Marius Bercea (b.1979) was born and grew up in Cluj, Romania, where he still resides. Following from the 1989 Romanian Revolution, Bercea experienced the shift from Communism into a Capitalist free market economy. The artist’s practice is coloured by this moment in time, when polarised ideologies collided and the stark divisions between East and West softened. Deriving from this context, modernist architectural forms have continually pervaded Bercea’s pictorial space, seeming science fiction-like in their extended imaginative potential. Signifying histories of both liberation and oppression, colossal structures originally intended by the likes of Le Corbusier for modern urban living are represented as having been corrupted by post-war fascist regimes to signify state supremacy. The artist’s works are highly distinctive, as memory, recollection and reality seemingly merge upon the canvas’ surface giving rise to a visual sensuality that has made Bercea one of the leading artists of the Cluj School. Bercea has also been described as one of the strongest colourists of his generation.
Marius Bercea received his MA from the University of Art and Design, in Cluj-Napoca in 2005, and currently works within Cluj’sFabrica De Pensule (Paintbrush Factory), a multidisciplinary space with studios and exhibition galleries. In 2003, Marius Bercea was given an award by the Institute Superieurd’Architecture Saint-Luc, Belgium.
Bercea’s work is in several public and private collections, including the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill and the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Skowej.