The Toporaş online art gallery is launching to offer Moldovan art beyond all borders, supporting artists born in Moldova in developing professionally and enriching other cultures with Moldova’s traditional and universal values.
The idea of starting an art business arose from a discussion several years ago. The ambition to do it right made us determined to give it great thought and effort. Since then, the project has travelled with us to Belgium, Turkey and now back to the UK.
It has proved challenging because we have chosen a less travelled path: to create the first online art gallery from abroad to offer art-lovers around the world the opportunity to buy the finest original Moldovan paintings and high quality fine art prints.
I love Moldova, this small and beautiful country sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine. I was born in the Soroca district. I left in 1998 to study abroad. And I am returning now in a unique way, to apply my knowledge and skills in taking Moldovan art on a new journey.
Buying art online has come a long way since the first online art business emerged in the late 1990s. The international online art market has developed slowly, because of the specificity of its products, but also continually, driven by technological progress.
People started buying art online more often to save time and effort in finding a place where they can buy what they desire. After all, online business activity is not replacing the traditional. Rather, it is enhancing it, presenting its participants with new opportunities and challenges.
Our online art gallery is launching to give you a taste of Moldovan art. Its most precious quality is that it reflects, through an idiosyncratic prism, the reality of our artists’ lives, their experiences and surroundings. Their finest work explores beauty and reason, complexity and dissonance.
Moldova’s art heritage, both recent and more distant, provides rich fodder for the artist and a rich experience for the art-lover, too. At the intersection between Romanian and Russian cultures, Moldova is a land of arts where the joy of freedom and its attendant hardship have become sources of inspiration and allowed creativity to flourish in myriad of styles following the fall of Soviet Union.
The artists we feature in the Toporaş online art gallery offer testament to that. These are some of the best among many artists we will add in the future to give you a more complete picture of what Moldovan art is and why it matters.
These original paintings and fine art prints will add grace and depth to any collection. These less known treasures are coming onto the international market for the first time. They can be bought for enjoyment, education or investment.
I encourage you to read our artists’ profiles, browse their work, ask any questions you have, and select the art that resonates most with your tastes and ideals.
Sincerely yours, Rodica Socolov