Matei (b. 1995) lives and works in Bucharest, Romania. He completed his studies in painting at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. He incorporates a broad range of multimedia layers into his projects, working with digital printing, installation and video, while maintaining a day-to-day painting routine. Ever since memes have become common language for everyday digital users, his main source of inspiration, regardless of the format or medium, is internet-based visual information that has become public domain. Central to his latest series of paintings is the way visual stimuli become so similar from one person to the next so that every image posted online looks like a screenshot of a screenshot. Seeing a meme is as familiar as seeing a spring landscape.The show “Painting Certified” is Matei’s first solo exhibition outside Romania and at once the first collaboration between Gallery Neueröffnung and @suprainfinitgallery from Bucharest.
Amongst Matei’s exhibited paintings is Radio Song (2023). The source image behind it is a segment from a digital work made by greek artist Miltos Manetas using AI to test what an art exhibition would look like in the Second Life videogame. Matei took screenshots of several of these images and cropped out only what the AI generated as the artwork. Radio song is the first painting in a series of three that follow the same principle.Check out @matei.dumitriu
SUPRAINFINIT gallery highlights conceptual art practices with a focus on Eastern and Central Europe. Driven to support newly commissioned works and large-scale installations,SUPRAINFINIT is a key pillar in the cultural ecosystem of Bucharest. Thegallery’s exhibitions and curatorial framework aim to also address a broadinternational public. We represent emerging and mid-career artists fromdifferent cultural backgrounds and approaches to media. Parallel to theexhibitions, we place an important emphasis on public programming as a way toexpand the curatorial and artistic visions.
Having expanded its curatorial framework with Sequence – avibrant vitrine project mostly dedicated to site-specific projects, the galleryseeks to engage in a multilayered approach to artistic contexts and contents.The vitrine project is mostly dedicated to young local artists, yet outreachingto international collaborations as well.
Suprainfinit heralds the name of a plural and utopianuniverse created by the artist collective Apparatus 22 in 2015. The gallery wasfounded by Suzana Vasilescu in September 2015 and is co-directed with theArtistic Director of the gallery, Cristina Vasilescu.