Costel Iacob

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Critical References

Time seems to stand still in Costel Iacob’s works, a vulnerable Sagrada Familia found shelter under a glass bell without a thought for Gaudi, while the Travel Machine – actually, the sounding board of a violin where the pieces necessary for the suggested incursions were placed with tidiness and ultimate order – entices all whom it may concern – connoisseurs, art enthusiasts, daredevils, music lovers, visionaries, explorers, simple or extremely complicated people – to choose the place and the time for embarking on a voyage. The artist has organized with justification and responsibility. Only the bow of a violin virtuoso is now required to leave behind nostalgias and to restore the travellers’ resolute assuranceDoina Pauleanu PhD, art critic and director of the Constanta Art Museum.


Born on April 6, 1952 in Bucharest.

Graduate of the “Nicolae Grigorescu” Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest – Sculpture Section, class of 1985, the class of Professor Vladimir Predescu. UAP member since 1990.


2013 –Simeza Gallery, Bucharest – “Frozen Time”

1996 – Orizont Gallery, Bucharest


2014 – Biennial of Decorative Arts - Bucharest; Arts in Bucharest, Urban Explorations

1994 – 101 „Wooster Street” Gallery, New York - USA

1993 – „Sallon International d’Art”, Séte – France

1993 – ACADEMIA DI ROMANIA, Roma - Italy

1992 – Saga, Grand Palais, Paris - France; „Moderne Kunst” Gallery, Erlangen – Germany

1990 – „Artistes à la Bastille”

1985 – to date, took part in another 61 important annual exhibitions, from UAP galleries and other galleries


1994 – Scholarship from the “Giorgio Cini” Foundation, Venice, Italy

1999 – ART SALON Award, Bucharest

2001 – ARTUBORG Award, ambient-installations

2001 – UAP Award for Ambient-Installation, ARTUBORG

2014 – Prize for Metal, Biennial for Decorative Arts


2007 – “Structure”, Sibiu

2004 – “Structure”, Bacilly, France

2001 – “Sphere”, ARTUBORG, Bucharest

1995 – “Homage”, Oarba de Mures

Founder of the Sculpture Section and participant in the Visual Art Fair, Bucharest, editions 1998, 1999, 2000.

57 works found in private collections in USA, Italy, France, Cyprus, Sweden, Luxemburg, Germany and another 21 in collections in Romania