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Iosif Derecichei

Iosif Derecichei, signing

Iosif Derecichei, painter

Iosif Derecichei is an Ontario artist who gives free rein to colour, texture and movement in his semi-figurative paintings. His work bears the imprint of his native Romania, of his villages between the hills, but also the free and dynamic imprint of Canada, his adopted country since 2004.

Iosif Derecichei - Vibrant
Date and place of birth
Iosif Derecichei was born in 1962 in Marghita, a small city in the historic region of Transylvania in western Romania. He grew up in the small Romaninan city of Oradea.
Today, his paintings carry the fingerprint of the places where he was born and lived in along with new and dynamic interpretations of his adopted country, Canada.
Background and career
As a child he felt that drawing was something which came naturally, and he could sketch with ease anything he saw. His love of visual expression continued from then on, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ion Andreescu Art University in Romania several years later.

After the regime changed in Romania in 1989, it became possible for him to exhibit his paintings abroad. He started exhibiting in Hungary and then, gradually, in Western Europe, Japan and the United States.

In 2004 he immigrated to Canada and had his first art show in Windsor, Ontario in June, 2005. Since then, he has exhibited permanently in galleries in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

His work and art
Iosif Derecichei’s paintings are expressive and created with emotion. His style ranges from abstract to figurative. While his initial work is often done outdoors in an impressionist style, the subsequent pieces evolve toward semi-abstraction and abstract expressionism. His canvases, produced with acrylic, display a great freedom of movement. Strong colours, textures and lines are omnipresent throughout his work.

While painting, Derecichei is usually filled with pure joy, which leads him to create vibrant images in primary colours. Most of his preferred motifs and subjects are rural or floral, replete with visionary trees, rolling countryside dotted with small villages, and fields of poppies and sunflowers, all rendered in bright, vibrant colours. He doesn’t produce an exact copy of nature, but instead crafts an original version of the world around him;
What and why I paint are the images I still have from childhood. I want to present the images I have in my mind to the public, the viewer, images that make me happy, all those images I gathered through my childhood which still stay with me. " -Iosif Derecichei

Iosif Derecichei is represented by the Au P'tit Bonheur Art Gallery since November 2016.