Unmistakably, we become a mix of global cultures and DNA information that will preserve and pass along our individuality, due to a visibly narrow human typology range and in spite of the multiple combinations out there. We should understand, now more than ever, that humankind is homogeneous and round, but at the same time, individuals remain unique as a result of their family journey and heritage. What we thought we know about race so far, is being addressed more and more as "Human race" and skin color will no longer be used as a differentiator by society.
My portraits invite the viewers to a holistic perspective of our society, but they are also offering a narrative meant to portray individuals of mixed ethnicity and multiple points of view. I like to explore the diverse role in forming identity statements, with fractured yet fluid portraiture, metaphysical and temporal connections between individuals… the contrast between anonymity and the representation of persona. By celebrating diversity, I’m showing previously unseen details of our society, which suggest that we can function as one perfectly healthy organism, regardless of appearance, visual differences, gender identity, race, or beliefs.
Sebastian Sandu, Romanian-born (b.1978) and Michigan-based artist, graduated from the National Art and Design University in Bucharest with a Master's Degree in Product Design and Visual Communication. After many years of working as a Corporate Creative Director, he moved to the United States and became a professional artist. Rather than transferring images from real life to canvas, Sandu is searching deeper into his subjects' inherited and personal territory, eager to explore their mixed ethnicity, race, gender identity, or other diverse typologies.
Working primarily with oils, he often ventures into the charcoal and acrylic area to illustrate his voice. His awarded paintings and interior design pieces were shown in museums, galleries, solo shows, and group shows and can be found in private collections around the United States.