Ioana Pioaru


Spectral Figures is an on-going series of holographic portraits depicting artists and philosophers influential to artist Ioana Pioaru’s practice.

Ioana is displaying ‘Spectral Figure #4’ at LLAWN.  A portrait of French  philosopher Gilles Deleuze.

The series also includes holographic portraits of Friedrich Nietzsche, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol and Elaine Sturtevant.  Ioana describes the works in this series as ‘sculptural drawings’  which are created in virtual reality and then printed as achromatic digital holograms. This is an original method developed by Ioana Pioaru during her doctoral research and a way of bridging the gap between the virtual and the real by offering the possibility to showcase VR artworks outside of VR space, without the need of a headset.

Ioana Pioaru is an artist, researcher and illustrator working with a variety of media ranging from traditional drawing and printmaking, to 3D printing and, more recently, virtual reality holography.  Other projects explore the boundary between drawing and sculpture and the capacity of isometric perspective to generate optical illusions. ​ As part of her doctoral research, Ioana aims to redefine the concept of ‘maximalism’ as a type of art which uses a minimum amount of space to deliver a maximum amount of information or content. Many of her maximalist artworks consist of pseudo-realistic machinery and eerie architectural structures. ​

In Romania she is represented by AnnArt Gallery.  Ioana Is currently undertaking a PHD at Glyndwr University in Wrexham.