I am a self-taught visual artist born in Transylvania, Romania, and living in Ottawa since the late 1980s. Moving to Canada at a time when hi-tech was booming drove me to pursue a technical training, from which I graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. A career in Information Technology left me with little room for artistic endeavours.
My eye-opening moment was in 2012, when I realized life was too short to let my dreams expire. So, I picked up a pencil and started drawing. Within a year, I began exhibiting my figurative pencil drawings and won several awards in art exhibitions in Ottawa and online.
Continuously challenging myself, I experimented with graphite pencils, coloured pencils, pastels, acrylics, oils and mixed media. In recent years, I took a keen interest in resin and acrylic mixed media painting, because it allowed me to really push the limits of visual expression. And it is a marvelous and liberating feeling, one that gives me purpose and fulfillment.
I am currently a member of several art organizations in Ottawa, and up to 2020 I exhibited in different Ottawa venues. Regrettably, starting with 2020, art exhibitions have switched to virtual venues, as many art galleries and restaurant galleries are being forced to lock down and may eventually go out of business. This will really limit opportunities for artists to have solo or group exhibitions in these public spaces. Unfortunately, this will also rob art lovers and collectors of the intimate and personal relationship they get with an artwork when admiring it from up close. Therefore, if you are interested in one of my artworks, please contact me and I will create an opportunity for you to see the artwork in person before committing to anything.
I have been relentlessly searching for new ways to combine different types of media for a more engaging viewer experience. For an enhanced realism, I apply pigmented resin layers over my acrylic paintings to render a 3D look that conveys motion, perspective, and depth. In some of my paintings, I combine the glass-like high gloss of resin surface with a variety of textures created with modeling paste, rocks, pebbles, sea shells, and sand. My intent is for people to experience my paintings from a perspective that appeals to both senses: sight and touch.
I feel that I am only at the beginning of my artistic journey. There is so much more to discover, so many new ways to challenge myself. This journey is worth all the hard work, because for me, it is both deeply therapeutic and emotionally fulfilling.
1701 Woodroffe Ave.
Nepean Sportsplex, Entrance 1
Ottawa, ON, K2G 1W2, Canada