20 abstract paintings depicting great world personalities

Abstract artist working on Great World Personalities Series

BY Alina Livneva POSTED 11th of September 2018 17:00 GMT


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If we had to express in one word what makes great artists personalities different from others. Well, it’s their complexity. The special ones show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory and rebellious extremes, possessing multitude of individualism rather than singularity.

“I work long hours, with great concentration, I enjoy the process of creation. My mind generates a great quantity of ideas, so I have the option of picking the unusual one”, says Gheorghe Virtosu.

Virtosu lives and works in London, Amsterdam, Luxembourg. The artist focuses on his knowledge experience to depict social phenomena and character. Developing his own style, his artworks are indeed unique.

His works are curated into complex thematics. Today we would like to introduce the viewer to the Great World Personalities theme in the works of the contemporary master. 


Beautiful abstract art paintings



20. Albert Einstein

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Albert Einstein abstract art paintings
Albert Einstein, abstract painting

Einstein is the model for depicting of mad scientists and absent-minded professors; his expressive face and distinctive hairstyles have been widely copied and exaggerated.  In concert with this attitude is this present oil painting, as we see a paean to intellectual freedom embodied in the figure's pulsing life of fluidity and in the contrast between this and the ossified and crumbling background which pales in the light of the power of the human mind.


19. Buddha in meditation

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Buddha in meditation abstract art paintings
Buddha in Meditation, abstract painting

The incipient and delicately outlined orbs in this calmative blue-green background suggest a harmonious cosmos that seems to emanate outwards from the Buddha just as his state of contemplation has a pervasive influence in the world in the continuance of the global popularity of the Buddhist way of life.


18. Elvis Presley 

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Elvis Presley abstract art paintings
Elvis Presley, abstract painting

Elvis Presley became one of the most influential cultural icons of a generation. He is commonly referred to as the “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and epitomizes the post-war pop generation. Gheorghe Virtosu’s Elvis Presley oil painting proves the connection between Objective and Abstract.


17. Fatimah bint Muhammad

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Fatimah bint Muhammad abstract art paintings
Fatimah bint Muhammad, abstract painting

To paint all four Muhammad’s daughters, the artist has used the same abstract composition with his signature expressive brushwork and biomorphic drawing. In that fusion of the smooth forms, one can easily recognize an angel-like, winged creature, which hints at the specific spiritual status of the personages. The fluidity of the lines evokes associations with the wittiness of Arabic calligraphy.


16. Henry VIII of England

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Henry VIII of England abstract art paintings
Henry VIII of England, abstract painting


He is largely remembered as a bully who executed his opponents, oversaw the destruction of religious buildings and works of art, and killed off two of his six wives. The painter doesn’t copy the natural forms but rather follows their dynamics and movement. Sudden twists of the line, compositional pauses, coloristic bursts are consonant with the natural processes of creation.


15. Joan of Arc

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Joan of Arc abstract art paintings
Joan of Arc, abstract painting

A very intriguing approach to reflect on the famous words: “You say that you are my judge; I do not know if you are; but take good heed not to judge me ill, because you would put yourself in great peril.”


14. John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

John Fitzgerald Kennedy abstract art paintings
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, abstract painting

If our vision can grasp landscapes and faces in the accident blots, the same way it can ‘deconstruct,’ eliminate the integrity of an object’s image. The artwork is an attempt to depict the famous words by John Fitzgerald Kennedy- “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.”.


13. Mahatma Gandhi

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Mahatma Gandhi abstract art paintings
Mahatma Gandhi, abstract painting

Gandhi, apart from helping India triumph in its fight for independence against the English, also led a simple and righteous life, for which he is often revered. The artist blurs the borders between narrative and non-narrative art, asking us “What is the reality, if not one of the most abstract things in the world?”


12. Nostradamus

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Nostradamus abstract art paintings
Nostradamus, abstract painting


Rather than being a portrait of a man or of his work, this abstract picture would seem to be a portrait of the lasting effect of both, as muted colors and tones purvey a general mood of foreboding. Within this mood there is a meticulous gradation of color, with reds climbing into black and browns; blues, greens, and darks all co-existing in equanimity under the saturnine tone.


11. Salvador Dalí

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Salvador Dali abstract art paintings
Salvador Dali, abstract painting

Dalí’s chief theoretical contribution to Surrealism was his elaboration, in the early 1930s, of the “paranoiac-critical method”—a process, he wrote, to “systematize confusion and thereby contribute to a total discrediting of the world of reality. The brush can touch the surface delicately, or attack it with a swiping gesture, leaving tangible furrow-like traces. In order to amplify the sense of contradiction, the artist captures those bold, improvisational brushstrokes within the clear, well-thought outlines of stylish drawing.


10. Winston Churchill

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Winston Churchill beautiful abstract art paintings
Winston Churchill, abstract painting

In this abstract oil painting, the contemporary artist deftly weaves together a man and the elaborations and heavy weight of the myth-making surrounding his place in history. The artist has quoted Churchill's unfailing optimism about the noble cause and certainly, this was borne out in Churchill's simple refusal to kowtow to the threat of fascism. Just so, this canvas shows a man fighting a war as dynamic angles, strident lines of daring and effervescent colorings of gold, reds, and blues, which intimate to us a turmoil in Europe during the Second World War.


9. Alexander the Great

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Alexander the Great beautiful abstract art paintings
Alexander the Great, abstract painting

So how do we tell the history of Alexander the Great, pulling apart the myths and legends and reconstructing an accurate narrative? It’s a difficult task, but it’s an important one because the history of Alexander is a history of the Greek empire, which had a massive influence on vast regions stretching across Europe, Asia, and Africa.


8. Christopher Columbus

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Christopher Columbus abstract art paintings
Christopher Columbus, abstract painting

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World. He is remembered as the principal European discoverer of the Americas and he helped bring the Americas to the forefront of the western consciousness. His discoveries and travels laid the framework for the later European colonization of Latin and North America.


7. Da Vinci

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Da Vinci abstract art paintings

Da Vinci, abstract painting

The oil painting title creates the bridge between his art and the viewer, giving the key to the interpretation of the image. He is looking from above at his vision about the earth and the bird that never flew. The unique fame that Leonardo enjoyed in his lifetime and that, filtered by historical criticism, has remained undimmed to the present day rests largely on his unlimited desire for knowledge, which guided all his thinking and behaviour.


6. Galileo Galilei

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Galileo Galilei beautiful abstract art paintings
Galileo Galilei, abstract painting

Abstract art master, Gheorghe Virtosu in his 2016 Collection of works is exploiting the evocative interrelation between color, motion, and form to create an aesthetic experience that carries a message within. Galileo was eventually forced to recant his heliocentrism and spent the last years of his life under house arrest on orders of the Roman Inquisition. One can see the discrepancy of his vision with the society while alive.


5. Isaac Newton

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Isaac Newton beautiful abstract art paintings

Isaac Newton, abstract painting

The artist doesn’t copy the natural forms but rather follows their dynamics and movement: sudden twists of the line, compositional pauses, coloristic bursts are consonant with the natural processes of birth, growth, and decay. It is no exaggeration to identify Newton as the single most important contributor to the development of modern science.


4. Margaret Thatcher

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Margaret Thatcher beautiful abstract art paintings
Margaret Thatcher, abstract painting

The complexity of the woman and of the myths surrounding her, necessarily dictate here an aesthetic of complexity. Thus, lines that sweep broadly and eddy minutely and colors that clash, yet are held by their borders in a tense measure of adherence, and suggest a monumentality that is a paean to the indomitability of the iron lady spirit in adversity, be it private or political.


3. Mozart

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Mozart beautiful abstract art paintings
Mozart, abstract painting

Traditionally avoiding being literal in his pieces, Virtosu turns the personage into the dense and energetic flux of colors. And only some nuances provide us with the clue for reading it and reconstructing the author’s idea. The capacity of the Abstract painting language enables Gheorghe Virtosu to avoid the cultural appropriation: the oil painting isn’t a straightforward replica of the massively popular character in the context, which is completely detached from the original environment.


2. Rosa Parks

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Rosa Parks beautiful abstract art paintings
Rosa Parks, abstract painting

Americans are convinced they know this civil rights hero. In textbooks and documentaries, she is the meek seamstress gazing quietly out of a bus window — a symbol of progress and how far we’ve come. Abstract art master, Gheorghe Virtosu in his work Rosa Parks is exploiting the evocative interrelation between color, motion, and form to create an aesthetic experience that carries a message within.


1. Theodore Roosevelt

Abstract Art | Oil Painting

Theodore Roosevelt beautiful abstract art paintings
Theodore Roosevelt, abstract painting

In his Theodore Roosevelt canvas, the abstract artist conveys the sense of drama and action through the complex and vibrant oil painting texture. He depicts Roosevelt as the man who brought new excitement and power to the office, vigorously leading Congress and the American public toward progressive reforms and a strong foreign policy. “Accomplished and successful he was protected by 2 angels”, the artist says.


"In this natural form, art can only exist if it is authentic. The part of the artist is the effort to engage organic expression in a way that has not been previously achieved. Life does not just simply spill onto the canvas like blood let from veins. Randomly bleeding onto a canvas is too easy, distasteful, and ultimately disappointing. The challenge of this art is to evolve an expansive landscape that brings the viewer, idea, artist, and experience together. At once it is chaos and at the same time a simple embrace of the loss of boundaries at the portal to new understanding.", Gheorghe Virtosu.

Gheorghe Virtosu beautiful abstract art paintings
Gheorghe Virtosu, artist


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