Lot 35

Vladimir Mihai (Mirel) Zamfirescu

Saint John (Ioan)


Oil on canvas
290 × 113 cm (114.2 × 44.5 inch)


Sold for €2,800


Artwork description

Signed and dated lower right, in red, "VM. Zamfirescu, 1993"


private collection, Switzerland

Lot Notes

At first glance, Vladimir (Mirel) Zamfirescu might seem a religious painter par excellence, for the themes he approaches are inspired from the tradition of Christianity. Whilst the elongated figures that he depicts remind one of Renaissance paintings, his chromatic choices are congruent with Orthodox iconography. Yet the characters seem to hide a sorrow that goes beyond classic interpretations of religion. Zamfirescu’s art is imbued with a profoundly personal interpretation of tragedy, namely the tragedy of being human: “Everything that I have ever painted represents the limits of what I am”.


Vladimir Mihai (Mirel) Zamfirescu

b. Ploiești, Romania , 1936


Solo (Selection)
  • 2010 - Eleusis Gallery, Iași, Romania (National)
  • 2009 - ”Trupul și ființa”, Dalles Hall, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2007 - Gallery 49, New York, USA (International)
  • 2007 - ”Ion Ionescu-Quintus” Prahova County Art Museum, Ploiești, Romania (National)
  • 2006 - Cluj Art Museum, Romania (National)
  • 1998 - Essen Gallery, Germany (International)
  • 1993 - Catacomba Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1981 - Art Collections Museum, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1975 - Vicenza, Italy (International)
Group (Selection)
  • 1978 - New Delhi, India (International)
  • 1973 - Monaco (International)


  • The Radio Cultural Award for Lifetime Achievement , 2009
  • The Title of Citizen of Honour offered by the municipality of Ploiești, Romania , 2007
  • Title of Honoris Causa Doctor offered by the Cluj Art University , 2006
  • Title of Honoris Causa Professor offered by the Bucharest University of Art, 2006
  • The "Nicolae Grigorescu" Excellence Prize of the Romanian Business Owners Union , 2006
  • The Raffael Medal of the Caravaggio Academy, Rome, Italy, 1982
  • The Jury's Prize offered by the Romanian Visual Artists' Union , 1982


  • Works by Vladimir Zamfirescu can be found at the Tate Gallery in London, Pushkin Museum, Vatican Art Museum, Art Collection of Queen Sonia of Norway, Swedish Regal House Art Collection, Art Collection of Queen Margaret of Denmark.


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