Horror Vacui Wall’ (2018-2020), installation, variable dimensions

1 – 24 March 2022


Exhibition extended until 21 April


Private view:
Tuesday March 1st  6.30 – 8.30 pm
Sunday March 6th 12.00 – 3.00pm
Thursday March 24th 6.30 – 8.30pm

Open Days:
Wednesday March 9th, 16th and 23rd
April 6th, 13th and 20th
12.00 – 6.00 pm

Viewing by appointment at other times

For further information contact Jonathan Ross:
Phone 07747 807576
or jross@gallery286.com


Ioana Pioaru is a U.K.-based Romanian artist working with a variety of media ranging from VR artmaking and holography to traditional drawing and printmaking.

Ioana received her BA (2008) and MA (2010) from the National University of Arts in Bucharest, where she studied fine art drawing. In 2021 she received her PhD from the University of Chester, under the auspices of Glyndwr University, for her research into the concept of artistic maximalism.

In Romania she is represented by AnnArt Gallery.


Installation views of the exhibition can seen be on the Jonathan Ross Hologram Collection site.

The artworks presented in this exhibition, created between 2016 and 2020, accompany Ioana Pioaru’s doctoral thesis – ‘A practice-based approach to defining maximalism’.

Pioaru’s art embodies a twofold understanding of Maximalism: on the one hand, a mode of artistic expression intrinsic to the artwork, characterised by an engagement with the limits of the medium; on the other hand, a quality of the process of artmaking, a strategy which the artist employs to decentralise the artistic self.

The individual artworks explore maximalism through a variety of new and traditional media: holography, virtual reality artmaking, 3D printing, printmaking and drawing. The exhibition reveals maximalism as the artist’s multidimensional approach to artmaking and reflects her engagement in a continual process of becoming, as a method to access new tools for artistic expression.