Catalin Ilinca

Joined Artfinder: Oct. 2014

Artworks for sale: 282

(73)

Spain

About Catalin Ilinca

 
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  • Biography
    fragments from an interview given to ARTDEX:

    / What motivates you to create? / 
    I'm a very creative person, so I just create! It's in my nature, I simply can't imagine life otherwise. If I didn't paint or draw, I would definitely write or compose music, or I would make my own movies.

    / Tell us about your artistic style? /
    Most of my works are figurative, but I also have an abstract landscapes series. Generally speaking, what we call abstract painting could fall into various genres or categories, but my tryout in this field could be labeled as lyrical abstract. While my work in the figurative area could be simply associated to contemporary realism or contemporary figurative.
    I've always been a very versatile artist, I've experienced a lot of different insights and perspectives, I've embraced various styles or genres, depending on my inner evolution and on the faces of my evolution as an artist. At some point in this evolution, I've even felt like creating a new style, a style which I called Magic Expressionism. It's about a series of compositions that remind of the surrealistic current, as I put together elements that have could suggest an oneiric state, but, at the same time, personal manner and the visual expression I used set them apart. 

    / Does creating art help you heal? /
    Definitely, yes! Both at a personal level and as an artist. I'm going through a metamorphic 
    process right now. And it's not so simple :) It has its ups and downs, but I'm happy and enjoying it, because I feel I'm on the right track. I don't care how long it will take and how hard it can get anymore, it will probably take me a life time. I've progressively realized that all of my convictions and principles, the image I had of myself, what I thought my personality was like, all these were mainly external programs or patterns I had assimilated during my childhood, from school, family, environment. Many years, I thought that an artist's soul should be torn by a constant inner turmoil and disappointment regarding the present. I thought that frustration was the source and the propeller of creativity. I was wrong  and this belief brought me confusion and unhappiness. I'm finally happy I could clear my perspective and realize that being on the dark side is a false and pointless way. I'm glad that people can see now the beauty, the serenity, the inner light in my paintings. I have the feeling that my artworks are always one step ahead of me. They are like seeds I throw forwards on my path and then I get to follow them. To draw a funny parallel - it's like the story of Hansel and Gretel, I follow my work to find my true self just like they follow the little rocks to find their way home. Since I choose the themes of my paintings based on my intuition and they say intuition is your Inner God, I can clearly state that my art indeed helps me heal.
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  • Education

    2001 - 2002

    Hyperion University, Bucharest

    1991 - 1997

    National University of Arts, Bucharest

    1984 - 1991

    N. Tonitza Art College, Bucharest

  • Awards

    2016

    being featured in top interior design magazines

    My Royal Portrait series were featured in top interior design magazines (Lakáskultúra).

    Richard Adams, the last true "maximalist", one of the world top notch interior designers ( http://www.richardadamsinteriors.com/ ) asked me if I want to collaborate on a project (the redesign of a sumptuous residence in Budapest, Hungary). My task was to contribute with two very large canvases. When it was completed, the project have been presented in top interior design magazines (Lakáskultúra). My artworks were much appreciated, also featured and reviewed in the same editorial.

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    2015

    Artist of the Week

    artist of the week, April 2015, award given by the curators of Art Finder

    2014

    Featured in several thematic Saatchi collections

    Saatchi "Inspired by Picasso" collections, curated by Rebecca Wilson
    and Katherine Henning (another collection)
    Featured artwork: Portrait of Marie Thérèse Walter

    2007

    contributor

    In 2007 I was invited to contribute to "Color Management for Packaging: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers" book, by John Drew, Sarah Meyer

    2006

    Key Creative

    Key Creative at OpenAD.net

    2005

    2nd prize

    Stamps illustration. National illustration contest organized by Romanian Postal Service Publishing

    2001

    The National Prize for Graphic Arts

    The National Prize for Graphic Arts at TIAV 2001 (The International Visual Arts Fair, Bucharest)

    1995

    2nd prize

    2nd prize / T-Shirt design contest organized by the ONG GRUP222, (regarding the gender rights equality)

    1994

    1st prize

    illustration design contest organized by UBISOFT
  • Upcoming Events

    There are no upcoming events

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    Previous events

    Event: all about faces

    Dates: Sept. 1, 2017 - Sept. 30, 2017

    Venue: The Art House Asia, Hong Kong

    group exhibition

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Links


Education

2001 - 2002

Hyperion University, Bucharest

1991 - 1997

National University of Arts, Bucharest

1984 - 1991

N. Tonitza Art College, Bucharest


Awards

2016

being featured in top interior design magazines

My Royal Portrait series were featured in top interior design magazines (Lakáskultúra).

Richard Adams, the last true "maximalist", one of the world top notch interior designers ( http://www.richardadamsinteriors.com/ ) asked me if I want to collaborate on a project (the redesign of a sumptuous residence in Budapest, Hungary). My task was to contribute with two very large canvases. When it was completed, the project have been presented in top interior design magazines (Lakáskultúra). My artworks were much appreciated, also featured and reviewed in the same editorial.

Show more awardsHide

2015

Artist of the Week

artist of the week, April 2015, award given by the curators of Art Finder

2014

Featured in several thematic Saatchi collections

Saatchi "Inspired by Picasso" collections, curated by Rebecca Wilson
and Katherine Henning (another collection)
Featured artwork: Portrait of Marie Thérèse Walter

2007

contributor

In 2007 I was invited to contribute to "Color Management for Packaging: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers" book, by John Drew, Sarah Meyer

2006

Key Creative

Key Creative at OpenAD.net

2005

2nd prize

Stamps illustration. National illustration contest organized by Romanian Postal Service Publishing

2001

The National Prize for Graphic Arts

The National Prize for Graphic Arts at TIAV 2001 (The International Visual Arts Fair, Bucharest)

1995

2nd prize

2nd prize / T-Shirt design contest organized by the ONG GRUP222, (regarding the gender rights equality)

1994

1st prize

illustration design contest organized by UBISOFT

There are no upcoming events

Show previous eventsHide previous events

Previous events

Event: all about faces

Dates: Sept. 1, 2017 - Sept. 30, 2017

Venue: The Art House Asia, Hong Kong

group exhibition


 

Biography

fragments from an interview given to ARTDEX:

/ What motivates you to create? / 
I'm a very creative person, so I just create! It's in my nature, I simply can't imagine life otherwise. If I didn't paint or draw, I would definitely write or compose music, or I would make my own movies.

/ Tell us about your artistic style? /
Most of my works are figurative, but I also have an abstract landscapes series. Generally speaking, what we call abstract painting could fall into various genres or categories, but my tryout in this field could be labeled as lyrical abstract. While my work in the figurative area could be simply associated to contemporary realism or contemporary figurative.
I've always been a very versatile artist, I've experienced a lot of different insights and perspectives, I've embraced various styles or genres, depending on my inner evolution and on the faces of my evolution as an artist. At some point in this evolution, I've even felt like creating a new style, a style which I called Magic Expressionism. It's about a series of compositions that remind of the surrealistic current, as I put together elements that have could suggest an oneiric state, but, at the same time, personal manner and the visual expression I used set them apart. 

/ Does creating art help you heal? /
Definitely, yes! Both at a personal level and as an artist. I'm going through a metamorphic 
process right now. And it's not so simple :) It has its ups and downs, but I'm happy and enjoying it, because I feel I'm on the right track. I don't care how long it will take and how hard it can get anymore, it will probably take me a life time. I've progressively realized that all of my convictions and principles, the image I had of myself, what I thought my personality was like, all these were mainly external programs or patterns I had assimilated during my childhood, from school, family, environment. Many years, I thought that an artist's soul should be torn by a constant inner turmoil and disappointment regarding the present. I thought that frustration was the source and the propeller of creativity. I was wrong  and this belief brought me confusion and unhappiness. I'm finally happy I could clear my perspective and realize that being on the dark side is a false and pointless way. I'm glad that people can see now the beauty, the serenity, the inner light in my paintings. I have the feeling that my artworks are always one step ahead of me. They are like seeds I throw forwards on my path and then I get to follow them. To draw a funny parallel - it's like the story of Hansel and Gretel, I follow my work to find my true self just like they follow the little rocks to find their way home. Since I choose the themes of my paintings based on my intuition and they say intuition is your Inner God, I can clearly state that my art indeed helps me heal.
 
 
 
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