Dorin Cretu

(b. 1956, Brașov)


Dorin Cretu is a Romanian artist representative for the '80s generation of visual artists; he’s been living and working in Paris since 1990. Author of paintings and graphics caught between figurative and abstract, Cretu uses ahighly individual technique in creating geometric and floral motifs with a transparent-reflective quality and enigmatic movement effects. He took part in numerous exhibitions in Paris, London, Cracow and Taipei.In Romania, he had an important retrospective exhibition at Mogoşoaia Palace Cultural Centre, later shown at the Constanţa Art Museum (2008-2009).His works were acquired by the French National Contemporary Art Fund (FNAC) and by the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Romania for its permanent collection. He lives and works in Paris, and since 2011 has been represented by AnnArt Gallery, where he had a solo show (Painting in 2013 and The Mountain in 2018) and seven group exhibitions.


Dorin Cretu also has this aesthetical courage to seek for rare essences using traditional tools. He avoids fads (visual and technological) because he has an instinctive dislike of the facile. For him, art makes sense only if it resorts to that (discreet, but visible) alphabet of the inner turmoil, an alphabet which only contains letters of nobility.

(Matei Vișniec)



Dorin Cretu left the byzantine space carrying along with him a type of chromatic asceticism, refreshed gradually with the presence of a plastic paste mist, laid down in emulsions. He tenaciously practiced the refusal of figural, as a resistance to postmodernist amalgam, finding himself plunged in the stimulus carousel of a metropolis like Paris. Painting descendant from Malevich’s supremacism, it becomes subtly sensual through it’s rappel to vegetal imagery. The familiar image, attached via memories of the flower, becomes, in fact, meditation upon the interior space.

(Aurelia Mocanu)



Probably what joins Dorin Cretu’s work with the great artworks of contemporary art is their apparently effortless ability to construct a world of their own, freestanding, opened to the hedonistic, as well as to the reflexive gaze. His paintings seem to have a double instruction guide: by being visually seductive and subterraneanly-misterious, they can guide us into pure and serene contemplation, into the joy of self-forgetting; in the same time, towards restlessness and incertitude about our own journey, of self-discovery. One lucky day, we might feel the two paths becoming one.

(Gabriela Massaci)



As stylistic positioning, we can say that Dorin Cretu’s painting is a melange of affinities, expressionist-abstract and minimalist, reborn in the silence and meditation oasis, created in his Parisian studio.

(Simona Vilau)





Graduate of The Institute of Plastic Arts „Nicolae Grigorescu” (today The National University of Arts Bucharest (UNArte)

Member of The Plastic Artists Union (UAP) Bucharest and of the „La maison des artistes” association, Paris


Solo Shows



„The Mountain”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


„Consul'Art”, Pavilion M, Marsille, France

„Dorin Crețu: pictură”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest


Galerie Charlotte Norberg, Paris

„artZoom Dorin Crețu la Peretele Alb”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest


Art Museum, Constanţa, Romania


The Gallery of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Paris

Palatele Brâncovenești Cultural Center, Mogoşoaia, Romania


Romanet Gallery, Paris

Center of Contemporary Art, Caen, France


Peschot Gallery, Sete, France


Anima Gallery, Paris


MCM Gallery, Paris


Art Center Wisbaden, Germany

Bievres Gallery, Paris


Bruno Delarue Gallery, Paris


„Art et Patrimoine” Gallery, Paris


Paul Doumer Art Center, Paris


Robespiere Gallery, Montreuil, France


Vitry sur Seine Gallery, Franţa


Orizont Gallery, Bucharest


University Gallery, Braşov, Romania


Group exhibitions


„artZoom de primăvară”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest


„creion | cerneală | tuș”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest


„[en]counterpoint”, AnnArt Gallery and Pop-up Gallery The Art of Living, Bucharest 

„artZoom de vară_02”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest


„Mica Artă Mare”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest


„artZoom de vară_01”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

„Jardins Intérieurs”, Marke,Paris Gallery


„Caiet de planuri”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest


Charlotte de Norenberg Gallery, Paris


Thirteen Langton Street Gallery, London


Romanet Gallery, Paris

Art Center Niort, France


„Du Jardin De’acclimatation” Gallery, Paris

International Painting Salon Issy les-Moulineaux, France

Contemporary Art Salon ArtLevallois, Peret, France

Bunker Gallery, Cracovia, Polonia


St Ouen l’Aumone Art Center, France

„Art et Patrimoine” Gallery, Paris

„Germano–French Contemporary Art”, Vaudremont Art Center, France

History Museum, Montreuil, France

Rosette Dupuy Gallery, Paris

„Mac2000 International Salon”, Paris


Bruno Delarue Gallery, Paris

Evry University Gallery, France

Contemporary Art Center „La Menuiserie” Choisy le Roy, France

„Art et Patrimoine”  Gallery, Paris

Mic’art Lille Gallery, France

„Lineart Contemporary Art Salon”, Gand, Belgia

„Etching and Drawing Biennale”, Taipei, Taiwan


Proarte Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

Emanuel Carlebach Gallery, Paris

„Mac2000 International Salon”, Grand Palais, Paris


Montrouge andArcueil Painting Salon, France

„du Faisant” Gallery, Strasbourg, France

Proarta Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

Emanuel Carlebach Gallery, Paris

„Mac2000” International Painting Salon, Paris


„Cité Internationale des Arts”, Paris

Napoule Contemporary Art Foundation, France

„Réalites Nouvelles Painting Salon”, Paris


Cite des Arts International Foundation, Paris

„Salon de Mai”, Paris

„Réalités Nouvelles”, Paris

„Des Beaux Arts- Ostende” Museum, Belgium

Municipal Museum Saint Paul de Vence, France


The International Fair of Drawing Saga 92, Grand Palais, Paris

The Laureates of the „Galleries of Saint Germain” Association , The Coin Museum, Paris


Pont Neuf Gallery, Paris

„French Contemporary Art”, Washington, SUA

Vitry sur Seine, France


Is present with both paintings and drawings in most of the exhibitions organized by UAP in Romania and overseas



„Atelier 35” Youth Award, 1982, Bucureşti

„Theodor Aman” Creation Scholarship, 1982-1984, Bucharest

Vitry sur Seine Art Foundation’s  Award, 1991, France

Creation Scholarship offered by the French Culture Ministry, 1995, Paris

National Foundation for Art and Science Award



Dorin Crețu:Pictură, bilingual catalogue by AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, 2013, with texts by Gabriela Massaci, Simona Vilău and Matei Vișniec, ISBN 978-973-0-14249-5

Jardins intérieurs, catalogue of the collective exhibition by Dorin Crețu, Constantin Pacea and Radu Tuian at Galerie Maket, Paris 2012, with a text by Magda Cârneci Exhibition catalogue of the Dorin Creţu showcase at The Romanian Cultural Institute in Paris, 2008, with texts signed by Magda Cârneci

Măduvă de lumină în cuprinsul nopţii, exhibition catalogue, Bucharest, 2008, with text signed by Dan Hăulică



Aurelia Mocanu, „Petale lactee”, in Ziarul financiar, 27 apr. 2012

Aurelia Mocanu, „Diafan în negru”, in Arta, nr. 4-5, 2011-12


Artworks in public collections

French Naţional Found of Contemporary Art (FNAC) Paris

Contemporary Art Foundation Vitry sur Seine, France

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest

Palatele Brâncoveneşti Cultural Center, Mogoşoaia, Romania