Bogdana Contras

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Critical References

Bogdana CONTRAS was born in 1977, in Bucharest, Romania. In 2000, she graduated from the National University of Arts Bucharest from Prof. Vladimir Zamfirescu’s class, and in 2005 she finished the Postgraduate studies of the same university in Prof. Marin Gherasim’s class. Since 2001, she has been a member of the Viasual Artists’ Union of Romania (UAP). Her paintings can be found at the National Museum of Contemporary Art from Bucharest, the Târgoviște Art Museum and in private collections in Germany, France, Austria and Romania.


Awards and Grants:

  • 2006 – KulturKontakte Grant at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Salzburg, Austria
  • 1998 – 3rd Place Award – Competition Exhibition “Accente & Amprente”, Bucharest

Personal exhibitions:

  • 2015 - Fairy Tales - Vasile Grigore Art Museum, Bucharest
  • 2008 and 2009 – Goldart Gallery - Hilton, Bucharest
  • 2006 Urme de vis (Traces of dreams), Romanian Cultural Institute in Berlin, Germany
  • 2004 Relaționări (Relationships) – Galateea Gallery, Bucharest
  • Iubite ființe (Beloved beings)– Arcadia Gallery, Lower Danube Museum, Călărași

Participation in Artist Residency Programs and symposiums:

  • 2014 – Iasi, Romania; 2011 – Briare, France; 2007 and 2009 – The European Bridges, Eforie Sud; 2008 - OpenArt Residency, Eretria, Greece; 2007 - Balchik, Bulgaria; 2006 and 2010 - Patras, Greece

Collective exhibitions (selection):

  • 2018 – National Art Exhibition Centenary 2018, National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest

o    Itinerariu Stilistic (Stylistic Itinerary), Căminul Artei (Home of Art) Gallery, Bucharest

o    Tendenze visive dopo postmodernismo, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Pisa, Italy

  • 2017 – Retrospective of Contemporary Romanian Painting Paris - Bucharest - Bucharest, Constantin Brâncuși Hall - Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest
  • 2016 – Ipostaze Medievale (Medieval hypostases), National Library of Romania, Bucharest
  • 2015 - Add to Address Book, Museum of Young Art Vienna (MOYA), Austria

o    Soleil de l’Est – twenty years of activity, Romanian Cultural Institute, Bucharest

  • 2014 - Mystic Ciric, Danaart Gallery, Bucharest

o    Art Safari, Art Pavilion Bucharest

  • 2013 – 3 x Contras, Mogoșoaia Palace
  • 2012 – Cetate. Atelier la Dunăre V (Workshop by the Danube), 418 Gallery, Bucharest

Chateau de Trousse-Barriere, Briare, France

  • 2011 –Thuillier Gallery, Paris, France

o    Mario Vargas Llosa. Posibila ilustratie de carte (Possible book illustration), Elite Art Gallery, Bucharest

o    Cum a fost posibil (How it was possible), Romanian Peasant Museum, Bucharest

  • 2009 – Angelic Touch, Veroniki Art Gallery, Bucharest
  • 2007 – The European Bridges, Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu Let’s talk about migration, The Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2006 – Confesiuni pentru continuitate (Confessions for continuity), with Aurel Contras, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest
  • 2004 – Salonul de Primavara (Spring Salon), Mogoșoaia Palaces
  • 2002 – The International Fair of Visual Arts, National Theatre Bucharest
  • 2001 –"Millenium" Municipal Hall, Bucharest Dalles Hall, Bucharest
  • 2000 – Qeenta, The National Museum of the Romanian Literature, Bucharest


  • Dictionarul Personalităților din România (Dictionary of Romanian Personalities), 2017
  • Retrospective of Contemporary Romanian Painting in France with Soleil de l’Est between 2009 and 2012
  •  Who’s Who Romania, 2010