I was born in 1957 in the Southern Romanian town of Craiova.
In 1979, I interrupted my university studies in engineering to become a full-time painter. For five years I studied church painting and restoration that gave me the opportunity to learn and master all painting techniques from the ancient fresco to the contemporary oil and acrylic. The influence of the Byzantine style is noticeable in the suppleness of the personages.
Since 1989, while in Hungary, I completely dedicated myself to surrealism.
Moving to Canada meant real international recognition. I won various national and international awards and have been shown and celebrated in several art galleries. The prizes include first place at the "International Salon of Art" in Montreal, and at the national HMV "Music in Visual Art", Canada.
My paintings have been featured in galleries and exhibitions in Romania, Hungary, Canada, the United States, Austria, France, and Mexico.
Some selected exhibitions:
Montreal, SODARCO, First International visual art competition, Jury's Special Mention (1993)
Montreal, Place Ville Marie, Exhibit of artists who are International Prizes winners (1994)
Montreal-competition "ART VIEWED IN MUSIC", organized by HMV, 1st prize winner (1995)
Montréal, "Constantin Brâncusi" Cultural organization, art competition – 1st prize (1995)
Quebec, Bon Pasteur Historical Chapel––personal exhibition (1995)
Mexico, Neocalpan, Group exhibit organized by the Canadian Embassy in Mexico (1993)
Hungary, included in the Hungarian “Who is Who” 1992
Hungary, Budapest, Group Exhibition , Professional Artists "Art Color" Gallery (1991)
Hungary, Academy of Sciences and the Theological Academy––personal exhibition (1990)
Budapest, "Christian Intellectual Foundation"––personal exhibition
Budapest, International Spring Hall, group exhibition (1993)
Hungary, Budapest, Romanian Embassy, personal exhibition (1990)
Washington, DC, Romanian Embassy, personal exhibition (Dec 1999-Jan 2000)
Washington, DC, World Bank, group exhibition (2001)
Calgary, AB, ArtSpace Gallery, personal exhibition (December 2005)
UK, Cambridge, EE Fine Art Gallery, Surrealism group exhibition (2008)
France, several group and personal exhibitions in Paris, Vichy, and other towns (1996–‘97, 2003-04)
Austria, several group exhibitions and auctions in Vienna (1996 -1997, 2003-04)
Romania, several personal exhibitions in Arad, Buzias, Felix, Moneasa (1980-1989)
Montreal, "Unique Concept" art gallery
Saint Sauveur, Quebec, Anny's Art Galerie
Laval, Gallery "Sonnen et Dubuc"
Laval, Maison des Arts, group ehibition
Mascouche, Fall Art Festival
Toronto, "Pegas" Gallery, Hazelton Complex
Calgary, AB, Avenida art gallery
Calgary, AB, Metamorphosa, Artspace
Victoria, BC, Fat Cat art gallery
Victoria, BC, Mocka Café, personal exhibition, December 2006
Chemainus, BC, Oak Leaf Gallery
US, New York, Paul Brezinsky art gallery, SOHO
Hungary, Budapest, "Fontana" Gallery permanent personal exhibition
UK, Cambridge, EE Fine Art Gallery, Surrealism group exhibition (2008), World Art Fundation.
All of my work is a real introspection of life. The search for the Human essence, for the link between the human reality and the spiritual one are the leading ideas of my art. The unknown, the energy, the movement, and the metamorphosis are the basic elements used.
The characters are almost real; the shapes are fluid and in motion; they are spiritual, radiating energy to the point of merging with the Universe. Each work is a story, a rhapsody, a vision into spirituality. The suppleness of the human symbols, the movement, the soaring toward the infinite try to introduce the spectator into a system of perfection. However, I am trying to only suggest the idea of departure in meditation toward perfection, without creating the image of an absolute world.
domnule octavian,imi place mult pictura dv ,are ceva din dali dar cu o tendinta spre astral,sper ca sunteti roman dupa nume .voi veni si eu curand in calgary. mi ar place sa vad picturile dv .salutari elena
many thanks for add me ! Your works are really very beautiful express movement, coordinated actions !
Congratulation and sincerely compliments!
thank you very much
Greetings from Italy