*1980 in Curtea de Argeș, Romania, lives in Bucharest, Romania
Mircea Nicolae counts to the younger generation of Romanian artists who experienced life under dictatorship and lived through the era of revolution as children. His works have been exhibited in the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the ZKM Karlsruhe, the MUSAC in León, and the Motorenhalle in Dresden.
Mircea Nicolae is a keen observer of the changes to the Bucharest cityscape. For example, he documents the advent and disappearance of small kiosks, the businesses of the first private entrepreneurs in the years immediately following the revolution. They became irrelevant as the international supermarket chains arrived.
The variety of the cast iron gates and doors made by small craft enterprises on many of Bucharest's faceless, socialist mass architecture apartment blocks cannot help but catch the eye. These gates are gradually being replaced by standardized industrial, mass-produced goods. 'Metal Doors' is dedicated to the gradual changes occuring in the city.