Mihai Topescu

Mihai Topescu

Critical References

Mihai Topescu unequivocally manifests his predilection (which is not exclusive, as two other works entitled Eve will show) for closed, compact, oval shapes, whose vibrant, geometrised, lighted background, included in the fine arts spectacle, inscribe the expressive elements with a symbolic cover; although stylised, the biblical or historical characters and the objects surrounding them benefit from a simultaneous view, where the story – as much as it exists – and its more or less explicit teachings, gain a right of representation. Thus, the viewer is allowed to access the interiors, to listen and to let himself be charmed by the lyrics of minstrels, be involved in theatre rituals, be a part in the miracles of faith. - Doina Pauleanu PhD, art critic and director of the Constanta Art Museum.



1977 – 1981 “I. Andreescu” Academy of Visual Arts, Cluj

1985 Kunst Akademie Baden, Viena, Austria


2015 Art Biennial, Beijing, China

Biennial of Contemporary Art 2015, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy, GAA Personal Structures

2015 Salon artistique, Macon, France

2014 Award for Contemporary Glass, Coburg, Germany

2014 International Glass Biennial, Haacht, Belgium

2013 Le Point K, Saint-Raphael, France

2013 Das Metadekorativum, Dusseldorf, Germany

2012 Le Salon International d’Art de Saint-Tropez, France

2012 DECORATIVE ART 2012, Biennial of Decorative Arts, 1st edition

2012 La Sculpture en Liberté, 20-eme édition, Roquebrune-sur-Argens, France

2011 Le Salon International d’Art de Saint-Tropez, France

2011 European Parliament, Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium

2011 Art Biennial, Arad, Romania

2011 National Glass Salon, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2010 The International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan

2010 9 pour La Roumanie Magique, Galerie Arthis, Belgium

2009 Art Biennial, Arad, Romania

2008 GLASSTEC, Dusseldorf, Germany

2007 Art Biennial, Arad, Romania

2006 Constantin Brancusi National Art Hall, Targu-Jiu, Romania

2006 Coburg Glass Prize for Contemporary Glass in Europe 2006

2005 Glass Art, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2005 Glasrijk, Tubbergen, Netherlands

2004 “Fire Arts” Biennial, Apollo Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2004 Glasrijk, Tubbergen, Netherlands

2004 Constantin Brancusi National Sculpture Hall, Targu-Jiu, Romania

2003 Romanian Glass Artists, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2003 Glasrijk, Tubbergen, Netherlands

2002 Romanian Glass Artists, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2002 Glasrijk, Tubbergen, Netherlands

2001 Glasrijk, Tubbergen, Netherlands

2000 Romanian Glass Artists, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

1994 International Glaskunst, Kunsthaus am Museum, Carola Von Han – Köln, Germany

1991 International Glass Contest, Kanazawa, Japan

1990 Glasnosts from Eastern Europe, Transparence Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

1988 Decorative Glass Exhibition, National Art Museum, Bucharest, Romania

1988 Mezinarodni Skalarske Symposium, Novy-Bor, Czech Republic

1988 Spaces & Light, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

1988 International Exhibition of Glass Craft, Kanazawa, Japan

1987 Young Glass ’87, International Competition, Glassmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark

1982 National Graphics Exhibition, Dalles Hall, Bucharest, Romania


2015 Vila Aureliana, San Raphael Frejus, France

2015 SacriFACE, La Piccolla Galleria dell’Istituto Romeno di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2014 Sculpture, Centre Culturel Christiane Peugeot, Paris, France

2013 Skulptur, The Hexagone Gallery, Aachen, Germany

2013 Sacrifice, La Piccolla Galleria dell’Istituto Romeno di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2013 Sculpture, Demeure Sellier Museum, Cogolin, France

2013 Sacrifice, Palatele Brancovenesti, Mogosoaia, Romania

2012 Shakespearean Characters in Glass, Craiova, Romania

2012 Notes on the Surface of the Earth, Parliament Palace, Bucharest, Romania

2012 Sculpture, Gallery Mary-Ann, Macon, France

2010 Glass Anatomy, Craiova Museum of Art, Romania

2010 Sculpture, Espace Cotos, Saint-Tropez, France

2010 Oeuvres de Mihai Topescu et Georges Cotos, Espace Cotos, Saint-Tropez, France

2010 Retrospective Glass Exhibition, Cotroceni National Museum, Bucharest, Romania

2007 Sculpture in glass, Hamm, Germany

2007 Sculpture in glass, Bochum, Germany

2006 Sculpture, Craiova Art Museum, Romania

2002 Sculpture, Romart Gallery, Netherlands

2002 Sculpture, Cultural Centre Sudhaina D’Chimay, Belgium

2002 VIPs, Craiova Art Museum, Romania

1989 Sculpture, Galerie l, Hamburg, Germany

1989 Glass, Turn Gallery, Cottbus, Germany

1986 Glass, Art Ind. Glass, Bucharest, Romania

1985 Spaces and Light, Targu-Jiu Art Galleries, Romania


Palazzo Oddo, Albenga, Italy

Glassmuseum Henritch in Dusseldorf, Germany

The National Museum of Glass and Ceramics, Bucharest, Romania

Targu-Jiu Art Museum, Romania

Museumskla a buzuterie, IablonecandNison, Czech Republic

Slarske Museum, Novy-Bor, Czech Republic

The Glass Museum, Prague, Czech Republic

Schlob Branitz, Cottbus, Germany

The Glass Museum, Ebelfort, Denmark

Craiova Art Museum, Romania

The Glass Museum Coburg, Germany

Works in private collections


2009 Mihai Eminescu, Award from the International Academy of Fine Arts

2006 Constantin Brancusi, National Prize for Sculpture, Targu-Jiu, Romania

2004 Fire Arts Award, Association of Romanian Professionals of Fine Arts

2003 Fire Arts Award, Association of Romanian Professionals of Fine Arts

2001 Constantin Lecca Award, ”Mozaicul” newspaper, Romania

1993 1st Prize, National Prize for Design – Glass, Bucharest

1992 Silver Medal, The American Interfaith Institute Prize, Philadelphia, USA

1988 1st Prize, National Prize for Design – Glass, Ministry of Industry


2015 The International Glass Symposium, Novy-Bor, Czech Republic

1990 Plein-Air International Symposium, Libenau-Cottbus, Germany

1990 International Stained Glass Symposium, Vilnius, Lithuania

1988 The Third International Glass Symposium , Novy-Bor, Czech Republic

1985 The Second International Glass Symposium, Novy-Bor, Czech Republic


Das Metadekorativum, Klartext Verlag, Essen, 2012, p.218-251

Mihai Topescu, Anatomy of Glass (Glass Anatomy), 2010

Mihai Topescu, Fragile Glass 2005-2008, Germany

Coburg Glass Prize for Contemporary Glass in Europe, 2006, p.201-369

C.A. Mitchell, The Contemporary Who`s Who of Professionals, 2004-2005

Glass Art, Peter Layton, 1996, p.60

Joachin Waldrich Verlag „Who`s Who in Contemporary Glass Art”, 1993-1994, p.561, Munich, Germany

Irvin J. Borowsky (editor), Artists Confronting the Inconceivable: Award Winning Glass Sculpture, Philadelphia, USA, 1992, p.77

The First Tokyo Crafts Expo 92, Tokyo, Japan Art Publishing Co.Ltd.1992, p.61

The International Exhibition of Glass, 1990, Kanazawa, p.105

The International Exhibition of Glass Craft, 1988, Kanazawa, p.81

Young Glass, 1987, An International Competition, Ebelfort: Glassmuseum, 1987, p.80

Interglass, Symposium Ceskoslovonsko, I.G.S. 1982-1985, Novy-Bor, p.100

Spiel, Satz, Siegund Pokall, Nokia Masters Tennis, Essen, 1991, p.21

Mihai Topescu, Cast Glass Cycle, 2000-2005, texts by Adrian Guta and Catalin Davidescu

The Encyclopaedia of the Contemporary Romanian Artists), vol. 4, p.182

Personal Structures, Crossing Borders, Publisher: Global Art Affairs Foundation, Venice, 2015

Sixth Beijing International Art Biennale Album, China, 2015, China Artists Association


2015 SacriFace, producer: Mihai Topescu Glass Studios

2015 SacriFire, producer: Mihai Topescu Glass Studios

2013 SacrifIce, producer: Mihai Topescu Glass Studios

2010 Glass Anatomy, producer: Mihai Topescu Glass Studios

2006 Documentary Mihai Topescu – Glass Artist, Televiziunea Romana, producer: Cristian Bogdan Dragan

1998 Trap for the Sun, Televiziunea Romana, producer: Mihaela Cristea