STEFAN RADU CRETU

stefan radu cretu

Butterfly 2016, metal, fiberglass, electric components, variable dimensions

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BIOGRAPHY

Stefan Radu Cretu (b. 1983) 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 in Wroclaw, Poland. In 2008, he earned his Master’s degree in sculpture from the National University of Arts in Bucharest. In 2016, Cretu completed his Ph.D. in Visual Arts at the National University of Arts in Bucharest.

Stefan Cretu’s works emphasize an obsession with progress and the fusion between nature and technology, which appears to be the ultimate goal of humankind. He regarded technology as a force that currently has the most significant impact on people’s lives. However, despite continuous progress, it has proven to be deceptive as it does not always align with the genuine needs of the individual. Progress has given rise to a complex human being with heightened material needs, one who is more captivated by the artificial and fruitless.

This complex individual was consistently dissatisfied, less secure, and less free. Currently, people are relinquishing the essentials of becoming artificial beings. Man is no longer the creator of technology but rather one who is dependent on and controlled by it. The evolution-obsessed individual makes numerous errors in the pursuit of improving nature and, at times, these errors are taken to extremes.

The artist aspires to return to nature, suggesting simplicity in everyday life. We can recognize Stefan Cretu’s artwork as bi- or tridimensional, with varying volumes and abstract interpretations of different species from our world’s evolution.

 


WORKS IN ART COLLECTIONS
Beelden aan Zee Museum Harteveltstraat Scheveningen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Boynton Beach Art in Public Places, City of Boynton Beach, Florida USA
Private collections in USA, Canada and Germany


SYMPOSIA

Cetate Arts Danube – Artists in Residency, 2012 – 2019, Cetate Arts Danube Center, Cetate, Romania
International Kinetic Art Biennial 2017, Boynton Beach, Florida, USA
European Music and Art Festival 2011, Mazieres de Touraine, France
Ars et sequentia, Culture Festival 2011, Monchenholzhausen, Germany
Caravan of culture, Regionale 2010, Festival of Contemporary Art, Austria
Cisart, Symposium of Contemporary Art 2009, Cisnadie, Romania
Plastic Schmalkalden, International art symposium 2009, Schmalkalden, Germany
The Art of Culture, International Symposium of Contemporary Art 2007, Rusciori, Romania

 

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Unknown Creatures
418 Contemporary Art Gallery, Cetate

2018
The Origin of Boxes, UNAgaleria, Bucharest

2017
Possible Evolution, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest

2016
New Media Art, Stejarii Space, Bucharest

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:

2022
Other Worlds on Paper
418GALLERY, Munich

2021
Young Artists, Young Friends | Accrochage 2
418GALLERY Munich

Cetate Arts Danube | Blue Coated Summer
ARCUB | Bucharest

Young Artists, Young Friends | Accrochage 3 | Old and New
Cetate Arts Danube

Spannungsverhältnisse im Dialog
Haus der Kunst, Baden Austria

Muzeul National Cotroceni
Bucharest

Maratonul International Sibiu 2021
Sibiu, RO

Art Safari 2021
Bucharest

Sibiu City App
Sibiu, RO

NoART
Austria

2020
Young Artists, Young Friends | Accrochage 1
418GALLERY Munich

Dupa doispprezece ani. Productia artistica din Romania in 180 de lucrari MNAC, Bucharest

2019
Opening Artspace, Stefan Radu Cretu, Albert Kaan, Petrica Stefan
GOLDEGG4, Vienna

2018
At Different Angles
MNAC, Bucharest – RO

Herbstausstellung
418GALLERY, Cetate – RO

2017
Nostru is Back
Nostru Group, Sibiu

Garden Party?
Nostru Group, Sibiu

4 Artists’ Room
418 GALLERY, Cetate

9 Years of Art – 9 Romanian Artists
418 GALLERY, Bucharest

2016
Escape
Nostru Group,Gong Theatre, Sibiu

Brancusi e al Nostru
Nostru Group, Sibiu,

Nostru Land
Nostru Group, Scena9, Bucharest

The Tomoato and the Basil
Nostru Group, Sibiu

Tell her good bye
Nostru Group, Sibiu

1990
Nostru Group, Holzstock Festival, Sibiu

Route 65
Nostru Group, Sibiu

Out of this limit
Nostru Group, Dacia Palace, Bucharest

Nostru Finish
Nostru Group, Weltkultur Café und Bar, Sibiu

Group Exhibition
Nostru Group, Sibiu

2015
Contemporary art Ruhr (C.A.R.)
Essen, Germany

2014
Cetate – Workshop at the Danube VII
418 Gallery, Bucharest

Transformation. Romanian Sculpture 25 Years After the Revolution
Museum Beelden aan Zee Harteveltstraat Scheveningen, Zuid-Holland, 

2013
(En)counterpoint, The Art of Living
Pop-up Art Gallery, Bucharest

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

2012
Cetate – Workshop at the Danube IV
418 Gallery, Bucharest

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

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