Kitra (Nicu Duta)
Was born in 1981 in the grim concrete landscape of communist Romania and grew up in the 90’, in a post-revolutionary climate characterized by chaos.
This setting was the source of a need for escapism, which shaped his visual language towards the use of bold colors and an obsessive preoccupation with cleanliness and order, constantly present throughout his work.
After graduating with a B.F.A. and M.F.A. at the National University of Arts in Bucharest (2005, r., 2011), Kitra became interested in street art and the raw, direct response one can receive by exposing one’s work out in the open. His choice of medium gradually shifted during the last 10 years from urban intervention to murals and later on to canvas, in search of more permanence and intimacy.
In 2019 Kitra’s work was recognized as part of the prospective exhibition Post System Geometry, at the Museum of Recent Art in Bucharest and was included in the permanent collection of the museum.
Currently living and working in Berlin, Kitra draws inspiration from the urban landscape, industrial design, and the digital world, using a mathematical approach to create his geometric abstract-minimalist compositions, evoking the sensibilities of artists such as Frank Stella, Peter Halley, or Bridget Riley.