Georges Mazilu (1951, Romania) graduated with a Master's degree in fine arts from the Grigorescu Art Institute in Bucharest. In 1982 he moved from Romania to France, or as he states it, he escaped the socialist regime of Ceausescu. Some aspects in his art, the absurdity and grotesque features, reflect his youth in this, for him, absurd environment. Mazilu is internationally known for his signature style linking contemporary surrealism with the art of the Northern Renaissance.
Executed with the hand of a master and strangely beautiful, his paintings portray fascinating figures seemingly caught in deep contemplation or frozen in the midst of mysterious rituals.
His paintings are built from abstract forms which are gradually built into images representing people and other recognizable shapes and forms. In this process he is permitted to let his unconscious float and influence the transformation of abstractions into figurative representations. This way, the representations form a mirror of Mazilu's present state of mind, keeping his logic from interfering.
The final step in his work is to build and finish the environment of the newly created figures, to put them within a world of their own.
Mazilu wants these worlds to reflect the complexities and psychological, often difficult, realities of our own environment.
He participates regularly in the major Parisian Art Salons, such as Salon de Figuration Critique, and Salon des Artistes Independants. Furthermore, he widely exhibits in Europe and the United States.
1974 Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of Fine Art, MFA Bucharest, Romania
Solo exhibitions (selected)
2016 Turner Carroll Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico
2014 Anomaly, Turner Carroll Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico
2012 Turner Carroll Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico
2010 Turner Carroll Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico
2009 Galerie Utrecht Utrecht, The Netherlands
1989 Galerie Jas de la Rimade Carcès, France
1987 Art Expo New York, New York
1986 Art Expo Los Angeles, California
1985 Kleine Galerie Bad Waldsee, Germany
1983 Galerie Karee Düsseldorf, Germany Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, France
1981 Galerie Simeza Bucharest, Romania
Group Exhibitions (selected)
2009 Figurez-vous l'Imaginaire Théoule-sur-Mer, France Galerie Lacroix Quebec, Canada
2008 12ème Biennale du Cercle Saint Léonard St Léonard de Noblat, France Biennale de Baugé Baugé, France
2007 L'Artistique de l'Isle Adam-Invité et Président du Jury Art Now Fair Miami Miami, Florida
2004 Salon des Artistes Bas-Normands-Invité d'Honneur Caen, France Turner Carroll Gallery, “Georges Mazilu & Richard Garriott-Stejskal” Santa Fe, New Mexico
2003 Sangre de Cristo Art Center, “Magic Realism: The New Generation” Pueblo, Colorado
2001 Turner Carroll Gallery, “10th Anniversary Exhibition” Santa Fe, New Mexico
1999 Turner Carroll Gallery, “The End of an Era: Santa Fe, New Mexico Eastern European Paintings from the Fall of Communism to the Year 2000” Marsha Child Contemporary, “Empire of Light” Princeton, New Jersey
1996 The Philadelphia Art Show Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Denver Art Museum Denver, Colorado
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco San Francisco, California
Museum of Contemporary Art Sofia, Bulgaria
Member, La Maison des Artistes Paris, France
State of New Mexico, NM Arts in Public Places Santa Fe,
NM Tucson Museum of Art Tucson, Arizona
University of Tasmania Fine Art Collection Hobart, Tasmania
2009 New Mexico Arts Division Purchase Award Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 Prix de la ville d'Isle Adam, France
1984 Art Stiftung Plaas Foundation Lindau, Germany
1982-85 La Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, France
1980 International Drawing Award Barcelona, Spain
1975 Revue Roumaine Amfiteatru Grand Prix Bucharest, Romania