Untitled (Sun Cafe)
This painting depicts a woman alone at a table with a small drink. Although her gaze is to the left, an indication of another presence, the composition isolates the woman as she sits next to a patterned curtain. The artist's work is layered with careful symbolism, incorporating rich textiles, vivid pattern fragments and other elements of early modern composition as specific details. This composition of an interior and its solitary figure is part of a series by the artist that depicts quotidian scenes of pensive withdrawal in the modern social era.
Bercea's work reflects on the changing and uncertain global horizons following the collapse of the Soviet Bloc and the end of the Cold War—lending particular focus to the generations of Romanians born after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Reflecting the uncertainty of regime change, the artist's paintings examine the contours of social life as they move away from the idealism of the older generations and toward a wary, disillusioned integration of global capitalism and Western ideology. Bercea’s work is an ongoing conversation with previous painting traditions that have also explored changing social spheres, sharpening the artist's poignant testimonials of the currently ongoing generational shift.
Marius Bercea's paintings and portraits explore the uncertainty of regime change. Layered with careful symbolism, the artist’s works employ rich textiles, vivid pattern fragments and other elements of early modern composition—all part of an ongoing conversation with painting traditions that explore the changing social sphere. Bercea’s work is a striking reflection on the shifting social fabric in the aftermath of the Cold War, particularly for the generations of Romanians born after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet Bloc.
Marius Bercea was born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania in 1979. The artist holds a master’s degree from the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Solo exhibitions of Bercea’s work include: The Far Sound of Cities at MAKI Gallery in Tokyo, Japan (2021); Thieves of Time at François Ghebaly in Los Angeles, California (2020); Marius Bercea: Time Can Space, at Blain|Southern in Berlin, Germany (2018); and A Full Rotation of the Moon at the Cluj Museum of Art in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2017); among others.
Group exhibitions that have shown Bercea’s work include: Figurative Imperative at Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, Slovak Republic (2021); LA Views at MAKI Gallery in Tokyo, Japan (2020); Bad Peach at François Ghebaly in Los Angeles, California (2019); and Love: The First of the 7 Virtues at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) in Peekskill, New York (2015); among others.
Bercea’s work is held in the collections of: the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia; the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, New York; the Kistefos-Museet in Jevnaker, Norway; the Zabludowicz Collection in London, UK; the Olbricht Collection in Berlin, Germany; the Space K Museum in Seoul, South Korea; and the MAKI Collection in Tokyo, Japan.
Bercea lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
This painting depicts a woman alone at a table with a small drink, sitting next to a patterned curtain. This work is part of a series by the artist that depicts quotidian scenes of pensive withdrawal in the modern social era.More
- Framed: 26.4 x 19.3 x 1.0 in.