Horia Damian Romanian, 1922-2012


"Damian's work testifies to an ardent desire to spiritualise the act of painting. It does not let itself go or provoke."

Pierre Restany, Cimaise, 1960


Horia Damian was an important contemporary Romanian painter and sculptor. His geometry is not rigid but is rather sensitive and painterly. Damian felt he was most successful and at his peak when the color he employed was in its glory and was balanced with the geometry. He also had a lifelong interest in the universe and its mysteries. The subtle use of circles, squares, and spheres appeared in his later works as well as in his sculptures especially in The Hill, exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1976. The beauty of these abstractions is their ability to suggest so much.


Salonul Official de Pictura at Sala Dalles, Bucharest, 1941

Ateneul Roman, Bucharest, 1942 (solo), Anastase Simu Prize for painting.

Galerie Stadler, Paris, 1957, 1964 (solo), 1965 (solo), 1968 (solo), 1970, 1977

Castelli Gallery, New York, 1957

Galleria delle Ariete, Milan, 1959

Michel Warren Gallery, New York, 1960

Galerie du Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, 1961

Neue Galerie, Munich, 1962

Cordier-Warren, Inc., New York, 1962

Teatro Museo, Dali, Figueras, Spain, 1969

Stadtisches Museum, Trier, 1970

Musée d' Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Early 1970's (solo)

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1972

Stadt Aachen Neue Galerie Sammlung Ludwig, 1974

Meseu de Art Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, 1975

Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1976

Galerie Denise Rene Gallery, New York, 1976

Galerie Stadler, Paris, 1977

Grand Palais, Paris, 1980's

Elisabeth Franck Gallery, Paris, 1986

Kassel Documenta, 1990's

Biennale Venice, 1990's

Erling Nerby Collection, Henie Onstad Art Center, Norway, Høvikodden, 2011

Galerie Plan B Berlin, 2014

Museums and Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Art Institute of Chicago

Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Guggenheim Museum, New York

Museo Civico, Turin, Italy

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Sonja Henie and Niels Onstad Museum, Oslo, Norway

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

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