It's a 5 sqm space in a separate room with three walls and a storefront on Andrei Șaguna nr 5, in the center of Sibiu, rented by the artist Pintea Dan-Raul to open his own art and Love-themed products store, centered around a red neon sign that radiates Love, symbolizing his passion for art.
Born in 1981 in Sibiu, he graduated in Fine Arts and a Master's degree from the University of Arts and Design in Cluj-Napoca, and after debuting in the contemporary art scene in 2007 at the first edition of the White Night of Galleries, he quit his job to pursue his love of art.
In 2011, he realized that Love was the most important aspect of his work and wrote Love for the first time on a second-hand red t-shirt, which he registered with Osim after a celebrity music superstar tried to copy it. Thus, from an underground manifesto, Love turned into the Love brand, which was officially launched at the Common Nostalgia exhibition, curated by Eugen Rădescu at the Pavilion in 2014.
In 2017, he won the Zain Design Projects Accelerator in Cluj Napoca and a funding of 500 euros, which he invested in t-shirts to promote the Love brand on a large scale through a performance that showed how hard it is to make a living from art. In a month, he appeared on România Te Iubesc, and there Love became a phenomenon.
In 2020, on Valentine's Day, he drew power from his neighbors and lit up the Love neon sign in the rented space on Andrei Șaguna, which came to life, and since then he has been living off art, which is Love.
In 2023, he exhibited for the first time in an international art fair, MoBu, where he had a booth with Love, which stands for Love. And for the second time, attended PAV, but this time without the red neon, the heart of the space, which had been sold at MoBu to cover the rent for another year. The miracle continues.
Dan-Raul Pintea is an artist with a diverse background in the printing industry, who has created a space outside of traditional boundaries called "Dragoste Space," where he explores the patterns of his universe by transposing them into different projects that decipher words, numbers, rainbows, signs, objects that have fallen, been sold, or found, all of which have an abstract significance in his destiny.
To make this happen, he began his journey in art by studying Graphic Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Art and Design Cluj Napoca, where he learned printing techniques that provided a strong foundation for the mechanisms of his art creation. This is best reflected in the printing or transposition of his ideas and images onto various materials, such as printing the Dragoste logo on paper, mesh, t-shirts, sweaters, and hoodies, which he sells to make a living from his art. But to get where he wanted to be, he began by selling his personal belongings, including art books, from which he was advised to learn about art, which turned out not to be the case. However, he gave them a hermeneutic meaning that he uses to convey his messages, as universally applicable as possible.
As an emerging artist with limited financial resources, he slowly made his way by selling scrap metal, recycling materials that later proved to be the necessary support to progress in art and in life. This is how he discovered how to make handmade paper, which he uses as an unlimited resource in his graphic design and projects, such as packaging t-shirts for Glovo deliveries. Now he is in the process of implementing functionality and sustainability in art, which is a black hole (in terms of money), as we live in difficult times caused by inflation, climate change, and war. But at the same time, it is a time to promote even more "Dragoste."
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