A Romanian postwar and contemporary painter and sculptor, Horia Damian was born in 1922 in Bucharest, Romania. He studied at the School of Architecture in Bucharest, and later won a scholarship to Paris. He moved there in 1946, and remained there until his death in 2012.
The second half of the 1950s was an experimental period for him, followed by his works of the early 1960s in a gestural, impasto style close to Tachism. By the late 1960s, his work had become increasingly geometric and sculptural, as exemplified by the Throne series, which are not free-standing sculptures, but rather set against plain backgrounds. The first of his large-scale monuments, Galaxy, was designed in 1972 and constructed in 1974 at the Neue Galerie in Aachen. The American “minimal art” movement influenced his artistic approach, and his work is dominated by simple shapes and radiant, pure monochrome colours. Around 1950 or 1951, he discovered the neo-plasticism theory.