My name is Diana Elena Chelaru; I was born on April 9,1979 in Iasi, Romania. During my chilhood I was guided by my drawing teacher to take special courses in painting and drawing at the Children's Palace of Art - art organization for children. This gave me the opportunity to take part in different exhibitions and contest (i.e. honorable mention, “Apollonian Foundation”, 1992; second prize, painting contest organized by Romanian television, 1993). Due to my artistic skills I was guided to follow the courses of the Art High school “Octav Bancila” and then I continued studying art at “George Enescu” University of Fine Arts, Decorative Arts and Design, Iasi. During those years I took part to many collective exhibitions organized all over the country (Ploiesti, Iasi, Bucharest, Pitesti). I also took actual part in the restoration site of the Historical Monument of Saint Nicolae- Popauti Church (15th century) and the site of the Historical Monument of Moldovita Church (16th century) as my major was Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art. My path through life has been adventurous, exciting, and dream-like. My experience of settling into America in search of better opportunities has been both challenging and inspiring. My childhood and years of school, represents my Romanian heritage and is a constant reminder of where I came from.
For me, art is a means of communications. It is how I express my thoughts, hopes, regrets and joys. Paintings are for me another way of expressing my feelings. Although I often gain great pleasure from the process of painting, it is most important to unfold expressively those feelings within myself. My work uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which exists independently of visual references to the world. In my work I always emphasize on the color as a significant and unifying element. The color helps me create a world that's at once eerie and alluring, a world that exists only in one's imagination. What people like most in my paintings are the colors. My art doesn't speak to the intellect but to the soul and to the feelings.
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