About the Artist

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Valery Oisteanu

Valery Oisteanu is a poet, writer, and artist of the avant-garde. Born in USSR (1943) and educated in Romania. He debuted as a poet with the collection PROSTHESIS in 1970(Litera Press, Bucharest). At the age of 20, he adopted Dada and Surrealism as a philosophy of art and life and a few years later English as his primary language. Immigrating to New York City in 1972 he has been writing in English for the past 44 years. He is the author of 18 books of poetry a book of short fiction,” The King of Penguins” (Linear Art Press, 2000) and a book of essays (in progress): ”The AVANT-GODS.  Two new books are just out: In the Blink of a Third Eye (Spuyten Duyvil Press NYC 2020) and Perks in Purgatory (translated in Romanian) Itaca Publishing Dublin 2020.

Over the last 10 years he wrote art criticism for Brooklyn Rail, artnet.com, Whitehot Magazine, and NY Arts. He is also a contributing writer for French, Spanish & Romanian art and literary magazines (La Page Blanche, Art.es, Viata Romanesca, Observatorul Cultural, Artout.ro, levurelitteraire.com, etc)

As an artist he exhibits collages and assemblages on a regular basis at galleries in New York and also creates collages as covers d illustrations for books and magazines.

He has performed in theater and in poetry-musical collaborations with jazz artists from all over the world in sessions known as Jazzoetry.

His work has appeared in international surrealist publications of the last four decades, including: Dream Helmet (1978), What Will Be (Brumes Blondes, 2014) Phala (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and The Annual (Phasm Press, 2015).

Memberships & Awards

Member of Poets and Writers, Inc., New York (1977-2020)

Founding Member of PASS (Poets and Artists Surrealist Society) 1977-2020

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It” Award (Vault Literary Society) 2000: Award for exceptional cutting edge artists who constantly take risks with their art.

Awarded Gold Chivot Order of the Chevalier of the Castel for the dissemination of Romanian Avant-Garde in Diaspora, 2010, Republic of Prose Readers, London.

Recipient of the Kathy Acker Award, NYC, 2013, for contribution to the American avant-garde in poetry performance.