Bogdan Rață

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Bogdan Rața
Born(1984-01-22)22 January 1984
Baia Mare, Romania
EducationWest University of Timișoara
Known forSculpture
Notable work
Scream (2008),
Pray (2009),
Lonely (2011),
The Middle Way (2014)[1][2]
AwardsPrize for Sculpture of The Union of Romania Plastic Artists (2011)[3]

Bogdan Rața (Romanian: [boɡdan rat̻͡s̪a]; born January 22, 1984) is a Romanian sculptor best known for his twisted, contorted and mutated versions of the human body. Rață lives and works in Timișoara and Bucharest.[4][5][3]


Rața studied scuture at the West University of Timișoara (2003–2006). In 2008 he got his M.A. in sculpture at the Bucharest National University of Arts and in 2012 his PhD at the West University of Timișoara.[3][6]


Bogdan Rața, The Middle Way (2014), placed in front of St. George's Hall within Independents Liverpool Biennial 2014. The sculpture is 3.5 meters high and is made of polyester / polystyrene, synthetic resin, fiberglass and paint.

In his early years of Rața's artistic work he used his own body as a model. Subsequently, he continued his work in the form of large-scale studies of different body fragments; with quasi-surgical accuracy, he carved out his arms, feet, elbows and torsos, which he later juxtaposed, juggling with sometimes oversized proportions such as Handgun, exhibited in Bucharest and later in Paris at the Farideh Cadot Gallery. The combinations give rise to new forms, hybrid and often "absurd" sculptures.[7][8]

Rața is focused mainly on human anatoforms. Using polyester, paint, metal and synthetic resin he twists, deforms and shapes human bodies forming hybrid and grotesque anatomic mutations.[4][5][9][10]

His works represents deformed and hideous human bodies or parts of it.[11][12] Rața is interested in the issues of perception and human figure in sculpture:[13]

I work with human fragments which I combine in order to create images with a strong emotional impact: frustration, fright, shame. I reinterpret the human body precisely in order to induce a state of confusion to the reader and to in a way force him to understand, from a different perspective, the contemporary human being. A finger can be stronger than a rifle, an ear more frustrating than an interrogation.[12]

Often, he mixes different body parts like fingers, foot, head and torsos:[14] Punk (2008), Torsso (2008), Lonely (2011), The Cure (2010), Tits (2010), The Middle Way (2014), The Pressure (2015) etc.[3] He also uses twisted trunks or faceless bodies: Shame (2009), Trying to Keep Life (2012) and The Lake (2015).[6][15]


Besides his artistic career, Rața is also a lecturer at the West University of Timisoara.[16]


Since 2007, Rața's work has been exhibited both nationally, in Timișoara,[17] Bucharest, Sibiu, Baia Mare and internationally in Liverpool (UK), Paris (France),[18] New York (U.S.), Moscow and St. Petersburg (Russia), Venice (Italy), Tel Aviv (Israel), Cascais (Portugal)[19] and Budapest (Hungary).[3][20][21][22][23][24]


  1. ^ "Nasui Collection & Gallery at Contemporary Istanbul 2014". Artsy. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  2. ^ Nasui, Cosmin (2011). Colouring the Grey – State of Mind. Vellant. ISBN 978-973-1984-76-6. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Sculpture by Bogdan Rata". Art People Gallery. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b Nafziger, Christina (15 June 2015). "Bogdan Rata's Grotesque, Mutated Sculptures Explore Body Politics And Self-Identity". Beautiful Decay. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b Karlyn, De Jongh (2013). Personal Structures: Culture-Mind-Becoming. Global Art Affairs Publishing. pp. 174–175. ISBN 978-9490784126.
  6. ^ Cadot, Farideh (22 April 2015). "Bogdan Rata, le corps du délire". Libération (in French). Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Visual Zevs Attack". Flash Art. G. Politi (264–266): 21. 2009.
  8. ^ Ruiz, Vanessa. "Bogdan Rata – Human Anatoforms". Street Anatomy. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Les Mutations corporelles futures de Bogdan Rata – Chambre237". Chambre237 (in French). 24 January 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Bogdan Rața: Interview". The re:art. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  11. ^ a b Vasiliu, Oana (11 June 2014). "Independents Liverpool Biennial presents Romanian Bogdan Rata". Business Review. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Art-Sheep Features: Bogdan Rata's Alternative Human Anatomy". Art-Sheep. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  13. ^ "As perturbadoras e intrigantes esculturas de Bogdan Rata". Zupi (in Portuguese). 15 June 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  14. ^ Nasui, Cosmin (2012). The Soft Power of the Art Market. Vellant. ISBN 978-9731984865. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  15. ^ "UVT: Cadre didactice Arte Vizuale" [West University of Timisoara: Visual Arts Academic Staff]. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  16. ^ Ionescu, Stejărel. "Galeria Calina aduce din nou extravaganţa în artă într-un nou proiect". Banatul Azi (in Romanian). Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  17. ^ Debailleux, Henri-François (20 October 2010). "La galeriste Farideh Cadot toujours d'attaque". Libé (in French). Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Lucrarea "Middle Way" a artistului român Bogdan Rața inaugurată la Cascais, Portugalia". The Romanian Cultural Institute (in Romanian). Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Bogdan Rata Biography". Artnet. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Cu mana pe oras: Bogdan Rata la Bienala de Arta de la Liverpool". HotNewsRo (in Romanian). 7 July 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  21. ^ "Români pentru o Lume: BOGDAN RAŢĂ". Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  22. ^ Zorzor, Corina (8 July 2014). "O sculptură a lui Bogdan Raţă este expusă la Bienala de Artă de la Liverpool". (in Romanian). Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Tehran galleries in focus at Contemporary Istanbul". Hürriyet Daily News. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2017.

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