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Born in Resita and working in Timisoara, Romania, Dani Brici is a young artist who has been painting and drawing since his early adolescence till today. Mixing pencil and oil techniques on canvas, Dani Brici brings to our eyes a singularity of his land that often goes unnoticed: the gypsy childhood – children who roam the streets, whose stories are rarely told.
The style that Dani Brici handles is full of meaning, not just aesthetics. By erasing the backgrounds and leaving fragments of the portraits sketched only with pencil strokes, Dani captures the essence of the passer-by look of these children, young gypsies who have grown up in the streets, and whose stories and even names maybe nobody gets to know.
The expressions that Dani captures on their faces reveal the most important part of his artistic research – Daniel looks for children with a story to tell. While they do, he captures their faces and expressions with a camera first. It is essential to shoot the camera at the exact moment when the true feelings of the children come to the surface and emerge through their eyes.
From Pain To Purpose
This is the mark of Brici’s work – the hyperrealism on his canvas. By erasing the background and even parts of the children’s faces, leaving only some lines sketched with a pencil, Dani displays the fragility of the memory when we do not pay attention to what we see. The contrast between the hyperrealism of the painted areas that demand the attention of the spectator and the sketched lines which recapitulate the fleeting and even non-existent look on the same characters is truly powerful.
Despite the situation and the various stories these children can tell, the portraits of Dani Brici have the ability to convey the inalienable joys of childhood as a result of purity and hope that every child deserves.