Catalina Beres

Catalina Beres’ work is influenced by the cultural and emotional significance of colour and imagery

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About the Artist

Catalina Beres (b. 1992, Romania) is a visual artist who lives and works in Bucharest, Romania. She grew up in Eastern Europe and studied at George Enescu University of Visual Arts and Design in Iasi, Romania, graduating in 2014. Before settling in Paris for a couple of years, she worked in different locations within Europe and ran a design company for several years. Since then, she has shown her paintings in New York, Miami and Paris.

Often working in series, Beres’ paintings celebrate womanhood, considering the complexity of historic and contemporary readings and realities of being a woman. Her work recognises feminine power in a world where men and women are schooled to underestimate and reject femininity, seeing delicacy as weakness. She works towards unity and equality, counteracting ideas of ego that can be damaging within society.

One recent project focuses on understandings of misogyny within social exchanges. This body of work expands on her particular interests in feminism, the role of women in today’s society and mental health. Each piece pictures a woman’s face, showing their expression in reaction to insult and prejudice encountered in day-to-day situations. They show a range of emotions including shock, disgust, resignation, concern, discomfort and dismay.

Beres’ colour palette includes bright, energetic combinations that form stylised representations. Some are conventional portraits of women and others bring together facial features with pattern and expressive shapes to create more abstract compositions. The resulting works are colourful and graphic, putting across personality and attitude, recognising unfortunate shared experiences and creating a protest against them.

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