CRITICAL REVIEW


        With an artisan’s pleasure - sometimes confined to decorative art - he burnishes various materials, building isolated or coupled human figures. These figures abide to a "fitotrope" tendency, while the volumes ascension abides to a certain musical harmony. The torsos made in marble bring an extra note of austerity, a monolith soberness that completes the register of spatial solutions he works with.

Constantin Prut
 


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    BIOGRAPHY

    (Mișca, Bihor, 1920 - Bucharest, 1994)

    Academic studies:
    1941 - 1943 - Superior School of Decorative Art, with professor Béla Ohmann, Budapest, Hungary;
    1945 - School of Arts, with professor Iosif Fekete, Oradea, Bihor;
    1948 - 1953 - "Nicolae Grigorescu" Institute of Fine Arts, with professors Boris Caragea and Constantin Baraschi, Bucharest.
     


    PROJECTS

    Solo exhibitions:
    1958, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978 - Bucharest;
    1959 - Baia Mare;
    1960 - Oradea, Bihor;
    1962 - Hall on Bd. Magheru 20, Bucharest;
             - Cluj-Napoca;
    1964 - Târgu Mureș;
    1966 - Arad;
    1969 - Pagani Gallery, Milano, Italy;
    1972 - Bernheim Jeune Gallery, Paris, France; Uppsala, Konstsalongen Kavaletten, Sweden;
    1976, 1978, 1980 - Bonn, Germany;
    1994 - Uppsala, Konstsalongen Kavaletten, Sweden;
    1977 - Galeria Korunk, Cluj-Napoca;
    1980 - Retrospective Exhibition, Dalles Hall, Bucharest;
    1983 - Retrospective Exhibition, Budapest, Hungary;
    1989 - "Orizont" Gallery, Bucharest;

    Group exhibitions (selection)*:
    1968 - Pagani Museum, Milan, Italy;
             - Triennial of Decorative Arts, Milan, Italy;
    1972 - Salon des Indépendants, Paris, France;
    1972, 1974 - Salon de la jeune sculpture, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, France;
    1975 - Biennale of Small Sculpture, Budapest, Hungary.

    Monumental works:
    1961 - Peace (Banpotok stone), Eforie Nord, Constanța;
    1965 - Charmed life (bronze), 1 Mai Swimming Pool, Oradea, Bihor;
    1966 - Pillar (stone), Galați;
    1969 - Three generations (stone), Ploiești, Prahova;
    1973 - Ștefan Ludwig Roth (bronze), Blaj, Alba;
    1974 - Homage to Ovid (bronze), Felix Nooks, Oradea, Bihor;
             - Monument of the Romanian soldier (bronze), Sfântu Gheorghe;
    1979 - All Over the World (stainless steel), Athens, Greece;
    1980 - The Country of Bihor (bronze), Budapest, Hungary;
    1992 - Bust of P öfi Sándor (bronze), Marghita, Bihor.

    Museums:
    - National Art Museum of Romania, Bucharest;
    - Military Museum, Bucharest;
    - former Museum A. Simu, Bucharest;
    - County Museum of Miercurea Ciuc, Harghita;
    - Museum of Visual Art, Galați;
    - Museum of Art, Iași;
    - Museum of Art, Constanța;
    - Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca;
    - Museum of Art, Târgu-Mureș;
    - Museum of Art, Baia Mare;
    - Museum of Crişuri Country, Oradea, Bihor;
    - County Museum, Sfântu Gheorghe, Covasna.

    Distinctions:
    1953 - "Second Prize" at the World Youth Festival, Bucharest.

    *Since 1948 he takes part in most of the annual salons and thematic exhibitions in the country. From 1959 he also takes part in numerous Romanian exhibitions organised abroad and participates to international events in Italy, France, Austria, Finland, India, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia.
     


    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Barbosa, Octavian, Dicţionarul artiştilor români contemporani, Editura Meridiane, Bucureşti, 1976.
    Drăguţ, Vasile (coord.), 50 Contemporary Sculptors, Uniunea Artiştilor Plastici, Bucureşti, 1979.
    Fundația Culturală META, Un secol de sculptură românească. Dicționar A-D, Colecția SINTEZE, Editura META, 2001, p. 45.
    Prut, Constantin, Dicţionar de artă modernă, Editura Albatros, Bucureşti, 1982.
    Vlasiu, Ioana (coord.), Dicţionarul sculptorilor din România. Secolele XIX - XX, volumul I, literele A - G, articol realizat de Gheorghe Vida, Editura Academiei Române, Bucureşti, 2011, pp. 46 - 48.