Cristina Rusu

emerging artist from Eastern EuropeI believe the person I am today reflects my experiences in the places I have traveled and the people I have met along the way. I was a traveler long before I was a painter. Discovering the world has been a lifelong personal journey of self-discovery. Recording what I see has given me increased empathy and connection to the world.

When I first started painting, I stuck to a dark, mostly black and white palette based mainly on difficult and challenging personal experiences. At a certain point, I realized I could no longer paint in black and white. I needed colour. It was as if I had worked through the obstacles, and could now experience the joys of life on my own terms.

My passion is painting places I am traveling to, people I meet, and stories that I hear. Painting helps my search deeply and intensely for expression and connection with my subject even in the darkest of circumstances. Looking into the eyes of others has served as my own reflection and helped me realize that we all share one world with similar dreams and aspirations.

Interacting with strangers is one of the greatest gifts travel has given me. Traveling and welcoming the unknown has changed my life for the better.


Self Taught  Artist                                                                                                   1998- Present

Classes at The Art Student League of New York                                                2015, New York, NY

Interior Design Institute of San Francisco                                                        2016, San Francisco, CA

Color Theory Course, Parsons New School of Design                                        2017, New York, NY

Classes at Santa Barbara Art School                                                               2017, Santa Barbara, CA


Solo Exhibition

2016 – Solo Exhibit at Gateway ART Center NYC, New York November 12

2016 – Nouă- Expozitie Pictura cu Cristina Rusu Maftei, Brasov, Romania, October 13.                                         

Group Exhibition

2016 – Group Exhibit at Gateway ART Center NYC, New York

2016 – Expozitie Pictura, NAG 2016: The Light and Dark Within, Brasov, Romania

2017 – Conferinta PsihoTRAUMA – Punti intre teorii si aplicatii practice, Brasov, Romania

2017 – Group Show, The Art Student League of New York, New York

2017 – Member of Los Angeles Art Association

2017 – ART SAN DIEGO, SEPT 28 – OCT 1, San Diego, California

2017 - Expozitie Pictura, NAG 2017, Brasov, Romania

2017 - Expozitie Pictura, NAG 2017, Ora0 Gallery, Brasov, Romania

2017 - Contemporary Venice - The Room Contemporary Art Space

2017 – Abstract Art Exhibition, Occident Gallery, Bucharest

2017 – Spectrum Miami

2018 – Amsterdam Whitney Gallery

2018 – Las Vegas Art Museum

2018 – New York Art Fair

2018 – Current Masters, Artbook


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