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Self and Shadow: Unmasking Contemporary Identity by Claudiu Ciobanu


The exhibition is open for visiting from July 11th to August 16th at Meron Gallery, Horea, no. 5.

Claudiu Ciobanu, a renowned artist whose works are a remarkable testament to his unique vision and deep awareness of contemporary issues, explores the human condition and pressing current themes such as technological advancement. The exhibition “Self and Shadow: Unmasking Contemporary Identity” offers a profound exploration of this theme, inviting visitors on an introspective journey where the boundaries between human and technological blur, and the quest for self-understanding becomes a central narrative.

As visitors step into the exhibition space, they are immediately enveloped in a world where identities are camouflaged, and reality is layered with deep meanings. The journey begins with Claudiu’s evocative paintings, where characters are often hidden behind natural elements such as plants, reflective surfaces like mirrors, or translucent materials. This deliberate obfuscation invites viewers to embark on their own journey of self-exploration, challenging them to question their perceptions and relationships with the world around them.

The central theme of Claudiu Ciobanu’s works is that of camouflaged identities. The characters are presented in a state of concealment, partially masked by vegetation or reflective surfaces. This motif of hidden identities serves as a metaphor for the complex and often obscure nature of self-identity in the modern world.

Claudiu Ciobanu (b. 1984; lives and works in Iași, Romania) is a figurative painter whose recent works are a remarkable testament to his unique vision and deep awareness of contemporary issues. Claudiu Ciobanu uses personal photography and allegorical imagery to explore the human condition and contemporary issues such as climate change, technology, and posthumanism. In his works, he often hides the identity of his characters, inviting viewers to reflect on their own relationship with the world around them. His characters, whether camouflaged by plants, mirrors, or hidden behind transparent surfaces, seem to seek a deeper understanding of themselves and the world.

  1. Sisyphus – oil on canvas, 90x90cm, 2023
  2. Reflexie – oil on canvas, 90x70cm, 2021
  3. Homo Ludens – oil on canvas, 160x120cm, 2023
  4. Quaren Sui – oil on canvas, 100x80cm, 2023
  5. Circulus Vitae – oil on canvas, 120x90cm, 2023
  6. Veritas – oil on canvas, 120x100cm, 2023
  7. Deus Ex Machina – oil on canvas, 150x110cm, 2023
  8. Back to Reality – oil on canvas, 120x100cm, 2023
  9. Osiris – oil on canvas, 80x90cm, 2023
  10. Grădină Secretă – oil on canvas, 100x120cm, 2021
  11. Towards the Sun – oil on canvas, 120x100cm, 2023
  12. CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) – in collaboration with Erich Lucas, Founder & CEO Dimensional X Studios. To take this exhibition to a new level of interactivity and technological innovation, Meron Gallery collaborated with Dimensional X Studios, a creative studio specializing in special effects and CGI productions for brands. Erich Lukas, the founder of Dimensional X Studios, created a unique animation for the exhibition, which can be seen at Meron Gallery, offering visitors an engaging and innovative experience.


The exhibition is open for visiting from July 11th to August 16th at Meron Gallery,  Horea, no. 5.


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