Ludo Nature by Catalina Codreanu

Catalina Codreanu

Linz, AUSTRIA - Austria


Born in Romania in 1988, Catalina studied Painting and the National University of Arts Bucharest
and Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma. She has international activity since graduation, such as solo and group exhibitions, publications in online and print magazines, art residencies, art camps, collaboration with the Salzburg Theater and other projects connected to the art world. Her works were shown in the national events White Night of the Galleries and Bucharest Art Gallery Weekend.

Catalina’s work revolves around the motherhood theme. Her current project Ludo not only indicates an immersion into her son’s world, but also in Catalina’s own childhood. Painted in a ludic registre, where flat forms intertwine strong colors, Ludo aims to take us back to when we were children. The artist invites the viewer to arrive in an atemporal space where one can activate childhood memories and identify with their inner child.

Artist statement

"I strongly believe that every genuine work of art is a self-portrait, in the most profound meaning of the terms “self” and “portrait”. My works tell the viewer who I am through a ludic, innocent language, while reflecting a self crazy in love with her best creation.

When I am not in the studio painting compositions that meet at the intersection of minimalism and figurative, I am working in the living room while taking care and photographs of my son. Small graphite drawings, needlework on fabric or on paper, collages, fast acrylic or watercolor paintings on small dimensions, conceptual work and even mother-son collaborations, they are all part of my artistic process that defines me as an artist and mother of a toddler.

While working, my son’s immense importance becomes a tool meant to look deeper into my mind, as it activates childhood memories that have so long waited to be remembered.

The “Ludo” series, which is inspired by my son’s actual stage, a playing toddler, aims to offer a view on childhood, memory and how the connection between the two makes us who we are, by exploring the concept of play.

The tendency to overscale the majority of my compositions came as a consequence of the greatness that I find in this unique connection between him and I. The flat forms and strong colors endorse the ludic theme and represent the way I play, inspired by my son, with painting."

Catalina Codreanu

Local shows

“MATER" solo show, ARTHOL Gallery, Bucharest, Romania, March 2018
"LUDO" selection in "Loving Vincent" artists exhibition "We cannot speak other than by our paintings", Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Indianapolis, IN, USA, January 2018
"LUDO" solo show, STURM UND DRANG GALERIE, Linz, Austria, Dec.2017-Jan.2018
Represented by STURM UND DRANG GALERIE, Linz, Austria, starting with December 2017
"3 Jahre" group exhibition, “Mater” series, STURM UND DRANG GALERIE, Linz, Austria, December 2017
CAF1, part of LUDO exhibited in a group show in Materia Repositorium by Seabam Gallery, Bucharest, October 2017
NAG 2017, Noaptea Alba a Galeriilor/White Night of the Art Galleries, LUDO series in group exhibition at ArtHub Bucharest, October 2017
"Ludo" solo show, Kube Musette, by Seabam Gallery, Bucharest, Romania, June 2017
“She will need her sisterhood”, The Floating Gallery, www.thefloatingcrew.com, Leeds, UK, March 2017
"Ludo", Pullman Hotel digital exhibition, by Daylighted, California, USA, March 2017
“Hope in the dark”, 3rd on 3rd Gallery, New York, January 2016
European International Book Art Biennale, group exhibition, Goa, India, November-December 2016
"Residency in Motherhood", by Lenka Clayton, October 2016- October 2017
“Loving Vincent” - painter/animator, The world’s first animation feature film, painter/animator, Gdansk, 2016
“Suntem oi sau ne prefacem?” exhibition, May 2016, National Association for Contemporary Visual Arts, Bucharest
Gallery Weekend - Bucharest WEG, third edition, April 2016, “Ultramarine” exhibition, National Association for Contemporary Visual Arts, Bucharest
Member of the UAP Bucharest (National Union for the Visual Artists) - since april 2016

Residency in the “Maternity Art Leave” project, Association for Promoting Contemporary Arts, 2015-present
Graduation exhibition at the “Căminul Artei” Gallery, Bucharest, January 2016
Art camp, Maternity Art Leave, 2 Mai and Mangalia, Romania, 2015

Selected Publications/Television/Radio:

Kronen zeitung, Artist profile by Elisabeth Vera Rathenböck, 18.01.2018
FM4 ORF- Radio interview in "Morningshow", 07.01.2018 
ORF2 OÖ- Oberösterreich Heute, 01.01.2018
Radio ORF OÖ- radio interview in the "Morningshow", 02.01.2018
Radio ORF OÖ- radio interview moderated by Isabella Minniberger, 01.01.2018
OÖ Nachrichten - Interview by Nora Bruckmüller, 29.12.2017
ORF2- Daheim in Österreich, interview by Guenther Loeffelmann, 27.12.2017
ORF3- Kultur Heute, interview by Guenther Loeffelmann, 27.12.2017
PROFIL, Austrian magazine, LUDO exhibition presentation, 25.12.2017
PROFIL, Austrian national magazine, interview, 18.12.2017
Radio Romania Cultural, "Scena si Ecranul", radio interview moderated by Elena Vladareanu, 11.12.2017, 15:00
ELLE Romania, interview, November 2017 issue
Antena 3, "Eroul zilei", Live interview on the Romanian national television, 26th of October 2017
Art7.fm, romanian art and culture web and radio platform, http://www.art7.fm/loving-vincent-filmul-despre-care-vorbim-cu-un-insider-interviu-cu-catalina-codreanu/, october 2017
Modernism.ro- The Leading Romanian Art Magazine Online - Q&A CĂTĂLINA CODREANU – 100 DE ARTIȘTI CONTEMPORANI ROMÂNI, http://www.modernism.ro/2017/09/19/qa-catalina-codreanu-100-de-artisti-contemporani-romani/, Sept. 2017
"Pseudoscienza Art Magazine Wien", Mater project, november 2016

Live talks and conferencess:

"Loving Vincent" Q&A moderated by film curator Doris BAUER- ASIFA 2 days animation festival, Filmcasino, premier in Austria, 22.11.2017, Vienna, Austria.
"Loving Vincent" Q&A in different cinemas.


2011-2015 – National University of Arts, Painting, Bucharest, Romania
2013-2014- Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Painting, Rome, Italy
2007-2010 -  University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Portuguese-French, Bucharest, Romania
2003-2007 - „Vasile Alecsandri” National College, Philology- Intensive English, Bacău, Romania

Certificates and diplomas:

Certificate of completing the training for “Loving Vincent”: Painted Stop-Motion Animation in Vincent van Gogh style, BreakThru Productions, Gdańsk, June 2016 (http://lovingvincent.com)
Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts, National University of Arts Bucharest, 2016
Bachelor Degree in Philology, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Portuguese-French, University of Bucharest, 2011
Trainer certificate, Eurostudies Center, 2010
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