Painter, RestorerDora Dumitrescu

In her abstract and figurative painting, Dora Dumitrescu exhales a strong vitality, a balanced structure, purged of existential dramas

I sometimes obey my explosive temper, spontaneously, forgetting that the canvas space must be ordered according to the academic rules. And geometry still censoring me, with its free linear rhythm combined with fields of color that transform the painting in a personal world.

In her abstract and figurative painting, Dora Dumitrescu exhales a strong vitality, a balanced structure, purged of existential dramas. The pure color is shining like crystalline stalactites, unleashing a sober personality. (Silvia Suciu)​​

Dora Dumitrescu was born in Miercurea Nirajului, Romania in 1935. She lives and works in Cluj-Napoca. In college she has participated to a lot of athletic competitions in Romania and abroad. In paralel with her passion for sport, she began her visual art studies in 1955, at the Visual Art Institute “Ion Andreescu” in Cluj-Napoca (Painting Department), under the guidance of Petru Abrudan, Petru Feier and Anton Lazăr; she has graduated the Institute in 1961.

Her meeting with the great Romanian artist Corneliu Baba, in 1958, has been the starting point of a long-standing friendship and working collaboration.

After graduating from The Art Institute, Dora Dumitrescu has worked as a museographer at The Museum of Art in Cluj (1962-1965). From 1965 to 1971 she has worked at the Regional ”House of Creation” in Baia Mare and Cluj; the ”Houses of Creation” were part of the local branches of the Ministry of Culture who decided the acquisition of artworks in that area.

In 1971 she has returned as a museographer at The Museum of Art in Cluj, and from 1974 to 1977 she has been proposed to attend the restoration classes at the National Museum of Art in Bucharest; these classes were coordinated by Pia Anastasiu, an exceptional specialist in the painting restoration technique. In 1977, she won a Restoration Studies Scholarship at Bode Museum in Berlin, continuing her studies in Dresden and Halle. As a result of her experience, in 1978 she was invited to join the team for the restoration of Peleş Castle, in Sinaia, where she restored paintings signed by Peter Paul Rubens, Mihály Munkácsy, Nicolae Grigorescu, Octav Băncilă, Nicolae Dărăscu etc.

Her figurative painting style has been valued during national and local group exhibitions organized by the Visual Artists’ Union that she attended since 1962. After 2000, she has been attracted by abstract forms and shapes and she begun to use them in her paintings.

In 1967 she became a member of the Visuals Artists’ Union.

She had numerous personal exhibitions in Romania and in Germany, participating in 2010 at the Fildas Art Foundation’s events.

She is now 84 years old and she is the happy owner of two cats.

Solo shows:

2015    “Abstrakt”, Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca (with Miriana Savova, Bulgaria).

2010    Retrospective exhibition at the Art Alliance Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, on the occasion of her

75th birthday / Editing the jubilee volume “Dora Dumitrescu – Lire constellation”.

1994    D. Sander Galleries, Germany

1993    Zeitz, Germany

1991    Freiburg (Germany), invited by the Romanian collector and gallery Emilia Suciu

1987 / 1989 / 1976 The Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca

1967    First solo show in Baia Mare

 

Group exhibitions:

2010    Eforie Sud – Creation Camp organized by the Fildas Art Foundation, chaired by Anca Vlad

2009    Parliament Hall, Constantin Brâncuși Room, Bucharest.

2008    Fildas Art Gallery, Bucharest

2001-2002 Karlsruhe (Germany), Ettlingen (Emilia Suciu Gallery, Germany) – documentation stages

2000    Women’s Art Festival in Thessaloniki (Greece)

1962-2018 Dora Dumitrescu has participated at all the group exhibitions organized by the Visual Artists’ Union in Romania

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