22.VIII.982, 1982

Florin Mitroi
India ink on paper
24,8 x 35,2 cm (9 3/4 x 13 7/8 in) (unframed)
47,4 x 57,8 cm (18 5/8 x 22 3/4 in) (framed)
Florin Mitroi (b. 1938 – d. 2002) is an intriguing figure in the Romanian art scene. He taught at "Nicolae Grigorescu" Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest for more than 30 years, but only after his death was the full extent of his own practice discovered.

An impressive body of works was found in his studio, mainly consisting of paintings and drawings, but also including photographs and metal cut-outs. His oeuvre is predominantly characterized by series of stylized portraits, usually renditions of head and torso, depicting individuals with strong black brush strokes in rigid positions, with distinct facial features and prominent hands. Each depiction appears to invoke a specific narrative. The identities the artist portrays speak to the breadth of possibilities for solitude: withdrawal, surrender, desolation, sadness, anguish, and depression.

This work is part of a series of ink drawings on paper, mostly executed in the 1980s. The stark black contouring nib strokes are reminiscent of German expressionist woodcuts.
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