Diana Chelaru is an Expressionist artist and muralist whose work is known to delve into fragments of a secretive place where femininity and self are re-imagined—and triumph and vulnerability are laid bare.
Her style is a unique blend of Symbolism, Human Allegory and Jugendstil (the German branch of Art Nouveau) Ornamentation which results in a substantial body of highly moving and intensely ornate paintings, at the center of which stands the female figure. And while the feminine form is perhaps a hallmark subject of her works, they encompass much more than the reclamation of suppressed creativity, symbolic expression, and feministic re-interpretation. Figures look as if they are frozen into the rich flowering of modern ornament. The heightened sensuality of the decorative ornamentation almost obliterates the human figure, transforming extreme stylization and artifice into a meaningful and deeply symbolic visual expression
Diana’s inspiration draws also from her childhood in communist Romania—an experience that left her creative intuition unrealized at the time, if not subjugated at the very least.
As an art student she was offered the opportunity to work as a muralist and later on she worked as a mural preservationist and helped restore the elaborate frescoes at the Moldovita Monastery (a 15th-century UNESCO World Heritage site). During this time, Diana not only learned the intricacies of old-world craftsmanship, but also the profound symbolism and spirituality in Byzantium art, which also continue to influence her artistic sensibilities.
She moved to New York to pursue her artistic career and to continue her art studies after graduating from George Enescu University of Arts in Romania.
Soon after she got her Master Degree in Art History from Queens College in New York, she started showing in galleries in Manhattan and New Jersey. This lead to her being between the first series of artists to sign a contract with a curated online art gallery, back in 2009. Since then, Diana has taken part in international art fairs and her work got to be much appreciated both by public and private collectors.
Diana is represented by State Of The Art Agency, who is managing her while curating creative collaborations and acting as the primary art dealer for the artist.
2019 Shades Of Her, State Of The Art Agency Group Exhibition, New York City
2019 Reimagining Femininity, New York (Solo)
2018 The Coffee Art Project, New York and Los Angeles, USA (group)
2018 Love of Blue, Flywheel Gallery, Piermont NY, USA (solo)
2017 The Coffee Art Project, New York, USA (group)
2016 The Coffee Art Project, New York, USA (group)
2012 Artists at Home and Abroad, Broadway Gallery, Soho New York, USA (group)
2012 Dripping, Flywheel Gallery, Piermont NY, USA (solo)
2011 New Beginnings, Flywheel Gallery, Piermont NY, USA (solo)
2010 Cathedral Arts Festival, Jersey City NJ, USA (group)
2010 The Affordable Art Fair, UGallery, New York, USA (group)
2010 Passport to the Arts, Clifton Center of Arts NJ, USA (group)
2009 The Affordable Art Fair, UGallery, New York, USA (group)
2009 Urban Canvas, UGallery, SOHO New York, USA (group)
2007 Queens College Museum, New York, USA (group)
2002 Cupola Hall, Iasi, Romania (group)
2001 Palace of Culture, Iasi, Romania (group)