Born in a small town in Romania, Eugen-Florin Zamfirescu built his first camera out of a shoe box. His early work survived only in his imagination. Presently he lives in Toronto where he pursues his lifelong passions: fine arts painting and photography, philosophy and astrophysics.
Florin’s formal introduction to art was through the study of both photography and cinematography in Romania. He has completed professional projects in film direction and editing, photographic portraits and essays. He is a self-taught painter.
His art is inspired by science, history, philosophy, society. Finding beauty in truth and truth in beauty is at the core of Eugen-Florin Zamfirescu’s work. In the evolutionary timelines of civilizations, in the slow decay of societies, in the laws of nature that affect everything from molecules to galaxies, the artist is an explorer fascinated by it all.
Through his paintings, the artist expresses both the magnificence and the insignificance of our short stay on Earth. His work reflects back unto the world its own intrinsic beauty and mystery.
Each painting is an invitation to the viewer to come closer and engage in the unravelling of the worlds carefully woven within. The artist immaculately layers the finest of detail, and in so doing creates a truly rich and transformative experience. Eugen-Florin Zamfirescu’s work is about birth, decay, destruction and regeneration, and ultimately: the legitimacy of hope.
Since 1997 the artist has built up an impressive and radiant body of work drawn from his own research into pigments, mediums, light, composition as well as fragments of information gathered in some of the great museums of the world. His glazing techniques reveal a meticulous craftsmanship and richness of detail. Through this process, the artist has discovered his own personal style, as well as colours, subjects and a luminosity that is uniquely his.
The “ Whispering Civilizations” series is the collective sum of all this acquired knowledge.
The artist is captivated by time, old instruments, intricate machinery, the laws of physics and humankind’s connection to past, present and future. Common to all is his quest to unravel the stories within, to reveal the inner beauty of his subjects and capture their elusive equilibrium.