Dorian Radu | Visual artist, portrait painter
I am an artist from London, specialised in realistic and hyperrealistic portrait painting. For commissions or further enquiries don't hesitate to contact me .
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  • Oil paintings
  • Drawings
  • Watercolour
  • Miniatures




2017                  Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK


2017                  Fine Art Degree Show, Kingston University, London, UK


2017                  Faces, Kingston University, London, UK


2014                  Adventures of the White Tile, The Rag Factory, London, UK


2013                  Grey space, Kensington and Chelsea College, London, UK


2010                  Portraits beyond, OffArtCologne Galerie, Cologne, Germany


2009                  Art Vo Gallery, Sibiu, Romania


2008                  Institut Francais de Roumanie, Iasi, Romania


Prizes and awards:


2017 – L. Cornelissen & Son Prize winner at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK


2017 – 3rd Prize at the Art Event Evening by the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London, UK


2010 – Best young portrait artist of the year, Iasi, Romania


2009 – National Olympics in Fine Art, 1st Place, Cluj, Romania

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The predominant technique in my work is oil painting, and the surfaces my pieces are paint on are linen canvas or wooden boards. The surfaces I work on are light fast, preventing the tones to fade or yellow in time and thus insuring the durability of the pieces.


In case of using reference photos instead of a life model, the resolution of the reference photos might influence the level of accuracy when focusing on small details or textures, so a good quality photograph is preferred, as it dictates the process of painting. If the resolution is not the best, multiple photos of the model would be recommended, as they help in determining the proportions, details and textures.


If the reference photos are Black and White and the painting is supposed to be Colour, there are two options: either I paint choosing and matching colours guided by my own intuition, or I create a palette of colours for the client to set the most relevant tones for skin and clothing.


Once I have a brief and a deadline, the painting process begins. I am used to work with deadlines as short as a couple of weeks for a piece. Speed is not a setback.

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Dorian is an artist who focuses his work on the area of portraiture and realistic painting. With over 10 years of experience as a professional artist, he has been commissioned to paint pieces destined to prestigious private collectors such as the Romanian Royal Family, the BBC TV Series “Cradle to Grave”, as well as numerous other prestigious collectors and art publications. Overall, his work is now present in more than 80 private collections worldwide.

The artist is attracted by and interested in the concept of identity. In each piece, he studies the character of the model, trying to reach beyond appearance and show the true aura on canvas, thus conveying a narrative for every piece.


His art is at a junction between traditional and contemporary principles, in the sense that the main aim is to bring back the aesthetics and criteria of traditional portrait painting and also identify the role of portraiture in contemporary art. Before, portraits were a baronial symbol of wealth and loftiness. In addition to the former purposes, contemporary portraiture brings along limitless possibilities of questioning and critiquing the perception around the human figure.



Moreover, the artist makes a conscious decision of keeping a traditional appearance to his paintings and increase their artistic value through their meaning and background story, available only for the section of the audience who really looks closely into the piece. Dorian enjoys showing a contrast between the content of a piece and the context it was made in. This shift of meaning is usually found in subtle elements, from the titling to more technical features, for instance the chromatic palette in the background, its symbolism and its relationship with the subject. 


I am based in London, United Kingdom.


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