Cătălin Bădărău (b. 1981, Adjud, Romania)

Lives and works in Bucharest

"The adage that art imitates life applies here: ’to give you an example, at the age of sixteen I dropped out of school and I illegally crossed two borders in order to work abroad,’ Bădărău explains, ’when I was abroad I had to be as invisible as possible, to look for a job and to work illegally, to stay hidden, an individual without identity, non-existent to the rest of society and any social protection system.’ The artist’s work evokes this isolation and despair.

Bădărău’s arena is that of the body. His work is a constant, hard-hitting reminder of our fallibility as humans and the pain we are able to inflict on one another."

                   

                                     Excerpt from 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow / Courtesy of Kurt Beers (Beers London Gallery 2019)

 

EDUCATION”

Studied PhD Fine Art, National University of Arts, Bucharest

Master's Degree in Sculpture, National University of Arts, Bucharest

Bachelor's Degree in Sculpture, National University of Arts, Bucharest

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019

“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me”, solo show, curated by Ana Negoiță, Mobius Gallery in partnership with Mogosoaia Cultural Institute, Mogosoaia Palace, Bucharest

“Brain fog”, group show, Laborna Gallery, Bucharest

 

2018

“Depersonalization”, solo show, The anti-communist resistance and repression memorial in Bihor County, Nasui Collection and Gallery, Oradea, Romania

“Eye to I”, group show, Mobius Gallery, Bucharest

 

2017 

 “Depersonalization”, solo show, Piteşti Prison Memorial, Nasui Collection and Gallery, Pitesti, Romania

“The Other”, duo show, Galerie#23, Velbert, Germany

 

2016 

“Perpetuum Violence”, solo show, curated by Cosmin Năsui,  Nasui Collection and Gallery, Bucharest

“Uprooted”, group show, Nasui Collection and Gallery, Romanian Cultural and Humanistic Research, Venice, Italy

“Perpetuum Violence”, solo show, Galerie#23, Langerberg, Germany

“Ethnic Minorities in Visual Culture”, group show, Nasui Collection and Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium

                                                                                                           

2015                                ,

“Derail”, solo show, Funnel Gallery, Bucharest

“Human against life”, group show, Turnătoria Hall, Bucharest

“Contemporary Istanbul”, Nasui Collection and Gallery, Turkey

 

2014

“Wo bist du  Nur nichts ist da", group show, Galerie#23, Langenberg, Germany

“Unarte 150 years”, group show, Dalles Hall, Bucharest

 

 

2013

“Group show”,  Glurns Art Point, Glurns, Italy

“One”, group show, Una Gallery, Bucharest

 

2012 

“Turbohalle”, group show, Alternative Cultural Center, Bucharest

 

2011

“Trans-realities”, group show, curated by Petru Lucaci, Oudin Espace Contemporaine Gallery, Paris, France

“Interference Danube”, group show, Art Museum of Drobeta Turnu Severin

 

2010

“Touches and signs”, group show, Brâncuși Hall, Parliament House, Bucharest

“Identities”, group show, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest

 

2009

“Humanization”, solo show, Galateea Gallery, Bucharest

"Aegyssus", group show, Una Gallery, Bucharest

 

2008

“Gheorghe Pătrașcu Biennial”, group show, National Museum of Târgoviște, Romania

 

2007

“Depersonalization”, solo show, National Art Gallery of Hunedoara, Romania

“Art juicy”, group show, curated by Aurelia Mocanu, Bucharest

“Jubirely”, group show, curated by Aurelia Mocanu, Una Gallery, Bucharest

 

2004

Group show, Apollo Gallery, Bucharest

 

SELECTED AWARDS

 

“Youth award”,  offered by Union of Visual Artists of Romania for “Perpetuum Violence” exhibition, Bucharest (2017)

“Matei Brancoveanu  award”, offered by Alexandrion Foundation for “Perpetuum Violence” exhibition, Bucharest (2016)

“Prize for Sculpture”, Arts in Bucharest, sixth edition, within the exhibition “Human against life” (2015)

“Youth award” offered National University of Arts in Bucharest, Sculpture Departament (2007)

“Prize for Sculpture”  "Primavera Young Artists", Bucharest (2004)

 

PUBLICATIONS:

 

“100 Sculptors of Tomorrow”,authored by Kurt Beers, published by Thames & Hudson, (pages 42-45)

 ISBN: 9780500021477 (2019)

“Uprooted/ Aurel Vlad, Cătălin Bădărău feat Napoleon Tiron”, Cosmin Năsui, Post Modernism Museum Publishing House Bucharest, ISBN: 978-606- 93751-3-6 (2016)

“Ethnic Minorities in Visual Culture, focus Romania”, Cosmin Năsui, Post Modernism Museum Publishing House Bucharest ISBN: 978-606-93751-2-9 (2016)

“Human agaist life”, Arts in Bucharest”, Sixth Edition, Unarte Publishing House, Bucharest, ISBN: 978-606-720-043-0 (2015) ”Aesthetica Magazine”, ”Overview: 10th Edition of Contemporrary Istanbul 2015” (article within Contemporary Istanbul Art fair 2015) 

                                          © Cătălin Bădărău 2019 

© Photo Credits: Gabi Todirel, Cristi Mitrea, Tudor Codre Isac