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Mihai Criste’s Adventures of the Subconscious

Mihai Criste is a Romanian artist whose paintings are strongly rooted in the work of great surrealists such as Dali and Magritte. Just like his idols, Criste appropriates shapes of known objects to ‘function’ otherwise. A ship’s mast becomes a pen, hands of time turn into birds or a human brain neatly forms the crown of a tree.

According to André Breton — who wrote Le Manifeste du Surréalisme in 1924 — surrealism is “thought expressed in the absense of any control exerted by reason, and outside all moral and aesthetic considerations.” It thus makes sense that the movement is about non-conformity, about escaping a world that is polluted with taboos to explore what else is possible. When we see Criste’s skiers travelling up the mountain on notes, it seems almost natural that music could be a form of transport. His fantasies trigger the notion that such an imaginary world can in fact be useful in a fascinatingly obscure manner. We want to know more, aching for the seemingly nonsensical adventures of our subconscious to relieve us from an onerous reality.

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Mihai Criste Surrealism Beautiful Bizarre

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Mihai Criste Surrealism Beautiful Bizarre

Mihai Criste Surrealism Beautiful Bizarre

Mihai Criste Surrealism Beautiful Bizarre

About Author

My name is Christine and I was born in the early hours of 17 August in 1987. Not that it has to mean anything, but – especially after a few beers and a squeaky version of ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ – I enjoy pointing out that this was the same night Janis Joplin sang at Woodstock 28 years earlier. So, yeah, you might’ve guessed, I’m into her music, but decided against getting a tattoo of her because I felt I needed to curb my enthusiasm a tad. I also like rockabilly music, most music, outdoor festivals, and anything visual that has the power to stir excitement in me. When that happens, I like to write about it!

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