I am very passionate about music. I only listen to classical music, and its influence upon my mind and my work is tremendous. In June 2016, I decided, at 24 years old, to learn how to play the violin, and since then I have been practicing daily. The violin is an important part of my life.
I have a deep connection with the colour black, which is why I refuse to wear colourful clothing. Besides its spiritual value, it also simplifies my life and helps me concentrate better on my art and my violin instead of having time-consuming dilemmas concerning what to wear. You can read my artist statement - The Black Manifesto - here.
My pseudonym is a synthesis of my life. My life was rich in both pleasant and tragic events, and this has influenced my pseudonym, my work and my personality.
Besides art, I created The Black Encyclopedia, a scientific encyclopedia of mollusks, rocks & curiosities from my collection which includes more than 1500 specimens. I am also a tea connoiseur, I love plants, and my pet is a white Lionhead rabbit called Boris.
My street photography mainly (but not exclusively) involves architecture, especially old buildings or other architectural elements. I am interested in the purity of the subject which I choose to photograph. I take these photographs in order to record the essence of each of the places I have visited.
I often choose to photograph old buildings, in an attempt to expose the world as it was in the past, when beauty was present in every aspect of human life: buildings, furniture or all sorts of everyday objects. I somehow live in the past, and I keep modern technology at a minimum level in my life. I want the photograph to evoke the time in which the house has been built.
My self portraits are the closest to my spirit, because they involve a powerful metamorphosis, a reincarnation. I am interested in the ways in which a person can undergo a spiritual renaissance (not involving religion, just self control) and art is a wonderful way of cultivating the spirit and the mind.
I use various substances, some are commonly used make-up products, some are unusual things as well (however, these are my artistic secrets). I change my face, but I also change my mindset, in order to match the mask that I'm wearing. Self portraiture changed my life, and I want to inspire others to change their lives through art as well.
You can read an interview and article about my self portraits (in romanian) here.
You can read an interview and article about my paintings (in romanian) here.
I do not accept commisions, or requests for a photo shooting. My work has a powerful meaning to me and I would like to keep it this way.
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