Ioan Nemtoi – Perfection in Glass

As a Romanian, it’s almost impossible not to know Ioan Nemtoi… articles in many magazines, TV shows, two galleries in the center of Bucharest… as an art lover, it’s really impossible, his art is famous everywhere… what else can I say? …

Working as a resident in the “Carol Davila” Hospital, I had the privilege of passing by the Nemtoi Gallery on Calea Victoriei (Bucharest) every day, checking out the gallery many times. One day, I found Ioan Nemtoi there, very kind to explain his work… I thought I knew a lot about Ioan Nemtoi, however, after talking with him, I realized that there is much more to known.

What is Ioan Nemtoi? I see him as a kind of Ion Creangă, a Moldovan from Dorohoi, Romanian to the core, “neaos”, funny, … and, of course, last but not least, brilliant. His art, perfection in glass I say, is love at first sight for anyone.

In the early 90s, he started international exhibitions in private galleries in Norway, Sweden, France… he left Dorohoi, where his workshop still stands, loaded his glass pieces into an Aro (not a car in very good shape). ) and left hoping to reach the end of a very long road… longer than he originally thought because now his exhibitions are everywhere… McLaren Technology Center Surrey… Oxo Tower Wharf London… World Trade Center , Rotterdam and Amsterdam… Jacob Bach, Düsseldorf… Artech, SoHo, New York… Nemtoi Glass Art Gallery, Elvej, Danmark…

In Vienna, in an old medical student dormitory, later converted into a hotel, you can find Ioan Nemtoi’s work in every room… the restaurant, bar and garden area are all Nemtoi’s design, not just Nemtoi’s glass… so visit Nemtoi Restaurant and Bar at the Levante Parliament Hotel in Vienna. Do you need more? His creations are permanently exhibited at UNICEF, New York, USA (“Bread and Fishes”) and the White House, Washington DC, USA (“Genesis”), also in private collections: King Harald Norway, Kofi Annan, Emma Nicholson…

Talking about his biggest dream… an International Glass Academy in Dorohoi… because Ioan Nemtoi, although he had many chances to leave Romania, believes that living here is better and tries to convince every Romanian to do the same, to live in Romania. Writing about Ioan Nemtoi was a truly great joy.

Source: Another Cool Romanian

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