Background and career
As a child he felt that drawing was something which came naturally, and he could sketch with ease anything he saw. His love of visual expression continued from then on, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ion Andreescu Art University in Romania several years later.
After the regime changed in Romania in 1989, it became possible for him to exhibit his paintings abroad. He started exhibiting in Hungary and then, gradually, in Western Europe, Japan and the United States.
In 2004 he immigrated to Canada and had his first art show in Windsor, Ontario in June, 2005.
His work and his art
Iosif Derecichei's paintings are expressive and created with emotion. His style ranges from abstract to figurative. While his initial work is often done outdoors in an impressionist style, the subsequent pieces evolve toward semi-abstraction and abstract expressionism. His canvases, produced with acrylic, display a great freedom of movement. Strong colours, textures and lines are omnipresent throughout his work.
While painting, Derecichei is usually filled with pure joy, which leads him to create vibrant images in primary colours. Most of his preferred motifs and subjects are rural or floral, replete with visionary trees, rolling countryside dotted with small villages, and fields of poppies and sunflowers, all rendered in bright, vibrant colours. He doesn't produce an exact copy of nature, but instead crafts an original version of the world around him. « What and why I paint are the images I still have from childhood. I want to present the images I have in my mind to the public, the viewer, images that make me happy, all those images I gathered through my childhood which still stay with me. » -Iosif Derecichei
At La Galerie d'art Au P'tit Bonheur
Since November 2016.