PAVEL GROSU

"The term “School of Cluj” is being used, with various meanings and tones, in various international art circles, largely referring to a certain approach to painting, characterized prominently by an option for the figurative, evocative register, a preference for vague historical or social references and an emphasis on the technical quality of the works, seen first and foremost as aesthetic objects.", writes curator Iacob Bogdan in one of his texts on Pavel Grosu. The figurative paintings of Grosu often seem surrealist in their combination of elements. A man seems to drown knee deep in a swamp that turns out to be a tennis court. A spoon lets honey glide down on a partial nude that resembles Courbet's "The Origin of the World" (1866). Or Duchamp's "Etant Donné" (1946-66) since the body seems to be lying on a meadow. Despite their colorful palette the paintings often have a latent atmosphere of doomsday.