Daniel Burtea and freedom
As everybody knows, Yareah magazine issue 25 is dedicated to Sixties. Interesting time when artists and authors were looking for new ways of expression. We have already spoken about Land Art and tragic political events, about Action Painting and Pop art. Human rights were one of the main topics of discussion in those years and, of course, freedom. Today, Daniel Burtea, a current successful artist from California, answers a difficult question: What is art? He answers sincerely because it’s the answer of a great artist, who has been painting overcoming every kind of difficulties, always looking into his soul. He paints with talent, capturing our human existence: eternal (‘The Last Dance’) and present (‘Lady Gaga’). He paints topics of our Earth (‘The American Soldier’) and of our dreams (‘The Story Teller’)… Yes, because in the end, Daniel Burtea is a current heir or that freedom of the Sixties and he has developed his art looking to a happy future. Listen to him:
What is art for me?
Daniel Burtea: for me art is not a hobby, it’s a passion. Art has always been a part of my life. I have been drawing and creating for as long as I can remember. To me art means freedom. I grew up in a communist country where no one had anything close to freedom. No one could express what they felt. I escaped through my art; I put all my feelings and emotions into it. Painting is a way to escape, when I paint I feel like I am in another world, nothing can bother me. When I paint I feel peace and a bad day can easily turn into a good one. Painting comes naturally to me; a brush is like an extension of my arm. I don’t need to think about what I want to create it just comes; my hand moves and images appear. I don’t usually paint landscapes or objects; I like to paint people, I paint them in my own way. My favorite style is abstract; I don’t paint things in their usual way I put my own twist on everything. I fill my art with bright colors that pop out of the canvas. Color is a way to express emotion and complete my paintings. I love to paint and create art. It liberates me and I can express what I feel through what I make. To me art is life.