Biography: I graduated the Fine Arts Academy in Iasi, Romania, with the highest grades in Clothing Design, Decorator (Home Design), Iconography. I am known as IVU, and that is how I sign my works. I have always tried to understand and capture colors and forms ever since I first began to draw. They never cease to amaze me, being a perpetual challenge. That is how I feel and why I paint; it is somehow like a "struggle" with color and form in the sense of searching and experimenting with new ways to capture the essence of things. Those who own my works can attest to all the details which are impossible to see in a photograph. Rendering on to canvas the passion within colors is my passion, for color keeps me alive and growing as an artist. God helps and guides me in my creations. Throughout my painting, always restless to explore and do more, I have experienced intense moments of self-discovery. I always paint with oils because only they have the richness of tone and versitility necessary to my expression. The stages in the production of my creations are always accompanied by a deeply passionate inner turmoil that I control and direct. This control and the clarity it brings helps me see and express myself clearly through the brush in my hand. I often find it a bit awkward to speak about myself so I express that self through my paintings. Many people love my work and buy my paintings and have been kind enough to tell me of their daily enjoyment of them. I take great delight in knowing so many homes have a distinctive touch with my paintings on their walls. I create modern art as a person guided by old, precise, and clearly defined principles of honor and respect. It might be considered old-fashioned, but I will not change. With the hope that you have an idea about myself as person and artist, I invite you to enjoy my work and, hopefully, buy it. IVU STUDIES: Academy of Fine Arts " G. Enescu" IASI, Faculty of Plastic Arts, Design and Home Decoration, Painting Section. Member of the n Fine Arts Union since 2000. From 1992, Participated, in all youth National and Group Department Exhibitions. IVU in GROUP EXHIBITIONS : - 1992 "ART" Gallery Bacau; - 1993 "ALFA"Gallery Bacau; - 1994 "ARTA"Gallery Bacau; - 1994 International Contest Exhibition "SALOANELE MOLDOVEI" Bacau-Chisinau - 1994 Annual Department Exhibition U.A.P. Bacau; Romania - 1995 "ALFA" Gallery Bacau; Romania - 1995 International Contest Exhibition "SALOANELE MOLDOVEI" Bacau-Chisinau - 1995 Annual Department Exhibition U.A.P. Bacau; Romania - 1995 "EXPERIMENT" Exhibition "ARTA"Gallery Bacau; Romania - 1996 "ARTA"Gallery Bacau; Romania - 1996 International Contest Exhibition "SALOANELE MOLDOVEI" Bacau-Chisinau - 1996 Annual Department Exhibition U.A.P. Bacau;Roumania - 1997 "ARTA" Gallery Bacau; Roumania - 1997 Iconography Exhibition – ATENEU; Roumania - 1997 International Contest Exhibition "SALOANELE MOLDOVEI" Bacau-Chisinau - 1997 Annual Department Exhibition U.A.P. Bacau; Romania - 1998"ARTA" Gallery Bacau Romania - 1998International Contest Exhibition "SALOANELE MOLDOVEI" Bacau-Chisinau - 1998 Annual Department Exhibition U.A.P. Bacau; Romania - 1999"ARTA" Gallery Bacau. Romania - 1999International Contest Exhibition "SALOANELE MOLDOVEI" Bacau-Chisinau - 1999 Annual Department Exhibition U.A.P. Bacau; Romania - 2000 Annual Department Exhibition U.A.P. Bacau; Romania - 2000 International Contest Exhibition "SALOANELE MOLDOVEI" Bacau-Chisinau - 2001 Annual Department Exhibition U.A.P. Bacau; Romania - 2001 International Contest Exhibition "SALOANELE MOLDOVEI" Bacau-Chisinau - 2001 National Art Ermitage Bucharest; Romania - 2001 International Contest Exhibition "N.Tonitza " Birlad ,Vaslui; - 2002 Annual Department Exhibition U.A.P. Bacau; - 2002 International Contest Exhibition "SALOANELE MOLDOVEI" Bacau-Chisinau - 2003 – Exhibition 3 spre10, - 2003 - Annual Department Exhibition U.A.P. Bacau; Romania, - 2003 - “EXPERIMENT” Exhibition - “ARTA” Gallery Bacau; - 2003 - International Contest Exhibition “SALOANELE MOLDOVEI” Bacau-Chisinau; - - 2004 – STUDIO ‘35 “ARTA” Gallery Bacau; - 2004 - International Contest Exhibition “SALOANELE MOLDOVEI” Bacau-Chisinau; - 2004 - National Contest Plastic Art “VORONETIANA” Suceava IVU’s Personal Exhibitions : - 1998 HAPPENING – "BACOVIA" Theatre Bacau; Romania - 2001 "ARTA" Gallery Bacau Romania - 2005 “FILLART” Gallery Critical commentaries: “Geanina Ivu-Vlad is a classic product of Bac?u’s painting school, guided by masters such as Ilie Boca and Vasile Cr?i??-M?ndr?. She expresses herself in the field of abstract painting with personal nature modalities, exploring spaces of the imaginary, thus placing herself in the trans-vanguardism.” -- OCTAVIAN VOICU, 2000 “Throughout the years, Geanina Vlad-Ivu has proven her courage and power of mastering the exigencies of a modern language. All these, along with her native state, helped her achieve incredible progress. Generally dealing with abstract compositions, she organizes and combines the colored material in an inspired manner, determining its expressiveness by gestures of spontaneous ecriture, with state of mind charges. She is toned, determined, with sure hints at genuine quality. The chromatic refinement zones that constitute a precious visual field are driven through by accents which render vigor and stir up emotions. The material is carefully selected and handled with artfulness in unexpected discourses. Constantly searching for new means of expressing herself, by knowledge and sensitive assimilation, she feels the echoes and satisfaction of a sure evolution…” -- ILIE BOCA, 2001 “I have carefully watched and greatly enjoyed the way Geanina Ivu-Vlad expresses herself in painting. She evolved equally well in graphical laconism and in chromatic exaltation, with remarkable artfulness in all the zones she has touched: still life, portrait, figurative composition, abstract experiment. The personal touch is easily recognizable in her generously open discourse, combining monochromatic austerity and tense contrasts or fluttering in a well-tempered sensual mark.” -- VASILE CR?I??-M?NDR?, 2001 “In spite of a severe tendency of disciplining her craft and a rigorous division of the surfaces, one can feel in Geanina Ivu-Vlad a maximum interest taken in the preciousity of the accord and the sonority of the whole. The mosaic-like aspect of the unitary color passages, the skilfull gradation of the divisions by dark-fair, full-empty alternances, they all lead to an energetic structuring of the plans in a bi-dimensional of sober and austere scenery. She loves the limited color scales of grey and lusterless browns, on calcined whites with a lot of neighboring dense and sometimes vibrant black, creating the sensation of lingering in the night, with mysterious illuminations and penetrations through the window of time. There are also those red insertions on yellow backgrounds, of a warm intimacy, associated with the black and white checked curtains, writing calligraphically and synthetically stating the typical atmosphere of an urban flat. The restlessness of her fertile quests stimulates the diversity of the artistic language which, by the rigor of the abstraction, allows it to loom the stir of the material and the relief, using collages or intense color, viscous material, firmly guarding the motifs and rendering value to the transparency of the passages around. She thus obtains results of an outre and vigorous artfulness. At other times, excited by the fascinating spectacle of the fauna and flora of deep waters, she accomplishes a series of images of blue and green phosphorescence, animated by crystal-like reflexes of mineralized whites and ochres. By a virtuous association of rational and affective impulses, Geanina Ivu-Vlad accomplishes a painting which is a reflex of the optics and the fluxes that are hallmark of contemporary civilization.” --- NEGOI?? L?PTOIU, 2003 Commentaries and reviews from IVU’ paintings owners: “Passionate and playful, the intense colors of her jewel-like palatte dance and swirl on each canvas, revealing the artist’s inner joy or tumult. Her fascinating juxpositions of unexpected color combinations really shouldn’t be able to work together, yet her talent for composition not only makes them work, but seem as though they should have always been together. In an IVU painting one can always find something new to delight the eye and nurture the soul.”
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