CĂLĂRĂȘANU, Ștefan







CRITICAL REVIEW

He adapts his formal, usually abstract repertoire to different needs of the representation, whether in relation to a subject (martyrs, christs, a bell), or to the natural landscape. He follows balanced rhythms of volumes, simple in general, and then adds oversized elements – carved ornaments, metal applications etc., which take over the figurative or symbolic charge. Sometimes, in these oversized elements he integrates texts or abstract allusions to writing, especially to oriental characters. Most of his works are in wood, sometimes in a dialogue with metal, but he also resorts to traditional materials (stone). His experience in Apostu’s workshop determined his preference for ample, monumental volumes, but his narrative pulse makes him use a series of accessories that overbid the shape.
Alexandra Titu
 
 


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    BIOGRAPHY

    Biography
    (Drobeta-Turnu Severin, 1947)

    Academic studies:
    1970 - 1973 -  Faculty of Art and Design, West University, Timişoara;
    1973 - 1975 – independent studies at George Apostu’s workshop.
     


    PROJECTS

    Exhibitions
    Solo exhibitions:
    1982, 1985, 1987, 1992, 1996, 1998, 1999 – Helios Gallery, Timişoara;
    1986 - Pro Arte Gallery, Lugoj, Timiș;
    1991- Paris, France;
    1992 – Vega Salon, Timişoara;
    1993, 1999 - München, Germany;
    1997,1999 - Hague, Holland.


    Group exhibitions:  
    since 1978 – County Salons and National Exhibitions;
    1990 - Essen, Germany;
    1991, 1992, 1999 - Szeged, Hungary;
    1995 - Nurnberg, Germany;
    1998 - Vienna, Austria;
    1998, 1999 - Springs-Silds, USA;
    1999 - Venice, Italy.

    Symposia:
    1982 - Sfântu Gheorghe, Covasna;
    1983 - Deva, Hunedoara;
    1984 - Timişoara;
    1998 - Reşiţa, Caraș-Severin;
    1999 - Sângeoz-Băi, Bistrița-Năsăud.

    Monumental works:
    1991 - Martyr, Lugoj, Timiș;
    1992 - Christ, Lugoj, Timiș;
    1994 – The Freedom Bell, Timişoara;
    1995 - Cross, Cehia;
    1997 – Monument of the Political Detainees, Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Mehedinți;
    1999 – Monument of the Revolution, Arad;
    2000 - Bell, Mănăstirea Tismana, Gorj.

    Distinctions
    1998 - George Apostu Big National Prize, Arad;
    1998, 2000 – Executes the trophy for the National Theatre Festival, Timişoara.
     


    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Fundația Culturală META, Un secol de sculptură românească. Dicționar A-D. Colecția SINTEZE, Editura META, 2001, pp. 110 - 111.