- ecstasy series -

“Ecstasy represents an overwhelming state of mind, which I personally see as a mystical awakening, triggered naturally or artificially by human body. Most of the people experienced ecstasy at some point in their lives and therefore I think it is a current and attractive subject. These famous and near famous figurative sculptures I was influenced by, reveal powerful feelings awaken by mystical forces or by corporeal intense emotions. I used their image to suggest another means of living the ecstasy by self induced states triggered by artificial chemical formulas. In today’s society, people crave for stronger impulses that could distract them from daily routine. It becomes harder and harder to obtain them naturally. Ecstasy series connects us with new possible meanings and interpretations that aim to expand the understanding of human being feelings. My works are sincere and talk about intimate subjects such as domination, sexuality, psychedelic states of mind, power “

Blow, 2014

oil and acrylic on canvas

192 x 125 cm

Vlad Mititelu’s paintings use sculptural icons from to past to make them live in the present. Concerned with continuity and the authenticity of the feelings, Mititelu’s artworks examines the way in which overpowering emotions of the past are now lived in the present. 

Ecstasy is a parallel to the states of mind artificially induces by different substances. It is a reflection of the society’s intention of obtaining these states on an artificial way. The artist uses as a starting point for this project some of the most famous Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic sculptures, which are conveyed in another art medium – painting. These paintings can be described as a translation into a contemporary vision of the present moment. The sharing feature between sculptures and Mititelu’s paintings is the ecstasy which is expressed through different states such as power, sexuality, domination, passion, desire.

Respiro, 2017

gold leaf, silver leaf and acrylic on canvas

90,5 x 114 cm

The sources of inspiration are easy recognizable and some of them have a tight bound with Florentine art: The Dying Slave by Michelangelo, The Rape of the Sabine Woman by Giambologna, Rape of Polyxena by Pio Fedi, The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and a more recent sculpture but in the renaissance style, Apollo by Eurico Poggi (also known as MichelAngelo). Their universal value is acknowledged and praised in this exhibition.

His painting techniques and freshness of the colors are reminders or witnesses of a graffiti background through which the values of the past can be brought, in a new interpretation, to foreground in today’s visual culture. 

Ecstasy is about a spiritual transcendence and it is the imagine of a journey from past to present times. The exhibition presents paintings created in the last three years.

Miss Daisy Meets Achile, 2014

oil and acrylic on canvas

180 x 120 cm

Using plexiglass, which has a glossy finish and it reflects like a mirror the environment, I was able to create a tree dimensional reality that is manifesting in real time in which the viewer enters when it stands up in front of the painting. The dimension of the painting is large so it can capture the entire reflection of the onlooker. The small sphere in the back which creates depth to the image is the planet earth in which we are conscious of living right now. I’ve symbolically associated this element with society and day to day routine. The second element which is situated in foreground is Bernini’s sculpture, Theresa, which symbolizes and represents the state of ecstasy. The statue is pointing subtly at the planet like she wanted you, the viewer, to look closer and examine what is happening in the scene. On a personal level, I associate the state of ecstasy with something which is far away from ordinary, or the planet, and also hard to reach in our society. The third element is the viewer’s reflection in the painting in real time. The fact that his reflection is now part of the painting makes him an ephemeral part of the painting. He is standing in the front of the painting in which he is now a part of.

Ecstasy, 2016

oil on black plexiglass

142,5 x 205,5 cm

Full Moon, 2017

acrylic on canvas

83,5 x 124,5  cm

Last Slave Dying, 2017

acrylic on canvas, wood board

120 x 125 cm