Leonardo Silaghi’s paintings are intuitive and gestural with a narrative of ruin - of entropy, of decay, of decomposition. Within his grey abstractions one can glimpse broken conveyor belts, washing machines, crumbling cyclotrons, and sections of airplanes. The near emblematic Silaghi grey serves as a constant reminder of the previously heavily industrialized economy in Silaghi’s home country - Romania, but it also implies a transformative process as it is mixed from black and white. Silaghi’s researched images of his country’s past capture only hints of the repression commonplace under Ceausescu. His paintings show the hulking ghosts of communism.
Silaghi was born in 1987 Satu Mare, Romania and currently lives and works in Cluj, Romania. He attended Cluj Napoca University of Art and Design in Transylvania, Romania. The school has garnered tremendous recognition in recent years due to the success of graduates such as Adrian Ghenie, Serban Savu, and Marius Bercea.
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