On Tuesday, the 22nd of November 2022, starting from 6:30 P.M., the first floor of the Senso Gallery in Bucharest (Calea Victoriei 12C) will be hosting the vernissage of the exhibition by the title “40. The Paul Hitter Retrospective.” After the success he reached last spring with his personal exhibition, by the name of “Pandora’s Box”, Paul Hitter is back at the Senso Gallery with an innovative retrospective, bringing together several works from different stages of the artist’s career, on occasion of his birthday. Besides, on Wednesday, the 14th of December 2022, precisely on Paul Hitter’s 40th birthday, the Senso Gallery will complete his exhibition “40. The Paul Hitter Retrospective” with a festive event, in the artist’s presence. With Ana Daniela Sultana as a Curator, the project is part of the visual arts programme conceived by Ana Ștefania Andronic (BUZU), the Artistic Director of the exhibition space, and can be visited between the 22nd of November and the 14th of December 2022, every Monday to Saturday, between 12 and 7 PM.
“The current selection brings together paintings, graphic works, as well as sketches, representing the evolution of a visual artist who, just like many of his portrait characters, is a controversial character himself, sometimes appreciated, other times opposed, yet never overlooked: Paul Hitter. The juxtaposition of his self-portraits, together with a self-portrait of his Maestro, Matei Șerban Sandu, and one of ‘his Maestro’s Maestro’ – the artist’s suggestion for a tribute to mentors – aims to facilitate a better understanding of his plastic background and professional evolution. The strong contrasts from his breakthrough works, on the other hand, already hint at the fact that the intense chromatics would be playing an essential part in the style that Paul Hitter was starting to shape, and for which he is now renowned. Indeed, he is also renowned for the multiple social controversies he launches himself into, but, beyond his own understanding of freedom of expression and the consequences of the cancel culture policies he drew upon himself, and leaving aside also the broad debate tackling the separation between the work and its author or the aesthetic autonomy, Paul Hitter remained, without a shadow of a doubt, faithful to his paining and to himself – a pretty honourable balance for an important age milestone.” (Ana Daniela Sultana)
Paul Hitter is a Romanian painter born in 1982 in Bucharest. He studied visual arts in Bucharest, under the guidance of artist Matei Șerban Sandu, as well as in Munich, within the classes of artists Nikolaus Lang, Sean Scully, and Karin Kneffel. His exhibition activity includes solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally: Bucharest, Cluj, Constanta, Prague, Marseille, Milan, Paris, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City. He created CD covers or concert posters for Gogol Bordello, Rromani Music Awards Belgrade, Rona Hartner, Koza Mostra and Fanfara Ciocârlia. Founder of the Balkan Expressionism, Paul Hitter’s works deal mainly with social topics, Balkan folk myths, folklore, legends, and urban mythologies.