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10 december, 1948
Sineşti, Ungheni, Republic of Moldova

Member of Moldavian Union of Artists
15 March 1993, Painting department

str. Victor Crăsescu 42, MD-2059 Kishinev

Postal address
P.S.Bolshoi pr.57/1, apt 54, 197101, St. Petersburg, Russia

TARUS MIHAI (Tserush Mikhail)
1948 Born on December 10, in Sinesti, Ungheni district, Republic of Moldova.
1964 Graduates "A. V. Schusev" Art School for children, class of Professor Petru Pascaru, Chisinau.
1968 Graduates "Al. Plamadeala" Republican College of Arts, Chisinau, class of Professor Vasile Toma (1937-1984) and Ada Zevin (1918-2005), History of Arts Professor.
1969   Together with Mihai Grecu (Moldovan artist, 1916-1998) is engaged in a long-lasting series of intellectual dialogues about the source, the essence, the function and the destiny of art, as well as the condition of the artist. These dialogues had a positive influence on the further development of young Mihai Tarus’ vocation.
1971  Gets in touch with Kazimir Malevich's follower and pupil Vladimir Sterligov (1904-1973), well known as the "leader of Sankt-Petersburg school", who was promoting a personal creative system under the name of "cup-dome". Once Mihai Tarus was accepted in Sterligov's personal studio as a student, the goal of Tarus was directed towards the concept that the plastic principles are the premises of the creative process –– The brightening of the palette, the chromatic amplification - impressionism; the geometrization - P. Sezanne; the non-objectivity - cubism; the distribution of weight in the imponderable system, the state of stress, suprematism - K. Malevich; the theory of the rectangular analysis of colour - M. Matyushin; the 'cup-dome' system, the spun spherical space, meobiusity, ambient geometry - V. Sterligov - all these have grafted the young artist's creative personality.
1974   Member of the "Sterligov Group", develops further and exhibits his works in the studio of Tatiana Glebov, a pupil of artist P. Filonov.
1975   Graduates the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts, Sankt-Petersburg, Russia. Exhibits at the second edition of "Official Exhibition of Unofficial Plastic Artists", at the Palace of Culture of Sankt-Petersburg. Exhibitions of this kind were allowed by the State authorities only in large cities, as a sign of the regime's tolerance to underground art.
1976-1980  Preoccupied with serial elaborations, Tarus prefers the materialization through the bas-relief technique of bifacial expression as in the: "Fruit", "Leaves", "Sign". The organization of plasticity is centered on the differentiation - integration of volumes with the energetic power of color. Simultaneously, makes the structure of space more complicated, adding heterogeneous materials like: oil-pencil, oil-gypsum, etc. The analysis of the color in co-relation with the volume leads to a series of conclusions. Thus, the bright colors such as red, orange, green and purple diminish up to annihilation of the perception of volumes; yellow and the non-colors - white, gray and black, have the necessary potential to create harmonious combinations favorable to the distinct emphasis of forms. Interpreting the space entity through color, the artist redefines the notion of the creation. The above-mentioned conclusions, in big lines, are nothing else but scientific investigations. The space in paintings presents the direct expression of the effects, which are associated with the admittance/non-admittance of the third color as a means to stabilize, to balance, to equate or to tense either two neighboring colors, or two complementary colors/non-colors.
1980   Persists in elaborating a new version regarding the instrument of the creative process - the techniques. The technique prevails over the form. The artist starts with the axiom that the touch of the brush represents an unity of action, be it applied with the brush, the palette knife or something else. The actions create a variety of modalities. For example, the utilization of the palette knife contributes to the creation of the plastic form. That happens at the junction of gestures with the aleatory effects of the specific behavior of the material base (bearer of the chromatic power).
The same year Tarus meets Larisa Astrein, the artist with whom he continues to collaborate up to date.
1981 The first personal exhibition at the Scholars' House in Sankt-Petersburg, with about 40 works in such techniques as: assemblage, painting, collage and graphics. The exhibition has proved to be a far-reaching manifestation, pre-eminently avant-gardist, raising the interest of both diplomatic circles and those of the party nomenclature. The reactions to this exhibition varied between superlative apologetic notes and disparagements of the genre. "He seems to be a person too undecided in "his intuitions" – was the opinion of the state representatives; "He is arrogating too many responsibilities to himself, seen the difficulty and delicateness of the problems", "The essence of V. Sterligov's 'cup-dome' system is vulnerable" – were the opinions expressed by many conservative colleagues.
1981-1985  During these years Tarus works actively as a member of the Sterligov Artists Group, regenerated by G. Zubkov. The aim of this group is to continue the research on form and color started by Sterligov. The research was based on the accomplishments of the cubists, on K. Malevich's studies in the 20ies and on those of the precursors who valued the ideas of the avant-garde artists a lot, on the elaborations of the 60ies-70ies, which were logically matching with V. Sterlingov's "ambient geometry". The program aimed to different styles of the superior interpretation of the plastic principles such as the division of the form, the cutting of the form, the up-down and left-right/right-left movements, the form creating the form.
1984-1988 Tarus perceives the form as an imminent state of disintegration of any given thing, meaning that the unity of content of a painting represents a sum of differences, or the plurality which is plastically visualized in a foreground image and namely through the multiplication of the same elements.
1988-1995  Researches thoroughly the techniques, reconsidering the reverse action of the material base already structured in the plastic modeling of the author. Varies the techniques, materials and dimensions. The subject of his paintings was the sum of differences. The aim of his activity was to end the OBJECT.
1995-1997  Goes beyond the affection for the 70s, preferring the logic unrestricted by the conveniences in art. Thus, the retackling of some motives from the earlier bas-reliefs leads Tarus to the creation of objects. Undertakes research and develops the idea of structured information in the artistic image and, implicitly, the communication by its means.
1996-1997  Organizes large solo exhibitions in Chisinau and Bucharest. Finds new solutions to the already accomplished subjects, motives and styles, by supplementing, completing, amplifying and varying the foreground images. By doing so, Tarus creates his personal representative style.
1999 Accomplishes a successful project-exhibition under the title of "Time Element in Painting". That was based on Tarus’s original concept on form as the time of evolution. He conventionally called it "Compressed Time. Receives the honorary title: MAESTRU IN ARTA (Master of Arts) offered by the Government of Republic of Moldova.
2000-2004 Takes part in a project aiming at the research of plastic principles “Exercitia spiritualia”. The project was guided by Larisa Astrein.
2001 A catalogue “Painting – Object” is published in Chisinau.
   Resident of the Paris foundation “Cite Internationale des Arts”.
2003    Realization of the project “Codification-Symbols”
2004    The Internet Home-page ,”Mihai Tarus – Time in a picture”.
2005   Realization of the project “From the Figurative – to the Non-figurative”. [together with L. Astrein and D. Verdianu]
2006    Catalogue “Codification-Symbols”.
2007 “Mihai Tarus” OSCE, Chisinau, Rep. Moldova
2008   “Pictorial assemblage”, National Museum of Fine Arts, Chisinau
Expoziţii solo
1981  House of Scholars, Leningrad, Russia
1996  UAP Gallery, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
1997  Galleries of the Romanian Parliament, Bucharest, Romania
1998  “Variations”, Kotka, Finland
1999  “Time element in Painting”, National Museum of Fine Arts, Chisinau
2000 Kotka, Finland
2001 “Sign”, Gallery C. Brancusi, Kishinev, Rep. of Moldova
2001 Cite internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2003 “Sign, Codification” Gallery C. Brancusi, Rep. of Moldova
2005 “From objective to nonobjective” Central exhibition hall; Manege
2006 “Surrounding space” Gallery Gildia masterov, Saint-Petersburg
2007 “Mihai Tarus”, OSCE, Chisinau, Rep. Moldova
2008  ”Pictorial assemblage” , National Museum of Fine Arts, Chisinau
Expoziţii grup
1975 “Exhibition of Informal Painters”. The Nevsky Palace of Culture, Leningrad
1988 “Sterligov and his Disciples”. New Passage. Leningrad, Russia
1900 “Contemporary Artists in the Memory of Malevich”, Tretyakov Gallery
1991   “Art Jonction International”. Nice, France
1991   “Russian-Soviet Contemporary Art”. Bompodo Art Gallery. Tokyo, Japan
1992 “Contemporary Art in Sankt-Petersburg”, Stavanger, Norway
1992  “In Richtung zu Malewitsch”. Karenina Gallery. Vienna, Austria
1994  “Moldova Salons”, UAP Hall, Chisinau, Bacau
1995   “M. Tarus - L. Astrein”. Museum of sculpture. Sankt-Petersburg, Russia
1995  “Sterligov Group: Paintings from Russia”. Neuhoff Gallery. New York, USA
1995 “L'ame Slave, Le groupe Sterligov”. Medias Forum. Beziers, France
1995   “Mostra collective”. Ancona. Italy
1996   “Near Sterligov”, Russian Museum, Sankt-Petersburg, Russia
1996   “Eastern Europe: Spatia Nova”. IV biennial exhibition, Sankt-Petersburg
1997  "Alla Fiera". With gallery RotaRoss, Italy
1997   “Sacralite”( Sacred in art), Romanian Parliamant Gallery
2000   “Schilderkunst uit Saint-Petersburg Vandaag”, Gent (Oostakker), Belgium
2001   “Space Sterligov” Palace Anichkov, Sankt-Peterburg
2003   “From Leningrad to St. Petersburg”. 25 years of art life. Chelsy Museum, New-York.
2003   “At monastic walls” Kolomna, Moscow
2003 “Avant-Gard on the Neva-20th Century”, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
2004 “The festival of nonconformist art”, Manege, St. Petersburg
2005 “Collage in Russia-XX  Century” Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
2005 “The Sterligov Group” Anna Frants Gallery, New-York
2006 “Surrounding space” Gallery Gildia masterov, St. Petersburg
2006 “Our east neighbours”, Maastricht, Holland
2006 “Moldova, the modern art”, Brussels, Belgium
2007   “Hud-Graf” fair, New Manege, Moscow.
2007   “Moldova Salons”, UAP Hall, Chisinau, Bacau
2007 “Neo-Avant-Territory” Saransc, Mordovian S. D. Erzia Fine Arts Museum
2007   “Geometry of Spatial Forms”, KINO Gallery, Moscow.
2007   “Best Painting of the Year”, Creative Union of Artists (IFA).
2007   “There Was... a Second Layer Here”, Museum of St. Petersburg Avant-Garde (House of M.V. Matiushin)
2008 Petersburg-2007, Manege, St. Petersburg
2008 The nonfigurative in Art, Gallery C. Brancusi, Chisinau R. Moldova
2007- “ART MANEGE” Moscow, Manege
2008 “The Sterligov Group” Anna Frants Gallery, New-York
2008 The nonfigurative in the pictures, Gallery C. Brancusi, Chisinau, R. Moldova
2008 International Biennial of Contemporary Painting; Colorfest; Minsk, Belorussia
2008 Moldova Salons, Bacau, Chisinau
2008 Autumn Salon, Chisinau
2008 Kazdii molod, molod, molod…, Avant guard Museum, St. Petersburg
2009 Petersburg-2008, Manege, St. Petersburg
2009 Salon; Le Monde de la Culture et des Arts; Cannes, France
2009 Portrait in the art, Gallery C. Brancusi, Chisinau
2009 Moldova Salons, Chisinau, Bacau
2009 Autumn Salon, Chisinau, Gal. Brancusi
2009 Petersburg avant guard – 20th cent., Art Museum, Iaroslavl
2009 Painting Biennial, 1st edition, Gallery C. Brancusi, Chisinau
2009 The best painting of the year, IFA, St. Petersburg
2009 Slagaemie otkritia, Gallery 12 July, St. Petersburg
2009 Podarki, Museum of avant guard of St. Petersburg
2010 Petersburg-2009, Manege, St. Petersburg
2010 Recent acquisitions and donations, National Art Museum of Moldova, Chisinau
2010 Spring Salon, Chisinau
2010 OBJECTive Art, 12 June Gallery, St. Petersburg
2010 Cannes d’Azur, M.C.A. 2010, France
2010 Moldova Salons, Bacau, Chisinau
Tabere de creație / documentări
1986 - Vatra Dornei, România
1997 - Teşcani, România
2006 - Balcic, Bulgaria
2007 - Ramnicul Vâlcea, România
Premii / distincții / titluri onorifice
1999 ”Maestru in Arta” (Master of Arts) Republic of Moldova
2001  A honorary award of the Romanian Union of Artists.
2002  Soros Fund in Moldova grant.
2003  Bacau Municipal award. Romania.
2004  Award of the Moldova Union of Artists.
2006  Silver Medal of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.
2009 Golden Medal of the Salon Cannes-Azur, M.C.A., Cannes, France
2013 Golden Medal of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.
Public & Private collections
Public collections
National Museum of Fine Arts of Moldova, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Ministry of Culture, Bucharest, Romania
Museum of Fine Arts of Bacau, Romania
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
City History Museum of Saint Petersburg, Russia
Museum of Arts, Yaroslavl, Russia
National Museum of Arts, Alma-Ata, Republic of Khazakhstan
The Headquarter of the Museums from the Saint Petersburg Regions, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Museum "Tsharskoselskaya Collection", Pushkin, Russia
The Norton & Nancy Dodge Collection, USA
Tatiana and Natalia Kolodzey’ Foundation, Moscow, Russian Federation
Youth and Sport Foundation, Bucharest, Romania
Nordex Concern, Vienna, Austria
Moldova Agroindbanc, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Museum of Nonconformist Art, Art Center Pushkinskaya-10, St. Petersburg
Manege Collection, St. Petersburg
Mordovian Republican S. D. Erzia Fine Arts Museum
Museum of St. Petersburg Avant-Garde (House of M. V. Matiushin).
Museum of Arts 21st Century, Kolomna
Collection of Municipality of the City of Vilchea, Romania.
Collection Erarta Inc. St. Petersburg
Private collections
Anatoly and Gala Sidorov Collection, Sankt-Petersburg, Russia
Gala and Felix Chudnovsky Collection, Sankt-Petersburg, Russia
Irina and Victor Kxenzoff Collection, Sankt-Petersburg, Russia
Viktor Dzodziev Cpllection, St.Petersburg
Vladimir Netcheaev Collection, Paris, France
and others.

Mihai Tarus, “La inceput de an”, Sud-Est cultural, Chisinau 2008 nr.1
Gherghe Mardare, “Senzatii vizualizate ale timpului”, Sud-Est cultural, nr.4  
Mihai Tarus, “Ginduri intre ani”,  Sud-est cultural, #2, 2010, Chisinau
Chisinau 2008
Tamara Gorincioi, “Timpul ca un semn comprimat in culori si forme”,
 Capitala #21, 2010
Irina Nechit, “7 aprilie ne-a aratat ca o schimbare e posibila”, Jurnal de
Chisinau, 16 martie, 2010
Stagii de reciclare
Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, Franţa, 2001
1996 - Confesiuni cu Mihai Ţăruş, regia Nelly Canţer, TV Republica Moldova
1997 - De la Sanct-Petersburg la Bucureşti. Autor Pompiliul Gîlmeanu, Bucureşti, România
1996 - Expoziţia Mihai Ţăruş la Chişinău. Regia Nelly Canţer, TV Republica Moldova
1992 - Fenomenul artistului modern: Dialog cu Violeta Grigore, director L.Stankevici, TV Republica Moldova
1989 - Pictorul Mihai Ţăruş: Dialog cu scriitorul A.Burac, TV Republica Moldova
1999 - Timpul în tablou-Timp comprimat, regia Nelly Canţer, TV Republica Moldova
2001 - Semne, regia Nelly Canţer, TV Republica Moldova
2003 - Incifrare-Semne, regia Nelly Canter, TV Moldova1
Monografii / participare
Enciclopedia artiştilor plastici români contemporani, vol. 2, Bucureşti
Prostranstvo Sterligova, Issak Kusnir, St. Peterburg, 2001
Enciclopedia avangardei ruse, T. V. Kotovich, Minsk, 2003
Gazanevscina St-Peterburg, 2004
Iz padenia v polet, St-Petersburg, 2006
Laureati si diplomanţi a expoziţiilor academice din Federaţia Rusa, 250 de ani a Academiei de pictură a Rusiei, Moscova, 2007
Spectacolul scenii şi al vieţii, Rodica Iuncu, editura Periscop, Chişinau, 2007
Underground-ul din Petersburg, artişti plastici, dictionar biografic, L. Gurevich, St-Petersburg, 2007 Znamenitie liudi Sankt-Peterburga, dicţionar biografic. Avrora-Design, St. Petersburg, 2007

In Richtung zu Malevwitsch; Viena, Austria,1991
Grupul Sterligov, Painting from Russia New-York, USA, 1995
Mihai Ţaruş, pictură; Chişinău, 1996
Schilder kunst uit St-Petersburg Vandaag, Gent, Belgium, 2000
Mihai Ţaruş, pictură, obiect; Chişinău, 2001
Avangard na Neve, vtoraia polovina XX veca St. Petersburg, 2003
Tradiţii i sovremennosti; St. Petersburg, 2003
U monastirskih sten, Kolomna,2003
Art- Index; St. Petersburg, 2004
Colaj v Rossii, XX vec; St. Petersburg, 2005
De la figurativ la nonfigurativ, L. Astreyn, D. Verdianu, M. Ţaruş, St-Petersburg-2005
Moldova, arta contemporană; Chişinău, 2006
Incifrare-semne, Chisinau, 2006
Scoala lui Sterligov; St. Petersburg, 2007
Neo-Avantgarde territory; Saransk, Fed. Rusă, 2007
Arta din Petersburg, sec XX, St. Petersburg, 2007
Gheometria prostranstvennih form, St. Petersburg
Saloanele Moldovei; Chişinău, 2007
Legături externe
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