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

2015 The Purity of Permanent Rebirth – Romanian National Library

2015 Portraitc Dialogue – Brâncovenian Palace Complex of Mogoșoaia- Romania


2007-2008 Brâncovenian Palace Complex of MogoșoaiaCultural Center- Bucharest, Romania

2017  Five Plus Art Gallery "Naturalia" Viena, Austria

2007 „Pădurea de porțelan”open –air exhibition, Botanical Garden, Bucharest

2004 Palatele Brâncovenești Cultural Center, Lapidarium Room, Mogoșoaia, Romania

2003 Club Prometheu Gallery, Bucharest

Galeria Accademia Di Romania, Roma, Italia

2001 Muzeul Sanshokan, Hida Furukawa, Japan

2000 Romanian Cultural Institute, Paris, France

1999 European Counsel Gallery, Strasbourg, France

Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania

1998 National Theatre Bucharest, the Round Room

1992-1996 Gerhart Hauptman Foundation’s Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany

1992 Simeza Gallery, Bucharest

        La Source Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

1988-1989 Mamaia Art Gallery, Romania


Group exhibitions

2017  AnnArt Gallery "Eflorescences" - Bucharest, Romania

2016  Senso Gallery "Decorative Arts” - Bucharest, Romania

2016  Art Yourself Gallery "The Flower of Life” – Bucharest, Romania

2015  Senso Gallery “Decorative Arts – Bucharest, Romania

2015  Design and Arts University Gallery “Romanian Ceramists” Cluj, Romania

2015  I.A.G.A. Gallery (International Art Gallery Angels) “The Human Figure in Ceramics‘’ Cluj, Romania      


2015  Internationa Exhibition of Contemporary Art – “Keramik in Steinbruch” – Oberpullendorf, Austria

2014–2015 „Mica Artă Mare”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

„Artă decorativă”, Senso Gallery, Bucharest

2014 „Continuitate în artele focului”Art Yourself Gallery, Bucharest

„artZoom de primăvară”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2013-2014 „creion | cerneală | tuş”,AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2013 „Umbrele albului”, Galateea Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

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

2006 „International Action Art”, UNESCO Club Piraeus, Greece

2004 „Salonul de primavară”, Palatele Brâncovenești Cultural Center, Mogoșoaia, Romania

1997,1998,1999,2000 Thessaloniki Art Gallery, Greece

1994 Auburn Art Gallery, New York 

Honolulu Art Gallery, Hawaii, USA

Maui Art Gallery, Hawaii, USA

1993 Pittsburg Art Gallery, Pennsylvania, USA

Baltimore Art Gallery, Maryland, USA

1991 Art Triennial, ¾ Gallery TNB Bucharest

1989 Exhibition of Decorative Arts, Eisenstadt, Austria



2004 Decorated with The Cultural Merit Order, Commander rank

1992,1998,2002 Honorable Mention, Mino, Japan

1998 Award for best solo-show of the year, Alexandru Ţipoia Foundation, Bucharest

1997 Cotroceni Museum Award, Bucharest

Ist Place at The Ceramic Biennale, Aveiro, Portugal

1992 UAP Award for Decorative Arts

1990 Targa D’Oro Gold Medal, XXX „Concorso Internationale della ceramica D’arte Gualdo Tadino”, Perugia, Italy

1989 Targa D’Oro Gold Medal, XXIX „Concorso Internationale della ceramica D’arte Gualdo Tadino”, Perugia, Italy

1988 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)