Art wasn’t my initial choice in life. It was only after a few years after my studies in IT, that I discovered being covered elbow deep in paint, was just what I needed. The corporate IT world just wasn't going to cut it, so I decided to take a leap of faith and switch careers. I had my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. Being a student again in my late 20s was very refreshing and I finally felt I was doing what I was meant to do.
The years I spent there really formed me and structured a new way of thinking about art and my projects. I began to have my first group exhibitions and went to creative camps where I collaborated with other artists in group projects.
My works have always been about people, whether they are simply portraits, or they tell a different story like the importance of friendship and communication, so being around family, friends and new people is what inspires me to create. I believe most of us want to evolve and change, to become a better version of ourselves, and that is what I seek to address. In my works, I want to make viewers meditate about their relationships, about themselves and question the way they communicate with others in order to discover themselves.
Also, reading about art and contemporary artists inspires and motivates me to persuade my own path. Nature is another source of inspiration, as plants amaze me with their infinite shapes and colours which I like to implement in my works. In my studio, I like to work on multiple paintings at the same time. Most of the time I make a quick sketch, on paper or digital, as I like to put my thoughts visually in front of my eyes. I find that the first stages of painting are very natural and freeing, whereas the finishing touches can be demanding. Anytime I feel stranded, I like to switch to another work, and come back to it once my ideas are settled.
My paintings are mostly very intense, full of saturated colours and contrast. I like to push myself and experiment with different mediums and techniques as it is very challenging, but also thrilling. In my artistic process, I use a variety of tools, from paintbrushes to spatulas, sponges or even my hands, to achieve a unique composition and shapes. I often combine glossy surfaces with matte ones to achieve an alluring perception in daylight.
During my art studies, I also discovered my passion for teaching art, so after I graduated, I got a job as a middle school art teacher and later I worked at an art high school. It was a great experience and I enjoyed guiding the students in their art projects, going with them to museums or art events and challenging them to step out of their comfort zone and experiment with new techniques and materials. Here, I became friends with three other colleagues, artists like me, and we formed an artistic group that led to a wonderful collaboration. For example, last year we put together an intricate project with two duo exhibitions.
My works have been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Romania and internationally, in countries such as Bulgaria, Slovakia, the Republic of Moldova, and Canada, and can be found in private and public collections in Romania. Currently, I’m working on new art projects, I hold online art courses for young children and adults and I’m creating my personal website.
2017-2019: Master’s Degree – National University of Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Creative Strategies in Painting, Bucharest, Romania
2014-2017: Bachelor’s Degree – National University of Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department, Bucharest, Romania
2010-2012: Master’s Degree – University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, Database Administration programme of study, Bucharest, Romania
2007-2010: Bachelor’s Degree – Romanian-American University, Computer Science for Business Management, Cybernetics, Statistics and Economic IT field of study, Bucharest, Romania
08/2021: "Inter-Actions: Hide&Seek”, House of Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
11/2021: National Salon of Contemporary Art, House of Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
10/2021: Blue Biennial, Business center, technology transfer and business incubator, Brașov, Romania
10/2021: National Biennial of Fine Arts “Lascăr Vorel”, Museum of Art, Piatra Neamț, Romania
09/2021: International Biennial of Painting Chișinău 2021, Moldova's National Museum of Art, Chişinău, Republic of Moldova
06/2021: “BCC”, Elite Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
05/2021: “The 2nd way after postmodernism”, Umelka Art Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
04/2021: Pontic International Art Biennale, “Boris Georgiev” Art Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria
01/2021: “Danube International Biennial of Art 5th edition”, Ruse Art Gallery, Bulgaria
11/2020: “Bucharest Painting Salon”, House of Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
10/2020: “Summers Shadow”, online group exhibition by A Way Art Gallery, Canada
08/2020: “Art Manifest on Wheels”, Elite Art Club Unesco, part of "Classics for Pleasure" Music Festival, Main Square, Sibiu, Romania
05/2020: “[Un]comfortable reactions”, Elite Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
11/2019: “Bucharest Painting Salon”, House of Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
07/2019: "Master / Painting”, House of Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
10/2018: "White Night of the Art Galleries – Extension +”, UNAgaleria / Combinatul Fondului Plastic Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
09/2018: "Extension+”, UNAgaleria / Combinatul Fondului Plastic Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
03/2018: “National University of Arts - Painting / Master”, UNAgaleria / Combinatul Fondului Plastic Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
11/2017: "Astra Salons 5th Edition, Young Emerging Artists”, House of Arts, Sibiu, Romania
10/2017: National Salon of Young Painting, Annual of Young Artists”, Cultural Center "Brâncovenești Palaces at the Gates of Bucharest", Mogoșoaia, Romania
10/2017: "Diploma 2017”, Știrbei Palace, Bucharest, Romania
07/2017: "Unarte Painting”, House of Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
04/2017: "Art Studio 19&34”, House of Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
03/2017: “Color-light dialogue”, Elisabeta Theater, Bucharest, Romania
07/2019: Creation camp, Cisnădie, Romania
07/2017: Creation camp, Cisnădie, Romania
2020 - present: Brun, Bucharest, Romania
2020 - present: Elite Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
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