Who Is Abstract Expressionist Valeriu Boborelu?


New Show Is Set to Open Saturday, July 30th, at the Octagon Gallery, 888 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. Opening Reception with the artist, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The new show Red, Blue and White Beings is a collection of his work inspired by his spiritual beliefs.

This photo was taken after a studio work session. Bobo draped his work clothes over a chair before going back out into the world.

by David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

The following information is taken from an article I published earlier about this important Romanian-American artist.

Romanian Artists In America, Valeriu Boborelu

I’m happy to say Valeriu Boborelu, known to friends and family as “Bobo,” is a friend of mine.

“Art is the happiness and joy of life.”

Valeriu Boborelu

Bobo is a member and active leader at Gallery RIVAA, in New York City, where he volunteers his experience in setting up shows for other artists as well as his own.

Boborelu’s career began in his native Romania, and after an invitation to work in Paris, continued in the United States where he has lived and worked since 1983.

His imaginative and often intensely colorful paintings are expressions from spiritual passions. Indefinite symbolic figures with historical references find their way into abstract expressions.

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Abstract Expression Acrylic by Valeriu Boborelu

We can start out with a straightforward, purely abstract expressionist painting. Composition is without a subject as such. It isn’t “about” anything in the same way that Jackson Pollack’s weren’t.

Composition by Valeriu Boborelu

As a painting, it’s an unharnessed presentation of colors and energies. Fiery reds and yellows dominate the foreground, like lead actors, while the background falls off into ineffable blues and greens with no certain bottom.

What I can’t convey remotely well enough with a photograph are the rich surface textures of this painting, the brushstrokes of various thicknesses and viscosities as they make up this beautiful and power-packed painting.

Resurrection Abstract Expressionist Acrylic by Valeriu Boborelu

“In my paintings, the Idea, Concepts of Deities, and Human Beings are inspired and connected to manifestations and experiences from real life. These Deities usually manifest on subtle levels, and represent the interdependence between physical and non-material worlds, all pervading sentient energies, and unlimited Compassion and Wisdom. They are essences of the vital, psychological, mental propensities of Human Beings.”

Resurrection by Valeriu Boborelu.

Resurrection offers one of the greatest subjects any artist in any medium can tackle.

Using a limited palette from black through brown to tan, Bobo paints surging energies and currents and a single symbolic, ethereal figure. The painting is dense with overlapping fields of reality, some having no true intersection with any others. As with many of his paintings, there is a deep and mysterious background that seems infinitely receding.

Valeriu Boborelu became frustrated with his career as a painter in Romania and accepted an offer to paint in Paris in 1982. Soon thereafter, he migrated to the United States with his wife and has worked as an artist in New York ever since.

“All Artists are in a Continuum Interdependence, Unity, spiritual exchange and inspiration, and thus we can metaphorically say that ‘…all Artists are painting on the same Canvas…'”

Boborelu is a member and leader of Gallery RIVAA in New York City, where he shows his work regularly. Anyone interested in his work is welcome to visit Gallery RIVAA.

Meet the artist on Saturday at the free Opening Reception for his solo exhibit Red, Blue, and White Beings, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Octagon Gallery in the lobby at 888 Main Street, Roosevelt Island.

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