Marius Ritiu is a sculptor, painter and storyteller whose practice questions the concepts of nationhood, borders and nationalism. Ritiu’s works often incorporate copper as the physical material that connects the world. The technological applications of the material in communication and transport have enabled the mobility of ideas, goods and people, impacting the nature and physicality of borders. Copper is important in the artist’s practice for its philosophical connotations as well, drawing on the chemical elements association with human history and the cosmos through alchemy. Ritiu’s own experience as a travelling artist and an immigrant, continuing crossing borders and witnessing variations in culture, religion, nation, race, anchors his practice, and reveals his work as a quest to comprehend and express the global through the local, the universal through the particular, the familiar through the alien.
Marius Ritiu is the recipient of the Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship (2019). Ritiu has exhibited widely in Europe and the US, and has completed two residencies at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York. His works have been commissioned by various institutions, including Middelheim Museum (Antwerp) and De Warande (Turnhout). He is represented by DMW Gallery (Antwerp) and by Slag Gallery (New York).
(b. 1984) lives and works in Antwerp and New York
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