Daniela Fainis - guest artist

b. 1961, Dolj, Romania


Daniela Făiniș is a Romanian artist who graduated the National University of Arts in Bucharest before 1989 – Professor Costel Badea’s class – with an outstanding contribution in the field of contemporary ceramics. Her creative discourse combines sculpture, painting, graphics and tapestry into complex ceramic objects and installations. Her works are held in prestigious museums and galleries form Japan, Germany, USA, Belgium and Romania, as well as in the main building of the European Parliament. Făiniș was awarded numerous distinctions: the  gold medal at the International Contest for Ceramic Art from Gualdo Tadino, Perugia in 1989 and 1990, the Honorary Mention at the International Ceramics Competition in Mino, Japan, in 1997, the first prize at the Ceramic Art Biennale in Aveiro, Portugal, and the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of Commander in 2004. She lives and works in Bucharest; since 2013 she has been guest-artist at AnnArt Gallery, where she took part in three group exhibitions.



The plants created out of porcelain and metallic rods by Daniela Fainis seem to be both shafts and flowers that grew like in fairytales, they seem the result of a metamorphosis from the first into the second category. What gets your attention is the subtle balance between representations of a figurative accuracy and the abstractive syntheses of the tree crowns and of the leaves/blooms. The curvaceous structures of the metal rods, are in themselves creating volumetric rhythms, they are spatial drawings that remind us, I think, of some of Gabo’s and Pevsner’s creations. The highest quality level of decoration, is touched, with no ostentation.

(Adrian Guță)


Daniela Fainis’s imagination, the narrative one as well as the plastic one, is absolutely prodigious and perfectly coherent in its expression, in its language and finite form. Outside of any form of aggression and completely liberated of traumatic diurnal obsessions, her art is powerful and overwhelming through its self; through consistency of thought, through the impeccable knowledge of the material and of the technique and, most of all, through the weightlessness that holds all of these together, and that the viewer has the freedom to call as he wishes.

(Pavel Susara)


Daniela Fainis’  experiments, for quite some years now, the plastic virtues of ceramic, approaching the decorative object from the perspective of plastic  and existential  metaphor. Her artefacts meet, when the artist decides, solely aesthetic  functions, exclusively  we might say, forgetting any other utility beside that of support, of source for thought materialisation.

(Doina Mandru) 


1981 - 1985

„Nicolae Grigorescu” Institute of Arts  (Now The National Arts University in Bucharest – UNArte) Ceramics Department, class of Prof. Costel Badea

Member of the Plastic Artists’ in Romania Union (UAP Romania) 


Solo Shows


„Pădurea de porțelan”open –air exhibition, Botanical Garden, Bucharest


Palatele Brâncovenești Cultural Center, Lapidarium Room, Mogoșoaia, Romania


Club Prometheu Gallery, Bucharest

Galeria Accademia Di Romania, Roma, Italia


Muzeul Sanshokan, Hida Furukawa, Japan


Romanian Cultural Institute, Paris, France


European Counsel Gallery, Strasbourg, France

Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania


National Theatre Bucharest, the Round Room


Gerhart Hauptman Foundation’s Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany


Simeza Gallery, Bucharest

La Source Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


Mamaia Art Gallery, Romania


Group exhibitions


„Mica Artă Mare”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

„Artă decorativă”, Senso Gallery, Bucharest


„Continuitate în artele focului”Art Yourself Gallery, Bucharest

„artZoom de primăvară”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest


„creion | cerneală | tuş”,AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


„Umbrele albului”, Galateea Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

„artZoom de vară_02”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


„International Action Art”, UNESCO Club Piraeus, Greece


„Salonul de primavară”, Palatele Brâncovenești Cultural Center, Mogoșoaia, Romania


Thessaloniki Art Gallery, Greece


Auburn Art Gallery, New York 

Honolulu Art Gallery, Hawaii, USA

Maui Art Gallery, Hawaii, USA


Pittsburg Art Gallery, Pennsylvania, USA

Baltimore Art Gallery, Maryland, USA


Art Triennial, ¾ Gallery TNB Bucharest


Exhibition of Decorative Arts, Eisenstadt, Austria




Decorated with The Cultural Merit Order, Commander rank


Honorable Mention, Mino, Japan


Award for best solo-show of the year, Alexandru Ţipoia Foundation, Bucharest


Cotroceni Museum Award, Bucharest

Ist Place at The Ceramic Biennale, Aveiro, Portugal


UAP Award for Decorative Arts


Targa D’Oro Gold Medal, XXX „Concorso Internationale della ceramica D’arte Gualdo Tadino”, Perugia, Italy

Targa D’Oro Gold Medal, XXIX „Concorso Internationale della ceramica D’arte Gualdo Tadino”, Perugia, Italy


Youth Award for Decorative Arts, Bucharest



Daniela Făiniș: Pădurile de porțelan,Palatele Brâncovenești Cultural Center Publishing,  Mogoșoaia, Bucharest, 2008, ISBN 978-973-88221-9-1, with texts by Pavel Șușară, Tudor Octavian, Doina Mândru, Maria-Magdalena Crișan

Pădurea de porțelan, catalogue of the exhibition organisex together with Luchian 12 Gallery at the Botanical Garden Grădina, Bucharest, 2007, with texts  by Pavel Șușară, Adrian Guță, Tudor Octavian, Maria-Magdalena Crișan, Cornel Antim


Artworks in public collections

Support Organization for Overseas Ceramists (Tajimi, Japan), Ogiso School (Tajimi, Japan), Kano High School (Gifu-shi, Japan), Hetjens Museum, Deutsches Keramik Museum (Düsseldorf, Germany), The Clay Studio Collection (Philadelphia, SUA), Glass and Ceramic Museum (Bucharest), Glass and Ceramic Museum (Dorohoi, Romania), Cotroceni National Museum (Bucharest), Medgidia Art Museum (Romania), ING Bank N.V. (Bucharest), Societe Generale Securites (Bucharest), B.C.I.C. Bank (Craiova, Romania), County Library Constanța (Romania)