich (DE)

2018

‘New Works’, Schierke Seinecke Gallery, Frankfurt (DE) (solo)

Tacker Prize, Galerie der Künstler (BBK), Munich (DE)

‘I Shot Mercury to Make This Exhibition’, Nir Altman, Munich (DE)

2017

‘Ur-’, Nir Altman, Munich (DE) (solo)

‘Not Only Meant to Be Seen’, Rundgänger Galerie, Frankfurt (DE)

‘Finir en beauté’, Galerie der Künstler (BBK), Munich (DE)

Project class Florian Pumhösl, Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich (DE)

Jahresgaben, Kunstverein Munich (DE)

2016

‘Tandem – Catalin Pislaru / Irina Ojovan’, Raum 49 Prof. G. Hildebrandt, ADBK, Munich (DE)

‘Omnibus 3000’, Galerie der Künstler, Munich (DE)

2015

‘Im Grünen’, Rundgänger Galerie, Frankfurt (DE)

‘Concrete Jungle’, Walter Storms Gallery, Munich (DE)

2014

‘Graphics Traces’, Palazzo Pace – Galleria degli Archi, Comiso (IT)

Festival international d’art de Toulouse, Les Abattoirs, Musée – Frac Occitanie Toulouse (FR)

2013

‘Traces’, Weltraum, Munich (DE)

2012 

‘Transiti del Sublime’, Temple University of Rome (IT)

RESIDENCIES & AWARDS 

2022

Artist-in-residence at CCA Andratx, Mallorca (ES)

Finalist Talent Prize, Inside Art, Rome (IT)

2021

Winner of Vanni #artistroom Prize, Artissima, Turin (IT)

Finalist of Hans Purrmann Prize of the City of Speyer for Visual Arts (DE)

2020 

UNIDEE Residency program, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (IT)

Neustart Kultur Stipendien für Bildende Künstler:innen (DE)

2019 

Lepsien Art Foundation, Düsseldorf (DE) 

2018 

Winner of Tacker Prize, Galerie der Künstler, Munich (DE)

Press

At the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich “I was part of a group of students that were maybe more ambitious than others. They were working with photography, video and installation, so we often argued for our mediums of expression. That’s why my approach to painting is not as conventional as one might expect. It has a digital flavor, it encapsulates a vocabulary related to different technologies. (…) I start by doing digital sketches. I’m fascinated by the computer as a creative tool and by the possibilities it opens up. When I proceed to paint, I particularly like a hard, cold support such as aluminium instead of canvas. But I’m also fond of traditional materials and techniques, I work a lot with tempera, alongside oil, gouache and acrylic.”

Exhibitions