Razvan Anghelache is a visual and performance artist, currently residing and working in Moncofa, Valencia, Spain. He was born in Bucharest, Romania and received his BA in Cinematography and Media from The National University of Arts in Bucharest. He worked in the gaming industry from 2006 to 2010, when he took the leap into freelance illustration and motion design.
In 2015, he moved to Sweden to further his education, earning a Master of Fine Arts at Umeå University. That same year, Razvan created Hazeart Studios, specializing in visual content creation, both for brands and individual entrepreneurs. He participated in two Erasmus+ mobility programs, one of which was in Italy. He coordinated the project called “Map my Art'' in its initiation and planning stages, at The Siena Art Institute and Santa Chiara FabLab.
Razvan has presented his work in various international exhibitions, including at the first edition of Bucharest Art Week (2014), Daegu Photo biennale (2016) and Robot Love (Eindhoven, 2018).
Between 2018 and 2021, Razvan worked remotely with The New Centre for Research & Practice, acquiring organizational knowledge in the online education field. During this period, Razvan traveled and lived between Romania, Germany, Sweden and finally Spain, where he decided to settle.
ABOUT THE ART
My works reflect the poetics of distorted perception, emotions, and altered states of consciousness. I’m interested in the human psyche and how individuals and collectives are affected by fears, trauma, tension, and anxiety. While these threads connect my projects, other themes are layered into my body of work, commenting on memory, desire, conflict, and power structures.
I find inspiration in popular culture, street art, cityscapes under construction, stories from the places which I have traveled and lived, myths, as well as dreams and exploration of my own subconsciousness. Mindful drawing helps me get into a flow state which has an important role in my creative process. In addition to drawing, I use a variety of media: sculptural installation, video, sound, painting, and performance.
In my drawings and paintings I like to create abstract worlds populated by outlandish characters. I use scale and affect in site-specific temporary installations for indoor and outdoor locations, to create immersive experiences for the viewers. Through my performances, I explore how value systems, significance, and constructs are altered when they are situated in an explicitly absurd situation.
2017 MFA, Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Sweden
2008 BA in Photography, Cinematography and Media, National University of Arts Bucharest, Romania
Solo Exhibitions & Performances
2023 Cabe-Zones, Antic Forn, Tales, Spain
2019 Musica de los seres imaginarios, George Enescu National Museum, Bucharest, Romania
2018 Psychoactive Bear Therapy, Växjö konsthall, Sweden
2018 Installation is Dead, Long Live Painting, Verkligheten art space, Umeå, Sweden
2016 Psychoactive Bear Therapy, Rum för performance, Bildmuseet Umeå, Sweden
2016 Mind Flood, Galleriet Konsthögskolan, Umeå, Sweden
2015 Psychoactive Bear Therapy at Open Days, Academy of Fine Arts Umeå, Sweden
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Robot Love, Campina Milk Factory, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2018 16 Souls Nobody Noticed, Verkligheten, Umeå, Sweden
2018 Happy Nation, Växjö konsthall, Sweden
2017 Friendly Sabotage / In Sketchland, Umeå, Sweden
2017 Fool's Gold, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden (catalogue)
2017 Open studio event and launching of the fanzine 5425200 seconds in Siena, Italy
2016 Arching of an Arrow, Galleriet Konsthögskolan, Umeå, Sweden
2016 Net Photo Festival, Daegu Photo Biennale, Korea (catalogue)
2016 How was it possible? The Romanian Cultural Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel
2015 No show (intention of a collective), Museum Anna Norlander, Skellefteå, Sweden
2015 Kulturhusfestivalen, Umeå, Sweden
2015 Borna 18, Laborna Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2015 Entropic erosion: human cityscapes, Carol53, Bucharest, Romania
2014 Concept, MORA Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2014 How was it possible? European Public space, Bucharest, Romania (catalogue)
2014 Balkan Mood: Focus Macedonia, the National Library of Romania, Bucharest, Romania
2014 BITUM, Carol53, Bucharest, Romania
2014 Contempora 7, Plastilina Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2013 Contempora 6, Alchemia Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2010 Omul sfinteste locul dar naravul ba, 115 Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2018 Alexandra Aliman, "Barbosii si maimuta inteleapta de pe tricourile lui Razvan Anghelache", IQads
2018 Sebastian Johans, "Konstrecension: I en centrifug av sönderfall på Växjö konsthall", Dagens Nyheter
2017 Robert Stasinski, "Inga ludditer", Kunstkritikk
2016 Sebastian Andersson, "Arching of an Arrow ”, Volym Konsttidningen (review)
2015 Emilie Sjölund, “När konsten får äga plats och omgivning”, NORRAN Magazine
2017 Bears, bears everywhere, Wake Up anthology, published by Centrala
2016 Umtitled Magazine, issues 1-3
2016 Net Photo Festival, Daegu Photo Biennale, exhibition catalogue
2016 Psychoactive Bear Therapy, zine, Self-published
2011 PeculiarBliss Magazine - Issue Five
Grants / Residencies
2018 Erasmus+ grant for traineeship at MORA gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2017 Erasmus+ grant for traineeship at Siena Art Institute, Italy
2015 KUNO mobility grant for express course in analog photography, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
2014 How was it possible? Art Camp Residency, Brasov, Romania
2013 How was it possible? Art Camp Residency, Busteni, Romania