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Calina Hiriza

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Cluj, Romania

Birth year

Lives in
New York City

Works in
Fine Arts


Romulus Ladea Art High School, Cluj, Romania, 1998
Fashion Institute of Technology (NY), 2008, BFA

sculpture, conceptual, modern, mixed-media


Calina was born in 1981 Cluj, Romania, during the Communist era. A time of distress and flattened personalities which the youth were unaware of in traditional terms. Now, an adult's scrutinizing gaze juxtaposes a child's innocent perception and comprehensive thoughts are formed. Revolution translates into personal evolution.

The artist was trained in the fine arts at Romulus Ladea High School in Cluj, Romania. Years of arduous schooling in drawing, painting and sculpting instilled a solid foundation and provided a starting point for imagination to run free.

At 17 (1998), she transitioned to New York's metropolis where values were challenged and reinvented. Between 2009 and 2011 the artist traveled to Italy where she worked with wood as primary material.

Initially captivated by color, Calina has, over time, experimented with different mediums from ink to charcoal, to oils and solid materials like wood and metal. Her work speaks of strength — in color palette or lines (brush strokes or material incisions). A statement will take shape in her representations.

The I See You series focuses on the study of multiple personality development in the human being 
which happens as wishful thinking and desires are heightened by the high influx of available information. Destinies are perceived as made by oneself as opposed to predetermined paths. The end result is often a multitude of loose ends and unfinished business masked by success or failure. Our senses are continuously pulled into different directions and there is often not a single answer to the question who are we?

Artist quote: "I believe destiny always finds you. It may even give you a chance or two. What you can hope to be when that happens, is to be ready. Be ready to customize, improve and follow through, Because if you don't find yourself in your destiny, you will be its victim".
Recent Exhibits

Calina Hiriza participated in these exhibits:

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