Katabasis, 2021

Despite Collection 2023

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Alex Sandulescu
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Katabasis is the battle that makes a boy become a man

Katabasis is one of the most complex themes aproached by the artist. Katabasis comes from the Ancient Greek: κατάβασις and it is a descent of some type, such as a military retreat, or a trip to the underworld.

The trip to the underworld is a mytheme of comparative mythology found in a diverse number of religions from around the world. The hero journeys to the underworld or to the land of the dead and returns, often with a quest-object or a loved one, or with heightened knowledge. The ability to enter the realm of the dead while still alive, and to return, is a proof of the classical hero's exceptional status as more than mortal.

The artist sees his immigration from Romania to US as his own Katabasis governed by a lot of struggle, but a needed process. Katabasis is a process in which a boy becomes a man.

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Alex Sandulescu

Graduation Year





It is important to express oneself… provided the feelings are real and are taken from your own experience…
Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow.

I don't think you decide to be an artist one day. I think if you have the artist in yourself it will come out. I started drawing when I was 6 years old, I took a pen and started to draw anything, and I continued to do so for the years that came. But for many years, the truth is, I didn't do any oil paintings, I just did hand drawings and studied interior architecture. And all my life I was attracted to paintings, visited museums, and eventually I decided to try to paint. Somehow everything I learned regarding to drawing and architecture helped me to become a painter.


Measurements (Width X Height X Depth)

72 X 36 X 1.5 in

182.88 X 91.44 X 3.81 Cm


30 lb

13.61 Kg


Oils on canvas

I tried new ideas for the painting on the canvas. What I didn't like I had to cover with paint, paint something else, and so on until I was happy with the painting. Another challenge was to create the bodies that were fighting ( right side of painting ) and it was a long process cus I had to research so many human bodies of males fighting and then combining all these bodies into a single composition, all of them fighting, a process where I used Photoshop ... pretty interesting work.
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