Archetypal Expressionism lies between the two major paradigms of
contemporary art, the figurative and the abstract. It represents the
spiritual quest for common cultural roots beyond the tragic accidents of
history. It is a fascinating approach to rediscovering that Tahiti of
our collective memory through the shapes and the exotic figures of our
inner lives. It is art suspended between the real and the imaginary, and
it needs rigor and mystery, arithmetic and lyricism, simplicity and
My work concept as a visual artist, archetypal expressionism, though
could be considered a new one, it describes an immemorial artistic
reality. Archetypal expressionism is indeed a new concept and yet it
echoes an ancient tradition in making art, also specific to cultures of
a remote past.
Strong colors, deformities and a special sensitivity to imagine the
world are not exclusively the prerogatives of modern expressionists.
The archetype is a universal symbol, just as untranslatable as music.
The archetypal fields are real, a mystery of the universe. The
archetypal cosmos is atemporal; it only contains a virtual germ of time.
A well-known specialist in Mircea Eliade's work, Prof. dr. Sabina Finaru,
that the famous Romanian historian of religions and writer imagined the
sacred archetype as an archetype of origin but also as a transcendental
"chronotope," manifesting a bi-unitary, mobile, self-generative and
reversible character. The Eliadian archetype is repeatable in the
absolute, and it re-innovates ontological meaning.
The best Romanian artists of all times, Constantin Brancusi, George
Apostu, Ion Tuculescu, Paul Neagu and Ovidiu Maitec belong to archetypal
expressionism, in my opinion. I intend with my own concept to tell to
the art community that from remote times we have THE THIRD
PARADIGM(better to say, the first!) , the archetypal art, because most
of the contemporary art experts in the world assert there are only two
major paradigms, the figurative and the abstract. The archetypes have a
secret power, because they have been used during thousands of years by a
large amount of populations and they are now a part of our hidden inner
life.That's why they have a special emotional impact on every human
Every major work of art begins with an archetype and ends in music, the
most ineffable manifestation of time
artwork by Constantin Severin