Ileana Barbu

My formation as a sculptor infused my artistic view with the fascination of three dimensionality, and with the constant impulse of understanding forms in all angles.

Drawing is an obsession for me—line and form in all their aspects have been a constant in my artwork. My body of work can be viewed as a conglomerate of different directions, but I always go back to line-or linear compositions.

Even when I “paint,” what really matters to me is the underlying structure. The paintings are in fact, colored drawings.

I am fascinated with the human figure, in all its aspects: physical, spiritual, and natural, social, historical-temporal.

Lately I have been drawn to the images of trees—but also through the prism of human expression.

Each “tree” is in fact another facet of myself.