Nautilus by Barbara Hangan, Oil on Panel, Vintage Frame Restored
22.5 x 26.5
Oil on Panel, Vintage Frame Restored (about 1920)
I was born and educated in Cluj, in a family of artists. Painting has been my calling from as early as I can remember. I went to the local Art School Romul Ladea in Cluj as a high school student and later on I graduated the Academy of Fine Arts. I painted at school and outside of classes.
I find inspiration in all the things of beauty around me, from music and characters to perfume and delicate fruits. Of course, I tend to look back at the old masters as well, and learned a lot from the Flemish painters, from the Austrian Secession or from Michelangelo Caravaggio. I always try to distill whatever I see and remember into my paintings - from the shades I use to the textures and the attitude of my portraits.
I tried a variety of techniques, as I am constantly experimenting. Currently, I use oil paints and an old Flemish painting technique. I prefer them for their richness and texture. In a work of art, I sometimes take ownership not only of the canvas, wood or board, but also of the frames. I like bringing old frames back to life and I like matching them with my paintings. Because beauty matters to me, I just love to bring classical beauty into contemporary art. My work is collected internationally.