About the Artist
C. Fodoreanu is a visual artist and poet, a gallery founder and curator.
Born in Transylvania (Romania) into a family with a long tradition of icon painting, he started painting from early ages. He then inherently transitioned to using lens-based modalities to create his art, from photography and digital collages, to art/sound installations and video. His visual work pursues a poetry of light, and centers on exploring humans as they relate to their bodies, surrounding nature, intimacy, personal boundaries, play, fragility of life, fleetingness of time, social justice, and divine intervention. These themes are a consequence of his academic upbringing as a philosopher (University of California, San Diego) and physician (Harvard Medical School,) which affords him a unique position to observe and analyze the human nature on its spectrum, from its best to worst, and to subsequently transcend, personalize, and relate these understandings into spectacular, thoughtful works of art. Often, these projects are accompanied by soulful poems intermingled between the visual works.
C. Fodoreanu’s art has been featured in a number of US and international solo and group shows, which include the Art San Diego, Art Palm Springs, Rotterdam Photo, Gallery 825, and Cornel/Henry Art.
He has been published by selected art publications, and has recently debuted his first monograph entitled 'street smart' documenting at-risk youth from Southern California as part of a fundraising campaign with 100% of the proceedings contributing to an educational fund to support the kids depicted in the series. Visit the Campaign page for more details about this fundraiser.
He is the author of three poetry books (Romanian), and his visual work can be found in private collections throughout United States and Europe. He currently lives in Southern California.
C. Fodoreanu's curatorial work focuses on shining a light on emerging artists whose vision align with the mission of his gallery (Cornel/Henry Art), breaking free from political constraints, elevating above the daily grind, liberating out of the mundane, and reaching quintessential thoughts. He is encouraging art that deals with humanity at its purest, with raw fundamental emotions, ideas and esthetics, art that is firstly beautiful, unveiling surrounding harmony, and standing the test of time.
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