Gabriela Culic








image002       « Deriva », 2013, 100 x 110 cm – ulei pe panza




image004       « Singuri împreuna », 2015, 45x 160 cm – ulei pe panza




image006       « Verde », 2015, 110 x 120 cm – ulei pe panza




image008       « Breath 4 », 2014, 100 x 80 cm –  ulei pe panza




image010       « De neatins », 2007, 120 x 110 cm – ulei pe panza




image012       « Young flying », 2012, 120 x 110 cm  – ulei pe panza




One of  this spring’s significant artistic events in Bucharest is, undoubtedly, the exhibition hosted between April 22 and May 15 by a cultural landmark of the Romanian Capital, European Art Gallery, which also supported the editing of the protagonist’s art album, painter Gabriela Culic.


Gabriela Culic       « Cine vine la o bere pe timp de ploaie « , 2014, 110 x 170 cm, ulei pe panza


The painting of the inner landscape

I interpret her artistic endeavour as an endless struggle to seize the instant, in a Faust-like manner. To make it visible to the eye in its moment of flight. “Verweile doch, du bist so schön (Stay a while, you are so beautiful).” With the same instruments she uses to perceive the relativity of time, its existence or non-existence, she frames the relationship between idea and emotion, between the figurative and non-figurative. Looking with love at the live shapes that surround her, the painter crops the details and interpret them in a macro manner. The subject thus gains shape, the chromatics change prevalence, and only the true core of things is kept. By making use of a paradox, I could say that the conceptual art of Gabriela Culic finds its expression in action painting. “My painting – the artist says – is abstract, whether it resorts to figurative elements, or not. It is a painting of the inner landscape.”


Gabriela Culic3       « Haiku », 2011, 110 x 87 cm, ulei pe panza


She confesses that the top three Romanian artists she would mention are Maxim Dumitraş, Teodor Moraru and Ion Sălişteanu. And I wondered what brings them together: the volume-line, which defines sculptor Maxim Dumitraş… the pictorialness of Teodor Moraru… or the free gesture and freshness of painter Ion Sălişteanu? Such questions cannot be asked. I can only say that all four have inquisitive personalities, whose artistic endeavours dramatically merge with inner and existential logic. As for Gabriela Culic’s favourite foreign artists, I recognise her filiation in the pasty volume of Pierre Soulages’s monochromies and the indentation of the words of Jackson Pollock, the abstract expressionist fascinated by the tense game between the shades of grey and black: “Energy and motion made visible – memories arrested in space.” As for Joan Miro, beyond the universe of lines, strangely populated with birds and stars, Culic joins her belief that you have to be yourself in art.


Gabriela Culic4       « Freamat alb », 2010, 110 x 120 cm, ulei pe panza



When I brought up those that the artist feels closest to her, I was not trying to find formal contiguities, but, quite the opposite, I was trying to understand the deep bearing of her becoming – her evolution. I think that some thoughts shaped into words by Gabriela Culic are most adequate here: • Struggle, rotation, gliding, breath, struggle… On some surfaces, the painting technique has a special fluidity, with me trying to convey the sense of nothingness, of dematerialising, of drifting. A fog that covers something, like something floating, air struck by a black wing – the stain… many of them, or none.

It’s a sap that feeds their dynamism. The paintings of Gabriela Culic are first and foremost about rhythm.

Rhythm, harmonious  breath. “Breath” is the very name of the personal exhibition opened these days. The album launched at the varnishing event was managed by curator Radu Boroianu, an advocate of contemporary art, an iconic cultural and political personality who actively supports the freedom of art and science, of research and education, and the recognition of creativity as a special value of the Romanian people.











About the artist



Gabriela Culic was born in Bucharest and is a Bachelor of Arts with the Bucharest National University of Arts, Painting department. Her professors and mentors were painters Tudor Nicolau, Teodor Moraru, Petru Lucaci and Dan Cristian Popescu. She is a member of the Union of Romanian Plastic Artists and member of the Women’s International Cultural Federation. This spring, she also won her most important award so far: The Artmuseum Trophy of the National Art Museum of Moldova, which was awarded during the International Biennial of Painting, Chisinau – 2015, an event attended by artists selected from 32 countries.

Her personal exhibitions include: •  2013 –”Alone Together” (Alchemia Gallery) • 2011– ”Between Day and Night” (Veroniki Art Gallery/ Dragan European Foundation) •  2011 – ”White Haiku” (Galateca Gallery/The Central University Library)  •  2009 – “Ephemerides” (Apollo Gallery, Bucharest) •  2007 – “Ephemerides” (Artis Gallery/ The National Theatre of Bucharest) •  2006 – “Căminul Artei” Gallery, ground floor, Bucharest •  2004 – “Căminul Artei” Gallery, first floor, Bucharest.

Attendances to international collective exhibitions: • 2015 – The National Art Museum of Moldova, The International Biennial of Painting, Chisinau • 2013 – New York, Broadway Gallery • 2013 – Paris, The Romanian Cultural Institute • 2010 – Brussels, Arthis Gallery.

Selected collective exhibitions in Romania: • 2014 – The Romanian Peasant’s Museum • 2014 – The ”10+1” Project, a travelling exhibition in the following cities : Focşani, Bucharest, Bacău, Iaşi, Chişinău • 2013 – The Romanian Cultural Institute, Bucharest • 2013 – Museum of Comparative Art of Sângeorz Băi, Bistriţa • 2011 – Cantacuzino Palace, Busteni • 2011 – Löwendal Foundation • 2011 – The Art Museum of Constanţa • 2003 – Dalles Exhibition Hall • 2000 – The Museum of the Bucharest Municipality.

So far, her works were included in two art albums: Breath , launched on the varnishing day of the European Art Gallery, and Ephemerides, edited in 2010.

Many of her works are included in domestic and foreign collections. Museum collections: The Art Museum of Ploiesti, the Museum of Comparative Art of Sângeorz Băi-Bistriţa, the Bistriţa Năsăud Museum Complex, the museum collections of Focşani-Vrancea and Râmnicu Vâlcea. Private collections: Romania, USA, Canada, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria.

Last, but not least, a selection of attendances in creative camps: •  2013 – The “10+1” project/ Vrancea • 2013 – The Museum of Comparative Art of Sângeorz Băi-Bistriţa • 2013 – Sozopol (Bulgaria) • 2012 – Fontainebleau, Gien, Briare (France)


About her oil canvas paintings – her favourite technique – Gabriela Culic says: • Coloured shades of grey were reduced in time to black and white, with endless transitions between them. The palette is limited, I am fond of austerity and refining the shades of gray. The transparencies of white on black background have different intensities, and the play of these intensity variations, their rhythm lead to the composition of surface. I censor the surface as much as I can, I am trying to tell one single story, not more than one The pictorial imperfections enhance the appeal of the story, they bestow force and certainty upon the ephemeral, it becomes more beautiful for the very reason that it vanishes quickly.

Marina ROMAN






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