Susan and Michael Hort have been collecting for 30 years, with a focus on collecting in depth and supporting young artists. They often buy early in an artist’s career and usually amass at least five pieces by any given artist. The Horts own the printing company Earth Enterprises and are the creators of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, established in honor of their daughter Rema, who passed away from cancer at the age of 30 in 1995. The foundation funds travel and accommodations for families of cancer patients and also provides grants for emerging artists

Galerie Ron Mandos has been supporting young artists for more than a decade. By organising the Best of Graduates show each year with the Young Blood Foundation, we hope to create a bigger platform for talented young artists. Therefore, we are delighted to see the well-known collectors couple Susan and Michael Hort collecting multiple big works by Pavel Grosu from his newest series ‘Fragmented Dreams’. From now on they will intensively follow this young and promising artist from Moldova.

If an artwork moves you in some way and it’s within your budget, buy it and enjoy living with it for a long time. The only things we regret are the things we didn’t buy.” – Susan Hort

Last year, gallery owner Ron Mandos was invited by art critic and curator Maria Rus Bojan to visit 20 artist studios in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Together with artist and professor Ioan Sbârciu, who fought for reforms in art education and educated a new generation of young Romanian artists, Ron Mandos was fortunate to meet Pavel Grosu, whose work we are now showing in Miami.

In ‘Fragmented Dreams’, Grosu is challenging the many facets of representation through his often surrealist combination of elements. The fusion of contemporary human figures and ancient statues create an ongoing process of symbolism and signification, leaving the viewer in a state of wonder. Pavel Grosu’s work engages with the topic of the fragmented or split reality in which we live. His paintings take as a starting point images from the media, being brought together as in a collage.

ABOUT Pavel Grosu

Born in 1991 in Singerei, The Republic of Moldova.

Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Pavel Grosu’s approach to painting is characterized by the prominence of the figurative, the preference for vague historical or social references, and the emphasis on the technical quality of the works, seen first and foremost as aesthetic objects. The artist deploys digital collage as a tool for building complex, carefully thought out compositional structures, later translated into paintings. In his newest series ‘Fragmented Dreams’, Grosu is challenging the many facets of representation through his often surrealist combination of elements. The fusion of contemporary human figures and ancient statues create an ongoing process of symbolism and signification, leaving the viewer in a state of wonder.

Pavel Grosu’s work engages with the topic of the fragmented or split reality in which we live. His paintings take as a starting point images from the media, being brought together as in a collage. He manipulates these media images in various ways to produce initial forms of digital collage: they are cut, juxtaposed, reshaped, blurred or inverted. By contorting them in some way, they confront the viewer with a rather confusing blend of visual stimuli – a disconcerting and disquieting mosaic.

Pavel Grosu was born in 1991 in the Republic of Moldova. He currently lives and works in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca, where he is doing a doctorate at the University of Art and Design. He recently had a solo exhibition at Sector 1 Gallery Bucharest and has shown works at the Five Plus Art Gallery, Vienna, Austria; Doris Ghetta Gallery, Milan, Italy; Boccanera Gallery, Trento, Italy, and Untitled, Miami Beach, USA.

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