IOAN IACOB was born in 1954 in Romania. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy of Düsseldorf with Professor Gothard Graubner. In 1981, he was awarded the Fine Arts Prize of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation and in 1982 the Max Ernst Scholarship of the town Brühl (Germany). In 2005, he partipated at Artist’s Village Ein Hod on invitation by the Town of Düsseldorf. He lives and works in Germany.
He has had solo exhibitions in prestigious galleries in Germany, Belgium, France, United States, Israel and Romania. Among his most recent exhibitions are: at The Contemporary Art Gallery of the Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu;The Mogosoaia Palace,Foisor, Bucharest; The National Art Museum, Cluj-Napoca (in 2007) and in 2005 at Artist’s Village Ein Hod, Israel; The Contemporary Art Gallery, Haifa, Israel, etc.
“We live in the times of the image / state of mind which causes not only the type of emotion that is to be evoked but also the type of attitude that is to be taken. Without being phsycally involved, Ioan Iacob forces this apparently causal connexion between image and object. The painting gains new visual and social codes. Everything is literal, concrete, true. There is a feeling of protective tenderness. A world enjoying its peace. Ioan Iacob will not recognise the fatal risks of the utopia. However, he adjusts the reality according to his own theories.
Ioan Iacob’s painting is a perfect example of adjusting the data to an idea. The premature innocence is a memory or, better said, a digression.
Ioan Iacob has his own, quite far-seeing.conceptual system. He enjoys every day life. And thanks to it, he regains all that is hidden. The legitimacy of the elements of the interior space. The painting menu is almost classical: portrait, static nature, landscape.
Almost in a classical way, the painting is reduced to the constituent elements: ground, texture, colour, brush stroke… Ioan Iacob is always enaged in a fresh relation with the canvas. When he starts a painting, he automatically organizes the visual data of our reality. Strangely, he organizes them in individual graphical worlds.
Ioan Iacob helps us clarify the relation we have with the visual objects. He imposes a place, a situation, a wanted life- style…our very own existence.
By unlocking or turning abstract the reality, the painting gains a hidden language that is unknown to us: luminosity and the beginning of the story. One is not always sure whether the luminosity is the fiction or if the beginning of the story is the truth. Actually, the luminosity and the beginning of the story contain a bit of them both.”
THE SOLITUDE OF THE OBJECTS
“In the fall of 2007, at Sibiu, the town elected European Capital of Culture, Ioan Iacob has been invited to hold a solo exhibition, the third of the artist’s solo shows in Romania. The Brukenthal Museum will be the host of his paintings.
As each one man’s show, bearing the signature of Ioan Iacob, this will also be structured upon two strong coordinates: an exhibition of recent works, a particular chapter of the painter’s existence, and at the same time, the attempt of communicating openly with a public prepared to receive contemporary art in all its dimensions and with all its variety.
The Sibiu exhibition has been conceived as a unique visual show, in the sense of its situation in space and time, being centered on the impressive trypthic with the painter’s self- portraits, as the center of irradiating a singular graphic confession. Along with all the other self-portraits exposed, this trypthic also avows without hesitation the terrible need of the painter to live in communion with the art he creates.
The self-portrait of the painter seems to be dissolving itself in the midst of the ample composition, determining its existence and letting itself be devoured by the reality created upon the canvas. This is actually an incandescent love relationship, confessed also by color. The powerful, long-studied shades of red sustain at a chromatic level the passion experienced by the painter, in love with his canvas, palette and colors.
The escape towards the color red, expression of the world of physics, may be used as a metaphor for Ioan Iacob’s paintings, as long as the artist effectively investigates the ex- pressive possibilities of the color red and its complex tones. Generally speaking, the self-portrait, as a definition of the self and the self-portrait with expressionist suggestions, the hu- man face, looked upon with a lucid, yet understanding eye, will represent the theme of the Sibiu exhibition. The antagonism angel / demon, that has troubled the artist during his entire life, finds its graphic expression in this new series of paintings, but mostly in those self- portraits, in which one can almost see the discreet yet convincing presence of angel wings.”
(Excerpt of “The Solitude of the Objects”, from the Catalogue of the Exhibition: Red Darkness, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu,