Sergiu Toma (born 1987, Baia-Mare, Romania) lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He sees painting as stronger than the subject or content concealed behind it. Toma attempts to rediscover the medium of painting for himself, investigating its expressive potential. Inspired by Renaissance and Baroque compositions and theatre, in which light and shadow become key elements, his images open up and his painting becomes free and playful. The artist’s surroundings have an impact on his content: Toma’s work reflects the context in which he was born and grew up, telling personal stories of his family and childhood. The resulting scenarios, often large in size, are packed with mystery and magic.