Dan-Mihail Acostioaei

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Identity through the transition

Dan-Mihail Acostioaei is an emerging Romanian artist, born in 1974, living and working in Iasi. He makes contemporary mural works, performance, installation and video art. His work analyses the impact of consumerism on the traditional society of Romania which is emerging from an era of cultural isolation and undergoing an identity crisis during the transition period.
Born in Iasi in 1974, Dan-Mihail Acostioaei is an emerging Romanian artist who makes contemporary mural works. His work analyses the impact of consumerism over the Romanian traditionalist society which is emerging from an era of cultural isolation. His study focuses on the Romanian identity crisis, the crisis of transition.

Acostioaei studied Mural Painting at the George Enescu Art University in Iasi, followed by postgraduate studies in fine arts. Since 1999 he has been an Assistant Professor at the Art University while attending a PhD programme in contemporary art theory. His characteristic line-drawn murals, with a debt to 1960s pop art, take a hard-edged approach to contemporary subject matter.

A recent series ´DERO´, exhibited in 2002 in Iasi, took DERO (ROmanian DEtergent), one of the few Romanian communist era products which has survived through the economic transition. Aggressively promoted, it became a local commercial advertising hero, symbol of the rebirth of a familiar image through the reinvented content and recipe. Now manufactured by Unilever, DERO is seen as a paradigm (and paradox) of the present day Romanian identity crisis.

Acostioaei has worked outside Romania, on a residency at gallery in Graz in 2002 and a scholarship to Falmouth College of Arts in the UK in 1999. He was part of the Frontiera artistic exchange between Manchester and Romania in 2001. He has exhibited at the Periferic Festival in Iasi in 2000 and 2001.
Author: Judith Staines

Bio

Dan Acostioaei is an emerging Romanian artist who was born in 1974 in Iasi. He took a degree in Mural Painting at the George Enescu Art University in Iasi, followed by postgraduate studies in fine arts. Since 1999 he has been an Assistant Professor at the Art University on the Mural Painting Programme and is also currently attending a PhD programme in contemporary art theory. He has spent some time abroad, on a residency in Graz in 2002 and a scholarship to Falmouth College of Arts in the UK in 1999.

Works

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selected)

Exhibition / Installation,
2003
2002 ´>´, Cupola Gallery, Iasi, Romania; Eforie Gallery, Bucharest, Romania 2001 ´H8fulworld´, (web performance), Maribor, Slovenia 2001 ´Art beats Art´, Konkordia Gallery, Vrsac, Yugoslavia 2001 ´Periferic Festival, Turkish Bath, Iasi, Romania 2001 ´Frontiera´, Righton Gallery, Manchester, UK 2000 ´Periferic Festival´, Turkish Bath, Iasi, Romania 1999 ´Acasa´, French Cultural Centre, Iasi, Romania

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS (2003)

Exhibition / Installation,
2003
Prague Biennale 1, Czech Republic Solo exhibition, Bucharest, Romania Group exhibition, Timisoara, Romania

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Exhibition / Installation,
2002
´DERO´, Cupola Gallery, Iasi, Romania Atelier 35 Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

Merits

2002 Residency at Gallery, Graz, Austria
1999 Scholarship at Falmouth College of Arts, Falmouth, UK

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Frontiera

(12 January 01 - 02 February 01)

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Frontiera

Frontiera exchange project between Manchester and Romania

Periferic Biennial

International contemporary art biennial in Iasi, Romania
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