STEFAN RADU CRETU

Stefan Radu Cretu

Amphilius, 2014, fiberglass, metal, electric components, 30x12x28 cm

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BIOGRAPHY

Stefan Radu Cretu was born in 1983, in Campina, Romania. He studied at the Art and Design University in Cluj and graduated from the Ceramic-Glass-Metal department in 2006. In 2005 he received an Erasmus grant for one year at the Fine Art Academy, Wroclaw, Poland. In 2008 he achieved his master degree in sculpture at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. In 2013 he became a PhD candidate in Visual Arts at the National University of Arts in Bucharest.

The force that has in present times the greatest impact over people’s lives is technology. Still the continued progress proved to be deceiving. It didn’t always coincide with the real needs of the human individual. Progress has created a complex human being, with more material needs, a human being which is more interested by the artificial and the fruitless.

A complicated man, always disgruntled, less secure of himself, less free. He has renounced at that what is essential for him, to become an artificial being. This man is no longer the creator of technology, but one that is dependent and controlled by it. Stefan Cretu’s works emphasizes this obsession with progress, this fusion between nature and technology that seems to be more and more the final goal of humankind. The evolution obsessed man makes many errors in his attempt to improve nature and sometimes these errors are carried away to the extreme. Our return to nature and its technologies doesn’t mean that we are involving to a more primitive life style or that we are giving up progress in its entirety, but reflects more a suggestion for simplicity. This arcadian existence will give man a greater certainty, freeing him from the burden of the futile and absurd elements of everyday life.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015

S T O N E A G E of emotional technology / Epoca de piatră a tehnologiei emoționale
Calina Contemporary Art Space, Timișoara, Romania

2014

Sensus Propero
418 Contemporary Art Gallery, Bucharest

2013

Disambiguation
Palatele Brâncovenești Mogoșoaia, Bucharest, Romania

Oestridae Dominant, 1990 Project
Free Press Square, Bucharest

2012

Paratarrasius Hibridus
418 Contemporary Art Gallery, Bucharest

2009

Poarta in casa
Stadt und Kreisbibliothek Heinrich Heine, Schmalkalden, Germany

2007

Fermuar
Rusciori Park, Rusciori (Sibiu)

2006

Portile cuvantului
Fedes Hall (Irecson Institute), Bucharest

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2015

Contemporary art Ruhr (C.A.R.)
Essen, Germany

2014

Cetate – Workshop at the Danube VII
418 Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
Transformation. Romanian Sculpture 25 Years After the Revolution
Museum Beelden aan Zee Harteveltstraat Scheveningen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands 5 November – 8 February 2015

The Fair for Contemporary Art
418 Gallery at Koelner Liste, April 10-13

2013

(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

Fur&Skin
Art Yourself Contemporary Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2010

Lipsus
Raku 25 Gallery, Sangeorz Bai, Romania

2010

Destination moon, Piedica’n talpa group
The Council Tower, Sibiu, Romania

2009

Forma si dialog
Raku25 Gallery, Sangeorz Bai, Romania

SYMPOSIA

2015

Cetate – Workshop at the Danube VIII
Barbu Druga Castle, Cetate, Romania

2014

Cetate – Workshop at the Danube VII
Barbu Druga Castle, Cetate, Romania

2013

Retrospective. Cetate – Workshop at the Danube 2008-2013
Barbu Druga Castle, Cetate, Romania

2012

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

2011

European music and art festival
Mazieres de Touraine, France

2011

Ars et sequentia, Culture Festival
Monchenholzhausen, Germany

2010

Caravan of culture, Regionale 10
Festival of contemporary art, Austria

2009

Cisart, Symposium of contemporary art
Cisnadie, Romania

2009

Plastic Schmalkalden, International art symposium
Schmalkalden, Germany

2007

The art of culture, International symposium of contemporary art
Rusciori, Romania

WORKS IN ART COLLECTIONS

Beelden aan Zee Museum Harteveltstraat Scheveningen
Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Private collections in USA, Canada and Germany