Living and creating in the land of pure beauty, historic Transylvania, in the middle-east of Europe, where there is an amalgam of various and rich cultures, made me become aware and proud of the tremendous heritage I own, and made me feel responsible, as an artist, towards future generations.
My art is therefore the mirror of my childhood, with pieces of many images: the family I grew up in, the people I met, the castles from the surroundings, and most of all the symbolism of the ancient cultures and medieval Romanian history.
Please enjoy Transilvania Art, the website which promotes my art abroad, a concept that my daughter and I proudly created two years ago, in 2014, while participating in my first New York Artexpo!
“Adrian Samson’s painting art starts from two quintessential elements of the Romanian ancestral civilization: wood and stone. The painter brings out their symbolical value, their inner coded messages, which have been praised in the poetry and the music for centuries, since Romanian language has been spoken in that area of European culture. “ (Academician, prof. Dan Grigorescu)
At “Eforie” Adrian Samson opened his first private view in Bucharest, displaying works of art that belong mainly to his latest cycle of oil paintings and coloured drawings, entitled “Roots”. The theme in itself sprang naturally, once he had finished the previous cycle, “Fortresses”. Adrian Samson definitely knows when and where to make use of the abstract Expressionism. His art exhibition was an evidence of thoroughness of the artistic approach, which undoubtedly ranks Adrian Samson among the artists whose art deserves lively interest in and further special consideration.”
(M. Ispir, “Arta” no.10, 1989)
“With a homogenous selection and talking about an artist who researches into the essence of a thematic cycle, in that case “The roots”, Adrian Samson definitely joins that segment of our art, which is beyond any conceptual and stylistic limits of the postimpressionist traditions and mentalities, thus classifying among the co-authors of the pictorial autonomy. “The root” gets the meaning of an archetype regained mainly if it is judged, as a symbol, in comparison to another possible cycle, the one of the fortress in Deva. The genuine idea of root in its widest meanings interferes with the idea of a historical root, full of optical, ethical and ethnic significations.”
(Virgil Mocanu “România literară”)
“Similar to the medieval miniaturist, who used to scrape off the manuscript page just to add different texts and calligrams and turning the sheet into a very complex web, conventionally called “palimpsest”, Adrian Samson considers the virgin field of the paper as a privileged “locus”, a territory of superposition, confrontation or dislocation, as well as deconstruction and separation of the layers of the emotional memory. There is an overlap of physiognomies, visions, areas of the dark and subconscious, alternating with beams of light, in a tensed attempt, in fact a terrible struggle and a transposition of those elements in a pictorial code, often hard to be visible, an evanescent and equivocal one. Quite often, the painter divides the mirror of the image into two or more centres of interest; a main one, which is the existential kernel of the idea expressed by the artwork and some secondary ones, that aim to complete the main one. With regard to chromatic, the distribution of colour in various directions and bifurcations, erasures and metamorphoses are meant to intensify a substance that is equally tectonic and fragile, appropriate to that extremely exquisite issue, a real challenge for any artist. If we interpreted Adrian Samson’s creations, “The Memories” and “The Houses”, according to a grid purposely oriented to emphasize the symbols, we would undoubtedly decipher sacred signs, but also some relating to the depth of the human existence, such as the individual kept prisoner in the implacable mechanisms of the history or the myths of construction, of creation as a primordial archetype.“
(George Vida, Art Reviewer, Deputy Director of “G. Oprescu” Institute of Art History and Theory of the Romanian Academy)
Born on the 12th of August 1955, in Deva city, Hunedoara county, Romania, Adrian Samson is a visual art teacher at “Sigismund Toduta” Art High School.
He graduated “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Iasi (1978) as well as Arts and Design University, Cluj Napoca.
He has been a honorary member of the painting department of the Romanian Fine Arts Union since 1986.
NATIONAL & ABROAD EXHIBITIONS
– International Artexpo – New York – 2015, 2014.
– Gallery “Forma”-Deva-2014.
– International Visual Arts Expo, Art Gallery Forma, Deva, Hunedoara county – 2012.
– National Artexpo, Bucharest – 2011.
– National Artexpo “Sofianu Center”, Rm.Vâlcea, Vâlcea county – 2011.
-Hunedoara Municipality Gallery-2009.
-“Axa Art” Gallery-Timisoara-2008.
-“Cupola” Gallery – Iasi-2008.
– National Artexpo, Romanian Parliament, Bucharest – 2006
-International Art Biennial, Arad, Arad county – 2005, 2003.
– Moldavian Artexpo, Chisinau – Bacau – 2003.
– Painting and Sculpture Romanian Biennial “Sala Dalles”, Bucharest – 1988, 1986, 1984, 1982, 1980.
– “Forma” Art Galleries – Deva-1988,2000,2006.
-“Eforie” Gallery – Bucharest-1989.
– “Arta” Gallery – Bacău-1984.
-Fine Arts Galleries-Deva-1980,1982,1984.
-National Drawing and Engraving Artexpo “Sala Dalles”, Bucharest – 1982.
-“Cronica” Galery –Iasi-1978.
OTHER ARTISTIC EVENTS
1978,1984- The exhibition of Fine Arts Union Deva,”The House of Arts”,Bucharest;
1980-The “Voronetiana” exhibition;1984- The creation camp -Anina,Caras Severin; 1987-The Creation camp -Lazarea,Harghita;1988-The Biennal exhibition of drawings – Arad; 1988-The creation camp-Magura,Bacau; 1989- The exhibition “Homage to the farmers”,Bacau,Onesti,Botosani;1989-The creation camp – Lugoj, Timisoara;1977-The National Art Show-room,Resita;1998-The Creation camp – Geoagiu; 1998,1999-Intrernational exhibition,Resita-The exhibition “Romanian painters from Hunedoara”- Quimper, France; 2003,2005-The International Drawing-room “Delta”Gallery,Arad;2003-“The Moldova’s Drawing-room,Arad, the “Delta”Gallery; 2005,2008- Art Museum,Arad; 2009-“Axa art” Gallery-Timisoara;2010-Romanian Parliament-Bucharest;2012-Râmnicu Vâlcea.
OTHER EXHIBITIONS ABROAD
1981-Hyvinkaa(Finland);1990-The Institute of the Study of Art Language – Bruxelles,Belgium;1990-The French Community Cultural Center; 1990 – Grenoble,France – Paintings for the Town Hall patrimony;1990-The Romanian Embassy-Paris,France;1944,1998-Arras,France; 2010-2011 – Mini Print International – Barcelona; 2019 – European Parliament – Bruxelles
Nominated for the Romanian U.A.P.awards for painting-2010.
Honorary citizen of Deva-2011.
Artworks in private & state collections
• private collections in Romania, France, Holland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, UK, Sweden, Australia, Denmark, Italy & U.S.A.
• museal collections in Romania