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" It always was the human being that inspired me. EVERYTHING happens around it and I love to discover its magic, to draw in scapes, a feeling or a message, to capture what cannot be rendered in words. To draw as if there were not sufficient words around, only images which, brought together, trigger frames of mind; similar to bringing substances in a crucible. My original idea is metamorphosed with a clarity that is difficult to explain according to any logic. Just like our lives. In my work the human being is I. "
" They say that no artist creates for himself. My convinction is that an artist primarily creates for himself and only afterwards, once his work is completed, does he wish to share his revelations someone else. In equal measure spiritual, emotional, imaginative, and phisical, my work is my rationale to be. "
( American Tapestry Biennial 11 Album )
" Tapestry never ceases to surprise us. I have the feeling that there is still is something mysterious in it waiting to be discovered (or rediscovered), precisely because it offers such a large array of opportunities for expression technically speaking. It is inexhaustible. Yes, I do consider that it is very important for an artist to weave his or her tapestries in person. These works become autographs. They resemblecodices, and are thus very valuable. "
Gabriela Cristu ( The "Web of Europe" Album. )
From the Easel to the Loom and come back again.
I have chosen the genre of tapestry long before I begun doing it, since I was studying at the
" How would I be making the tapestry " and then " how would I make this as a tapestry" was the though that was taking shape for good in my mind. But for me the time for the tapestry did not arrive. Not yet. Since then I begun too see what I wanted to do. The tapestry already became a landmark for everything I was imagining. But its beginning happened litle by little. At the beginning was the tapestry loom which I bought immediately after I finished my studies and which I left in waiting patiently for a while in my studio. ( 1976 I buy my first loom. 1980 I become a member of the Visual Artists' Union of Romania and have my first artist studio in Bucharest. In 1985 I install the loom, already bought, in this studio and start working on a tapestry. My first tapestry was made with help of a weaver, Sanda Dumitru, from whom, in about a year, I would learn craft and many secrets of weaving, working alongside on a smaller loom for a small tapestry. From then on all tapestries would be wholly woven by myself.)
During this time I was working, painting, drawing and opening the exhibitions. With the profound feeling that the works I was creating were just an intermediate step. It was a prolific period of searching, of understanding my own artistic personality, a time of meticulous inner preparation for a new form of expression, of the tapestry.
And also during that time the drawing became more suggestive, the tempera became more accurate, the paper was continuously changing its dimensions and it seemed as if I did not have enough space. This is how I discovered that not every thing I was imagining in painting or drawing I could do in tapestry as well. And vice versus. I was thinking and imagining them differently. Until one day when I decided to approach the tapestry loom. With no hesitation. That feeling of provisional disappeared and, since then, I am able to say it again, I have never ceased to discover this wonderful form of expression - the tapestry. In my opinion, it is comparable with the mural painting because it has a different consistency and another timbre than canvas painting or cardboard drawing. It is entirely special. By the tapestry I am perfecting the drawing on paper and especially the painting too. I would say that all techniques I tried influenced themselves mutually and perfectly suited me. In the beginning I used to draw, then paint and experimented with various textile materials. I discovered my own modality of drawing in volume and colour with textile colorants in the technique of printing on an adequate textile for wall hangings, which in exhibitions looked like tapestries (but they were not). I used to work on this material in ever larger dimensions and I would learn how to compose and balance ideas on such surfaces. Due to these works I deliberately took the path of tapestry. After years of working with tempera, gouache and crayons for the projects of my tapestries and afterwards the tapestry itself, the switch to painting was facilitated. I had already found the style I liked, I knew what ideas I favoured and how to make my layout. I only had to learn about the new painting materials and experiment with to see what suited my style. And I am not done with it yet.
The one who says that tapestry is a minor art is wrong: painting is as fascinating as weaving tapestry, anyway the feeling that I am an accomplished artist comes from my doing tapestry and also because I personally do my own works.
IMAGERIE & METAMORPHOSIS
|© UVEDENRODE, tapestry detail.|
© JURNALUL UNEI CLIPE
THE DIARY OF A MOMENT,
tapestry haute-lisse, 190 / 370 cm, 2001.
tapestry haute-lisse, 300 / 200 cm, 1995.
tapestry haute-lisse, 268 / 161 cm, 1992
|2008 - The University of Tampa, Scarfone/Hartley Galery, Florida, USA .|
270 / 166 cm, 2005.
MIRAGERY, tapestry detail.
2008 -The University of Tampa, Scarfone/ Hartley Gallery, Florida, USA.
Textileforum Magazine 2/2006
|© FIINTA SI MEMORIA|
THE BEING AND THE MEMORY,
tapestry haute-lisse, 150 / 150 cm, 1998.
tapestry haute-lisse, 149 / 110 cm, 2007.
|Exhibition "Salonul Artelor Decorative" at the Cotroceni Museum, Bucharest, 2013.|
Main field is tapestry.
She also works the painting and the drawing .
Lives and works in Bucharest, Romania,
1965 -- " Vintilă Brătianu "( present name of the school ) primary
school Ştefăneşti, Argeş county, Romania.
1969 – “ N.Tonitza ” Fine Arts College, Bucharest, Romania.
1973 – MFA of “ N.Grigorescu ” Fine Arts Academy, Bucharest, Romania.
1973 – 1974 – Specialized as part of the Academy of Fine Arts, Bucharest, Romania.
She works also tapestry, drawing, and painting in oil on canvas.
" I draw directly on a cardboard of the size of the future tapestry, without a prior sketch for. My ideas and the images are not processed in Photoshop, because I do not like to use the digital techniques. The ideas are make directly on the canvas painting or the tapestry cardboard. I just use my imagination. I always weave the tapestries myself, in my own style. And in the space and time between two tapestries I make other drawings and I also paint in oil on canvas. Its are not the print-painting or the photocopy-painting". Gabriela Cristu.
1980 – UAP –Union of Romanian Artists.
1991 – ARELIS – French Association of Tapestry,Paris,France.
1992 – Admissed as a member of the “ Salon d’Automne ”, Paris.
2004 - ETF - European Tapestry Forum, Denmark.
1977 up to now, she has been taking part in several national exhibitions inRomania.
1995 - Award for the Drawing, Salonul de Arta, Tg-Jiu, Romania.
1993 - Award for the Tapestry, Salonul National de Arta, Bucharest, Romania.
2014 - Award for the Tapestry, Decorative Arts Biennial, Bucharest, Romania.
2015 - Recognition of the Latvian National Museum of Art, 5th International Textile and Fiber Art Triennial exhibition " Diversity & Unity ", Riga, Latvia.
1978 – " Hanul cu tei " Gallery,Bucharest, Romania.
1980 – " Eforie Gallery ", Bucharest.
1985 – " Simeza Gallery ", Bucharest.
1990 – Museum of Arts,Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
1998 – Fondation Artexpo, 3/4 Gallery, The National Theatre, Bucharest.
2002 - The Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania.
Group & International Exhibitions :
1991,1993,1996,2000 – With ARELIS, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.
1992 – The Drawing Triennial, Wroclaw, Poland.
1992 – Salon d’Automne, Grand Palais, Paris, France.
1992 – The First Biennial of Tapestry,Beauvais, France.
1993 – ARELIS,The Castle of Pyguilhem, Dordogne, France.
1993 – The Second Triennial of Tapestry “ L’Autre Europe ”, Tournai, Belgium.
1994 – “ De Pièrre en fil ”, Namur, Belgium.
1996 – " Salon d’Automne ", L’Espace Eiffel-Branly, Paris.
1998 – The First Biennial of Tapestry-Arelis Fiber Artist with Sculptors at Chapel Gallery from Boston, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.
1999 – Arelis & Boston Sculptors at Chapel Gallery, Federal Reserve Bank Gallery,Boston, USA.
1999 – “ Realitatea Romaneasca ”, the Romanian Cultural Center, Berlin,Germany.
2002 – Romanian Tapestry, Romanian Cultural Center, Venice, Italy.
2002 – The 5th International Tapestry Festival, Beauvais, France.
2003 – The 4th International Tapestry Triennial, Bucharest, Romania.
2005 – “ Karpit 2- Metamorphosis ”- the International Tapestry Festival,
Museum ofArt Budapest- Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, Budapest, Hungary.
2005 – “ Artapestry ”- the First European Tapestry Triennial at Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark.
2006 – “ Artapestry ”- Deutsches Textilmuseum Krefeld, Germany
2006-2007- " Artapestry " - Jean Lurçat Museum, Angers, France.
2006-2007- Romanian Tapestry group exhibition, Madrid, La Mancha, Toledo -Spain.
2008 - Tapestry Exhibition, Fine Art Museum, Galatzi, Romania.
2008 - Florean Museum, Deva, Romania.
2008 - ATB 7- American Tapestry Biennial Seven in USA:
June 16 to July 11 2008 to University of Tampa, Scarfone/Hartley Gallery in Tampa,Florida, USA.
September 6 to December 31- 2008 at Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft Louisville,KY, USA.
2008, 7th november - 11 january 2009 - ARTAPESTRY 2 at NordjyllandsKunstmuseum Aalborg, Denmark.
2009, 7th february - 13 April ARTAPESTRY 2 at Kunstindustrimuseum in Bergen,Norway.
2010 -ARTAPESTRY 2 at Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, Angers, France.
2010 - 28 August - 26 September ARTAPESTRY 2 to Konsthallen Art Museum Lulea,Sweden.
2011 - " Web of Europe " exhibition from 20 May to 14 August, Royal Museums of Art and History-Brussels, Belgium, Contemporary paraphrases of an eighteenth - century Brussels tapestry.
A creative process based on known European tapestry artists, this project was launched by the Budapest-based Ildikó Dobrányi Foundation in conjunction with the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Brussels. A number of 27 artists were invited to participate for this initiative.
2011 - '' Web of Europe " to Budapest; exhibition from 13 October to 27 November at the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest. www.webofeurope.eu
2012- “ Arte in Bucuresti “ annual exhibition of painting. Centrul Artelor Vizuale, Bucharest, Romania.
2013 – “ Salonul artelor decorative “ exhibition, at the Cotroceni Museum, Bucharest.
2014 - " Salonul artelor decorative " to the Museum of Art Chisinau, in the Republic of Moldova.
2014 - " Salonul Artelor Textile ", group exhibition, the Orizont Gallery, Bucharest.
2014 - " NordArt 2014 " International Art Exhibition, Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Germany www.nordart.de
2014 - City Gallery, Suceava, Romania : " Clasic si Modern - tehnici ale tapiseriei parietale " Exhibition of the Contemporary Romanian Tapestry.
2014 - Decorativ-Art, Decorativ Arts Biennial Exhibition, the II edition, tapestry. Bucharest, Romania.
2014 - FROM LAUSANNE TO BEIJING INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL EXHIBITION & SYMPOSIUM, Nantong - Wuzhen, CHINA.
2014 - SALONUL DE IARNA ( Winter Salon ) , the Annual Salon of the Painting 2014-2015, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, Romania.
2015 - The 5th Riga International Textile and Fiber Art Triennial to the theme " DIVERSITY &UNITY ", Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia.
2016 - " Desenul dupa Brâncusi "National Exhibition, Tg. Jiu, Romania.
2016 - SALOANELE MOLDOVEI, Contemporary Art Museum George Apostu - XXIV edition, Bacāu, Romania.
2016 - SALOANELE MOLDOVEI, Contemporary Art Museum George Apostu - XXIV edition, Bacāu, Romania.
2016 - International Biennial of Miniature Art - Faculty of Arts and Design Timisoara, Romania.
2016 -American Tapestry Biennial11,South Bend Museum of Art, USA. July 2 -September 25, 2016.
|" PRELUDE TO THE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN " tapestry.|
Gabriela Cristu - Recognition of the Latvian National Museum of Art.
View of the exhibition,
Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, LATVIA, 2015.
2006 -Tapestry Biennial ARELIS, l'Espace Saint Pierre des Minimes, Compiègne, France.
Views of the Exhibition of the Contemporary Romanian Tapestry
City Gallery, Suceava, Romania - 2014.
2014- Decorativ Arts Biennial at the Parliament Palace, Bucharest, Romania.
© NATURA VIE CU PORTOCALA
LIVE NATURE AND THE ORANGE
oil on canvas, 40 / 30 cm, 2004.
oil on canvas, 2004.
© DON'T TURN IT OVER ! UNIVERSE FRAGILE !
NU RASTURNATI ! UNIVERS FRAGIL !
drawing crayon on paper, 38 x 45 cm, 1981.
© UMBRA ARTISTULUI
THE ARTIST'S SHADOW
Doua obiecte spatiale- carton cofraj.
Galeria Simeza, Bucuresti, ( 1990 Solo show )
|© FABULOUS IMPLANTOLOGY|
Miniatural Art, 11 / 12 / 11 cm, 2016, Faculty of Arts and Design, Timisoara, Romania.
2014 International Biennial Fiber Art FROM LAUSANNE TO BEIJING,
2014 - The Prize for Tapestry of Decorative Art Biennial, Bucharest, Romania.
2015 - 5th International Fiber Art Triennial Catalog and the Prize of National Latvian Museum, Riga, Latvia.
The American Tapestry Biennial 11 Catalog.
front cover tapestry ( detail ) by Gabriela Cristu
- " DIVERSITY&UNITY "album, 5th International Textile and Fiber Art Triennial, Riga, Latvia. 2015.
- + "NordArt 2014 - The International Exhibition " catalog, KUNSTWERK CARLSHÜTTE, BUDELSDORF, GERMANY. „Dreams or visions grow with the possibilities,“ exhibition organizer Wolfgang Gramm once said. The project NordArt is made possible by the right people, who have found each other at the right time and place.
- " Enciclopedia Artistilor Romani Contemporani " vol. 8 in course of publication by Editura Arc 2000, Bucharest, Romania. 2014.
- Fiona Mathison’s essay “ Tapestry in the Modern Day" in the book Tapestry: A Woven Narrative . Authors: Timothy Wilcox, Caron Penney and Fiona Mathison, Black Dog Publishing – London, UK 2012.
( Photos by : Armand Rozenthal, Marius Caraman, Daniel Gora, Radu Sgarbura, Gabriela Cristu ).
|© PRELUDE TO THE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN|
Tapestry cardboard, tempera, crayons,
2005-2006. 158 / 196 cm.
|© EFECTUL DOPPLER|
Drawing cardboard for tapestry, tempera, gouache,
150/113 cm, 2006.
|© THE LEGEND|
tapestry cardboard, tempera, crayons,
44/60 cm, 2010
© INGER INCROPIT
Drawing cardboard for tapestry, tempera, gouache,
146 / 168 cm, 2005.
© Drawing cardboard for tapestry, tempera, gouache,
148 / 145 cm, 2005.
Tapestry cardboard, 149 / 110 cm,
tempera, gouache,crayons colored, 2006.
© AUTOPORTRET CU CASCA.
SELFPORTRAIT WITH HELMET,
drawing on paper, 100 / 70 cm, 2006.
© NEBUNIA LUMII
LA FOLIE DU MONDE,
drawing on paper, 50 / 70 cm, 1998.
OIL ON CANVAS
© PRELUDIU LA DUPA-AMIAZA UNUI FAUN
PRELUDE TO THE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN
oil on linen, 120 / 160 cm, 2013.
© CAPRICII II
oil on canvas, 125 / 100 cm, 2012.
© FRUCTUL OPRIT
Oil on linen, 130 / 110 cm, 2014
oil on canvas, 125 / 100 cm, 2014.
oil on linen, 190 / 130 cm
© BUFONULTHE BUFFOON
( The Buffoon is who humorous says about the great truths,
reveals one's soul and his anguishes, to entertain us.)
oil on linen, 2015
190 / 130 cm.