ADRIANA ELIAN

Elian

Girl with bike in the morning, 2011, oil on canvas, 80×100 cm

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BIOGRAPHY

Adriana Elian lives and works in Cluj, Romania. She graduated from the Academy of Arts – Painting Department in Cluj in 1991, continuing with a 4 year PhD program in Visual Arts – “Erotic Representations in the European Art” – at the University of Fine Arts in Bucharest.

Her late work deals with deconstructing ideas on canvas and recomposing stories in a subtle way, by means of a delicate dialog between images and mysterious characters who enter the stage. Her works are based on a formula established on nature, and as she likes to say, nature, femininity, grace all together create an atmosphere of mystery, where viewers can experience their own version and get carried on by their dreams.

In 2011 Adriana Elian has been awarded the 1st prize for painting at the IV Biennial of Arad.

Her works are part of the collection of MNAC (Contemporary Art Museum from Bucharest), the Art Museum of Cluj, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and private collections in Germany, Holland, France, USA and South Africa. The artist belongs to the programme Art in Embassies Collection, U.S. Department of State.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012

Sentimental Stuff / Chestii sentimentale
418 Gallery, Bucharest
Curator Robert Fleck

2010

Paradise Lost
St Josef Cathedral, Cluj

2009

Playground II Little girl with matches
Ivan Gallery, Bucharest

2007

Playground I
Ivan Gallery, Bucharest

Innocent Forest
Romanian Cultural Institut, Paris

Gods, Heroes and Aliens”
Museum of Art, Cluj

2006

Gradina Carnivora
Carturesti Gallery, Bucharest

2005

L’autre monde paintings and sculptures
Ivan Gallery, Bucharest

2002

Soap Opera painting
HAG Gallery, Bucharest

Erotica painting
Tranzit Space, Cluj

2001

E of Elian painting
Old Gallery, Cluj

1998

The Magic Flute painting
Museum of Art, Cluj
curator: Robert Fleck

1996

The Inner Beauty objects and installation
Pochet Gallery, Cluj

1995

The Sacrifice
installation featuring Sylvie Moreau
Casa Matei, Cluj

1994

The Family-Nucleus of the Society
installation and painting
RFAA Gallery, Cluj

1993

Without title paintings
Simeza Gallery, Bucharest

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013

Good Girls Memory Desire Power
MNAC, Bucuresti, curator Bojana Pejic (Berlin)

(En)counterpoint, The Art of Living
Pop-up Art Gallery, Bucharest

The Retrospective Exhibition Cetate – Workshops at the Danube 2008-2013
418 Gallery, Bucharest

2012

Cetate – Workshop at the Danube IV
418 Gallery, Buchares

2011

Cetate – Workshop at the Danube III
418 Gallery, Buchares

2009

Musicality in Art
418 Gallery, Bucharest

Cetate – Workshop at the Danube II
418 Gallery, Bucharest

2008

Tajan auction house, Paris

Triple Jump
Bundeskunsthalle Bonn

2007

Ready Media 2
Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrad

2005

Visual Eurobarometer
organized by CIAC and the European Union, Bucharest

2004

Transilvania Express Lyon
several places around the city
Just art curated by Robert Fleck

2002

Group exhibition
Romanian Cultural Center, Paris

Pink
video-installation
Tranzit Space, Cluj

2001

National Art Salon
Artexpo Foundation, Bucharest

2000

BIG Torino
Youth Biennale curator Robert Fleck

1999

Artists from Cluj
Art Museum, Cluj curator Robert Fleck

Video installations
Sylvie Moreau Gallery, Paris

1998

Experiment Retrospective Exhibition of the
Experimental Art in Romania
curator Alexandra Titu
National Theater, Bucharest

Young Romanian Artists
Romanian cultural days, Munich
curator Adrian Guta

1997

Some artists from Cluj
Hungarian Cultural Center, Bucharest

work in progress during Documenta X
Werkgalleri, Kassel

1996

Graphic art from Cluj
Romanian Cultural Center, Paris

WORKSHOPS

2011

Cetate – Workshop at the Danube IV
Barbu Druga Castle
Cetate, jud. Dolj

2010

Cetate – Workshop at the Danube III
Barbu Druga Castle
Cetate, jud. Dolj

2009

Cetate – Workshop at the Danube II
Barbu Druga Castle
Cetate, jud. Dolj

2001

University Days     
Workshop with Robert Fleck, Cluj

2000

Artist today
Workshop in Torino

AWARDS

2006

Art and Culture Award

2005

Visual Eurobarometer
european international jury

2004

Cultural Eurobarometer
european international jury

2001

The Best Price for Visual Arts
Romanian Fine Arts Association

1997

Annual Award for the Best Ambiental Art Exibition Romanian Fine Arts Association 

PUBLICATIONS 

2006

Carnivorous Garden
Carturesti, Bucharest

WORKS IN ART COLLECTIONS

Centre Pompidou
Paris
MNAC (Contemporary Art Museum from Bucharest)
Bucharest
Art in Embassies United States Collection
Private collections in Germany, Holland, France, USA and South Africa.