Serban Savu's wry realist renderings depict Romania's melancholic splendour

6 January 2015

Serban Savu’s work interprets the impact of historic Imperialism, recent Communism and uncertain futures in succinct and playful snapshots of his everyday. Set in dusk-struck landscapes, his paintings narrate austere interactions in concrete dominated nature. Nice and jolly.

Serban’s style is linked to the Cluj School of painting, a group known for their common application of dark palettes and communication of the banality of life in Romania after the overturn of Communism. Referencing both the history of landscape painting and a contemporary impression of Socialist Realism, Serban offsets the bleak content of his work with dry, weighted titles like Haze on the Dam, Three Graces and Pleasant Chat.


Serban Savu: Small Talk After Lunch


Serban Savu: Haze on the Dam


Serban Savu: Three Night Graces


Serban Savu: New Road


Serban Savu: Procession II

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Billie Muraben

Billie studied illustration at Camberwell College of Art before completing an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art. She joined It’s Nice That as a Freelance Editorial Assistant back in January 2015 and continues to work with us on a freelance basis.

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