Roman Cotoșman (1935-2006) was a member of the Timișoara-based Group 111 (1966-1969) together with Constantin Flondor and Ștefan Betalan. He took part in a landmark group exhibition showcasing the neoconstructivist tendencies in Romanian contemporary art, organized at the Kalinderu Hall in Bucharest in 1968.
After his participation in the Constructivist Biennale in Nürnberg in 1969 he emigrated to the United States of America and settled in Philadelphia in 1972. Among his more recent exhibitions: Roman Cotoșman, Museum of Art, Timișoara (2008 and 1997), Artists in Exile, MNAC Bucharest (2006), Roman Cotoșman – George Apostu, Etaj 3⁄4 Gallery, Bucharest (2006), East-West Gallery, New York (1996).
As member and cofounder of the 111 group, he will develop his artistic activity in close connection with the constructivist and kinetic principles of the group. After the 1968 exhibition at Kalinderu, Cotoșman will exhibit works at the Nürnberg Biennial, and will the emigrate to Germany, and later to the United States. His investigations in the sphere of abstract art will tend towards a formalist, detailed analysis of the geometry so prevalent in the 111 group’s activity. Upon leaving the group, Cotoșman’s artistic interests will also change – he will gravitate towards a more abstract-minimalist aesthetic.