"Art has been a part of my family for the past three generations. My father inspired me and helped nurture a true love for beaux-arts. My desire and goal were to create a harmonious blend of oil on canvas between realistic and abstract elements in portraiture, landscape, still life and abstract work.”
Anca Elena Jitariu was born and raised in Gura Humorului (Bukovina region), Romania. After an art debut at The Folk Art Museum in Gura Humorului, she continued to study Secular Painting at Ciprian Porumbescu Art College, Suceava. In 2010 Anca completed her studies with an MFA Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts Nicolae Grigorescu, Bucharest. The artist’s portfolio displays various themes, different oil and watercolor techniques in figurative, landscape, and also abstract compositions. Her style is defined by realistic detail with stylized backdrops.
Following experience in secular, Byzantine art and a variety of different painting techniques, Anca's work has been exhibited in over 20 exhibitions all over Romania and also international art projects. In 2016 Anca was invited to exhibit for ‘Alzheimer’s In the Frame’ at Elena Shchukina Gallery in London and attend a fundraising event with the painting Betty S. Robinson (1928 Olympic gold woman) at The Alzheimer’s Show, Olympia Center, UK. Currently, the artist lives and works in Cluj-Napoca (Transylvania region), maintaining a studio open to the public.
"I played with different concepts and techniques in an attempt to define my style. For a while, my desire and goal were to create a harmonious blend, on canvas, wood or wall, between realistic and abstract elements. Defining my unique signature was an insightful and soul-searching process, but it led me to better know my artistic self and gave me the clarity to recognize that my art revolves around classic details, with spontaneous large shapes. Early in my career, I was drawn to the Byzantine painting and this interest soon became an enabler to one of the projects most dear to my heart – painting Byzantine icons and alsecco for a church that quickly became a landmark in the area. This opened the door to countless mural art projects and painting exhibitions all across Romania.”
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