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ARTIST PROFILE | DARIE DUP

Darie Dup is a sculptor, painter and installation artist. He graduated from the “Nicolae Grigorescu” Institute of Fine Arts, Sculpture Department in 1983. Since 1992 he has been teaching at the Sculpture Department of the National University of Arts in Bucharest.

Dup is one of the most representative artists of his generation, with a well-articulated “personal brand”, one that combines the so-called postmodern artistic vocabulary with the latest artistic explorations which, in his case, led to the hybridization of sculpture as a genre, to the restatement of approach and plastic solutions, along with the articulation of current ecological discourses.

If during the '80s and the '90s, Dup worked within a neo-expressionist type of figuration, expressed mainly in wood and metal, revealing dramatic visions upon the human condition, in recent years, his art became diversified and enriched, constantly and methodologically, while expanding the range of references and reasons. Darie Dup is an innovator of sculptural vocabulary, remarkable especially for the variety of "non-artistic" materials (especially common plastic objects) used in the process, his interest in physical and anatomical fragmentation, the use of digital image production procedures and, as a general feature, the appropriation of an extremely important role to color, always transmitted in vivid, strong, almost talkative shades.

In 2004, Darie Dup was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in the Degree of Knight, and in 2007 he received the Excellence Award of the Union of Visual Artists. His works can be found in private collections in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, U.S.A. and Romania.
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Darie Dup
Pink Fetish | 2020
non-toxic resin sculpture