Ioana Baltan (b.1993) in Targoviste, Romania. Lives and works in London, UK.
Ever since she started her artistic career in 2014, Ioana has focused on figurative painting to express her ideas and concepts that revolve around mental disabilities, poverty, and homelessness. She believes that some souls are full of powerful emotions and unseen beauty that are sometimes hard to notice. Ioana would obtain approval to visit mental hospices in order to experience and represent first-hand what she saw happening inside of them.
In early 2015, Ioana had her first personal exhibition with the project titled “Anima Damnata” – damned soul at “Go Contemporary” gallery in Bucharest. Up to the present day, Ioana has shown her work in London at Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2021 and Candid Art Trust, Milan, Bucharest, Alexandria, Timisoara, and other places. Ioana’s paintings can be found in publications such as “ERGON”, “MAIL ART” volumes – Bucharest or Tagsmart – London. Her works are held in private collections through Europe and the US.
Currently, the artist is deepening her understanding of the human psyche, creating works inspired by dreams, hypnotic trance, and stories regarding our origins as humans in which she mixes elements from her own life. Sometimes, the ambient of the painting as well as her character’s clothing are aesthetically influenced by the multicultural variety in London – the capital where she resides and works from.
In April this year, Ioana’s project titled “Recollecting Paradise” has secured her a Honorary Mention award in the “Chelsea International Fine Art Competition” New York.