Codruța Cernea

Born in 1979

Lives and works in Bucharest, Romania.


A graduate of the National University of Arts, Bucharest, Codruța Cernea’s preference for painting has generated a practice informed by the demands and inherent plasticity of the medium, perpetually evolving in unison with a process centered on self-reflexivity and introspection. There is a play of texture, brushstroke, and colour in Codruța's work, distinct, yet forever feeding into the core of her oeuvre. There is conscious continuity in each of her series, inextricably linked to an overlapping of the personal and artistic realms: Together Alone (evoking an event from the intimacies of couple-life through soft layers of colour), Float, Glide, Fly (an exercise into self-discipline through stark and linear chromatic contrasts) and Future Nostalgia (synthetizing both, yet extending into more complex compositions). Codruța Cernea retains this intention of greater compositional complexity for her work to come, hoping to imbue an aesthetic of meditative order with the same aura of enigma and reverie present in her current pictorial exploration.

Selected exhibitions: Future Nostalgia, Mobius Gallery, Bucharest (2019); The Rough Aura of Experience, Cărturești Carusel, Bucharest (2018, solo); It is all true, because I painted it, K’arte Gallery, Târgu-Mureș (2017, solo); Float, glide, fly, H'art Gallery, Bucharest (2017, solo); No Other Time, No Other Place, Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf (2017, solo); 100 Years of Art in Masterpieces: Going East, Romanian Cultural Institute, London (2017); Mogodorf 10x10, Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf (2017); Memory Leaks - NAG Retrospect, ARCUB, Bucharest (2016); 11172014 Project, ArtYourself Gallery, Bucharest (2014); Together Alone, atelier 030202, Bucharest (2012, solo);, MNAC, Bucharest (2010)