CATALIN DOMNITEANU

Our Principal Artist is an experienced sculptor with individual approach to traditional methods, coming with a skillful background as a stained-glass artist and stained-glass instructor, with restoration practice and large SG windows reinforcement expertise. His effective technical competence is certified by a lengthy engineering design and manufacturing experience.

Born on the east border of Romania, where completed his painting training after finishing his engineering education, Catalin laid the foundation of his art in the trade of stained-glass by self-learning. After fabricating his own tooling, he gracefully made his first projects in the led came technique.

Then after moving to Calgary, Alberta in 2004, Catalin cultivated the copper-foil technique and worked/collaborated for many years with the exceptional Tiffany House studio. Later, after many years pursuing in parallel his engineering career, in the midst of the economic turmoil of the oil and gas industry in Alberta in 2015 Catalin decided to expand his creativity and widen his artistry.

His works then evolved from bi-dimensional to tri-dimensional and from decorative to storytelling. In the following years he became a juried member of the Alberta Society of Artists in 2018, and a Board member holding temporarily the Exhibitions Chair. In an effort to coagulate the artistic community of Romanians in Alberta, he designed, edited, and then published the book called The Romanian Artists of Alberta and Friends.

In 2019, Catalin and his wife moved to the Montreal Metropolitan Area in the search for new stimulation and broader audience, set-up his studio and started new projects.

Catalin is effectively seeking gallery representation and collaboration with the interior design/decoration and architecture professionals, as well as with patrons of the arts, collectors, and investors.



ARTIST STATEMENT

Heavy and fragile, my creations are purposed and are labored. Snapshots over time, they convey stories ready for scrutiny. Time is essential in my doings, in respect with witch light (a quanta running at constant speed, never standing still) is the only reliable marker.

My works derived out of the traditional stained-glass, from which they initially borrowed the energy of transparency and glare while giving ways to spatial silhouettes, then further exploring obscurity and sheen.

I call them "convolutes", a term saved from geometry. In its materiality, a convolute of this kind bears glow, shade, reflection, and perspective. Its appearance becomes kinetical with viewer’s motion and with light’s transition, just like sculptures.

I make what ignites me, from mythology to emigration and to science. I trust that multidisciplinarity sanitizes perceptions and chisels arguments. The richness of the underlying reality, that which is interrogated by science and philosophy, became a predominant theme in my past and future projects. Confronted with controversies I suspend the eagerness to jump to conclusion. The time reflecting on incompatible thoughts and paradoxical evidences enriches our complementarity with nature and in society – thus I aspire to maintain the viewers in that state.

My style is adherent to the story, be that representational or abstract. The quasi-subatomic compositions of mine, although seemingly unsubstantial, in fact are legitimately figurative. Observing the intriguing contrast between the subatomic world and the macro-world I intend to expose the geometric substructure of reality. By my intuitions beauty starts in the laws of nature. An electron can't tell a lie. But again, it doesn't know prestige or reverence either.

At heart, while examining the scientific insights, an irking question rose: if nature ever solved in equations, would that outlaw the poetry?

And this is why I feel invited to investigate and sculpt my thesis.



EDUCATION

 o 2000-2003 Lower Danube Cultural Centre of Galati, Romania, Painting, Diploma.

 o 2001–2002 Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest, Romania, Marketing, Diploma.

 o 1989-1995 Lower Danube University of Galati, Galati, Romania, Mechanical Engineering Diploma.

 

EXHIBITIONS

 o 2018 SCA’s International Open Juried Online Exhibition. The Society of Canadian Artists Toronto, Canada.

 o 2017 “Diaspora” juried, The Alberta Society of Artists, Calgary, Canada.

 o 2017 In the Loop, St. Peter the Aleut Orthodox Church, Calgary, Canada.

 o 2017 “Celebration of Art”, Dalhousie Community Centre, Calgary, Canada.

 o 2017 SCA’s International Open Juried Online Exhibition. The Society of Canadian Artists Toronto, Canada.

 o 2017 Guest Artist, Rothney Astronomical Observatory, U of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.

 o 2017 “illuminArt” juried art show, Rock Pointe Church, Bearspaw, Canada.

 

AWARDS

 o 2018 Finalist, SCA’s International Open Juried Online, The Society of Canadian Artists, Toronto, Canada.

 o 2017 "All Water" Gallery Choice Award, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, Annapolis, USA.

 o 2017 "All Botanical" Gallery Choice Award, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, Annapolis, USA.

 o 2017 Finalist, SCA’s International Open Juried Online, The Society of Canadian Artists, Toronto, Canada.

 

PRESS, FILM, PUBLICATIONS

 o 2020 Laplace’s Demon movie - by Corneliu Rosu, Montreal, QC.

 o 2019 “Convorbiri cu personalitati din Montreal”, vol. III, Montreal, QC, E. Halus & V. Balaj.

 o 2019 The Romanian Artists of Alberta & Friends, book, Calgary, AB, Catalin Domniteanu.

 o 2018 “Axis Libri” Magazine. VA Urechia Public Library, Galati, Galati, Romania. Article by Corneliu Stoica.

 o 2017 Biennial Art Book, Mondial Art Academia, France.

 o 2017 “Scoala Galateana” Magazine, Casa Corpului Didactic, Galati, Galati, Romania. Article by Corneliu Stoica.

 

AFFILIATIONS

 o Alberta Society of Artists (ASA), AB, Canada, Juried Member (2018).

 o Mondial Art Academia, France. Chevalier Académicien (2017).

 o APEGA (the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta), Canada. Member. (2012)

 

COMMUNITY WORK

 o Board Member and Exhibitions Chair, Alberta Society of Artists, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2018-2019

 o The Romanian Artists of Alberta & Friends, book, Editing/Publishing, Calgary, AB, 2019

 o Donation “Childhood's Retreat” - West Dalhousie School, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2017

 o Donation “Clair de Lune” - Dalhousie School, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2017

 o Donation “Entangled Dick and Dora” - St Dominic School, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2017

 o Donation “When Pegasus Cried” - HD Cartwright School, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2017.

 

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