Cela Neamtu did not reinvent herself in recent decades (nor was a “transfiguration” necessary in this case), rather she exhibited consistency for the field and practices chosen: tapestry and the haute-lisse technique (on a vertical embroidery frame), “the same used since the time of Penelope,” as the artist herself confessed, adding that the “major differences occur in the textile structure” and “in the means of obtaining an embroidery effect with the needle.” She did invent, however, much to our benefit, the lighted window, a method for breaking the two dimensional representation, for opening (through archways whose formal immaculacy is highlighted by the decorative motif of the rope moulding) bridges towards the abyss and its mysteries, for teaching a subtle near-far dialectic, for dignifying (even haloing) the embodiments disposed on the forefront and usually through a contre-jour without shade or shelter.
The window leads the way towards light, but it is also the place where the “world’s corolla of wonders” pours forth to engulf the viewer (one of the tapestries in this exhibition is indicatively entitled, Flowers Between Earth and Sky), and Cela Neamtu lets herself be swept by this flow which the viewers should not ignore or miss, much to their inner benefit. - Doina Pauleanu, art critic and director of the Constanta Museum of Art.
Cela Neamtu was born on July 16, 1941 in Piciorul Lupului town, Iasi county. Between 1960 and 1966 she attended the courses of the “Nicolae Grigorescu” Institute in Bucharest, Textile Arts Section, and she has been a member of the Romanian Union of Fine Artists since 1970.
In 1990 she became a correspondent member of the E.T.N. (European Textile Network). In the same year, she was chosen as member of the I. T. N. E. T. (International Textile Network).
1969, 1973, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1993, 2000 - Bucharest;
1974, 1993 - Iasi;
1988 - Botosani;
1993 - Constanta, Buzau, Barlad, Vaslui;
1994 - Braila;
1983, 1988 - Düsseldorf, Velbert, Hilden, Bad Oyenhausen (Germany);
1988 - Roma (Italia);
1991 - Ashkelon (Israel);
1992 - Soissons (France);
1995 - Sofia (Bulgaria);
1997 - New York, Washington D.C. (USA);
2004 - Tel Aviv (Israel);
2005 - Barlad;
2006 – Galati Visual Art Museum;
2007 – Craiova Art Museum;
2008 “Dana” Gallery Iasi, “Tonitza” Gallery Barlad, “Orizont” Gallery Bucharest;
2009 – Buzau Art Museum;
2010 - Vision Centre in Cork - Ireland, Falticeni;
2011 – “Dialog“ Gallery, Bucharest, “Mall Moldova” Gallery Iasi;
2012 – “Frezia“ Gallery, Dej.
Participations in International Competitions:
1974, 23rd Festival of Decorative Art, Bronsgrove (England);
1978, 1982, 1986, Quadrennial of Decorative Arts in Erfurt (Germany);
1983, 7th International Biennial of Textile Miniatures in Hanover (Germany);
1984, International Biennial of Textile Miniatures, Tilburg (Netherlands);
1985, 5th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz (Poland);
1987, 13th International Biennial in Lausanne (Switzerland);
1988, 8th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz (Poland);
1993, 2nd International Triennial of Tapestry in Tournai (Belgium);
1993, 4th International Triennial of Textile Miniatures in Angers (France);
1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, International Triennial of Tapestry in Bucharest;
1999, 2000, I .T. N. E. T. International Virtual Exhibition, Alaska (United States of America);
2000, 2nd International Flag Biennial, Szombathelyi (Hungary);
2006 Hall of French Fine Artists, edition no. 217, Grand Palais, Paris.
1974 The Prize of the Romanian Union of Fine Artists for Prototype;
1978 2nd place Prize for Tapestry awarded by the Ministry of Culture;
1984 Award of the Romanian Union of Fine Artists for Tapestry;
1986 Honourable Diploma at the Quadrennial of Decorative Arts in Erfurt, Germany;
1987 Plaque at the 8th International Arts Biennial in Valparaiso, Chile;
2000 The Mihai Eminescu Medal;
2001 National Order of the Faithful Service with the Rank of Commander;
2003 nominated for the Romanian Academy Award;
2005 Prize for Excellence from the Romanian National Patronate;
2006, Gold metal of the Hall of French Fine Artists, edition no. 217, Grand Palais, Paris;
2008 The „Vasile Pogor” from the Iasi City Hall;
December 15, 2011 The ROMANIAN ACADEMY granted the “ION ANDREESCU” LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD in the field of fine arts to Mrs. CELA NEAMTU.