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Ovidiu Ervin Gruia ARTIST BIO

Ovidiu Ervin Gruia's work reflects the constant struggle for balance in a world of contradictions and radical transitions. A recent arrival on the art scene, the mostly self-taught Gruia is the fourth generation of his family that stood up to oppression and persecution, each in their own ways.

Gruia escaped communist Romania at age 15 and landed in a Southern California public high school with only a basic knowledge of English. At age 17, he developed the first of several start-ups, only to leave to leave the business world to pursue his education.

He studied business and theology as an undergraduate then became a successful co-owner of a senior care business. A family crisis forced a change in employment. In only nine months, Gruia went from administrative assistant to middle management in the Enron Corporation. After 14 years in the energy business, he spent the last decade as a leader in healthcare administration, a board member in a number of start-ups and volunteering in community development, seeking to develop various off ramps for people stuck in the cycle of poverty.

Through his work experience, Gruia encountered a range of humanity; from the disadvantaged and discriminated stuck in generational poverty to some of the wealthiest CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. This exposure to polar opposites, combined with his own new beginnings, led to bold decisions, hard work and a constant struggle to harness a point of equilibrium.

Gruia's quest for a grain of serenity in the midst of chaos comes through in his paintings; from the bold colors and dynamic strokes of heavy paint to the artistic sense of elusive peace restrained power.
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