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Cosmina

painter born in 1968

Cosmina in her studio

BIOGRAPHY

 

1968

Cosmina was born in Bucharest, Romania.

Her family fled the Ceaucescu regime and settled in Paris, France when she was a  teenager.

 

1986

She became a French citizen at the age of 18.

 

1991

Bachelor Degree In Japanese - INALCO (Institut National des Langues et  Civilisations Orientales). Encounter with the Academician François Cheng whose writings on art will have a great influence upon Cosmina’s art.

 

1992

Masters Degree in International Business - CPEI (Centre Préparatoire aux Echanges Internationaux).

 

1993

One year stay in Tokyo, Japan. She studied calligraphy in Ichigaya, Tokyo, Japan.

 

1998-1999

One year stay in New York, USA. She discovered American Abstract Expressionist artists.

 

1999

Encounter with Max Laniado in London.

 He encouraged her to completely dedicate herself to art.

 

2003-2006

She studied painting, drawing, sculpture, etching, lithography, and art history at the École des  Beaux-Arts de la Mairie de Paris.

 

2006 May

First personal exhibition stand at the 117th Salon des Artistes Indépendants *, Paris, France.

 

2006 Nov

Nov. Exhibition of “Aquatic Yin Yang” painting at the Grand Palais, Paris for the first « Art en Capital** ».

 

2007 Apr

Personal exhibition stand at 118th Salon des Artistes Indépendants, Paris, France

 

2007 Nov

 The painting “Blooming” is selected by the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts *** and exhibited in    the Grand Palais, Paris at the second « Art en Capital ».

 

2007 Dec

Cosmina is selected by the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts to exhibit in the Carrousel du Louvre,    Paris, France.

 

2008-2015

Eight annual Solo Shows at Visio Dell’Arte, Paris, France.

 

2009

The paintings “Fiery Emotions” and “Abyssal Sparks” were selected by Monte Paschi Bank to illustrate their 2010 calendar.

 

2010

Cosmina completed a private order of 15 paintings for the super-yacht “Blue Ice,”a floating museum permanently exhibiting her paintings.

 

2011-2012Two years of group exhibitions in Monte Paschi Bank, Paris, France.

 

2013 Jan

Solo show sponsored by Société Générale in Paris, France.

 

2015 Mar

“The Lights of Hope” - First Solo show in the USA at Max Laniado Gallery New York.

 

2016 Oct

“The External Facets of the Inner Self” - Second Solo show in the USA at Max Laniado Gallery New York (Chelsea).

 

2017 - Jan-Feb

Abstract Visions - Group Show

Max Laniado Gallery New York

 

2018 - Feb 14-18

Art en Capital - Salon du dessin et de la peinture à l'eau

(Drawing and Watercolor Art Fair)

Grand Palais - Paris (France)

 

2018

Cosmina becomes a member of the famous Taylor Foundation (founded by baron Taylor in 1844

 

2018 June

Solo show - Recent paintings on canvas.

High Line Lounge - Chelsea - New York

 

2018 June

Duo Show - Small works

Chelsea Lounge - New York

 

2018 Dec

Cosmina gets an official certified quotation for her paintings by eminent European experts. The official average value of Cosmina's paintings for 2019 is published on the famous guide Akoun ("the Bible" for cart collectors, dealers, and experts)

Latest book by Cosmina Ene

TOWARD ABSTRACTION

The Path to Abstraction in Modern Art

Cosmina Ene - Book: "Toward Abstraction - The Path to Abstraction in Modern Art"

104 pages

Paperback (8.6 x 8.6 in)

and Kindle editions

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* The Salon des Artistes Indépendants was created in 1884 by Neo and Post-impressionist painters and exhibiting for their first time, artists such as Braque, Cézanne, Chagall, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Matisse, Metzinger, Van Gogh, etc.

 

** Art en Capital was born in 2006 out of a desire by the “historic Salons of the Grand Palais” and by artists of differing approaches to focus on their differences, to join forces in order to create this unifying and innovative event. So for the last eight years, the Salon Comparaisons, Société des Artistes Français (Society of French Artists), Société des Artistes Indépendants (Society of Independent Artists), the Société Nationales des Beaux-Arts, and the Salon du Dessin et de la peinture à l’eau (Drawing and Watercolour Salon) have come together under the glass roof of the Grand Palais.

 

*** The Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts was created in 1862 by French writer Théophille Gauthier and painters such as Delacroix, Manet, Puvis de Chavannes, etc. and sculptor Auguste Rodin.

 

ARTISTIC APPROACH

 

A Very Personal Style (Artistic Approach by Cosmina)

 

My painting style was built little by little through my personal life experience. Born in Europe and raised in France, I was initiated into oil painting at the early age of eight years old.  Since then, I have always used oil paint to create my works.  This traditional medium has been used by European painters for many centuries.

I think it is the most durable and pleasing medium with which to work.

 

I graduated university with a degree in Japanese language and culture.  I also studied Chinese painting and practiced Japanese calligraphy.  This is why I like to structure my compositions with the duality symbolized by the yin and the yang: light and dark, empty and full.  I spend a lot of time on each of my paintings, trying to find this balance of harmony to emphasize the spiritual expression of the painting, and to create colors that will drive the spectator to meditation.

 

In my paintings, the graphics are deliberately reduced to the simplest expression: point and line.  I chose this graphic approach after reading Wassily Kandinsky’s and Paul Klee’s writings.  These “shapes-colors” are direct indications whose unique purpose is to reach those who look at them and trigger an expression of feelings.  The absence of any object suggestion strengthens the idea that there is no need for words – something does not need to be described in order to be felt.

 

I chose the approach of “drip painting” adopted by Jackson Pollock.  These unexpected and unpredictable flecks of paint, flung with a controlled randomness upon the canvas, are a way to free the emotions that are deeply buried within us. Painting in this way led me to create an approach that I call “controlled serendipitous painting.” I use different types of tools in order to control the shape of my paint marks and the intensity of their color. This method allows me to work upon a canvas in a spontaneous manner that reflects the nature of the universe. It also serves to express the complexity of human thinking, and the unpredictability of human reactions.

 

I like to work on a painting until I am satisfied with these unpredictable paint marks and that they translate perfectly the feelings I wish to express.  A painting is finished when this goal is reached.

 

Working on a painting on the floor and turning around it, as the Amerindians did on the sand, gives me the feeling of actively participating in the construction of the work, and allows me to physically and mentally immerse myself into the pictorial universe.  I enjoy being overwhelmed by the colors; I like this journey “in” the painting. This is also what I desire for the spectator: to allow one’s minds to go blank and immerse oneself in the colorful universe, as a way to awaken the senses.

 

My work is essentially based on the relationship that is established between the spectator and the painting.

I am not interested in the relational power between the “shapes-colors” and the pictorial space; rather, I am interested in the induced emotional experience for the spectator.

 

Every year, since 2006, I have chosen a wide abstract idea to give a common thread to my paintings and build my collections. I then develop this idea through ten or twelve paintings in varying colors and compositions.

THE MYRIADES

2006 - 2009

Cosmina - Yin Yang Aquatic - oil on canvas - 2006 - Her first fully abstract painting

TEMPORAL VIBRATIONS 2009 - 2010

Cosmina - Temporal Vibrations - oil on canvas - 2009

LIFE DRIVE

2010 - 2012

Cosmina - Life Drive - Untitled ref 06-11 - oil on canvas - 2011

FROM APPEARANCE

TO QUINTESSENCE

2012 - 2013

Cosmina - From Appearance to Quintessence - Untitled ref. 05-12 - oil on canvas - 2012

THE METAMORPHOSIS OF THE INNER SELF 2013

Cosmina - The Metamorphosis of the Innerself - Untitled ref 03-13 -  Oil on canvas - 2013

THE LIGHTS OF HOPE 2015

Cosmina - The Lights of Hope - Untitled ref US01 - oil on canvas - 2015

MYSTERIES OF THE WIND 2016

Cosmina - Mysteries of the Wind - Untitled ref US08 - oil on canvas - 2015

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THE EXTERNAL FACETS OF THE INNER SELF 2017

Cosmina - The External Facets of the Inner Self Untitled ref US36 - Oil on canvas - 2017

Untitled ref. US01 | 2016

Oil on canvas | 36 x 72 in (91.4 x 182.9 cm)

US 01

Cosmina explains her painting Untitled ref. US01

 

This painting is part of the collection titled the "Mysteries of the wind" or "The Symphony of the Wind".

 

The wind is an invisible but powerful element that awakens sounds and animates the universe.

it is the orchestra conductor that makes nature sing and composes a celestial melody that one must learn to listen. It also makes leaves, plants, hair dance It is the choreographer who gives rhythm the un-hoped dance of the universe.

The wind is also the breath or the blow that animates the mind and the creative drive.

It is the puff that brings peace and quiet necessary for creation and meditation.

It is also the wind that induces anger and disturbs the minds. The wind or the breath invites to a journey in the inner self.

 

This is the "Mystery of the wind"

 

In this painting, titled US01, the powerful contrast of colors provokes a psychological drama favorable with meditation and with the quest for new emotions. It is the evocation of the wind, this infinite vitality of the universe that requires from the spectator a cosmic meaning for the mystery of the invisible energies that animate the space. The two opposite movements of the colored spots throw the spectator not the outside but inside. They incite to plunge into the deepest of the inner self and invite to the search for the expression of emotions deeply buried inside. The idea is not to turn on ourselves to do  introspection. It is about to make oneself available to search and know what is beyond the human knowledge.

 

The graphic minimalism suggests humility; one must get rid of what is unnecessary to let oneself dive in our emotions and enjoy our own meditative power.

 

The subtle modulation of the colored spots dematerializes the surfaces to allow the passage of this imperceptible and light entity: the puff of the wind.

 

The impression of unsharpness et blurred colors prevents the shapes to stiffen and suggest the idea of dematerialization. It is the wind, mysterious and imperceptible, that animates the universe. It is the breath of the meditative energy.

 

Cosmina - 2016

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SELECTED PRESS ARTICLES

Read: Article and interview with Cosmina

The New York Optimist is a weekly online magazine, focusing on the arts, Painting Sculpture, filmmaking, Photography, Fashion, dining, education,

 

At the occasion of Cosmina's solo exhibition in New York (November 2016), John Sebastian, CEO and publisher of the New York Optimist, met with the artist and published a comprehensive article and interview with Cosmina.

 

Click here to read...

 

Article PinPoint on Cosmina Article about Cosmina - Painting the Invisible
Read Article about Cosmina - in French (Journal le Parisien) - Les mystères du vent - Le vent, la symphonie de la terre.

GAZETTE DROUOT - OCTOBER 2015

Read article about Cosmina - Cosmina The Mysteries of the wind - Gazette Drouot - in French and in English

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

 

COSMINA, THE MYSTERIES OF THE WIND

For several years, Cosmina, born in 1968, has met a great success. She has become a bestseller in galleries in Paris, then in New York. She had not exhibited in Paris for the last two years. Her latest collection of about ten paintings is based on the theme of the wind. Like for her previous collections, this one is dedicated to the "element of nature, invisible yet powerful, that awakens sounds and animate the universe". Once more, she invites us to a journey, to the meeting between the spectator and the composition with soft and yet energetic colors. A must see exhibition...

ON NATIONAL TELEVISION - February 28, 2014

TV Report by Olivier de Rincquesen , one of the most prominent art journalists in France, at the occasion of a major exhibition in Paris (France.)

BFM TV is a 24-hour rolling news and weather channel based in France and available globally via digital, cable and satellite television. It is the country's most-watched news network with 10 million daily viewers.

 

Copyright © BFM TV

Subtitled in English

GAZETTE DROUOT - MARCH 2012

Article about Cosmina - Gazette Drouot 2012

The only francophone magazine dedicated to the art market, auction and latest news in the art world.

 

Published weekly, it is a reference for all art lovers, collectors and art professionals.

 

A monthly international edition is published in English.

GAZETTE DROUOT - NOVEMBER 2011

Article about Cosmina - Vibrations Temporelles - Gazette Drouot 2011

BOOKS

Book by Cosmina Ene - "Toward Abstraction - The Path to Abstraction in Modern Art"

TOWARD ABSTRACTION

The Path to Abstraction in Modern Art

by Cosmina Ene

 

This book is an incentive for art lovers and art collectors to visit museums, and to understand the influences that led the masters of Modern Art toward Abstraction. It may also be an inspirational guide for contemporary artists in their search toward new developments in Art. This book includes 255 references to Modern Art artworks and a bibliography.

Publication date: 2017

Paperback 104 pages 9" x 6"

978-1-53-224130-4

Also available in E-Book

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Book - Cosmina - Painting the Souces of the Self - Retrospective 2014-2017 - 62 pages, 33 color photos.

COSMINA

Painting the Sources of the Self

Retrospective 2014-2017

 

Text in French and English

Publication date: 2017

Paperback 62 pages - 33 photos - 8.5" x 8.5"

Also available in E-Book

ISBN 978-1-52-114746-7

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Book - Cosmina - Painting the Invisible - Retrospective 2006-2013 - 140 pages - 77 color photos - Texts in English and French

COSMINA

Painting the invisible

Retrospective 2006-2013

 

Text in French and English

ISBN: 978-2-919309-05-4

Publication date: 2013

Hard cover 140 pages, 77 photos, 11" x 11"

Book By Cosmina - Paul Klee's Legacy - 200 pages and over 800 references.

PAUL KLEE'S LEGACY

by Cosmina Ene

 

With Wassily Kandinsky and Joseph Albers, Paul Klee's was one of the fathers of abstraction.

 

In this  essay, Cosmina analyses Paul Klee's theories and symbolism, and his influence on Modern Art masters such as: Joan Miro, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and Cy Twombly.

Cosmina has scrutinized hundreds of artworks.

 

200 pages - Over 800 references to artworks.

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Book by Cosmina Ene - Paul Klee - Art and Teachings - 216 pages and 1434 references

PAUL KLEE - Art and Teachings

by Cosmina Ene

 

In her second book dedicated to Paul Klee, Cosmina explains why Paul Klee's art theories and writings are considered as the fundamentals of Modern and Abstract Art, and continue to influence contemporary artists.

 

 

216 pages - 1434 references to artworks and writings

(Bibliography: 21 selected books)

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Cosmina in her studio
Cosmina Ene - Book: "Toward Abstraction - The Path to Abstraction in Modern Art"
Cosmina - Yin Yang Aquatic - oil on canvas - 2006 - Her first fully abstract painting
Cosmina - Temporal Vibrations - oil on canvas - 2009
Cosmina - Life Drive - Untitled ref 06-11 - oil on canvas - 2011
Cosmina - From Appearance to Quintessence - Untitled ref. 05-12 - oil on canvas - 2012
Cosmina - The Metamorphosis of the Innerself - Untitled ref 03-13 -  Oil on canvas - 2013
Cosmina - The Lights of Hope - Untitled ref US01 - oil on canvas - 2015
Cosmina - Mysteries of the Wind - Untitled ref US08 - oil on canvas - 2015
Cosmina - The External Facets of the Inner Self Untitled ref US36 - Oil on canvas - 2017
Article PinPoint on Cosmina Article about Cosmina - Painting the Invisible
Read Article about Cosmina - in French (Journal le Parisien) - Les mystères du vent - Le vent, la symphonie de la terre.
Read article about Cosmina - Cosmina The Mysteries of the wind - Gazette Drouot - in French and in English
Article about Cosmina - Gazette Drouot 2012
Article about Cosmina - Vibrations Temporelles - Gazette Drouot 2011
Book by Cosmina Ene - "Toward Abstraction - The Path to Abstraction in Modern Art"
Book - Cosmina - Painting the Souces of the Self - Retrospective 2014-2017 - 62 pages, 33 color photos.
Book - Cosmina - Painting the Invisible - Retrospective 2006-2013 - 140 pages - 77 color photos - Texts in English and French
Book By Cosmina - Paul Klee's Legacy - 200 pages and over 800 references.
Book by Cosmina Ene - Paul Klee - Art and Teachings - 216 pages and 1434 references

MAX LANIADO FINE ARTS

Cosmina in her studio

FROM APPEARANCE

TO QUINTESSENCE

2012 - 2013

THE METAMORPHOSIS OF THE INNER SELF 2013

Cosmina Ene - Book: "Toward Abstraction - The Path to Abstraction in Modern Art"
Article PinPoint on Cosmina Article about Cosmina - Painting the Invisible
Read Article about Cosmina - in French (Journal le Parisien) - Les mystères du vent - Le vent, la symphonie de la terre.
Read article about Cosmina - Cosmina The Mysteries of the wind - Gazette Drouot - in French and in English
Article about Cosmina - Gazette Drouot 2012
Article about Cosmina - Vibrations Temporelles - Gazette Drouot 2011
Book by Cosmina Ene - "Toward Abstraction - The Path to Abstraction in Modern Art"
Book - Cosmina - Painting the Souces of the Self - Retrospective 2014-2017 - 62 pages, 33 color photos.
Book - Cosmina - Painting the Invisible - Retrospective 2006-2013 - 140 pages - 77 color photos - Texts in English and French
Book By Cosmina - Paul Klee's Legacy - 200 pages and over 800 references.
Book by Cosmina Ene - Paul Klee - Art and Teachings - 216 pages and 1434 references