Signed, dated and located lower right, in pencil "Bernea, 23 septembre, 1994, București"; titled lower left, in pencil "Iconostas Mic"
One cannot overestimate Horia Bernea’s contribution to the development of Romanian contemporary art. Horia Bernea was the central figure of the “Poiana Mărului” School, an informal, heterogenous group of artists that emerged in Romania during the 1960s. Bernea endeavoured to return to the roots of creativity and produce an untainted plastic language. Thus, the motifs he repeatedly approaches are not used for their own sake, but rather as a gateway to discover the universal.
Bernea participated in the 1978 and 1980 editions of the Venice Biennial and had solo exhibitions at Romania’s National Museum of Art (1985, 1997), as well as at several British art galleries, including Richard Demarco Gallery (1970, 1976) and Sigi Kraus Gallery (1971).