My special guests for the 12th issue of Levure littéraire, Paris


Rodica Draghincescu, founder of Levure litteraire

Rodica Draghincescu, founder of Levure litteraire

In some years the multilingual and multidisciplinary e-magazine Levure littéraire, Paris,
founded by the outstanding French born Romanian writer and thinker Rodica Draghincescu, became one of the hot cores of the global culture, nominated this year for the prestigious Rive Gauche Prizes, together with some of the of the best cultural magazines in France. The awarding ceremony will be soon, on the 30th of May, 2016.

https://www.actualitte.com/article/culture-arts-lettres/prix-rive-gauche-a-paris-2016-trois-recompenses-pour-la-litterature/64454

As one of the editors of the magazine, I have the pleasure to share with you the launch of the 12th issue, focused on the theme ‘’The Camps of Resistance and Fields of Consciousness’’:

http://levurelitteraire.com/

My special guests for this issue are:

-the American writer Norman Lock ( an interview and an excerpt from a future novel):

http://levurelitteraire.com/constantin-severin-interview-with-norman-lock/

http://levurelitteraire.com/norman-lock/

-the American/ Iranian visual artist Farhad Bahram:

http://levurelitteraire.com/farhad-bahram3/

– the Romanian visual artist Mircea Roman:

http://levurelitteraire.com/mircea-roman/

– the Nigerian writer Linda N. Masi:

http://levurelitteraire.com/linda-n-masi/
– the French/Romanian musician Lea Yoanna Adam:

Léa-Yoanna Adam

– the Czech visual artist Michal Trpak:

http://levurelitteraire.com/michal-trpak2/

– the American visual artist Harriette Lawler:

– the Romanian visual artist Gabriela Cristu:

http://levurelitteraire.com/gabriela-cristu2/

– the American philosopher and writer Slim Fitzgerald:

http://levurelitteraire.com/slim-fitzgerald2/

– the Romanian visual artist Dany Madlen Zarnescu:

http://levurelitteraire.com/dany-madlen-zarnescu2/

-the American/ Japanese visual artist Harumi Abe:
http://levurelitteraire.com/harumi-abe/

-the Romanian visual artist Ciprian Udrescu

http://levurelitteraire.com/ciprian-udrescu2/

‘’Intended as a ethical and aesthetic ferment, Levure is a space for creative initiatives and thoughts, without financial support, without hegemonic pretences, which favours the quality and originality of the constructive Act of Culture. In these times of economic crisis, and particularly of extreme moral crisis, when Peace, Education and Culture are being marginalized, since it is no longer in fashion to cultivate humanism, Levure persists in seeking with you the path to a secret bridge, toward a peaceful place conducive to meditation, beyond the barbarity and vulgarity of everyday life. With the intention of remaining in the tradition of the universal spirit of the Enlightenment!’’(Rodica Draghincescu)

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Archetypal Head


Text and Time 113 (Archetypal Head)

Text and Time 113 (Archetypal Head)

New artwork of Archetypal Expressionism, my new awarded art concept/movement: Text and Time 113 (Archetypal Head), oil on canvas, 70×90 cm, 2016. The composition is inspired by an old archetype from the Tassili culture, Northern Africa.

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One of my artworks for the Lavacow Spring Auction


Text and Time 109, oil on canvas, 40x50 cm, 2015

Text and Time 109, oil on canvas, 40×50 cm, 2015

One of my recent artworks, Text and Time 109, oil on canvas, 40×50 cm, 2015, was accepted for the Lavacow Spring Auction 2016, on the 29th of March, 2016, 8 pm, EEST.

http://lavacow.com/current-auctions/the-lavacow-spring-auction/text-and-time-109.html

This work belongs to my successful monochrome series, in yellow and red, entitled ”Hierarchy of Light”. In 2013 I had a solo show of monochrome painting, with the same title, at Elite Art Gallery, Bucharest:

The art lovers may already give bids to my work and to many other amazing works by some of the best Romanian contemporary artists, like Corneliu Baba, Horia Bernea, Ovidiu Maitec, Mircea Suciu, Natalia Dumitresco, Marcel Iancu, Sorin Ilfoveanu, Saul Steinberg, Vladimir Şetran, Ştefan Pelmuş, Ion Mândrescu, Florica Prevenda, etc. or to very known international artists like Fernand Leger, Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol, Jean Tinguely, Shepard Fairey, Damien Hirst, etc. I encourage all the worldwide art lovers and my friends from abroad to buy Romanian art, it’s a very profitable investment in a moment when the art market in Bucharest is very low (for example my work, Text and Time 109, was valued last year at 3,000-5,000 $ by Atelier Auction, Singapore) and the Romanian masters experience a very difficult period.

To view the online live auction you have to log in to your account at the time of the auction. If you want to place bids you have to fill in your Account Information with the mandatory Auction Settings. A 12% buyer’s premium applies on top of the hammer price.

Lavacow is the first international auction house from Romania, Bucharest, dedicated especially to the Emerging European Art.

My art website:

http://constantinseverin.ro/

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Delia Ioana Leizeriuc despre expoziţia ”Semnele Timpului”


Delia Ioana Leizeriuc

Delia Ioana Leizeriuc

Constantin Severin e deja un nume în evoluția artei contemporane, iar noi nu putem să nu remarcăm rezultatele sale uimitoare, artistul reuşind cu mult curaj și îndemânare să amestece ”poțiuni magice” pentru a scoate la lumină simboluri de mult uitate, oferind astfel picturilor sale o aură de mister, fapt ce ne impresionează și ne fascinează deopotrivă.
Cea de-a 16-a expoziție personală, intitulată ”Semnele Timpului”, face parte din ciclul Expresionismul Arhetipal, un concept/curent teoretizat şi lansat de artistul sucevean la începutul acestui secol. Acest nou curent artistic i-a adus de altfel un real succes, atât pe plan național cât și internațional, unde elitele avizate și unele galerii de artă din Europa și nu numai, îi apreciază lucrările unice ca stil, viziune și simbolistică.
Cele 18 tablouri expuse ne spun parcă povestea unor intense retrăiri ale unor amintiri-epavă din moştenirea noastră genetică, din inconştientul colectiv, cum sugera Carl Gustav Jung, artistul reuşind să înglobeze, ca un veritabil alchimist, într-o manieră minuţioasă, clară, impecabilă, structuri de sensibilitate din trei tipuri de manifestări arhetipale: utilitare, culturale şi sacre. Unul dintre arhetipurile utilitare este de pildă furca țărănească de tors, pe care artistul o utilizează în multe din compozițiile sale. Cel de-al doilea arhetip este cel cultural, artistul inserând cu îndrăzneală mini-copii ale unor capodopere, tablouri celebre semnate de Diego Velazquez, unul dintre artiştii săi preferaţi, precum ”Las Meninas” și ”Papa Inocențiu al X-lea”, Andrea Mantegna cu ”Christ mort”, Leonardo da Vinci cu ”Doamna cu hermină”, Jan van Eyck cu ”Soții Arnolfini” și multe altele. Tot dintre arhetipurile culturale fac parte şi artefacte din cunoscutele culturi preistorice Cucuteni, Hamangia, Gumelniţa ş.a. situate pe teritoriul țării noastre, dar și civilizații vechi africane, precolumbiene sau scandinave. Artistul preferă să le numească inspirat culturi primordiale, o viziune pe care o împărtăşesc, fiind şi eu frapată de frumuseţea cosmică a unor obiecte utilitare sau de cult, care ne obligă să credem că aceste vechi civilizații erau inteligente, profunde, spirituale și echilibrate, având ca fundament reguli şi ritualuri faste, care le-au ajutat să dăinuiască și să lase în urma lor valori sacre și inegalabile ca stil. Un ultim arhetip, probabil mai adânc înrădăcinat în cugetul și sufletul nostru este cel sacru, iar Severin foloseşte elemente simbolice ortodoxe, precum heruvimii și serafimii, presărate pe ici-colo în unele lucrări, dar nu întâmplător, deoarece artistul a gândit până și cel mai mic detaliu din compozițiile sale.
Fiecare semn, fiecare formă și culoare nu sunt așezate pur întâmplător, toate conlucrează și spun o poveste, transmit un mesaj, ba chiar mai mult, ca sa divulg din ”culisele” atelierului artistului, aproape fiecare tablou divulgă un secret. Doar învățând acest nou alfabet Severin, interpretând corect fiecare simbol și înțelegând arhetipurile, doar așa veți reuși să descifrați secretul din spatele fiecărui tablou. Acest adevăr descoperit de artist și transpus în pictura sa este stâns legat de noi, de moștenirea artistică, istorică și culturală din ADN-ul nostru, transmisă ereditar de la străbunii noștri. Artistul Constantin Severin este generos și ne oferă posibilitatea de a descoperi adevărul ascuns din noi, şi astfel ne frapează, ne influențează și ne ajută să avem o revelație cu privire la identitatea noastră culturală. Arhetipul e un simbol universal, iar artistul sucevean, care se consideră un urmaş al lui Brâncuşi, Ţuculescu şi Klee ştie ca nimeni altul să apese pe clapele unei autentice orgi de sunete primordiale, de forme şi culori pure.
Aș dori să mai menționez că obiectele simbolice străvechi, fie ele din categoria arhetipurilor utilitare, sacre sau culturale au fost create în era primordială mai mult din raţiuni utilitare, ele nu erau destinate probabil contemplării. Unele ajutau la prezicerea viitorului, altele pentru spor în gospodărie sau pentru a proteja familia, unele chiar făceau posibilă comunicarea dintre lumea oamenilor şi cea a zeilor sau dintre vii și morți. Artistul Constantin Severin a avut inspirația și cutezanța să readucă în prim plan aceste simboluri arhetipale (utilitare, culturale și sacre) și să le ridice la rang de artă, introducându-le într-un mod cu totul novator pe scena artei contemporane.
Remarcabile sunt şi picturile monocrome în roșu și galben ale artistului, lucrări cu adevărat expresive nu numai pentru încărcătura simbolică ce o dețin, ci și pentru aspectul sculptural laborios și meticulos. Picturile sale monocrome sunt unice ca stil în lume, cum remarcă şi revista italiană de artă şi arhitectură ‘’It’s Liquid’’, fiind achiziţionale de colecţionari importanţi. Artistul visual Constantin Severin a ştiut să dea viaţă şi să întregească un cod original de valori artistice, ajutându-se inteligent de simetrie, ritm, culoare, sentimente, amintiri, fiind la granița tradiției arhaice cu cea modernă. Îmbinând cu acuratețe și precizie desfășurarea lucrărilor în structuri geometrice, cu puternice culori și simboluri arhetipale, artistul reușește să realizeze o cromatică unitară, un echilibru al formelor și semnelor, iar fiecare element încărcat cu valoare stilistic-simbolică este armonios introdus în compoziție, rezultatul fiind unul vizibil plăcut estetic și impresionant ca forță artistică.
Tablourile sale surprinzătoare, temerare și inconfundabile ne ajută să-l descoperim şi să-l înţelegem mai bine pe artistul şi scriitorul Constantin Severin, o persoană caldă, răbdătoare, dar în același timp spontană și activă, ce uimește publicul iubitor de artă cu ingeniozitatea sa, cu grija și atenția pentru detalii, dusă chiar până la perfecțiune, cu ideile și concepțiile sale noi, care reuşesc să aducă frumosul și esteticul mai aproape de firea umană.

22 ianuarie 2016, Delia Ioana LEIZERIUC

Cu Delia Ioana Leizeriuc, la vernisajul expoziţiei ''Semnele Timpului'', Centrul pentru Promovarea Tradiţiilor Bucovinene, Suceava

Cu Delia Ioana Leizeriuc, la vernisajul expoziţiei ”Semnele Timpului”, Centrul pentru Promovarea Tradiţiilor Bucovinene, Suceava

Delia Ioana Leizeriuc s-a născut în 3 decembrie 1990 la Suceava.
După ce a absolvit Colegiul de Artă ”Ciprian Porumbescu”, Suceava, a urmat cursurile Universitatăţii de Arte ”George Enescu” din Iaşi, Facultatea de arte vizuale şi design, din 2013 fiind licenţiată în Istoria şi teoria artei. În 2015 a obţinut şi diploma de Master în Managementul relaţiilor internaţionale şi cooperării transfrontaliere la Facultatea de Istorie şi Geografie, Universitatea ‘’Ştefan cel Mare’’ din Suceava.
A fost preşedinte al Asociaţiei ARTIUM de la Universitatea de Arte ‘’George Enescu’’ din Iaşi şi a prezentat până în prezent câteva expoziţii de artă, încă din perioada liceului.

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My smallest artwork, my first ACEO’s


Primordial Sounds, ACEO's

Primordial Sounds, ACEO’s

My smallest artwork is my first ACEO’S (Art Cards, Editions and Originals), a commission for an art collector from Portugal, Antonio Ramalho. It’s entitled ”Primordial Sounds”, oil on cardboard, 6,4×8,9 cm.

I told to my new art collector that maybe this will be the first and the last ACEO’s, because it’s really very difficult to create such a small work and in the same time to be representative for my art. The portrait inside the composition is 4,5×4,5 cm!

Antonio sent me a small text with his own interpretation of my artwork. I love it and I hope my readers will enjoy it, too. As an artist it’s very moving to recieve such a special feedback from the worldwide art collectors. They are very cultivated and they really love the collected works and the artists.

”Dear Constantin,

In your i “read” an initiation moment of the boy, that reaches a maturity celebration. You put it inside a square, regarding the individual construction.

The square is surrounded by triangles that represent the movements and outside influences on the individual.

The red one may represent the transformations and future struggles. Existing symbols seem to imply that the changes are often made in isolation and suffered.

The yellow (gold) it seems to open the door to growth, in a world of chaos.

Green may represent a hard growth, because the symbol is inverted.

At last the violet. Perhaps future memories and the participation on the earth growth.

Kind regards

Antonio Ramalho”

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My art is promoted by Artplode, London


Maureen McCarthy, CEO Artplode

Maureen McCarthy, CEO Artplode

Great news for my art lovers and collectors: since January 2016 my art is promoted and sold by the cutting edge Artplode, London, launched in August 2014. My former collectors also have now the opportunity to resell my artworks on it, with higher prices, at my actual quotations, with no commission.

Artplode’s CEO and Founder, the international art dealer Maureen McCarthy, with an experience of over 20 years on the art market, became one of the fans and promoters of my art:

“It is exciting for me when artists of the calibre of Constantin Severin – the founder of a new movement in contemporary art – offer their artwork for sale on Artplode. I hope that through the exposure Constantin’s works get on Artplode that there will be increased awareness and appreciation of Archetypal Expressionism among art lovers all over the world.
Maureen McCarthy, CEO and Founder, Artplode LTD
24 January 2016’’

Here are the links for my three artworks accepted to be promoted and sold by Artplode:

http://www.artplode.com/artwork/Constantin-Severin/Text-and-Time-82/2349
http://www.artplode.com/artwork/Constantin-Severin/Text-and-Time-110/2353
http://www.artplode.com/artwork/Constantin-Severin/Text-and-Time-112/2354

One of my works promoted by Artplode, Text and Time 112. Oil on canvas, 70x90 cm, 2015

One of my works promoted by Artplode, Text and Time 112. Oil on canvas, 70×90 cm, 2015

I have chosen for the readers of my blog a few excerpts of the media coverage about Artplode and Maureen McCarthy:

‘’McCarthy created Artplode principally for art collectors to resell works by established artists without paying any commission. The platform meets a gap in the art market where there are few options for collectors to resell art except through auction houses charging rates of commission of 40% or even higher. Artplode’s “no commission” business model challenges the traditional way art is traded. The website has attracted millions of dollars in listings of artworks from sellers in more than 40 countries who pay a one-off listing fee of $60 and then keep 100% of the price when their artwork sells. Prices range from $1,000 to well into six figures for works by Andy Warhol.’’

(Yahoo Finance)

‘’Always thought commission got in the way of buying art? Well no more. Dealer Maureen McCarthy has launched the online platform Artplode, offering secondary market works with no commission. ‘Artplode launched in August 2014 and now has $5 million + art listings from sellers in 40+ countries,’ said McCarthy, adding that artworks worth several million dollars are being traded on the site by sellers.
McCarthy said there were few outlets for collectors to resell art. In recent years many bricks and mortar galleries have closed their doors due to the GFC and high costs. According to McCarthy many in the art industry, particularly art collectors, are waking up to the fact that the high commissions charged to buy and resell art are unsustainable and unjustified in an era when nearly everyone has access to the internet.’’

(Visual Arts Hub)

‘’”It is exciting that artists and galleries as well as private collectors have enthusiastically embraced our “no commission” business model and are listing high quality works for sale on Artplode”. Galleries in the US, UK Europe are offering works by the Masters Andy Warhol, Matisse, Miro as well as brilliant emerging artists from countries as diverse as Ethiopia and Bulgaria. Aboriginal art and works by important Australian artists John Olsen, Sidney Nolan and Norman Lindsay are for sale on the site. McCarthy said there are few outlets for collectors to resell art. In recent years many bricks and mortar galleries have closed their doors due to the GFC and high costs.’’
(Art News Portal)
‘’The design of the Artplode site is very user-friendly for both buyers and sellers. The listing system is simple to use and the site is easy to navigate. Buyers will be able find exactly what they are looking for thanks to the excellent search function. Another key feature of the site is that sellers engage directly with potential buyers, answering questions about listings and arranging payment and shipping of the works themselves.’’
(Blouin Artinfo)
‘’A number of experts have aligned themselves with Artplode and, for another couple of hundred dollars, ¬provide authenticating services, ¬compared to the thousands charged by auction houses.’’

(Financial Review)

“ ‘We are excited to launch Artplode, which is unique in that we welcome private collectors listing art for sale alongside works being offered by galleries, dealers and artists,’ said Artplode founder and CEO, international art dealer Maureen McCarthy. “Artplode also re-introduces the time honoured tradition of art patrons dealing directly with the master artists.”
McCarthy, who for the past 20 years has been an agent for the publishing arm of the John Lennon estate, represents a number of respected dealers in works by the Masters including Monet, Picasso and Boccioni. She predicts Artplode will be a forerunner of the demise of auction houses that charge 40 percent or higher commission on sales.
“The art industry doesn’t adequately cater for collectors who want to resell art. Artplode fills a gap in the market where collectors can offer art for sale on a high quality website for a listing fee of only £60 per artwork,” she said.
McCarthy says she anticipates Artplode’s no-commission policy will result in private collectors offering many fine artworks never before offered for sale in galleries or auction houses.’’

(Private Art Investor)

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Severin’s Alphabet


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I always thought that the so called pre-historical cultures (I prefer to label them primordial cultures), are more complex and refined than we usually know. In Romania the archeologists already discovered large cities from the primordial age, the time when art was very close to Brancusi’s vision, looking to search for the essence of things, not to copy the reality.

Nowadays some international historians and archeologists are convinced that the first writing in the history of mankind was invented over 10.000 years ago in Central Europe and Balkans and the tablets from Tartaria and Vinča are material proofs for such an assertion.

Text and Time 75, oil on canvas, 70x100 cm, 2010. Work of Archetypal Expressionism, a composition using Severin's Alphabet.

Text and Time 75, oil on canvas, 70×100 cm, 2010. Work of Archetypal Expressionism, a composition using Severin’s Alphabet.

In her cutting edge book, ”Unknown European Identities. Romania-Italy”(Editura Tehnica, Bucharest, 1998), the Romanian author and architect Silvia Păun counted over 120 letters/sacred signs from Central Europe primordial age up to our days, with a huge aestethic potential and I promote them in my art since the beginning ot the XXIth century.

Many of them are used even today by the Romanian peasants as motifs for clothes (especially the famous ia, painted by Matisse), the ornamentation of household objects, tools (mainly wooden, like the beautiful distaff or the traditional carved gates from Maramures) as well of elements of architecture.
‘’Whether we like it or not, Europe is the legitimate heir of this stable, indigenous civilization, at least since the Neolithic, from which it acquired the agricultural techniques, time measuring, writing, the nature worship, of the Sun and the Moon, the megalithic structures, the decorated ceramics, astronomy, music, dance, the philosophical concepts and mainly measure’’, wrote in the postface of this amazing book the Italian expert in prehistorical cultures, Piercarlo Jorio.

When I launched in 2000 my new awarded concept, the archetypal expressionism, I considered that these letters/sacred signs are old archetypes and I included them in my artistic vision and vocabulary, like an identity and soul testimony. They are now part of my artistic alphabet, but in the last years I tried to use them even as a true alphabet for writing, Severin’s Alphabet. When I paint in my studio, in this atmosphere of primordial sacred signs, I have the deep feeling that I do not invent these compositions, I just look for them, making a research into the primordial ocean of knowledge. Who knows, maybe my art concept and art compositions are only copies of similar artworks imagined 7-10.000 years ago, by the Primordial Artists from Cucuteni, Gumelniţa, Hamangia or Vinča cultures, with an immense heritage of artefacts of a cosmic beauty…

I hope in the future I’ll create unique books, artistic objects, written with my own alphabet, with a special flavour from the Primordial Age, if sure I’ll find a publisher ready to join to such a strange spiritual adventure.

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