Dorel Cozma | Artist Interview
Category: Artist Interviews
Next up in our series of short interviews with artists is the one and only Dorel Cozma from Transylvania. Dorel is an artist with a love for abstract expressionism. Dorel has produced artwork for at least 30 years and is also a talented architect. His fantastic captivity series from 2014 is a firm favourite with collectors on Artfield Galleries. Dorel recently visited Madrid and was so inspired by the work of Goya that he has decided to include some of Goya’s influence in his next series of paintings.
David Field: When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?
Dorel Cozma: I have always been an artist as such, but about 10 years ago I realised I could have the time to do it on a more permanent basis.
Dorel Cozma having some fun in his studio - his beard is rather shorter these days!
DF: If you could describe your work with one sentence, what would it be?
DC: It is a kind of life, it’s alive.
DF: Can you tell me how your art style has changed, if at all, over the years?
DC: In general it has not changed that much. However, these days I like to think of an idea or concept and create a body of work around this. It is not really important what style it is, rather the meaning behind the work.
DF: What project are you working on now?
DC: I am working on a few things, however the principal project is a series based on the madness of the world, especially the madness happening in Europe at the moment. I am excited to be doing such a large scale project and am enjoying the experience of documenting what is going on. The series of paintings I am working on are large, and are inspired by GOYA. I will exhibit these in an exhibition next year.
DF: Choose one piece of your art and give me a critique?
DC: My series about Captivity was very well accepted. I have chosen the piece which was used for the cover of the magazine promoting the exhibition. I have never sold the piece as it has been exhibited in many further exhibitions since then.
Mind Games from the ‘Captivity’ series | Acrylic paint and acrylic gel on Canvas - 2014
DF: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
DC: I have always too inspiration from the various art movements over time, however everyday life is what inspires me the most.
DF: What was the last show you participated in?
DC: At the end of last year, I exhibited in a large show in my home city of Targu Mures, Transylvania. It was an amazing show in the Palace of Culture, which is one of the most famous galleries in all of Romania. Of course, I always have work in other shows, in various places, but mainly in Romania.
DF: Who’s your favourite living artist and why?
DC: Cecily Brown. Many of her pieces are abstract expressionism, close in style to another favourite artist of mine, Willem De Kooning, who died in 1997. Her work allows the viewer to discover; she hides things in her paintings. She had some troubled times and I believe she expresses this through some of her artworks.
Cecily Brown | Untitled 2013
DF: Do you collect other people’s art, if so, who?
DC: No, not really. I don’t have the space to display them at home. Let’s just say I am an admirer of some, like Cecily Brown.
DF: If you had to display 3 works of art in your home forever more, what would they be, including your own?
DC: As I said before, I have no space in my home. I guess that is my fault as I am also an architect and I designed it! Nevertheless, if I did have the space and the money to buy of course, it would be something by the amazing impressionist, Monet. Francis Bacon was also someone I admired and took inspiration from, so I would have to include something by him. Lastly, I would have to choose something by Wilhelm De Kooning.
DF: Do you make a living from your art?
DC: Yes, but it is not my only income, I am also an architect!
DF: What’s the first artwork you ever sold?
DC: In the 1980’s I used to do many landscape commissions, so I guess it must have been one of these.
DF: What’s the last artwork you ever sold?
DC: Recently I sold three paintings of my Sighisoara ‘Cityscape’ series to a collector in America. He was browsing the internet and saw my work on my website. He contacted me and asked to buy the paintings. I was very happy that a collector found me when casually browsing the internet. It’s also nice to know I have my works in private collections as far away as America. Did you know Sighisoara is where Dracula lived for a while!? I have actually have recently just completed a series of watercolours of Sighisoara, one of which is on Global Art Traders at the moment.
Street Scene Sighisoara | Watercolour 2016
DF: What’s annoys you about the art world?
DC: Consumerism, meaning artists are producing works simply to sell. It is a shame as many artists lose their creativity in the pursuit of money. Of course, I understand that we all have to make al living, but nevertheless, it still annoys me.
DF: What is the best thing about being an artist?
DC: The feeling of being free to express yourself, you can live outside the box. Escaping normality is fantastic, but also being able to express ‘normality’ in your work is also a special for me.
Dorel Cozma with ‘Traveller’ an oil painting of his, on canvas.
DF: Lastly, anything else you would like to say?
DC: Thank you David, I enjoy being part of Global Art traders and sharing my work with the world.
Dorel was interviewed in July 2016.
You can find a selection of Dorel's work on Artfield Galleries.
You can also find artwork and further information on Dorel’s website http://cozart.weebly.com
Email Dorel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Video of Dorel talking about 'Mind Games', his painting from the Captivity Series. You can see it here...
You can see a great video of Dorel working n his studio here
For more Dorel video’s please visit his website
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