Marinela Ciobanu

MARINELA CIOBANU, was born on September 24, 1984, in Bacău, lives and works in Iași. She graduated in 2007 from the Faculty of Fine, Decorative and Design Arts, specialising in Painting, at the “George Enescu” University of Arts in Iași. In 2009, she graduated with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the same University. In 2006, she participated with an Erasmus scholarship at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.

She is a member of the Union of Fine Artists – Iași branch since 2007.

With multiple awards obtained at visual art salons in Romania, Marinela Ciobanu’s works are present in private collections in the country and abroad.

In her latest exhibition “Marinela Ciobanu succeeds in outlining the story and the darkness of a sometimes atrocious, sometimes comforting isolation in the intimate and apparently limited space of her own home. Marinela Ciobanu proposes a destructive universe in which the duvet, the plants in the bedroom and the bare walls become the pieces of a set that will support the unfolding of a narrative thread in several acts. At first glance, the artist’s paintings can be categorically perceived as a succession of self-portraits, with the same character reappearing or being suggested each time in a new pose, the same character, the artist herself, being caught in the throes of a new thought, a new state or perhaps, why not, a new remorse. What Marinela Ciobanu succeeds in doing, however, is to establish an immediate and total complicity between the painting and the viewer. Through her works, the artist creates a space of maximum specificity, clearly determined, but which, paradoxically and extremely endearingly, has the capacity to be appropriated and appropriated by any viewer who naturally shows such a readiness.” (Viviana Gheorghian)