from his life's vicissitudes, Mr. Simion MUNTEAN'S paintings tell
of the dramatic character and struggles of a life which was burdened
with hardship alike a fight in the arena, where most of the weak
should be overwhelmed by the strong.
anxiety exposed with the virtuosity whereby the bow of his brush
cuts within the vibration�s span, the chords of a suffering chromatic
marked by an early lashed destiny.
October 24, 1953,
Oncesti, Maramures county,
pursuit is the virtue whereby this striver experiences the
alleviation of his own endeavors.
If he was weak
or strong,it is only for the posterity - Time's implacable imprinting
machine - to decide. Nonetheless, one must recognize this: that
he never gave in, whether in times of weakness or strength, and
at the turn of half of a century of struggle, his dramatic passion
emerged. A chromatic symphony, in which spots of colour compete
with each other, and the never-ending waltz leads the viewer's sight,
gliding it along the labyrinthine m�lange of emotions visualized
by means of rough touches against the naked and fragile thigh of
linen canvas. This brutal erotic game of colours excited imagination
and made it flow as impetuously as a river springing from the brush
of a restless artist. A flux of extenuation pouring gradually into
the sea of tranquility and settling through exercise all the struggle
and the existential crisis of this dramatic painter. An dramatic
painter, who displayed
on canvas the image of an inside where the incessantly boiling volcano
erupts at times with the intensity of a Cyclopean force. The overflow
of colours resulted in the disintegration of the whole, which came
to be perceptively mirrored in the details, fragment by fragment,
idea by idea, twilight with dawn, death with life.
This is Simion
Muntean , a family of 10 brothers, who was born in Oncesti, in the province of Maramures,