Oana Farcas
  • Untitled, 2014, Oil on linen, 170 x 195 cm
  • Boy sniffing glue, 2009, Oil on linen, 22,5 x 22,5 cm
  • Untitled, 2014, Oil on linen, 140 x 100 cm
  • Untitled, 2014, Oil on linen, 55 x 45 cm
  • Untitled, 2014, Oil on linen, 30 x 35 cm
  • Untitled, 2014, Oil on linen, 24 x 30 cm
  • Untitled, 2014, Oil on linen, 40 x 40 cm
  • Untitled, 2014, Oil on linen, 209 x 143 cm
  • Untitled, 2014, Oil on linen, 96 x 83 cm
  • Untitled, 2014, Oil on linen, 122 x 91 cm
  • Untitled, 2014, Oil on linen, 145 x 110 cm
  • Say it, 2011, Oil on canvas, 110 x 146 cm
  • Study of Francis Bacon in His Studio, 2011, Oil on linen, 198 x 160 cm
  • Picasso, 2011, Oil on linen, 180 x 180 cm
  • Study of George Dyer in Bacons Studio, 2011, Oil on linen, 185 x 198 cm

At the heart of Farcas’ practice is portraiture. Portraits of women, men and children, real and fictionalised, parade across her boards and canvases. Ranging in size from the diminutive world of the miniature, to large scale crowd scenes, Farcas’s work delivers a colourful ensemble of characters. Sometimes Farcas tends towards the fantastical, combining animals or anthropomorphic beings with her fully human figures; drawing from mythology and fairy tales, often sourced from her native Romanian heritage. Always though, it is possible to find Farcas herself in the work:

This world of Farcas’s could be described as being between the visible and invisible. What she feels and ‘sees’ in her mind’s eye is combined by seen and felt experiences in reality and who is to say that one is less real than the other when both can be translated into memories, and after both are re-born and co-existent within the grounds of her paintings?

Farcas’s paintings certainly have a dream-like quality about them. But in amidst the soft, misty environs she creates, there is a tangible physicality. The figures are robust, passionate creatures awash with emotions and often depicted mid action. The notion of observing a figure who is seemingly unaware, lends a voyeuristic quality to the work.

Merleau-Ponty argued that the artist’s ability to see the world is impossible to separate from his ability to move through it. From this point it is possible to go on to therefore claim that painting is as much a felt experience as a visual one. The artist needs to feel herself in her paintings, and to make it possible for others to also find themselves in the work. Farcas knows this, which is hat makes her paintings so arresting and seductive.

From “Oana Farcas: Between the Visible and the Invisible by Jane Neal”

Oana Farcas

Born 1981, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca.

2010 Ph.D., University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2003-2005 MA, University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
1999-2003 BA, University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Painting Department

Solo Exhibition


In the Womb of Light, LARMgalleri, Copenhagen, Denmark


Between the Visible and the Invisible, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei


In the Light Out Of Sight, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest

“Already Made” LARMgalleri, Copenhagen, Denmark

”Leurre”, Fondation Francès, Senlis, France

“Realism”, Casa Matei, Cluj-Napoca

“Since Then/Till Now” LARMgallery, Copenhagen

“Just a glimpse” IVAN Gallery , Bucharest

Preview Gallery, Cluj
The Space of Romanian Consulate in Toronto, Toronto, Canada Kunstagenten(Felbuschwiesner) Gallery, Berlin

“ Pictures of you”, L.O.V.E project space , Nantes, France

“Confusion” ,Atas Gallery, Cluj

“Play” Bulgakov Gallery, Cluj

Group Exhibition

My Name Is Artist, Hugo Voeten Art Center
Beyond the Top, Dominique Fiat Gallery, Paris
Tales from the valley, Doris Ghetta Gallery, Ortisei, Italy Imaginarium, Larm Gallery, Copehangen


Pushing Jesus, Larm Gallery, Copenhagen

LaRoumanie, Louis Vuitton Espace Culturel, Paris

ReMap 4 - ReMap, Athens
In The Studio - Kunsthalle Athena, Athens

White House Biennial,exercises on democracy - Open Case 303, Athens

Time Machine, Galerie Sho Contemporary , Tokyo

The Obsolete Man of Schopenhauer, Nakagawa Gallery, Tokyo “Renovation and collaterall effects”,curated by Ami Barak, Dix 9 gallery, Paris

"European travellers",curated by Judith Angel, Mucsarnok Budapest Kunsthalle, Hungary

"Circus Crew", curated by Lydya Pribisova, Larm Gallery, Copenhagen "Wish you were here", Ana Cristea Gallery, New York

"Art Foundation Mallorca Collection - Special Edition"- CCA Andratx, Spain "Master pieces from Danish private collections", KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark

art residency at CCA Andratx , Mallorca, Spain


“Two and Two”, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA

“Con Amore” (Works from Leif Djurhuus Collection) AROS, Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark

“The Cutting Edge” Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Greece
“The Cutting Edge” Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
“Berlin Show #3′′ Plan B Gallery, Berlin, Gemany
“New Acquisitions of the AFM Collection”, CCA Kunsthalle, Mallorca, Spain


“2 artists/2 women/ 2 visions”, Oana Farcas and Geta Bratescu, Espace Tajan, Paris Enrages, Fondation Frances, Senlis, France

“Girls Just Want to Have Funds” (in Cooperation with Rema Hort Mann Foundation) P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, USA

“In The Eyes Of My Brother”, LARMgallery, Copenhagen


Fast Forward/ Romanian Painting Today, curator Maria Rus Bojan, C-Projects, Hague

Heroes and Fears, with Veres Szabolcs, Ivan Gallery, Bucharest

Prague Biennial, “Staging the Grey”, curated by Jane Neal and Mihai Pop

“Commune”, curated by Dominique Nahas, Black and White Gallery, New York (USA)

“Le mirroir brise”, Viena Art Fair, with Ivan Gallery


Romanian Art Today, Espace Tajan, Paris

15 Romanian and Hungarian Painters, curated by Jane Neal and Plan-B, Plan-B, Cluj Napoca


“Here/There”, Opaque project space , Jacksonville/Florida(USA)


...A la Cluj / Galeria UNA Bucharest(RO)

“Retinal/Seduction”, Brukhental Museum, Sibiu /Museum of Contemporary Art, Miercurea- Ciuc/Casa Matei,Cluj-Napoca/ Anaid Art Gallery Bucharest

“Europa Artium”, Under Construction Space, Cluj-Napoca 2005
Love / Ecole Regionale des Beaux Arts de Nantes, Nantes I Love pictura / Under Costruction Space, Cluj-Napoca 2004

Brilliant / University of Arts and Design Cluj,Painting Department Shoe Polish / Atas Gallery Cluj-Napoca
Intercrossed Workshops / Espace Cosmopolis, Nantes (F)

University of Art and Design Cluj / Mestna Galerija, Ljubljana (SLO) Black Underground / Casa Matei, Cluj-Napoca
Untitled / National Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca