Severin’s choice: Raluca Ungureanu’s art

A young and intelligent visual artist, Raluca Ungureanu, born and raised in my region, Bucovina (a ”mythic land”, as she remembers it now, because she lives and works in New York), invites us to a solo show entitled disTURBIA, organized by Avenue Gallery in Philadelphia, USA.

A title which reminds me Rhianna’s song, ”Disturbia”, but which became an interesting art concept, disTURBIA, encompassing Raluca’s searches for the impact of negative contemporary metropolitan phenomena on human identities and spiritual patterns.

Known especially as a sculptor at the beginning of her career in art, Raluca Ungureanu was promoted by major Romanian art galleries, like H’ART and DANA. Now she is a complex artist, using in disTURBIA show: expressionist drawings of females, with fuzzy faces, where you can read a dramatic solitude and the lack of feelings; serial sculptures representing female silhouettes with an artificial appearance, but all invaded by the artist’s childhood forest, with pieces of trees and long bird beaks; installations made on the border between architecture, art and interior design. ”Urban” and ”nomad” are key words of her art profile untill now, a testimony of an actual vision on art.

”I found my “(e)scape goat”: it is I myself trying to adjust to life and to changes; I myself trying to cope with aging; I myself leaving behind my beautiful memories of a lost world. I am the one unwilling to adjust to a modern environment, more and more like a huge psychiatric ward, where madness ismistaken for genius and darkness for love”says Raluca Ungureanu on her interesting and moving statement.

Raluca Ungureanu belongs to a family of artists. Ten years ago, when I was a journalist, I wrote an article about Raluca’s sister, Andreia Gliga, who became a famous actress in Washington DC. Raluca’s husband, Cristian Gavrilescu, is a well-known architect.

About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin ( is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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