Stefan Caltia

(b. 1942, Brașov)

 

Stefan Caltia is one of the most important and valuable contemporary Romanian painters. A student of Julius Podlipny in Timişoara and of Corneliu Baba in Bucharest, the artist was also the professor of many generations at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. Alongside his well-known practice in the graphics field, Câlţia creates thorough and visually striking paintings, precious still lives, symbolic and theatrical compositions, or landscapes with herbs and fields from Transylvania. His works are held in a number of private collections in Europe and in museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo, Norway, the HR Giger Museum in Gruyére, Switzerland, the National Museum of Contemporary Art Romania and the Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu, Romania. He was awarded the Grand Cross of the National Order for Faithful Service and the King Michael I Medal for Loyalty. He lives and works in Bucharest and in Şona, Făgăraş. Since 2011 has been working with AnnArt Gallery, where he had four personal exhibitions (Oak for the King – Flowers for the Queen in 2012, Forgotten Minutes in 2013 and Recent Works in 2016), besides five group exhibitions.

 

 

I imagine things now as unfolding ideas on a stage. I never - or almost never – start things from bookish descriptions. I imagine these worlds as a representation with at least three layers. Firstly, there’s the world behind the clown, behind the curtain, with those characters that close and open up a world; then there is the world on the stage itself; finally, on a third layer, we find ourselves, the ones that watch, including myself, the painter.

(Stefan Caltia)

 

Full of meaning and charm are these stories in words by Stefan Caltia. They get added to the ones in images and, together, praise humanity in search of spiritual light and of harmonious existence right here, on planet Earth.

(Adrian Guţă)

 

Stefan Caltia’s painting has been and is remaining faithful to a tradition of peacefully working in the silence of the workshop, and in the silent vicinity of familiar objects, almost animated by time passing and by their acquired history. The joy of touch and that of each day’s discoveries are two essential characteristics of his creative energy, out of which, in full verve, the enamelled matter of his dense and weighty painting gets born.

(Simona Vilău)

Studies

1970

Graduate of present National University of Arts in Bucharest (UNArte)

 

1972

Member of The Union of Plastic Artists in Romania( UAP)

1993

Professor at National University of Arts– Painting section, Bucharest

2004

Chancellor of UNArte

 

Personal exhibitions

2016 Lucrari Recente", AnnArt, Bucharest, Romania

2015 „Gardens for Dinu Pillat", AnnArt, Bucharest, Romania

2014 „Places”,The Art Museum in Timișoara, România

2013 „Forgotten minutes”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2012 „Seven stories with Stefan Caltia – Chapt. I - VII”, Galeria Posibilă, Bucharest

„Oak for the King – Flowers for the Quuen”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2009 „Winter”, Galeria Posibila, Bucharest

2008 „Drawings at Herina”, Evangelic Church in Herina, Bistrița-Năsăud, Romania

2006-2007 „Books with Drawings”, Galeria Posibilă, Bucharest

„The Merchant of Wings”, The Art Museum in Cluj

„Voyages Transilvaniens”, Bruckenthal Museum, Sibiu

2005

„Traveller’s Night”, Galeria Posibilă, Bucharest

2004

„XL”, event organized by Galeria Posibilă at Cărtureşti Library tea-house, Bucharest

„Traveller in Timişoara”, Mansarda gallery, UVT, Timişoara

2003

Schloss Honhardt, Germania

deINTERESE Gallery, Bucharest

2002

Phantastischen Bibliotek, Wetzatr, Germania

deINTERESE Gallery, Bucharest

1999

Galerie am Theater, Nümberg

Stofke Galleri, Copenhaga

1998

Leipziger Buchmesse, Germania

Galerie am Theater, Nümberg

1997

First Gallery, Timişoara

Zwischen den Welten, Fürth Stadttheater, Munchen, Germania

1996

Museum Brukenthal, Sibiu

Zwischen den Welten Goferie im Oftstadthof, Nümberg, Germania

1995

Tegnerforbundet Galeri, Oslo

Iffeldorf, Germania

Darmstadt, Germania

1994

23 Gallery, Dachau, Germania

1993

Catacomba Gallery, Bucharest

Knöl Gallery, Basel, Elveţia 

First Gallery, Timişoara

 

Group Exhibitions - from 1990 until present

2014

„The artistic education in Bucharest and Romanian art after 1950”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania

„Spring artZoom”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2013-2014

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

2012-2013

„Mica Artă Mare”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

„Summer artZoom _01”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2011

„Planning Notebook”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2010

„Cups With Plants From the Hills”, Galeria Posibilă, Bucharest

2002

Littman and White Galleries, Portland, Oregon, SUA

2000

Centre internaţional de l’Art fantastique, Château de Gruyères, Elveţia

1999

Centre internaţional de l’Art fantastique, Château de Gruyéres, Elveţia

1998

Figurative Art, Cobra Museum for Modern Art, Amstelveen, Holland

Performing Arts Centre, Tel Aviv

Arts & Crafts Center, Zion Le Rishon, Israel

1995

Göteborgs Kunstmuseum Konsthallen, Göteborg, Suedia

1994

Internaţional Art Fair, Chicago, SUA

1993

„Object – Book”, Amersfoort, Holland

„Object – Book”, Budapesta

1992

International Art Fair, Budapesta

1991

Oslo, Volda, Norvegia

 

 

Orders and medals:

King Mihai’s Medal for Loyalty

The Cross of The Royal Court of Romania

Order of The Faithful Service Big Cross

Order for Merits Big Cross

 

Publicațions (selecțion):

Ştefan Câlţia. Places, catalog of the exhibition from the Art Museum in Timișoara, Curtea Veche publishing, Bucharest, 2014, ISBN 978-606-588-759-6, with texts by Victor Neumann, Dan C. Mihailescu

Ștefan Câlția: Forgotten Minutes, catalog of the exhibition at  AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, 2013, ISBN 978-973-0-14624-0, with texts by Gabriela Massaci and Simona Vilău

 

I II III IV V VI VII stories with Ștefan Câlția, Matei Câlția (ed.), Posibilă publishing, Bucharest, 2013, ISBN 978-606-8296-95-1, with texts Patricia Bădulescu, Andrei Teleagă, Alexandra Dănescu, Carmen Oprescu, Adrian Buga, Ioana Mandeal, Sandra Demetrescu, Alexandra Mihoali, Tibor Hartel, Nicoate Sabău, Marian Pălie, Dan C. Mihăilescu, Victor Velculescu, Daniel Constantinescu, Vasile Dem. Zamfirescu, Horia-Roman Patapievici, Adrian Guță, Gabriela Massaci, Ion Bogdan Lefter

 

Ştefan Câlţia: Drawings for Herina, Matei Câlția (ed.), Posibilă publishing, Bucharest, 2009, ISBN 978-973-0-05967-0, cu texte de Oliv Mircea, Ioan Moga, Ştefan Câlţia

 

Ștefan Câlția, Matei Câlția (ed.), Posibilă publishing, Bucharest, 2004, ISBN 2889-33-094723, with texts by Adrian Guţă, Amelia Pavel

 

Artworks in public or private collections in Romania and abroad:

Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Iugoslavia, Norwey, Holland, USA, Det Norske Teatret – Oslo, The National Museum of Contemporary Arts – Oslo, Göteborgs Kunstemuseum – Sweden, Centre International de l’Art Fantastique, Château de Gruyéres, Swiss, National Museum of Art, Ministry of External Affairs’ Collection, Ministry of Culture’s Collection, Romanian Parliament’s Collection, Brukenthal Museum, BRD-GSG, ING Bank, Schering & Plough, Bristol – Meyers Squibb, Fildas etc.