Catalina Codreanu

The flat shapes and larger-than-life scale situates Catalina Codreanu’s work at the intersection between figurative and abstraction. Her distinctive abstracting approach is inspired by her son, motherhood being the central theme of her compositions, that she explores since her children were only a desire. Known for her vibrant palette and omission of details, Catalina Codreanu takes cues from both Pop Art and Minimalism. Her practice is defined by oil or acrylic painting on canvas, but she explores other media too, like drawing, collage, textile art, photography.

I strongly believe that every genuine work of art is a self-portrait, in the most profound meaning of the terms “self” and “portrait”. My works tell the viewer who I am through a ludic, innocent language, while reflecting a self crazy in love with her best creation.

When I am not in the studio painting compositions that meet at the intersection of minimalism and figurative, I am working in the living room while taking care and photographs of my son. Small graphite drawings, needlework on fabric or on paper, collages, fast acrylic or watercolor paintings on small dimensions, conceptual work and even mother-son collaborations, they are all part of my artistic process that defines me as an artist and mother of a toddler.

While working, my son’s immense importance becomes a tool meant to look deeper into my mind, as it activates childhood memories that have so long waited to be remembered.

The “Ludo” series, which is inspired by my son’s actual stage, a playing toddler, aims to offer a view on childhood, memory and how the connection between the two makes us who we are, by exploring the concept of play.

The tendency to overscale the majority of my compositions came as a consequence of the greatness that I find in this unique connection between him and I. The flat forms and strong colors endorse the ludic theme and represent the way I play, inspired by my son, with painting.

Catalina Codreanu, 2016

Artistic activity:

“LUDO” selection, Supercontemporary Auction Exhibition, Lavacow Gallery at Artmark Auction House, November 2019, Bucharest, Romania

“LUDO” selection, Supercontemporary Pavilion, Lavacow Gallery, ART SAFARI 2019, Bucharest, Romania

“Starry Night”, Van Gogh technical replica, Lange Nacht der Museen, 5th of October 2019, Vienna, Austria

“A true artist does not speak about motherhood”, video projection, 05’17”, “Perspectivele și anatomia artei la feminin I: 1977-1987” group show, Art Hub Bucharest, July 2019, Bucharest, Romania

“Self-portrait” photograph exhibited in the Month of Photography Rome, LOOSENART Gallery, December 2018, Rome, Italy

Kunstwoche Art Festival, LUDO selection, August 2018, Steyr, Austria

“RE” group show presenting Mater series, June 2018, Art Hub Bucharest, Bucharest

“Mater” solo show, March-April 2018, Arthol, Bucharest

“LUDO” selection in “Loving Vincent” artists exhibition “We cannot speak other than by our paintings”, Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Indianapolis, IN, USA, January 2018

“LUDO” solo show, STURM UND DRANG GALERIE, Linz, Austria, Dec.2017-Jan.2018

Represented by STURM UND DRANG GALERIE, Linz, Austria, starting with December 2017

“3 Jahre” group exhibition, Mater series, STURM UND DRANG GALERIE, Linz, Austria, December 2017

“Nasty Women” group exhibition, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, November 2017

CAF1, part of LUDO exhibited in a group show in Materia Repositorium by Seabam Gallery, Bucharest, October 2017

NAG 2017, Noaptea Alba a Galeriilor/White Night of the Art Galleries, LUDO series in group exhibition at ArtHub Bucharest, October 2017

“Ludo” exhibition in Tabakfabrik, Linz, Austria, “Afrikasymposium” event, 21st of October 2017

“Ludo” solo show, Kube Musette, by Seabam Gallery, Bucharest, Romania, June 2017

Schauspielhaus Salzburg, scenic painter, collaboration for “Der Theatermacher” by Thomas Bernhard, Regie Robert Pienz, Premier 3rd of May 2017

“Nasty Women” group exhibition, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, April 2017

“She will need her sisterhood”, The Floating Gallery,, Leeds, UK, March 2017

“Ludo”, Pullman Hotel digital exhibition, by Daylighted, California, USA, March 2017

“Hope in the dark”, 3rd on 3rd Gallery, New York, January 2016

European International Book Art Biennale, group exhibition, Goa, India, November-December 2016

“Sex work”, charity group exhibition, Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds, UK, December, 2016

“The Kitschen: Cooking up a debate”, “Housewifisim” online exhibition, December, 2016 (

“All in one” video exhibition, Chiari, Italy, Nov. 2016 (“Nature is our nature”)

“Residency in Motherhood”, by Lenka Clayton, October 2016- October 2017

“Loving Vincent” – painter/animator, The world’s first animation feature film, painter/animator, Gdansk, 2016

“Suntem oi sau ne prefacem?” exhibition, May 2016, National Association for Contemporary Visual Arts, Bucharest

Gallery Weekend – Bucharest WEG, third edition, April 2016, “Ultramarine” exhibition, National Association for Contemporary Visual Arts, Bucharest

Member of the UAP Bucharest (National Union for the Visual Artists) – since april 2016

“Ultramarine” exhibition, National Association for Contemporary Visual Arts, April 2016, Bucharest

“Mater” exhibition, March-April 2016, Artful Contemporary Gallery in HomeFinders, Bucharest

Represented by Artful Contemporary Gallery, March- June, 2016

Mother Artists Project, photo-video documentation, with and about mother artists living in Romania, 2015-present

Residency in the “Maternity Art Leave” project, Association for Promoting Contemporary Arts, 2015-present

Graduation exhibition at the “Căminul Artei” Gallery, Bucharest, January 2016
Art camp, Maternity Art Leave, 2 Mai and Mangalia, Romania, 2015

Erasmus scolarship at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Roma, Italy, 2013-2014

‘One day to the other’, personal exhibition, National Military Center, Bucharest, 2011


“Good night”, LUDO series on the cover of  “Bucovina Literara, Nr. 10-11-12 (344-245-346), octombrie-noiembrie-decembrie 2019”, literary magazine founded in Cernăuți, in 1942, Romania, 2019

“Father”, LUDO series on the cover of novel “Until we get home” by award winner author Michael Schonfeld, Israel, 2018

Art workshops and teaching:

Teaching MYP Visual Art at Anton Bruckner International School, Linz, Austria – present

“Painting like Van Gogh” independent workshops, International Graduates Club Linz, OK Platz 1, Linz, Austria – present

“Painting like Van Gogh on Ceramic”, Gmundner Keramik Manufaktur workshop, March 2020, Gmunden,  Austria

“Interpreting Archimboldo”- Series of workshops with the students of Steyr HLW Highschool, 2019, Steyr, Austria

“Interpreting Van Gogh” – Series of workshops with the students of Steyr HLW Highschool, 2018, Steyr, Austria

“Interpreting Van Gogh”-  Series of workshops with the students of Steyr HLW Highschool, November-December 2017, Steyr, Austria

Live talks and conferences:

“Loving Vincent” presentation, Gmunden City Theatre, March 2020

“Dialogues” with Catalina Codreanu, a conference about “Loving Vincent”, painting and animation in Berufschule Linz 9, 18th of October 2, Linz, Austria

Kunstwoche Art Festival, “Painting and Loving Vincent” conference, August 2018, Steyr, Austria

“Loving Vincent” Q&A moderated by film curator Doris BAUER- ASIFA 2 days animation festival, Filmcasino, premier in Austria, 22.11.2017, Vienna, Austria.

“Loving Vincent” Q&A in Lichtspiele Lenzing, Lenzing, Austria

“Loving Vincent” Q&A in Moviemento & City Kino, special screening for the Linz International School Auhof, 19.01.2017, Linz, Austria

“Loving Vincent” Q&A in Moviemento & City Kino, 18.01.2017, Linz, Austria

“Loving Vincent” Q&A in City Kino, 18.12.2017 Steyr, Austria

“Loving Vincent” Introduction in Moviemento & City Kino, 29.12.2017, Linz, Austria


2011-2015 – National University of Arts, Painting, Bucharest, Romania

2013-2014- Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Painting, Rome, Italy

2007-2010 –  University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Portuguese-French, Bucharest, Romania

2003-2007 – „Vasile Alecsandri” National College, Philology- Intensive English, Bacău, Romania

Certificates and diplomas:

IB Certificate, “Arts: Implementing the MYP curriculum (Cat.1)”, December 2019

Certificate of completing the training for “Loving Vincent”: Painted Stop-Motion Animation in Vincent van Gogh style, BreakThru Productions, Gdańsk, June 2016 (

Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts, National University of Arts Bucharest, 2016

Bachelor Degree in Philology, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Portuguese-French, University of Bucharest, 2011

Formator (trainer) certificate, Eurostudies Center, 2010