Hometown: Tunrnu Magurele
Based in: Bucharest
My name is Mihai Cotiga, born in Turnu Magurele, Romania. Living in Bucharest, Romania, where I have my painting studio. My paintings can be found in private collections in many countries like USA, France, UAE, Canada, Romania. Over the years I had exibited in solo shows and group shows in Romania and Netherlands. Since 2009 I've been paintings in oils and experimenting with various materials. Most of my work untill 2018 it's abstract. I explored and studied abstract expressionism, different types of colours and surfaces, oil paints, enamels, spray paints, oxides, canvas, paper, cloths and so on. I always painted to answer questions and to evoke emotion.
At first I started on Yves Klein journey to explore the imaterial so I broke my palette down to only three colours, blue, white and black, after a year and a half I started to introduce a few more colours but close to these ones. Slowly incorporating my studies in my paintings I started varying quite a lot and my paintings became a lot more intense. Themes that I explored are Space Exploration(interpreting the planets of our galaxy), a lot of writings that moved me like "Solaris" by Stanislav Lem, "Erostrat" by Jean-Paul Sartre, "The Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka to name a few, also inspired by music such as John Coltrane's Stellar Regions.
At the end of 2018 I started figurative painting again, you can find some of my works in the linked sites at the bottom of the screen. The more recent works are a representation and interpretation of my life in images filtered by me.
I have an MFA in Architecture, create illustrations, catalogues, portfolios, posters and lots of other things, mostly creative related for a lot of years.
I am inspired by stories and psychology, I was always facinated by meaning and what gives meaning, everything I see and do I question. My work slowly became an exploration and an understanding of archetypes, they are my main focus and I find them everywhere.
My works are based on notes and photos that I take or find. I study them to see how can I transform the idea into a painting. Make a quick sketch, use a refference photo until I go on and paint what I want to achieve.
3 words that describe my work; meaning, archetype, human.
I have always looked at what other artists did or do, from the old masters to contemporary. The artists that left a mark on my approach to art are Yves Klein, Mark Rothko, Gerhard Richter, Edourd Vuillard, Peter Doig, Adrian Ghenie, Caspar David Friedrich and many others. From each there is a different thing to learn, from the choosing of composition and scale to subject matter and the way of representation.
My mind is my most improtant tool, I always keep a relaxed and patient mind in the studio.
I think someone said to me never give up. Something that never left my mind was a clip of Marina Abramovich talking about what her professor told her, he said that if you wake up with an idea and a need to create it you're an artist.
My best inspiration comes from listening and looking, I also read, travel and take a lot of photos.
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