Andrei MudreaAndrei Mudrea (born April 29, 1954, Mitocul Vechi, Orhei rayon, Republic of Moldova), Honoured/Merited Master of Arts, the Romanian painter and fine artist from Bessarabia. He was one of Mihai Grecu's disciples, the author of several painting, graphics, sculpture and art-object works. He was the founder and member of the "The group of ten". The works of the fine artist Andrei Mudrea occupies a leading position among the works of reference or even of Moldovan artistic avant-garde. He was the chairman and the member of the panel of the various competitions in the field of fine arts held in Chișinău.
Mudrea's works, created over three decades, record an evolution that marks several stages of ascension. They carry an individual message, of deep philosophical character and those correspond to artistic aspirations and are related to the changes that occur in the national cultural environment.
Andrei Mudrea is considered one of the most talented Bessarabian painters. The artist messages are full of alarming drama, that is usually an encrypted one, hidden in a metaphor, whether it be landscapes, famous Mudri houses or paintings painted in a postmodern manner.
BiographyFrom 1969 to 1973, he studied at the School of Fine Arts "I. Repin", currently the Republican College of Fine Arts "Alexandru Plămădeală" in Chișinău, R. Moldova. Since 1975 he has been working and studying painting in Mihai Grecu's studio. From 1975 until 1985, he is a teacher at the School of Fine Arts for children in Orhei city. In 1978 he debuted with the paintings "Mother" and "The parent's house" (mixed technique, white on white paintings), and from 1978 until now he participates in all the exhibitions organized by the [http://www.arta.md/Union of Plastic Artists of the Republic of Moldova].
The works published in 1975-1985 bear the M. Grecu's influence. The painting of these years attests to the existence of several tangents related to the progressive use of dyes, to obtaining clear-dark effects, texture and volume. The works published in 1985-1995 reveal a new stage in the artist's creation, another way of the master’s.
Later, in 1989 he became a member of the Union of Artists of Moldova. In 1990 he participated in the developing of the State Coat of Arms of the Republic of Moldova and is the author and promoter of the "8-ray Star". In 1991-1994 he was a member of the Steering Committee of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Moldova. In 1992 he became the Director of the "Constantin Brâncuși" Exhibition Center of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Moldova. In 1996, he became a Member of the International Association Art (IAA) within UNESCO. Between 1997-2003, he became again a member of the Steering Committee of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Moldova. Since 1985 he has been in creative work and is a Freelancer. In 2001 he was awarded the honorary title "Honored Master of Arts".
Personal exhibitIn 1983, the first personal exhibition of Andrei Mudrea takes place in Chișinău (R. Moldova). In 1988 he went with the first personal exhibition to Moscow (Russia). In 1989 he opened a new personal exhibition in Chișinău, and in 1990 he went with his first personal exhibition to Paris (France). In 1994 he has a new personal exhibition in Chișinău, after which, in 1995, he carried out two personal exhibits France, one in Paris and another in Saint-Malo. In 1999, he became popular with another personal exhibition "And the God Created the Woman ...", organized at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Chișinău. In 2000, the personal exhibition "Separation of the Light from the Darkness" held at the National Museum of Arts in Chișinău. In 2001 and 2002 he also organized the personal exhibitions in Chișinău, and then, only in 2004 he returned with another exhibition "The Universe of Light", opened at the "Constantin Brâncuși" Exhibition Center of the Union Artists of the Republic of Moldova. Then, he returns every five years with personal exhibitions in which he presented only new works and cycles. Thus, in 2009 it was a personal exhibition "Moments of Light" at the "Constantin Brâncuși" Exhibition Center of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Moldova. In 2011 he opened the personal exhibition "Enigme" at the "Artium" gallery in the Shopping MallDova Center in Chișinău, and in 2014 the personal exhibition "Metamorphoses of Light" that took place at the "Constantin Brâncuși" Exhibition Center of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Moldova. In 2018, he placed his works the "Metamorphoses of Light" at the Council of Europe "Agora" building in Strasbourg (France), and in 2019 he returned with the personal exhibition "Rays of Light" at the Exhibition Center "Constantin Brâncuși" of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Moldova.
Group representative exhibitionsFrom 1978 by nowadays, Andrei Mudrea participated in all exhibitions organized by the Union of Artists of the Republic of Moldova. Thus, his works have been exhibited in the youth exhibitions (1986), but also in the exhibitions of graphics (1979), painting (1978 - 2015) and decorative art (2009 - 2015). In 1992, he organized the creative group "Ten" and opened the exhibition "The Group of Ten" with colleagues Andrei Sârbu, Anatol Rurac, Dumitru Bolboceanu, Vasile Moșanu, Ilie Cojocaru, Tudor Zbârnea, Dumitru Peicev, Victor Hristov and Iurie Platon. Together with them, he participated in several exhibitions promoting the group both at home and abroad. A decade later, in 2002 he inaugurated the 10th anniversary exhibition of the group "Ten". At the same time, he also participated with his works at the Autumn Salons (1978), the Falls (1980 - 2015), Spring Salons (1980 - 2015) and at the Moldovan Salons Chișinău - Bacău (1991 - 2015, R. Moldova - Romania). He also participated in all the fine arts competitions organized by the Union of Artists of the Republic of Moldova, as well as at the thematic exhibitions such as "Homage to Mihai Eminescu" (1989 - 2014) and "Homage to Grigore Vieru" (2010).
International representative exhibitionsHe participated for the first time in the in an international group exhibition that took place in 1985 in Moscow (Russia). In 1987 he went to Warsaw (Poland), and in 1988 he took part in the international exhibition entitled "Days of Soviet Culture" held in Paris (France). Afterwards, he participated more at the international exhibitions: in 1988, in Lisbon (Portugal); in 1988, in Odessa (Ukraine); in 1988, Moscow (Russia); in 1993, in Saint Elpidio (Italy); in 1993, at Monte Giorgio (Italy); in 1995, in Sologne (France); in 1995, in Veigné (France); in 1998, in Aschach (Germany); in 1999, in Bucharest (Romania); in 2000, 2004 and 2012 in Moscow (Russia). In 2009 he exhibited for the first time at the International Painting Biennale organized in Chișinău (Moldova) and since then, he participates every time when it organized. In 2011 he participated in the International Biennial of painting, graphics and sculpture "Meeting point 2011", the third edition, held in Arad (Romania). In 2012 and 2014 he participated in the International Biennial of Decorative Art in Chișinău, and in 2016 he participated in the group exhibition "Eternal Colors" organized by the "Europe's Art"Gallery in Chișinău. In 2018 he participated for the first time at the interior design exhibitions: "Moldavian Design Week 2018" and "Das Design Day 2018" with the art objects made for the last five years.
AwardsAndrei Mudrea is a winner of several awards, prizes, medals and trophies at the different national and international art competitions and salons, among which:
CollectiblesThe artist's paintings and art objects are in several public collections, such as: Ministry of Culture, Chișinău (R. Moldova); Ministry of Culture, Moscow (Russia); The Fund of the Union of Artists, Chișinău (R. Moldova); The Fund of the Artists, Moscow (Russia); National Museum of Art, Chișinău (R. Moldova); The Museum of Romanian Literature "Mihail Cogălniceanu", Chișinău (R. Moldova); Alexei Mateevici Museum, Chișinău (R. Moldova), but also in private collections in Africa, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, United States and Ukraine.
Documentaries and reportagesSeveral documentaries were filmed about the artist's creation and life:
MoviesDuring his artistic career, Andrei Mudrea has also starred in several movies:
Creation camps, symposiumsIn 1988 he went to Senej (Russian Federation), in 1991 he participated in a creative camp in Câmpina (Romania), and in 1994 he came to Tescani (Romania). In 2003 he organized the first edition of the painting camp "The Old Orhei" held in the Old Orhei and continued the tradition by 2005. In 2006 there is the creation camp "Euro-integration through Art" in the Old Orhei and the Modern Art Camp in Chișinău.
Books, catalogues, leaflets
Critics"When the thirst draws us near a well, we drink the refreshing water, we thank in our mind the ones who came down to the depths of the earth to call it under the sun for all. The same impulse to thank, but, this time, for the quench of thirst for light, I had when admiring the paintings of the painter Andrei Mudrea. In the pictures, all of them - people, objects and the atmosphere - everything is enveloped, exalted, penetrated by the light. Even the stones ... If I would try to find in my memory a replica of this original and of the talent full of dignity, I would imagine it like a solar river, dripping stormily between old and new walls, through the stony fluorescence of the relief, crossing with haste the green of the saddles and approaching more and more softly to our souls, illuminating and ennobling them and calls them gently to the Universe of Light. "
LEONIDA LARI, poet, journalist, writer, 2004.
"(...) Remaining lyrical and poetic at the beginning of his creation, A. Mudrea evolves, making the pictures of a profound dramatic character, specific to the times and, at the same time, remaining permanently as an author of spiritual messages, encrypted in the context of images embodied in the vestments of the parable and metaphor. The Andrei Mudrea’s works, undoubtedly, represent a true page of the modern art, valid both in the country and abroad."
TUDOR STĂVILĂ, PhD in arts study, 2013.