Our Artist of the Week, Kloska Ovidiu, creates from an actualization of the oft-dreamt “dream house.”
He calls his space “Oniric Gallery” [sic] – coincidentally one vowel shy of Oneiric (meaning, related to dreams or dreaming) – which is, through some liberal thesaurus leaping, an actual synonym of “dream house.”
In fact, Oniric Gallery began as a dream, his wife, Juliet’s, dream.
She conceived the designs for the architecture and interior of the house and Kloska made it a reality. From raw, or dreamt material, he sculpted and carved out his house piece by piece: the oak flooring, the textured walls, ceilings, fireplaces, chimneys, and stone exterior.
Ovidiu’s ability to turn dream into a reality extends through to his artwork.
His compositions are an atmosphere of dream. They become optical cosmos that toss and turn in whirling, electric veils. Showing the viewer how inner space can look amazingly like outer space.
“My art vibrates somewhere midway between figurative and abstract imaginary,” says the artist, as if the paintings are not only seen, but also heard – a synesthetic expression.
Or, perhaps, the vibrations he mentioned are of light waves.
“To me, light is a brilliant magician who possesses an amazing ease of changing the valence of commonplace into a pure form of fantastic producing fascination,” he says.
Ovidiu’s exploration in the possibilities, energies, and mysteries of light are evident in his canvases.
Ovidiu’s childhood is where the lens of his artistic eye – what he calls “a magic eye”—began to focus. He grew up as a shy and quiet child in the Romanian village, Cotu Vames, at the convergence of two rivers, with his maternal grandparents.
“I liked always textures that I discovered in that beautiful period: wrinkles trees, the skins of the mud, cracks in the grandparents’ house, pictorial and graphism ribs planks of fir fences eaten since, gradients of gray pavement concrete of the cracked backyard,” he says.