Alexandru Darida draws his audience in with his warm use of romanticism in each stroke of his brush. Offering a light-filled experience to the viewers his painting makes use of great traditional influences; He combines Renaissance and Baroque influence with a more personal figurative approach which includes backgrounds with thick, impasto layers that create a solid foundation for the depicted figure. (Curated by Viviana Puello)
Alexandru Darida’s paintings have a rich and energetic polychromy…paintings that capture the cosmic miracle, nature and culture, global climate change, lyricism and musicality of forms and colors, the eternal female of the real and legendary world. (By Doina Uricariu, New York art critic)
In the new world order of disorder, art goes through drastic changes. In a global society with dynamic culture values interconnected, it is becoming increasingly difficult to create a unique language. Alexandru Darida is one of the artists required by the contemporary art scene.
Alexandru Darida recognizes it as his obligation as an artist to communicate the most pressing social and ethical issues of today through his artwork in order to stimulate dialogue on those subjects that touch on the future of mankind in the 20th century.
He utilizes found objects that merge elements of abstract and sculptural forms that represent “a reconciliation with self and our surroundings.” Their use in combination with Darida’s classic painting technique is designed to create a distinguished, forward-looking style.
Darida discovers the old instruments that become his canvas in antique stores. “I feel the energy coming from them under the dust—and I think of them being played by someone for so many hours. and I want to immortalize the energy that they emit so the instruments themselves become an expression of art.”
“Spirituality is the secret of your art. It makes for more profound art, and sometimes forces you to make sacrifices on its behalf—but if you are not willing to give up some things then you will never have anything,” he says, reflecting upon what he has lost and gained so far, summing up his experience in a sentence: “Art is more than colors and lines, it is a spiritual journey.”
National and International Publications, Reviews and Articles
- National Register’s Who’s Who | Library of Congress | ISBN 0-9702264-3-8
- Lumea şi Noi, TVR International | Watch Alex Darida la TVRi | RTN Chicago Episodes | Blip, May 2012
- Clipa – “Pictura Lui Darida – Reflectie a Dezechilibrului Ecologic Contemporan”, Mariana Cuceu, MD, MPH | June 2008
- Occidentul Romanesc – Alexandru Darida | May 22, 2011 Review – Art Show Chicago
- Gandacul de Colorado – Alexandru Darida | Review for the City Hall Chicago Art Show April 20, 2010
- Romania Libera – Alexandru Darida | March 20, 2010 Review City Hall Chicago Exhibition
- “Romanticism and Postromanticism” | Claudia Moscovici, Lexington books, hardcover 2007, paperback 2010 – ” The Iconic Art of Alexandru Darida”
- Art World News, September 2009 – “Darida, Pioneer and Social Activist,” article by Sarah Seamark, Editor in Chief
- Art Business News, January 2009 – “Artist Rides the Green Wave,” article by Gabriel Kiley
- Romanian Tribune, July 11, 2008 – Review of the art of Alexandru Darida in relation to nature
- Art World News, May 2008 – “Darida’s Work a Catalyst to Preserve Nature,” article by Sarah Seamark, Editor in Chief
- Alexandru Darida’s artwork appears in “Wurzeln im Licht Sathmar 2006 – Helmut Berner ” Zeitgenossische Rumanische Lyrik Antologie de poezie Romaneasca- Radacini in Lumina. This is a bilingual Romanian -German Anthology of Romanian poetry. The book is illustrated with art of Romanian artists from all over the world
- Arbus, North Florida’s Arts & Business magazine, December 2006 – “Painter Alexandru Darida – Venetian Dreams,” review by Madelaine Peck
- Art World News, July 2005 – ” Darida’s Painted Musical Sculptures.”
- Art World News, May 2001, Artist Vitae – “Alexandru Darida: The Pursuit of Artistic Freedom,” article by Joelle Blaskey
- America – Newspaper September 1999, “Powerful Call to Fight Breast Cancer,” article by Mariana Cuceu MD