In today´s world without borders art becomes more and more often a universal language washing away cultural differences, replenishing missing or forgotten aesthetic values and motivating growth of human thinking and imagination. In this respect the art of Teodor Buzu is a particularly inspiring example.

Born in Moldavia, brought up by Moldavian and Romanian culture, professionally educated at the Kharkov Academy of Design and Art, Teodor´s talent found life in the cultural environment of Central Europe, in the Czech historic town of Tábor. In his works the values of Eastern and Central European culture are combined in a unique symbiosis. Colourful sensitivity and warmth of Bessarabian optimism is incomparably complemented with the reserve of Central European thinking.

Naturally, the talent of Teodor Buzu cannot be only measured in view of cultural context. First of all he is an artist with a distinctive individuality, overflowing with huge potential and imagination, and mastering perfect artistic technique.

The predominant part of Teodor´s works consists of aquarelles, where his talent, in which passion and fineness are smoothly combined, is essentially concentrated. As the author says he lets space, his inspiration and intuition, to arise when creating the painting of aquarelles. Aquarelle technique is uncompromising primarily because it is hard to repaint an unsuccessful detail or the whole picture. A colourful line with a paintbrush bears its original distinctiveness and further work with it has to be very delicate. To be a good aquarellist means to master the aquarelle technique, to have a sure hand which is led by an inspirational impulse, and to have an outright feeling about composition and form with a sense of detail elaboration. This could be the true characteristics of the aquarelle works of Teodor Buzu.

The first impression of Teodor´s aquarelle composition can be abstract but there are usually woven nature or figural motifs in it which inform us about the artist´s particular experience. Colourful narrative is always underlined by a real detail to connect it with the real world, in which it is set, or with the things appreciably touching the artist´s soul. That is the strength of Teodor Buzu. His ability to create a picture by means of a fragile, clear, and poetic technique of aquarelle painting, with the ideal combination of the decorative expressiveness of colours and the confidence of artistic gesture with the strength of the real experience. The use of big format paintings, (with size 70x100cm), emphasises this effect and the author convincingly shows, that aquarelle technique can express a monumental experience.

There is also a great cycle of paintings on silk which make a clear impression and affect by their raw beauty. To experiment with material is Teodor´s another passion. He is fascinated to see how material can change not only the technique but also the impression of the painting. It can be a different structure and composition of the paper, or a different material, such as silk. The first line with a paintbrush is also the last one because the paint is immediately absorbed and repeated lines and accumulation of colours have a completely different effect than on paper. Painting on porcelain proves this as well. Here Teodor connects his refined sense of composition, lines, colour, structure, with respect to material and space. All of these can be seen on the monumental pieces of art in Austria – Chapel in Reingers, The Way of the Cross in Klein Radischen and in the Czech Republic – paintings in the wedding ceremonial hall in Protivín.

Drawing and line is important for Teodor´s artistic temperament and it logically alternates with colourful narratives. Structure and synthetics of the graphic picture enables the artist to express different strong feelings.

Presentation of Teodor Buzu is complemented by oil painting and acrylic painting where author´s characteristic style remains the same, however, it is partially moderated in compliance with the different technique.

I hope I have enlightened you to the charismatic art of the academic painter Teodor Buzu, and with my subjective interpretation of his talent I have inspired you to look and see the open passion, fineness and beauty of his painting, the magic strength of the positive creativity and an incredible dance of colours which provides us with the potential to be able to live in the world without borders where imagination blends with reality.


Svetlana Michajlová, CSc.

Curator of the Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art in the National Gallery in Prague