We salute the creation of the Romanian Artist CONNEction, a new workgroup of Romanian visual artists from Connecticut which will be part of Romanul Corp. The initiators of this group are the artists Ioana Barac, Luiza Budea, Ileana Dumitriu & Adrian Panaitisor. Among other ideas, they plan activities to promote their work, disseminate information about art and increase the visibility of the Romanian community in Connecticut.
The first meeting took place on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at the The New Old School of Music in West Hartford, CT, owned by musician Mirela Panaitisor.
The group invites artists with similar interests in visual arts to join them. For more details, please email us at email@example.com, contact the artists directly or stay tuned for more info to come on this page.
Romanian Artist CONNEction members at the event organized by the Romanian Honorary Consulate in Hartford, CT on December 8, 2022 to celebrate the Romanian National Day. In the picture, left to right: Jordan and Teri Tavernner, Luiza Budea, Ioana Barac, Adrian Panaitisor, Ileana Dumitriu, and Ioana Hobai.
Iulian Budea is a Romanian-born artist living and exhibiting in New York City. He has attended a prestigious art school in NYC on a full scholarship. His work spans sculpture, painting, pen & ink and printmaking.
Iulian’s work connects elements that are central to a dual Romanian-American experience. It integrates old-world symbolism with surrealist and expressionist elements, into images with universal appeal. His sketches combine elements of Romania’s spiritual tradition, architectural elements pertaining to his dual heritage, symbols from Greek and Roman mythology, and the expressive human figure into a cohesive vision that has as much to teach us about ourselves as it reveals about our world.
Luiza Budea completed her artistic studies in New York City, where she has had two decades of experience in various creative fields. She lives in Ridgefield CT where she has organized several community arts endeavors, including Ridgefield Art on Main. Currently, she is a consultant for Rafael Gallery on Madison Ave., NYC, and Fine Arts Project Coordinator for the Honorary Consulate of Romania to CT, preparing the launch of the National Heritage Mural Project as collaboration among Romanian-American artists around CT.