We are excited to be able to offer for sale a thoughtful artwork titled “Humanoprop II” (2019), signed by Romanian artist Maria Bălan. The artwork is a part of Maria’s personal project “Anomalica”, which is also made public on the streets through paste-ups and handprinted stickers.
“A lot of old beautiful buildings in Bucharest are falling apart from various reasons so this Humanoprop is here from Anomalica to hold them still. The Humanoprops can usually be seen in pairs of two and they have this strange yet uncomfortable poses.” – Maria Bălan
130×170 mm object / paste-up of 100×180 mm handmade linoprint / Caligo Safe Wash relief ink on Laurier Schut cotton paper / reclaimed brick / only one available
The technique used by the artist is handprinted linocut and paste-up on reclaimed brick. The work is done manually, including printing.
A one-of-a-kind artwork, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the artist.
See the first Humanoprop linocut paste-up on reclaimed brick by Maria Bălan, here.
See other limited edition manual linocut and reduction wood prints from the “Anomalica” series, such as the Forest Spirit, a linocut paste-up on reclaimed brick, The Punishment woodprint, The Mimetic Tree as a woodcut or linocut, together with the linocut printed t-shirts for both women and men, the Three Unwise Humans women and men linocut printed t-shirts, or the Anomalica & Fete și Elemente (Girls and Elements) sets, each containing 5 laminated stickers.
About Maria Bălan
Maria Bălan is a multilaterally developed graphic artist who studied Graphic Arts at the National University of Arts Bucharest and a non-practising architect having studied at the Architecture at the University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu”. She is based Bucharest, Romania, a freelancer since 2007 and a member of Plastic Artists’ Union from Romania and Illustrators’ Club Romania. Maria enjoys painting walls, creating book illustrations as well as digital artwork (concept art, 2D animation, poster design) with the main focus on portraits and human expressions. Her work has been recognized with The Prize of The International Poster and Book Illustration Biennial For Young Artists, Timisoara, 2013.
In October 2018, she presented her first solo exhibition, “Neștiuții“, a personal project that consists in assembling and illustrating a painful reality that is ignored by the authorities, but also by us, ordinary people who walk every day on the streets and notice at least one case that I call “the unknown”, beings left to chance, which society prefers to keep somewhere on its border, namely street people. She revealed her amazing teaching skills during the Un-hidden Bucharest children’s linocut workshop in 2018. In 2019, she displayed her recent works in the Rampa One @ Plant Village collective exhibition alongside John Dot S and Rober Obert, in the Un-hidden Bucharest participation in the Romanian Design Week 2019, Central Exhibition, the Multidisciplinary section, and in the Un-hidden Romania x Acuarela exhibition, NAG 2019 edition.
Read our interview with Maria Bălan, published in January 2019.