Corneliu Vasilescu

Critical References

The painter Corneliu Vasilescu was born in a family of intellectuals, his mother Alexandra Vasilescu was a drawing teacher, and his father, Nicolae Vasilescu, was a lawyer. In 1960, before enrolling at the "Nicolae Grigorescu" Institute of Fine Arts, he made his exhibition debut, within the interregional exhibition of the Visual Artists’ Union, Iași branch.

He is noted as a good draftsman and colorist and thus, in 1968, he became a member of the Visual Artists’ Union. Between 1968 and 1974 he attended the "Nicolae Grigorescu" Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest, painting department, professor Gheorghe Șaru's class.

In 1973, a year before the completion of the "Nicolae Grigorescu" Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest, he participated, together with the painter Lucian Georgescu, in the Experiment at the Bearing Factory in Bârlad, making 10 panels in order to visually improve a space of productive effort.

In 1974, after graduating, he participated in important exhibitions such as: "Self-portrait in Romanian painting" organized at the Iasi Art Museum and "Portrait in Romanian contemporary art" organized at the Galati Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Between 1976 and 1979 he was a Museographer at the National Office for Documentation and Art Exhibitions.


Personal exhibitions

  • 1966; Victoria Hall - Iasi
  • 1979; Simeza Gallery, Bucharest
  • 1984; Laboratory 2 Gallery Udine
  • 1984; Kabinet Sommerhausen Gallery
  • 1986; ArtExpo Gallery, floor 3/4 Bucharest National Theater
  • 1987; Würtzburg Spitale Gallery
  • 1993; Varig Gallery, Frankfurt am Main
  • 1994; Juan Rulfo Cultural Center, Mexico City Legislative Palace
  • 1998; Apollo Art Gallery, Bucharest
  • 2000; Ploiești Art Museum
  • 2001; Senso Gallery, Bucharest
  • 2007; Calina Gallery, Iași
  • 2008; „N. N.Tonitza” Art Galleries, Bârlad
  • 2012; Calpe Gallery, Timisoara
  • 2012; UAP Gallery, Deva
  • 2012; Brâncuși Hall, Romanian Palace of the Parliament

Group exhibitions

  • 1977, 1980, 1981; Joan Miró International Art Competition, Barcelona
  • 1982; Alexandria International Painting Biennial, Egypt,
  • 1997; Contemporary Romanian Art – Beirut
  • 2002; Montmartre Festival in Europe - Paris
  • 2001; Romanian and Russian painters - Tours - La Passserelle Gallery, France
  • 2001; Montmartre Festival in Europe, Paris 2002
  • 2012; National Museum of Maps and Old Books - Paris versus Bucharest • 2012; V. Parvan Bârlad Museum - Paris versus Bucharest
  • 2012; Cité des Arts, Paris

Awards and distinctions

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, U.A.P. - 2011
  • Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of Officer - 2004
  • "Lascar Vorel" Prize for Painting, Piatra Neamț, U.A.P. – 2003
  • Watercolor Technique Award, Tulcea, U.A.P. - 2001
  • Prize of the Visual Artists’ Union of the Republic of Moldova - 2000
  • “N. Tonitza" Prize for painting of the Visual Artists’ Union - 1999
  • Prize for Painting of the Visual Artists’ Union at the Biennial Exhibition in Bucharest 1977