Ioana Nicoara

(b. 1990, Bucharest)


Ever since she was ten, Ioana knew that she would do graphic design. And she wasn’t too far off, seeing as she studied graphic design at the Fine Arts high school Nicolae Tonitza, The University of Arts in Bucharest and Poznan Arts Academy in Poland. But in the end, she could not foresee the future so she started working as an VFX artist, an animator, art director and sometimes even a playwriter. Ioana works with both experimental engraving, in expressive works that focus on the human body and playing with various materials and textures, as well as video graphics, film and animation, in individual projects or collaborations for recent productions. She has worked on films such as The Magic Mountain (2015, d. Anca Damian), The Splendid Death Accident (2017, r. Sergiu Negulici), The best customer (2017). Along with film, her personal research and preoccupation with images continued, thereby she has been collaborating with Annart Gallery since 2011, when she took part in the EBienale within the group exhibitions TAA_2011, and recently in TAA_2014, with her first solo show in October 2017 at the same gallery. She lives and works in Bucharest, dividing her activity between an independent animation studio, Reniform Studio, and her studio where she experiments with her personal research on watercolors, strokes, inks or engraving.


2011-2013 MFA in Graphic Arts, National University of Art, Bucharest

2013 Transylvania Talent Lab TIFF

2012-2013 Animation Worksheep

2010-2011Erasmus scholarship, Poznan University of Art, Poland

2008-2011 BFA in Graphic Arts, National University of Art, Bucharest


Work experience

2016 Present - Reniform Studio

Produced the Animest clips 2016, Bran

2012 - 2016 Animator, Digital Compositor & Motion Grapher at Abis Studio, Bucharest;

2016 Animator/playwriter "The Splendid Death Accident r. Sergiu Negulici
2015 Art director and assistant director for „The best customer”, deFilm, Bucharest
Assistant animator Animation Worksheep



2017 The splendid Death Accident receives the award for Best Debut at the International Animation Festival Annecy/France;

The award for Best Romanian Film at the Animest International Animation Festival/Bucharest

The best client receives the Public Award and the Honorable Mention at the Animest International Animation Festival/Bucharest

2011 Best poster for the festival’s brand – “Cinemaiubit” Film Festival

2006 Orange National photography contest – Honorable Mention



2016 Museum Rocke/Bucharest, Unique art exhibition, art installation animated by augmented reality, curator Elvira Lupşa 

2014 TAA_2014, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

Art Cooperative, Imbold Gallery, Bucharest

2013 Master Plan, Căminul Artei Gallery, Bucharest

2012 EGG 1.0, Casa Arte, Bucharest

2011 EBienale, group exhibition as part of George Enescu International Festival, Bucharest

TAA_2011, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

Graphic department graduate show, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest

Soroș Foundation, Graphic department, Bucharest



Film and animation projects

The accident - preproduction (2017) d. Sergiu Negulici, co-writer

The splendid death accident (2016) d. Sergiu Negulici/Abis Studio, co-writer, animator 

Înșir'te Margărite (2015) d. Dan Puric, Bucharest National Theatre, animator, projectionist

The best client (2015) / Defilm, Assistant director, art direction, character design, visual concept, 2d animation

Magic Mountain (2015) d. Anca Damian, animator, digital composition

Spot Oficial Animest (2013) d. Radu Muntean, animator, digital composition

Miss Christina (2013) d. Alexandru Maftei, VFX artist

Animation and digital composition for TV ads, clients - Animest, Granini, Raiffeisen, El Beit, Orange etc.