We’re excited to introduce you to Toronto abstract artist Vasile Ghiuta. The main inspiration for Vasile’s abstract art are human feelings, thoughts and emotions. In his own words his art is “translating emotions through paintings that speak more than words ever could”. We hope you enjoy getting to know Vasile Ghiuta as much as we did!
Toronto Artist Vasile Ghiuta
What is the biggest goal you try to achieve with your art?
My acrylic on canvas works aim to invite the viewer to take a step forward into the world of self-discovery and reflection. I have tried to give a visual expression of whole panoply of energies that make people feel, think or react when something happens to them, or happens in their own micro-universe.
What’s your favourite thing about being an abstract artist?
My favourite thing about being an abstract painting artist is that I am not limited by any barriers in my artistic expression. My soul expresses itself in the material form of my painting without complexes or inhibitions.
Why abstract art and not other mediums? Have you always created abstract art or did you start out creating other styles?
Ever since I know myself, I have felt an acute need to express myself in abstract painting. I didn’t try other styles or mediums because they wouldn’t represent me. I feel that I am “me” in the abstract and I feel that this way I can best express my emotions.
If you could describe your art in three words, what would they be?
Color. Emotions. Vivid.
What’s one thing people might not know about you and/or your art journey so far?
People may not know that my paintings abstractly reflect my philosophical vision of man, his nature and his future. My philosophical pastimes of a lifetime found their artistic materialization through my poems, my career as a visual artist, and the philosophical book I have just published. It is a natural continuity, in the same line of thought that has found different external representations.
Did you always know you’d be an artist or how has your art journey progressed?
I always felt the need to express myself; at first this expression was internalized in the form of my poems. Over time I felt the need to extend this expression through color as well as the need to outsource this expression. My essence has been constant throughout my life only that the expressions have been made differently throughout my life.
In your opinion, what’s the most important personal characteristic needed to embark on a career as an artist?
In my view, sincerity is the most important quality as an artist. Being honest with yourself when you are in front of the canvas is essential because people feel the falsity in a painting. If the artist is not honest with himself he cannot claim sincerity from others and then what is the meaning of art?
What advice would you give up and coming abstract artists?
I am not able to give advice to those who want to become artists. In my vision, being a visual artist is a calling, not a profession. Sincerity, perseverance, study, tenacity and the ability to accept a negative opinion about your creation are – from my point of view – necessary but not sufficient qualities to become a visual artist.
Do you have any favourite podcasts or books that you love and that have contributed to your journey as an artist?
I could say that in my formation as a person and as an artist, my formal readings in the university or the philosophical ones that made me find myself in an important role played a role. Immanuel Kant, David Hume, Aristotle, Plato, John Locke, Dostoyevsky, Friedrich Nietzsche and many others influenced me as an individual.
What’s your most fulfilling and enjoyable experience as an artist so far?
There are many such examples, such as the feeling of joy when works of mine have been accepted in the permanent collections of art museums, or when paintings of mine have been reproduced in art catalogs, or when I have been invited to radio or TV shows to talk about my art. Each of these events has left its mark on me and made me more humble and grateful for the opportunities that life has given me. Any exhibition and any meeting with an art lover is memorable for me. One thing I wanted my art to generate: an emotion. It doesn’t matter if someone loves or hates my painting. Indifference is the worst thing in my view.
Where do you see yourself and your art in 5 years?
I want to bring joy to people through my art. I want people to analyze themselves and discover themselves for their own happiness. I want to continue to express myself as before and to further refine my artistic expression. I want to be able to finish my book on the connection between abstract painting and philosophy.