As a talented, diligent and tenacious artist, Constantin Nicolin successfully transgresses the Romanian recent and current cultural history. In the Fine Arts Institute "Nicolae Grigorescu" in Bucharest, where the young man became a student in 1951, the sculptor Constantin Nicolin had the opportunity to work under the guidance of masters such as Rudolf Schweitzer-Cumpăna, Constantin Baraschi, I. L. Murnu and Cornel Medrea.
Being a relentless researcher of the simplification of anatomic volumetric arrangements with signs of the form’s inner expressiveness, Constantin Nicolin tends to purify the details with the purpose of monumentalizing the concept. The elaboration of a consistent work is marked by the sign of a real, direct, tireless research of a sense of self-value which overcomes the history’s privileges and hostilities. The creative richness manifests itself in approaching diverse themes, both inspired by the human body shapes and by nature or the relationship with architecture. The artist deals with warm, slightly sensual, maternal themes that are clear in works such as: Madonna, Maternity, Mother’s Baby, or in the female nudes. There are numerous and expressive male portraits dedicated to prominent personalities of Romanian history, highlighted in works such as the bust of Tudor Vladimirescu, the portrait of I. L. Caragiale or the bronze bust of George Enescu. Occasionally, Constantin Nicolin’s thematic is grafted on conceptual accents traced by the official line of the socialist realism, targeting the skills of the New Man, like in the Steelworkers composition in 1959, with obvious heroic roots in the Sculptor work in 2010. The appetite for inspiration sources of popular origin is clear mostly in the works carved in wood, among which we mention the Shrines series.
The intertwining between elements specific to the modernist character of elaborating volumes and the thematic restrictions compelled in the ethics of success assigns the identification key of Constantin Nicolin`s sculpture.
Andreea Foanene (2014)
(Zatreni, Valcea, 1931)
1951 - 1957 - "Nicolae Grigorescu" Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest, Romania (in 1951, works under academic supervision of Rudolf Schweitzer - Cumpăna, from 1952, under the guidance of the following professors: Constantin Baraschi and Ion Lucian Murnu, and his bachelor’s degree thesis is conducted under the academic supervision of Professor Cornel Medrea).
1958 - "Dimitrie Paciurea" Scholarship.
1961 - Member of the Roamnian Fine Arts Union (Bucharest Branch)
1970 - Map of R.S. Romania (relief wood), State Council Meeting Room, Bucharest, Romania;
1997 - "Hanul cu Tei" Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
2008 - Painting and Sculpture Exhibition (together with the following painters: Paul Constantin and Eugen Vasile Iovan), National Military Center, Bucharest, Romania;
2009 - ANA Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
2010 - Painting and Sculpture Exhibition (together with the painter Vitalie Butescu), "Galateca" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
- Painting, Drawing and Sculpture Exhibition (together with the following painters: Teodor Catana and Romeo Voinescu), "Simeza" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania.
1957 - Inter-regional Fine Art Exhibition, Bucharest, Romania;
1959, 1963 - Youth Exhibition, Bucharest, Romania;
1960 - Fine Arts Exhibition, Bucharest, Romania;
1961 - Portrait, Bucharest, Romania;
1962 - Bucharest Fine Arts Exhibition, Romania;
1963, 1967 - Romanian Fine Arts Union’s Annual Exhibition, Bucharest, Romania;
1966 - Painting and Sculpture ’66 Biennial, participating with the work Mommy’s darling (wood) "Dalles" Hall, Bucharest, Romania;
1968 - 1848, Bucharest, Romania;
- Romanian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Moscow and Leningrad, USSR;
- Painting and Sculpture Biennial, Bucharest, Romania;
1969 - Romanian Painters and Sculptors, participating with the work Torso (Alabaster, h: 45 cm), Lüdenscheid, Germany;
- Bucharest Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Romania;
- "Apollo" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
1970 - Group exhibition (together with the following painters: Ion Salisteanu, Toma Roata, Damian Petrescu, Constantin Nicolin), "Apollo" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
- Romanian Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Geneva (Switzerland) and Torino (Italy);
1978 - Bucharest Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, participating with the work Dorobant (wood, 100 x 50 x 50 m), Republic of Romania Art Museum;
1980 - Paintings - Sculpture Annual Exhibition, participating with the work Cantemir (wood, 0.8 x 0.45 x 0.4 m), "Dalles" Hall, Bucharest, Romania;
- Fine Arts Exhibition of the Social Republic Great Lines of Socialism - Biennale of 1980, participating with the work Prometheus’Successor (wood and metal; 0.55 x 1.1 x 0.45 m), Bucharest, Romania;
1986 - Painting, Sculpture, Graphics, Decorative Arts and Design Municipal Exhibition, 1986, Bucharest, Romania;
1999 - Requiem for a bloody Christmas, CEC Palace, Bucharest, Romania;
2005 - "Brancusi" National Sculpture Show, Third Edition, participating with the works Column of Mos Ion Roata, Sign of the Union of the Principalities (wood), Targu Jiu, Gorj, Romania;
2009 - Annual Show, participating with the work Nicolae Grigorescu (bust, bronze), "Apollo" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
2010 - "Galateca" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
- "Simeza" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
2011 - "Basil" Gallery (special guest), Bucharest, Romania.
1998 - Monument for the Heroes, Vânjuleţ, County, Romania;
Works in public collections in Bucharest, Galati, Campina, Alba Iulia (Romania), Rome (Italy), Ankara (Turkey), Memphis (USA) etc.