How many times it happened to us to stay powerless in front of a painting, to be simply stoned because the frames managed to grasp more life than we were capable to live? Because at once, the moments that transiently pass through us stop there on the canvas… And only then we realize that painters are immortality architects.
This title rose into my mind only when I met Ion Panduru. The artist’s works manage to preserve with such force the young spirit mirrored on the faces or fragments of nature, than by looking at them you feel that you are immortal. This is how he also managed to grasp the yellow iris in all its freshness, in spite of the fact that the plant is very sensitive to heat, withering in a couple of hours. The flower, whose beauty may compete with the orchid blooms in May, towards the end, in adjacent swampy areas near Pasarea Lake, situated close to Bucharest. He discovered it while being at the beach together with his wife, “the greatest and embittered fun of my painting”, as the painter calls her. And the master’s impetuous creative will brought nature back to life: “I didn’t manage to grasp its unreal beauty for the first time, but the second time I was like possessed, the brush was flushing and I managed to put them in the page. They live and breathe! They stay; they stay well in the page. They look wonderful!”
The truth is that by a simple touch of brush, the artist Ion Panduru manages to grasp the human essence found in its pure form, forgetting about time or other impediments that might wrinkle its authenticity. This was the case of a portrait that he made, proving to be extremely benevolent with the character’s age. “The portrait is a special issue; you have to feel the character beyond likeness. I was painting in Germany the portrait of a lady, the truth is that I had stolen from her 15-20 years. The lady’s husband came and said that not even he had met her so young. I understood exactly what the man was saying and I decently went towards a solution that would content both of them”, confesses the painter.
Ion Panduru was born in April 1948, in Simian, County Mehedinti. His talent impetuously burst as he was only five years old, while looking at his mother weaving a carpet. Then the artist felt the inclination towards painting being fascinated by the colors that were separated and brought together in the models of the Romanian traditional textures, inclination that he initially perceived it by the wish to weave. “I was tempted to weave, but my mother didn’t allow me. Then I took a few colored pencils and I reproduced from a pencil box a drawing with two sparrows at the blackboard. The birds were pupils. Later, when my mother saw the drawing, she took pride in showing it to my father. He astonishingly raised his eyebrows, asking her once more if I made the drawing. She answered positively and my old man praised me”, says the master.
“Don’t waste your time with miniatures”
The inclination towards plastic arts began to strongly vibrate in his soul while attending the courses of the general school in Craiova. The Art Museum, in whose yard he used to play, definitively left its mark on his artist soul. He used to spend hours contemplating the works of Romanian famous painters. But what activated “an inner click”, making him sensitive to painting, as the painter Panduru says, was one of the works of master Tuculescu, embodying a young bull pretending to be bad, but in fact it was full of fear, this painting is currently at the art museum of Constanta.
He graduated high-school also in Constanta, after which he attended the Polytechnic Institute, Faculty of Automatics of Bucharest, where he also settled down afterwards. And as expected, the polytechnic studies could not distract his attention from painting, which attracted him as a thread, as the artist says. Therefore, he attended painting courses with famous artists, as for example the painters Ion Taralunga, Doru Rotaru, a refined colorist, a maker of stained glass windows, great master who adorned Cotroceni and Youth Palace and not at least, Bogdan Stihi, a painter with an amazing execution speed and obviously individual study as much as possible.
Regarding the uncomfortable moments he faced during his carrier, the painter Ion Panduru mentions: You have to see the full part of the glass! To be healthy, to have the power to work. You cannot change the world, not suddenly, there may appear fractures, discontinuities, with painful effect and nobody gets to win. There is place for everybody; time is the supreme, capricious, irrevocable arbitrator. The master Nicolae Tonita was tempering the barren disputes among fellows with the gentle word: “don’t waste your time anymore with miniatures”. In other words, if you can and you have something to say, say it with your artistic means, not with cudgel and insult.
Once I gave a work to a man and after a while, going to his place, I looked for the painting and as I didn’t see it, I asked him where it was, and he started to apologize that he had no money for the frame; my heart ached and that man will not receive any painting from me, not even offering an enormous amount of money”.
His artistic pulse achieved with such meticulousness was gathered in various personal exhibitions as for example: 1991 – Bucharest; 1992 – Agrigento, Italy, 1994 – Bamberg, Germany, 1994 – Bucharest, as well as works in private collections in: Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Canada, USA, Switzerland, and Mozambiâue. His works undoubtedly prove that Ion Panduru, both the artist and the person manage to weave, as he wished for as he was a child, suspended bridges between the soul and the surrounding world.
The persons who wish to see these works of art of Ion Panduru, may do it at the address: www.ionpanduru.com. You may also express your considerations regarding these masterpieces, directly to the artist at e-mail: IonPanduru@yahoo.comor to contact him by phone at: 01140-723-55.92.39.
Octavian D. Curpas