Georges MAZILU

LE CHIEN MESSAGER LES MIGRANTS LES TROIS TAMBOURS AU BISTROT L'ANGE DU PÉLERIN
PORTRAIT DE COUPLE GEISHA LES FIANCÉS ÉTUDE POUR DON QUICHOTTE BACCHUS
LE CHAT VERT LES MARIONNETTES LA COURTISANE LE PROMENEUR LE SURFEUR
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Peintre symboliste visionnaire

Georges Mazilu was born in Romania on the 8th of january 1951.
Works and lives in Paris. Since 1978, takes part in different contemporary exhibitions in Paris and abroad.

Georges Mazilu likes to describe his artistic process in existential terms. Without elaborate preliminaries he begins working directly on a blank drawing pad or canvas, a tabula rasa that allows his imagination free rein, before arriving at his surreal and gnome-like creatures and their mysteriously compelling rituals. In this unconscious, improvisational phase Mazilu sets down abstract or fantastic shapes freely. (delete: on paper or canvas.) The purely imaginary shapes are then joined with figures and images taken from the real world, the face of a friend or a stranger on a bus. “It’s like trying to weave a graphic shape to a biological feeling of movement—a dance or something like that, he says.
His paradoxical creatures are almost invariably mutilated and only partially humanized, as if they had survived some genetic disaster. Essentially, they are engaged in theatrical morality tales, represented obliquely by a pantomime of delicate, attenuated gestures and body language that seem to arise from repressed memories of some extreme, transforming experience. His enchanted visual dramas almost perversely defy the laws of nature, and all reasonable expectations. They are peopled with marginally human creatures that seem simultaneously familiar and entirely novel, both sympathetic and in some ways repugnant in their disfigured anatomies.
They shock and then appease us, yet unquestionably delight the eye with their delicate and skillful handling, and tonal refinement. His dramatic scenarios of action and non-action are couched in a rather terse language of realism, and generate almost inexhaustible variations of structural arrangements on canvas.
Mazilu’s paintings thereby bridges, with power and vivacity, purely formal concerns and the exigent demands of an intense world of fantasy that flirts with, and yet defies, representational reality.
Sam HUNTER