Toma Gabor

Creative statement

Toma’s practice and studio explorations are focused on three-dimensional site-specific sculpture, installation, painting, and drawing. He uses both conventional and unconventional materials, and through modeling or combining them, he strives to either enhance or diminish their characteristics. This approach allows him to suggest ideas in abstract shapes. The works on display suggest changing shapes; they vary from compact, geometrical, or rough organic volumes, to thin, aerated traces in space.

His works has explored many themes, such as consumerism and human behavior. Shoppers I-II-III, The Network, The Temporary Monument of the Passerby, and Mass-produced, were all designed to attract the passerby’s instant involvement and response.

In his new works, the cuboid-like shape is a modified Platonic volume, becomes a module in an architectural structure or a setting that can be hidden or visible. Inspired by the traces of old buildings one might find in an ancient place, the installation calls to mind how these crumbling individual components now only serve as silent witnesses. However, at one time may have been the key element of a wall, or ceiling, etc. Regardless of their prior functionality, the aesthetic potential overrides the previous story.

The public artworks proposed either in the gallery set up or outdoor are for temporary or permanent display, mainly experimental interaction with the passersby and spaces, which are meant to personalize the space and interact with the viewer.
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Vita
www.tomagabor.com
Born in Transilvania, Targu–Mures, Romania based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
 Education:
 2015 PhD in Visual Arts, thesis: “Sculpture in public space”, University of Fine Art and Design Timisioara, Romania
1990 – 1996 University of Fine Art/ Visual Art, Sculpture Department  – Bucharest, Romania
1994 – 2000 Training period “Fundamentals of scientific restoration & conservation” — National Art Museum, Bucharest, Romania
1994 – 1995  Training Fundamentals scientific restoration of ethnographical monuments" – Ministry of Culture, Vocational and postgraduate training center for personnel working in the field of culture and art
1981 – 1986  Fine Arts Lyceum,  Sculpture Department – full time, Targu-Mures, Romania
Degrees:
2004 Earning the title of Expert in Restoration and Conservation “wooden artifacts", based on Ministry of Culture, Romania 
2000 Attestation Degree Diploma: “Fundamentals of scientific restoration & conservation for indoor artifacts” — Ministry of Culture, Bucharest, Romania
1996 Graduate with BA  in Visual Art/  Sculpture – MFA equivalent – 6 years study, University of Fine Art/ Visual Art, Bucharest, Romania
1995 Attestation Degree Diploma: Fundamentals scientific restoration of ethnographical monuments" – Ministry of Culture, Vocational and postgraduate training center for personnel working in the field of culture and art
1986 Baccalaureate – Fine Arts Lyceum, graduate from  Sculpture Department – full time, Targu – Mures, Romania
Projects
2003 – till present, consulting and managing several indoor and outdoor projects – Dubai, UAE and Gulf countries
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Exhibitions
Personal Exhibitions/ performances:

2019/ light&heavy, cut&fold, carve&cast, Rotonda Gallery, American University in Dubai - two artists show

2014/ Crossing the line-American University in Dubai;Jam-Jar Gallery - "the network" - live interaction, Dubai, UAE

2013/ Arts Nights @ Gate Village –DIFC - " The  monument of the passerby"– live interacion, Dubai, UAE

 2001 / "2" (two), Caminul Artei, Bucharest, Romania
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Publications
Webography

2021 A4 online exhibition , a small graphic saloon, the 7th edition, UNARTE, Bucharest, https://a4.1q.ro/
2020 A4 online exhibition, a small graphic saloon, the 6th edition, UNARTE, https://a4.1q.ro/?y=2020&e=10017
2019 LIGHT & HEAVY - CUT & FOLD - CARVE & CAST, 2 persons show, American University in Dubai, https://www.aud.edu/all-news/light-heavy-cut-fold-carve-cast/

Bibliography

Hetrik, Jay “Contemporary visions” Annual CFAD Faculty Exhibition 2018, catalogue
Gabor, Toma – “start ’18”, International Celebration of Contemporary sculpture,
Exhibition, CFAD, University of Sharjah, January 2018, catalogue
Ayoub Agha, Sarah; Laham, Ahmad Manar, Versatile – Annual CFAD Faculty Exhibition,
University of Sharjah, 2017, catalogue
Uffelen, von Chris – 500 X Art in Public, Braun Publishing, 2012, Berlin, Book Fatima Mohiudeen – MIND 2010, DUCTAC, Dubai, 2010, catalogue
Taskheel – Silent conversation, Dubai, 2009, catalogue
Alexandru Pamfil – The Portrait – Romanian contemporary sculpture – third edition
June - July 2001, Visual Art Museum, Galati, Romania, 2001, catalogue
Alexandru Nancu & Luiza Barcan – HAR (Habitat and Art in Romania), Bucarest, 1997,
catalogue
“Corriere dell’ Arte” – Torino, Anno 6 - N. 36 – 16 Settembre 2000, Italy
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Awards
2009/  "Princess Haya Award for Special Education" – Outstanding Art Therapist, Certificat of Excellence; Dubai, UAE
2000/  Participation “Millennium Romaniae Christianae” – Contemporary Art Symposium – Pucioasa, Targoviste – Romania
1998/  Participation at H.A.R. program (The program’s goals – Personalization of public areas in urban and rural habitats, restoration of the social impact of visual arts)
Experience selected in the Aid of Good Practices sponsored by Dubai in 1998, and catalogued like BEST. (Best Practices Database)
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Group Exhibitions
Group exhibitions:

2021 Made in Tashkeel,Tashkeel Studio and Gallery, Nad Al Sheba 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2021 A4 online exhibition , a small graphic saloon, the 7th edition, UNARTE, Bucharest, https://a4.1q.ro/

2020 A4 online exhibition, a small graphic saloon, the 6th edition, UNARTE, https://a4.1q.ro/?y=2020&e=10017

2018 “Contemporary visions” Annual CFAD Faculty Exhibition, Riwaq Gallery, University of Sharjah - UAE


“Sculpture and Architecture” as part of “Start’18”event - in collaboration with Sculpture Network, Munich Germany, international sculpture exhibition, 28th of January to 8th February, Riwaq Gallery - College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah - UAE

2017 “Versatile” – Annual CFAD Faculty Exhibition, University of Sharjah

2016/ "Atelier"-organizer/tutor&artist;- students exhibition 25th to 31st January, Gallery of light, Dubai Comunity and Art Center, UAE

2013/ "clay as a language in the children's expression"– organizer/ artist– Atlantis Hotel, Kids Club, Dubai, UAE

2012/ "@BCUT" PhD students exhibition, University of Timisoara, Romania

2010/ "Mind"- contemporary art exhibition, DUCTAC- Dubai, UAE

2010/"Kalimat"DUCTAC - Dubai, UAE

2010/"Members exhibition" - Dubai International Art Centre

 2009 / "Silent Conversations"- 12 March until 30th April, "Tashkeel" Gallery - Nad Al Sheba - Dubai UAE

 2009 / "The Art Walk"- Contemporary Art-JBR, Murjan 5, organised by "Vindemia" Gallery - Dubai UAE

 2008/ Heritage House, Bastakia - organised by "Vindemia" Gallery, hosted by Alserkal Cultural Fundation ? Dubai, UAE

 2002/ "Sculptor's Drawings" Orizont hall, Bucharest, Romania

 "Small scale sculpture Biennial", Delta, Art Gallery, Arad, Romania

 "The Portrait", Visual Art Museum, Galati, Romania

 "The Cross" - Village Museum, Bucharest, Romania

 "Millenium" - Dalles hall, Bucharest, Romania

 "Small scale sculpture display" - Horizon hall, Bucharest, Romania

 2000 / "Signs of year", theme: Earth, Architecture University's Hall: Ion Mincu, Bucharest, Romania

 "Small scale sculpture Biennial", Delta, Art Gallery, Arad, Romania

 1999 / "Scultori in Aglie" monumental sculpture exhibition, Comune di Aglie, Piemonte, Italy



 "Time in the Arts of Spaces", theme: "Time as a Metaphor", Hall of Architecture University, Bucharest, Romania

 Sculpture Symposiums:

 2007/ 3rd Bahrein International Sculpture Symposium – Manama, Kingdom of Bahrein

1997/ HAR – the program goals: personalizing the public areas in urban and rural habitats, restoration of the social impact of visual arts – Sculpture simposium Basarabi, Constanza, Romania

 Fairs

 2015 World Art Dubai - April 8-11, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Academic experience
September 2019 – December 2020 Adjunct Professor, College of Architecture, Art and Design, Interior Design Department, Ajman University
Courses taught: History of Interior Design, Freehand Drawing II, and Introduction to Art
January 2019 – December 2020 Adjunct professor, Visual Communication department, American University in Dubai
Courses taught: Freehand Drawing II, Painting II, Photography I and 2D design
August 2017 – August 2018 Full time, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Sharjah, College of Fine Art, and Design,
Course taught: Foundation Art (Drawing I and II, Intro to art and design I and II, Introduction to workshop), sculpture (I, II and III), Fine Arts studio practice, Final project assistance
November 2016 – May 2017 Part-time, Visiting Academic – University of Sharjah,
College of Fine Art, and Design
Course taught: Fine Arts studio practice, sculpture, Final project assistance 2013 – May 2017 Part-time lecturer – sculpture and drawing, SAE College Dubai Course taught: sculpture, drawing (principles of drawing to graphic design students)
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Academic panels – jury member
Academic panels:
20/ 05/ 2021 Jury member of Graduation Project II, Ajman University, College of
Architecture Arts and Design, Interior Design Department
12/ 12/ 2020 Jury member of Graduation Project I, Ajman University, College of
Architecture Arts and Design, Interior Design Department
17/ 05/ 2020 Jury member of Graduation Project II, Ajman University, Ajman
University, College of Architecture Arts and Design Interior Design Department
21/ 12/ 2019 Jury member of Graduation Project I, Ajman University, College of
Architecture Arts and Design, Interior Design Department
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Curated shows
2019 “Three-dimensional Art and Society” as part of “Start’19”– Sculpture Network, Munich Germany, international sculpture exhibition, 27th of January to 5th February, students & alumnae group show, co curated with Prof Flounder Lee, Rotunda Gallery – American University in Dubai - UAE
2018 “Sculpture and Architecture” as part of “Start’18” – organizer and curator – in collaboration with Sculpture Network, Munich Germany, international sculpture exhibition, 28th of January to 8th February, Riwaq Gallery -College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah - UAE
2016 “Atelier” – organizer & co-curated with Ana Tolvai – students exhibition, 25th to 31st January, Gallery of light, Dubai Community and Art Center, UAE
The Network
“Location” - group show, drawing exhibition curated by Dr. Irene Barberis, thejamjar, Al Quoz, part of Crossing the Line – American University in Dubai – “The Network”, live interaction with public variable dimensions
Toma Gabor, Installation
the network – detail
“Location” - group show, drawing exhibition curated by Dr. Irene Barberis, thejamjar, Al Quoz, part of Crossing the Line – American University in Dubai – “The Network”, live interaction with public variable dimensions
Toma Gabor, Installation, Wood
reply
"Silent Conversations"- 12 March until 30th April, Tashkeel, Art Center Gallery, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, UAE
Toma Gabor, Wood, Metal
The shopper II
two pieces composition
Toma Gabor, Metal
the passer by
Sometimes we are witnesses/ bystanders at occurrences, just watching them from far, we cannot/ need not to/ do not respond or react in any way. The only things we can see are the gestures/ postures, dynamic or static. Time passes, but memories remains…simple impressions of gestures, shapes perhaps meanings.
Toma Gabor, Metal
Mademoiselle-Riz
three elements displayed on a floor
Toma Gabor, Metal
The temporary monument of the passerby
live interaction with public – Art Night DIFC event, Dubai
Toma Gabor, Others, Mixed Media
The temporary monument of the passerby – detail
public interaction - Art Night DIFC, Dubai
Toma Gabor, Others
The temporary monument of the passerby – detail
public interaction - Art Night DIFC, Dubai
Toma Gabor, Performance, Clay
Mass produced
...multiplying the archetype individual as the ideal man for a “perfect” society - MIND exhibition Dubai Community and Art Center, Dubai, UAE
Toma Gabor, Wood, Metal
cuboid – module
...In this new work, the cuboid-like shape is a modified Platonic volume. It becomes a module in an architectural structure or a setting that can be hidden or visible. Inspired by the traces of old buildings one might find in an ancient place, the installation calls to mind how these crumbling individual components now only serve as silent witnesses. However, at one time may have been the key element of a wall, or ceiling, etc. Regardless of their prior functionality, the aesthetic potential overrides the previous story. variable dimensions displayed during “Versatile” – Annual CFAD Faculty Exhibition, University of Sharjah
Toma Gabor, Ceramics, Concrete
Modules
the cuboid-like shape is a modified Platonic volume. It becomes a module in an architectural structure or a setting that can be hidden or visible. Inspired by the traces of old buildings one might find in an ancient place, the installation calls to mind how these crumbling individual components now only serve as silent witnesses. However, at one time may have been the key element of a wall, or ceiling, etc. Regardless of their prior functionality, the aesthetic potential overrides the previous story
Toma Gabor, Metal, Plastics
cuboid
sketch
Toma Gabor, Others, Paper
the flower launcher
painted and welded mild steel Peanut factory, NC, USA
Toma Gabor, Metal, Steel
MODULES II
The cuboid-like shape is a modified Platonic volume. It becomes a module in an architectural structure or a setting that can be hidden or visible. Inspired by the traces of old buildings one might find in an ancient place, the installation calls to mind how these crumbling individual components now only serve as silent witnesses. However, at one time may have been the key element of a wall, or ceiling, etc. Regardless of their prior functionality, the aesthetic potential overrides the previous story.
Toma Gabor, Bronze, Ceramics


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