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silvia by valentina iancu

Silvia by Valentina Iancu

Silvia Trăistaru

Contact: silvia.traistaru@gmail.com

Born on 12 February 1979

Lives and works in Bucharest

Educational background:

2005-2007, David Ogilvy University of Communication and Public Relations, Bucharest

1997-2002, The National University of Arts, Bucharest, with a B.A

Artistic Activity


2010, Finalist and Special Prize Arte Laguna Winner, Venice, Italy

2009, Finalist The Artist’s Magazine Competition

Solo exhibitions:

2016,  “Unwritten Process” part of IEEB7 – Fabricated Histories. Fact and Fiction in Recent History, Institute of Art History “G. Opescu” of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest

2011, The Last Communists´Convention, Atelier 35, Bucharest

2005, Untitled, Bucharest Financial Plazza, Bucharest

Collective exhibitions (selection):

2018, Memory, Metropolis Art Collection, Bucharest

2015, Tendencies in Contemporary Romanian Painting, Romanian Embassy in Berlin

2015, Electric Field II, Odeon Gallery, Bucharest

2015, I.C.R Berlin, Berlin

2015, Memory of the Holocaust, White Night of the Galleries, Bucharest 

2014, C.A.R. – Contemporary Art Ruhr, Essen, Germany

2014, Bucharest Art Weekend, Bucharest

2014, Preview_C.A.R@Art Victoria Gallery, Bucharest

2014, Imago Mundi – The Art of Humanity, Treviso, Italy

2014, Art Safari, Bucharest Art Fair

2013, Benetton Collection “Snapshot Romania” (catalog)

2012, Doina, Anexa MNAC, Bucharest. Curator Simona Vilau

2012, Body world II, Vctoria Art Center, Bucharest (catalog)

2011, Fur & Skin, ArtYourself Gallery, Bucharest. Curators Simona Vilau, Valentina Iancu (catalog)

2011, New Figurative, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest

2011, Sillence KILLS, ArtYourself Gallery, Bucharest (catalog)

2011, How was it possible? Exhibition, Artyourself Gallery, Bucharest (catalog)

2011, John Baldessari: Your Name in Lights, The Holland Festival and The Stedelijk Museum

2011, The White Night of the Galleries, Bucharest, Panterei Art Space

2010, Nord Art – Kunst in der Carlshutte, Germany; curator Wolfgang Gramm (catalog)

2010, Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, Italy; curators Igor Zanti & Viviana Siviero (catalog)

2010, Arte Laguna Prize, Italian Institute of Culture, Prague and Wien

2009, Mobilehome, Lagar das Portas do Ceu, Loulé, Portugal; curator Nuno Faria

2009, Incotro 08 – Romanian Visual Survey, online project

2008, How do we look, online project, Florean Museum, Baia Mare, Romania


2015, Electric field, Otetelisanu Foundation (residency)

2011, “How was it possible?”, (residency) organised by Elie Wiesel Institute, Iasi, Romania

2011, 24 h CNDB Ocupat – s p a t i u c o m u n – workshop Silvia Traistaru & Sorin Dan Cojocaru, National Dance Centre, Bucharest

2011, Open workshop, Silvia Traistaru & Sorin Dan Cojocaru, Social System data recovery project, Panterei Artist-run space, Bucharest

2010, Stichting Trans Artists (Amsterdam)/ UNITER (Bucharest) – On-AIR program,How to become an artist in residence”, workshop with: Bojana Panevska, Yasmine Ostendorf, Yeb Wiersma

2010, Icon Arts, Cisnadie, Romania. Professor: Cristian Radu

2009, Mobilehome, Loulé, Portugal; Workshops with: Giovanni Iovane; Patrizia Dander; Diango Hernandez; Anne Pohlmann; Hugo Canoilas; Mark Kremer; Daniel Barroca; Filipa Ramos; Jaroslaw Flicinski; Ana Janevski. Curator: Nuno Faria 

Works in private collections:

Benneton Collection, Elie Wiesel Institute,  Otetelisanu Foundation

Private Collections from Romania, Israel, Austria, Germany, England, S.U.A, Switzerland

Artist Statement 

Silvia Trăistaru lives and works in Bucharest as a visual artist and independent expert restorer. Most of her artistic pursuits fall under photography and video, but a special side of her work remains in drawing and painting. An important theme which she often uses is the portrait that underlines the realities of post-communist Romania. Cultural, political, social and economical pretexts are central to her work, unveiling the missing pieces of the system that she is part of. Using a visual approach which concentrates on the individual and his identity, through both personal and collective history, her works allow the viewer to analyze the role of social memory in Romania’s daily life.


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