Pop-art satire of Ion Barladeanu

Life hasn't been kind with Romanian artist Ion Barladeanu. During the communist regime he worked as grave digger and doorman, and after year 1989 he was reduced to a homeless condition. And, despite his incredible talent, his life didn’t change much after the whole world discovered his witty parodic pop-art collages. Born in 1946, in Zapodeni, a small Romanian village, which he left at the age of 18, Barladeanu started making collages as a way to escape his dark reality.

Ion Barladeanu collage artwork, 1983Ion Barladeanu collage artwork, 1983

He was discovered in 2008 by Ovidiu Fenes who recommended him to Dan Popescu, owner of H’Art Gallery. His works were shown first in Bucharest, then Basel, London and Paris. Everywhere in the world critics considered them absolutely brilliant.

Most of his satiric collages, which he teasingly calls them movies, are inspired by characters from the Romanian political scene (the dreaded Ceausescu couple especially) whose printed images are glued next to international pop culture idols, wildlife photographs and glossy magazines cut-outs creating a splendid mise-en-scène with a mixed Dadaist, Comic strip and Surrealist aesthetic.

Ion Barladeanu inspired many journalists, writers and directors including Alexander Nanau, creator of “The World According to Ion B.”, an HBO documentary rewarded with an Emmy Prize in 2010. Alexander Nanau’s success unleashed a series of dissensions between Barladeanu, Nanau and Dan Popescu, regarding Barladeanu’s justified gains. Nowadays, the 65 years old Romanian artist lives in a small flat in Bucharest, provided to him by H’Art Gallery.  

 we thank H’Art Gallery and mr. Dan Popescu for sending us a few photographs after Ion Barladeanu’s collages.  

Image gallery:
Category
Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:24 in

All things chic

ankle boots

After studying Fashion Design for five years German artist Peggy Wolf decided that she loved drawing fashionable women more...read more

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 11:52 in

All things chic

embroidered shirts

Michelle "Mia" Araujo is only 24 years old and has already astonished critics with her acrylic on wood paintings. Born in Los Angeles...read more

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 00:24 in

All things chic

moo

Instant chic without any effort: throw a dress on you (a floral frock is perfect for summer), put on some cute flats, add a wide brim hat and a large clutch...read more

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:15 in

All things chic

jewelry watches

"What happens when the greatest movie automobile legend merges its DNA with an avant-garde watchmaking Maison? What should one expect from...read more

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 22:00 in

All things chic

cotton handbag

Ethnic accents continue to be a strong presence in fashion, merging into a globetrotter look. Spring 2008 means the revival of Asian influences brought...read more

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 22:00 in

All things chic

thigh high boots

New Year's Eve Party is nearly here and that means you need a showstopper outfit. Look for guiding within this season's trends: high-waist and bejeweled...read more

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 05:54 in

All things chic

embroidered shirts

Dan May's gentle, furry monsters have always maintained a level of humanity. And, surprisingly or not, May's recent...read more

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:39 in

All things chic

moo

It's definitely a hot summer here, where I'm living...I cannot describe it. Or, yes I can: for a stroll around town the most appropriate outfit is a breezy...read more

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 10:52 in

All things chic

ankle boots

Growing up on Vancouver Island and spending summer weeks in epic surroundings (when going camping with the family in the middle of the woods)...read more

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:02 in

All things chic

Vogue UK

Plaids are no longer fall season prints. In fact I saw many fashion rules being dashed these past few season and that's a good thing, right? That's what it's...read more

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 23:10 in

All things chic

jewelry watches

I am not normally a watch person, but these watches by Nixon are very fashionable and nice-looking.read more

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 08:12 in

All things chic

Vogue UK

Britt chic plaid pattern is a classic fall feature. That shouldn’t stop you from wearing it in the summer season. Until fall comes make sure you...read more