AIAF 2017

Ruxandra Cristina Bocin-Dumitriu breathing mysteries into her works of art


Ruxandra Cristina Bocin-Dumitriu (born in Romania, living in Amsterdam)

"I am an artist. A human being that explores life with awe and curiosity, with perseverance and delicacy so to be able to breathe its mysteries into works of art."

My works come out of these epiphany moments, delicate balances of momentous closeness between two separate entities: the viewer and the portrayed, the performer and the observer. Be it photography, etching, installations or hybrid dancing; be it portraiture or abstraction, my work contemplates intimacy.

What drives you? 

Intimacy is my drive. I long for the intimate connection, that brief moment that makes the world comprehensible, when two personal spaces interact and disagree, mixing their vulnerabilities and powers.

Having both classical art academic formation as well as computer science and automation, I am at ease in both digital and classical media. I am not attached to any given medium, but choose the one that is able to breathe my powerful thought into existence.

What is your definition of art?

Art is mystery. In creating, the artist is crudely exploring her own depth, darkness and light and turns them into tangible gasping moments for the world to explore. It’s freedom and fragility in one.

Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

Beside the feature of THE PERCEPTiVE I ( art performance installation with hybrid forms of dance) at the THE ARTBOX.PROJECT Basel 1.0, and the participation at the AIAF 2017 in Amsterdam August 25th-26th, I am currently getting DIALOGUE photographic series ready for the participation at the Berlin exhibition “Once upon a time” in September 9th - 30th, 2017 at Marzia Frozen Gallery. The opening will be on September 9th, and takes part in the series of art events to happen in Berlin during the Berlin Art Week. 

Which are your favorite artists?

Malevich for the massive abstraction power of his white and black squares and Brancusi for being able to catch the essence of natural form within abstract means. Magritte for the semiotics, Vermeer for his mastery in creating intimate spaces and Velasquez for his subtle dissolution of spaces. Marianne Amacher for her breath-taking work ‘TEO! A sonic sculpture’ that brilliantly broke through a new art medium – the inner ear.

Would love to exhibit my work in …


Come and see Ruxandra's photography art at the Amsterdam International Art Fair 25-26 August 2017 at the Beurs van Berlage, Damrak, Amsterdam. Ruxandra will be at allocation stand #051.

Follow Ruxandra:

Twitter: @braincap

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"My key objective is to become a more beautiful person" - Artist Maurice van Tilburg-Glimne tells about his artwork

I have always been passionate about drawing and creating my own world. The artworks I create are based on personal reflections, the desire for expressive painting and a drive to continuously reinvent myself by exploring new concepts and techniques. The conceptual reflections are useful to deal with challenges in my ‘other’ role as a senior manager in the financial services industry.

The Hidden Sacrifice concept that is displayed during AIAF is like many of my concepts part of my personal learning; my meaningful journey. It relates to my exploration of the relationship between humans and animals. Starting from a wonderment about the way animals and animal products are a normalised part of everyday consumption, I investigate drivers and patterns influencing my own and human behavior.

I use parchment as key material for the art works. Parchment has been the 'paper' used for some centuries now by monks and book copiers. Before actually starting the creation, I prepare the parchment in accordance with ancient rituals as described in religious literature. Once all preparation is done I paint, cut and burn the parchment until it has the right shape and form. The parchment objects are presented in ‘glass bell miniature worlds’, combined with other objects that were part of my journey.

Maurice van Tilburg -  Glimne Protective Mantles

Maurice van Tilburg -  Glimne Protective Mantles

What drives you? 

My key objective is to become a more beautiful person. I use experiences of frustration, pressure and stress as signals of where I could learn important things about myself. It triggers my journey to learn more by reflecting and researching and it materialises through the creation of art works.

What is your definition of art?

Art is both beauty and pity. It requires beauty as it is an aesthetic expression, where the artist uses craft to transform his or her feelings in appealing creations. But if art were only an appealing aesthetic effort to woo the audience it would be no more than good design. In order for it to be art it needs to be connected to the emotions, the ‘pain’ and the meaningful journey of the artist.

Nowadays distance between artist and audience is large, and development of art goes faster than the related knowledge of the art-lover. The question is if and how to bridge that increasing distance, especially when art aims to convey a certain message. This is why I wish to entice the viewer through my 'magic' objects, making them engage in an exploration to understand the meaning of the object. The stories of the objects are kept a secret to allow sufficient space for the viewer's imagination.

Where do you see your art going in ten years?

When looking forward some ten years I realise my challenge is to find a balance between my family, my demanding work life and finding time and focus to create art works. My art mentor Frederik Beerbaum told me that I should currently be in the most productive part of my life in terms of making art. So, as family should be most important I guess I need to either reduce the work part or focus for my art works on quality of work rather than quantity.

On the other end I make my art primarily for myself and therefore the key is that I keep working on concepts and addressing parts of me that could be more beautiful; and there are plenty… 

Maurice van Tilburg – Glimne Worn-out Horses

Maurice van Tilburg – Glimne Worn-out Horses

Best Commissioned artwork ever done was…?

For me the most relevant commissioned work were the first two works in the Hidden Sacrifice series. Art collectors Jan and Janny Maas had asked some 20 renowned Dutch modern artist to work with parchment, each resulting in unique pieces of art in their collection. They asked me to create an art work in the same series, which I happily accepted.

It brought me back to some of my family roots related to leather, my grandfather coming to The Netherlands to set up a leather factory as part of the family business. It made me study the elements of parchment crafts, the origin, and brought me to the Hidden Sacrifice theme.

After publishing about this concept I have received quite some interest, good critic feedbacks and it brought me exhibition opportunities; for example at Agora Gallery (Chelsea NYC). As parchment implies a very labor intense process I did not pursue at the time, until the AIAF opportunity came by. I picked up the concept and worked to create a new series that is now first exhibited in this art fair.

Maurice will be exhibiting his art at the Amsterdam International Art Fair 25-26 August 2017 at the Beurs van Berlage, as one of the selected artists.

Profile picture: ©Rob de Jong. Art work pictures: ©Ariane James


25th & 26th August - Beurs van Berlage  

Third edition of the 'street art' fair the Amsterdam International Art Fair. Works on show from Damien Hirst, Mr Brainwash, Tracy Emin and Loes van Delft.

On 25th and 26th August at the Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, 1012 ZJ Amsterdam, the third edition of the Amsterdam International Art Fair will take place. With over 150 exhibitors showing work of renowned artists and upcoming talent with a wide-variety of mediums such as Paintings, Photography Art, Illustrations, Sculptures, and Street Art from over the entire world; USA, Australia, France, Japan, UK, and of course local talent from the Netherlands. The accent lays on contemporary art with a special focus on street art. 

There will be works on show of Award-winning Japanese artist Ishi Tashiro (Japan) and famous Dutch pop artist Loes van Delft (NL). The art fair, that gained over 7000 visitors previous edition, is an initiative of Global Art Agency - who after successful editions in Vienna, Tokyo, Miami and Oxford now once again lands in Amsterdam.

"This event attracts galleries, cultural organisations, art critics en of course a lot of art collectors. During the fair there will be more than 3000 pieces exhibited that will all be for sale from a varied price range between € 250 - € 155,000 EUR. This is then also a very interesting opportunity to get known within the contemporary art world and invest, whether you are a professional investor, art dealer, starting collector, admirer of art, or potential buyer." thus the organisers of the Global Art agency Joëlle Dinnage and Natal Vallve.

Art Collaboration by Loes van Delft (NL) and Joachim (Belgium) titled 'Baby, Come back' (120x120 cm) on premiere at the Amsterdam International Art Fair 2017

Art Collaboration by Loes van Delft (NL) and Joachim (Belgium) titled 'Baby, Come back' (120x120 cm) on premiere at the Amsterdam International Art Fair 2017

Among other things, at the art fair works will be on show of nonetheless: 

  • Mr Brainwash (F): Pop graffiti artist and filmmaker, active from Los Angeles.

  • Loes van Delft (NL): Her creations offer a mix of cartoon, pop art and illustrations.

  • Ichi Tashiro (J): Japanese Pop Art artist who likes collages.

  • Jean-Yves Le Breton (F): French painter famous for his surrealistic landscapes.

Amsterdam International Art Fair 2017 25th and 26th August 2017 at de Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, Amsterdam.  

Friday 25th of August: Vernissage with champagne reception and DJ music from 18.00 to 21.00 (entrance fee: € 10, - or by invitation).

Saturday 26 August: opening hours from 11:00 to 17:00 (free entrance). On Saturday at 4 pm, the Best Artist Award will be held by a three-member jury consisting of Henk Veen (artist), Annemarie de Wildt (Amsterdam Conservatory) and Ruurd Hallema (sculptor).

Ticket sales through the website or at the entrance.

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