About the artist
Gheorghe Virtosu’s way of being in the world combines to perfection a straightforward and down-to-earth nature with a mystical and mysterious streak. His passionate nature has always urged him to follow intellectual and deeply spiritual pursuits. From the very beginning, Gheorghe Virtosu’s writing has eluded all canonization, contemporary and classical, since it cannot be labelled as belonging to any of them for definite.
A self-taught artist, Gheorghe Virtosu was born on April the 14th 1968, in a small village in Bessarabia, within a loving Romanian family. When he was only 15 years of age, he decided to leave home and continue his education at a town college a few good miles away from home.
After having travelled the world far and wide, thus achieving one of his childhood dreams rendered as impossible for anyone growing up behind the Iron Curtain, Gheorghe Virtosu eventually chose Britain as his adoptive country, settling down in London and acquiring British citizenship after a few years.
He is hardly a man to be kept down by any circumstances. Art and literature have become Gheorghe Virtosu’s chosen ways of rebelling against injustice and miscarriage of justice occurring in the world.
Gheorghe Virtosu was confronted with and defeated unimaginable hardship, but more importantly, he managed to channel all his anger and frustrations and turned them into art: an elegant way of rising above the ugliness of the world. Writing has become the most effective form of therapy, an effective way of dealing with frustration, loss and anger. The author has found in art an ideal form of elevating negative emotions and transforming them into rewarding projects meant to spread and replenish happiness and a zest for life.
Gheorghe Virtosu not only maintained his integrity of spirit, but also added value to his art and gained new perspectives, like a fine diamond which, skilfully cut, reflects back the light in unexpected ways. Just like a lotus flower, or a water lily, his roots dig deep in the mire, but his intellect defies the heights of creative thinking, allowing him to outsource and practice his art and hobbies.
While his cutting-edge literary style asserts itself as refreshingly unique within the literature of the world, Gheorghe Virtosu surprises us, yet again, with his recently found taste for thematical painting which approaches topics from different cultures, thus introducing a diverse view of the world. Each piece is singular and carries a genuine complexity of meaning which requires its own code for deciphering it.
Ranging from gritty and brush, to poetical and ethereal, the characters in Gheorghe Virtosu’s paintings are free spirits of nature caught in a game of multiculturalism and plural voices which join in together to produce divine harmonies of colour and meaning. These paintings are like nothing we have seen before: dressed up in hooded cloaks, equipped with weapons which look like magical devices and displaying a puzzling other-worldly demeanor, the characters tell us nothing about themselves, and everything about the universe they belong to. But they are very sparing with who they are letting in: unequivocally, they invite the audience to actively engage with art at more than one level and lead the way to first-hand experiencing aesthetic knowledge, sensorial and intuitive perception.
Gheorghe Virtosu’s art is a vibrant living manifestation of the world around.