Much of my art combines images, conversations, feelings, memories into visual narratives that simultaneously explore ideas of the familiar and the mysterious. While my paintings may appear surreal, I am not simply looking to relate dream and reality, but rather to develop my imagery into experiences that are more fundamental and universal, and that others can relate to. If I were to compare my approach to another contemporary artist, I might point out Enrique Martinez Celaya, whose work examines the individual experience addressing familiar subjects (nature, boy, girl, birds, animals) but explores what lies beneath appearances, the complexities and mysteries of individual experience. But at the same time, my work is more experiential in nature and a response more to life's complexities than anything else.
Over the past ten years, my painting has involved reconnecting to childhood, being able to see the world with nothing but curiosity and wonder. The main inspiration for this is that at one point in my life I lost contact with childhood. The home where I grew up in rural Romania burned, destroying everything-- our clothes, our photos, my artwork, our books, toys, everything. As an artist, essentially reconstructing my life as if through the eyes of a child has made everything become fantastic, and gives me the opportunity to share my enthusiasm with others. Changing the way I look at things continues to be part of my process and is an ongoing theme in my art.
In my recent work, I have begun to surrender control of the surface and the details of the story. My focus now is more concerned with finding a balance between incident and intention. My images begin as unpredictable and unstable, almost random, but at a certain point, messages and emotions begin to surface, what I see as connections between past and present. The story opens as I begin each work, and progressively matures over time. A new eye, a different light, a feeling, an image, a conversation can change everything.
I want to create more immersive works, and not just visual products, but works that become more like encounters or occurrences. I’m interested in delving into how layered abstractions, unpredictable forms and intuitive marks inform discoveries. I still want to keep some of that child’s perspective and revel in the freshness of colors and approach the new medias, but at the same time, begin to combine media in innovative and less conventional ways, with much the same enthusiasm a child have when trying new things.
CRISTINA SIMONA MARIAN ALBIN
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DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
03/12/1979, Curtea de Argeş, Romania
2017 - Present - Master of Fine Art Graduate Candidate, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
2015 - Montana Artrepreneur Program (MAP), art - centered business development program organized by Montana Art Council
1999-2003 - National University of Fine Arts "Nicolae Grigorescu", Faculty of Painting, Bucharest, Romania
1994-1998 - School of Fine Arts "Nicolae Tonitza", Fashion Design Department, Bucharest, Romania
2018 - "Here We Are", Robert and Gennie DeWeese Gallery, Bozeman, Montana
2018 - "Twist", Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
2017 - "Walkabout" solo show, Nicholson Gallery, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana
2017 - “Art of the Auction”, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana
2014 - Community Mural Painting, Bogert Farmer's Market, Bozeman, Montana
2013 - Toy painting workshop, First Friday, Las Vegas, Nevada
2008 - 2012 Workshops for children and adults (Calea Victoriei Foundation, Street Delivery Event, Athenee Palace Hilton, Sun Plaza, Bucharest Mall, Petrom, Orange, Zentiva, Accenture etc.)
2012 - Calendar of Your Desires – calendar design and decoration workshop, organized by Lente&Cafea and Veronica Stancu
2008-2012 - Lecturer at Bucharest Calea Victoriei Foundation: Painting and Creativity Workshop, Oil painting Workshop, Workshop of jewelry and fashion accessories, Workshop of objects for the home, Mosaic Workshop, Styles of famous painters, Around the World in seven days – art and culture of the world
2012 - Felt decoration workshop, Street Delivery event, Bucharest
2011 - Glass painting workshops at Bruck a.d. Leitha, Austria - organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Vienna
2011 - Symbols of Mexico, painting workshop organized for FM Logistic, Bucharest
2011 - Painted eggs workshops organized for children from the "Robin Hood" orphanage and "Mia's Children" Foundation at Athenee Palace Hilton, Bucharest
2009 - Painting workshop with children of Medias Town, at Medias Festival
2006 - Glass painting workshops, Dakar, Senegal - organized by the Museum of the Romanian Peasant and Romanian Cultural Institute
2000-2005 - Graphics restoration at the National Museum of Maps and Old Books
Class of preventive conservation of cultural property at Lifelong Learning and Cultural Management Training Center
2000-2002 - Collaboration in interior design
1999-2000 - Illustrations in children's magazine "Clopotel"
1999 – Animation course at Dacodac Studio
2014 - First Place, Children's Book Illustration Contest, SCBWI Montana Chapter, Bozeman, MT
2003 - Second Prize, ARTFEST, Fresh Ideas Festival, Bucharest
1994 - Special Diploma, Oslo, Norway
1991 - First Prize, International Competition for Figurative Art, Italy
WORKS IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:
Romania, France, Italy, Israel, England, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, Germany, China, U.S.