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(1938 – 2002), Romania

Florin Mitroi Biography

Florin Mitroi was born in the south-western part of Romania, in Craiova, in 1938. He lived and worked in the country's capital, Bucharest, until he died in 2002 at the age of 64.

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Mitroi received his BA in painting from the Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest, in 1961. This university in particular, and teaching in general, have been a constant in Mitroi’s life: he enrolled as a student in 1955, received a job as an assistant in 1961 and in 1992 he finally became a professor, a role he carried out until his final days. Some of the best-known Romanian artists active today were his students.

Florin Mitroi was a passionate teacher, but a reserved individual. His role in the arts school was well known by the local scene, but few knew his art too-he had only one solo exhibition during his lifetime, in 1993 at Catacomba in Bucharest. Only after his death did it become apparent how productive he had actually been.

Mitroi’s body of work seems very organised both in terms of medium as well as subject of representation. It consists mostly of paintings and drawings, as well as zinc cut outs of some of his usual graphic elements. He was very interested in the human figure and produced mainly portraits with an illustrative character, iconographic even: strong dark lines construct the faces and heads, which are usually bigger than the bodies, set on dense monochrome backgrounds.

Text courtesy Esther Schipper.

Florin Mitroi
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10.IX.985 by Florin Mitroi contemporary artwork sculpture
Florin Mitroi 10.IX.985, 1985 Tempera on wood
50 x 40.8 cm
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19.XI.1982 by Florin Mitroi contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Florin Mitroi 19.XI.1982, 1982 India ink on paper
352 x 253 cm
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5.I.986 by Florin Mitroi contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Florin Mitroi 5.I.986, 1986 India ink on paper
323 x 23.1 cm
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22.V.1992 by Florin Mitroi contemporary artwork painting
Florin Mitroi 22.V.1992, 1992 Tempera on paper
64 x 45 cm
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Untitled by Florin Mitroi contemporary artwork sculpture
Florin Mitroi Untitled, 2000 Zinc plate
48 x 38 cm
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3.II.1992 by Florin Mitroi contemporary artwork painting
Florin Mitroi 3.II.1992, 1992 Tempera on paper
65 x 45 cm
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9.XII.1986 by Florin Mitroi contemporary artwork painting
Florin Mitroi 9.XII.1986, 1986 Tempera on paper
50 x 34.7 cm
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