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Architecture is perhaps the most complete art form, it reunites all the other arts and gives us homes, offices, museums and many more. “Sketching emotions” comes to show how 9 talented artists look at the world around them, beautiful buildings that are “decoded” through their feelings and encapsulated in beautiful images made in watercolor, ink, pencil and combined methods.

And if you want to find more about what drives the artists you can, the book is a blend of written stories combined with beautiful full color printed images from each artist portfolio.

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Eduard Pascu

Eduard Pascu

He thinks one of the most difficult things for an artist is to describe themselves. As an artist and architect, he believes that what best describes him is his art. And yet, here are a few words about the man and the artist.

Eduard Pascu is an architect who graduated from high school with a Major in Architecture. He then further pursued his studies and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture which played an important role in his training as a watercolor artist.

The six years of university spent in the dormitory also marked his personal and professional training, as he found many sources of inspiration and encouragement. He would not necessarily describe himself as a bohemian artist, but rather as a calm, quiet person, seeking to observe the positive elements in any situation or image.

He loves to travel, he is a design enthusiast, in whatever form it may come, and he is also passionate about history, architecture and, of course, art. He always tries to be honest in his work and to illustrate things from a personal perspective.

He believes everyone is sculpted by their own experiences which is why we are all different and have a lot to say whether it comes out in written, painted, sung, or projected form. This is as much as he can say about himself, the rest is to be discovered from his work.

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Corneliu Dragan

Corneliu Drăgan

Corneliu Drăgan was born on March 3, 1956, in Bucharest. In 1981, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Engineering Installations in Bucharest. He had studied painting in private, with Master Horea Cucerzan and drawing with sculptor Iorgos Iliopolos. He is now member of several societies and organizations among which:

  • In 2020, he became an associate member of the Plastic Artists Union in Romania, Râmnicu Vâlcea;
  • In 2019, he became a founding member of the Watercolor Artists Club in Romania;
  • In 2016, he became an associate member of the National Watercolor Society in San Pedro, California, United States;
  • In 2013, he became an international member of the Watercolors Society in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

He has won numerous prizes among which the 4th place at the International Watercolor Festival CASTRA 2019, Lokarjeva Gallery & IWS SLOVENIA, Ajdovscina, Slovenia in 2019. Also in 2019, he won the Excellence Award at the Art Gallery Boris Georgiev, 2nd International Triennial Watercolor – Spirit & IWS Bulgaria, Varna, Bulgaria.

  • “An artist fully dedicated to his mission and profession, Corneliu Drăgan – Târgovişte unfolds his art now with one technique: watercolor painting, and thus his option acquires an additional merit: his position outside the “current”, naturally followed by the stimulation of public interest regarding this technique which is located right at the fine line between easel graphics and painting itself.
  • I was privileged enough to see him working, in trance, with throttle feelings, with a sharp observation spirit for the topics characteristics and using a perfect technique, which is his technique, built up as per the measure of the painter, time, materials.
  • The artist manifests himself with sincerity and dedication, as a painter of reverie and nostalgia, able to look at everything that surrounds him with a careful eye, eternally in love with harmony.”
  • -Luiza Barcan, art critic and historian

  • “The true aquarellists are happy people, not wretched ones. Corneliu Drăgan – Târgovişte is as they are, a creator who crossed the most various techniques and images. This recent period, he testifies in all kinds his dedication to the delicate strength of the watercolor valences.
  • I was privileged enough to see him working, in trance, with throttle feelings, with a sharp observation spirit for the topics characteristics and using a perfect technique, which is his technique, built up as per the measure of the painter, time, materials.
  • It is a true dance of the total creation process, it is more a ritual of the imitative art miracle. The landscapes of Corneliu Drăgan – Târgovişte watercolors are very special and so special are also all the things surrounding him, corners of workshop or nature clippings, grassroots or those of the color tubes mosaic or the creative brushes.
  • I knew he was the best aquarellist from Romania. Now, he is appreciated in other countries as well, by international specialists who know how watercolor is done and mostly how loved it is.”
  • -Marius Tiţa, Art critic

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Mugur Popa

Mugur Popa

Mugur Popa was born on September 15, 1964 in Constanța where he attended Art School under the guidance of Master Gheorghe Caruțiu. He later graduated from the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest.

  • “In different corners of the country, whether in the mountains or at the seaside, Mugur always takes out his drawing sheets and watercolors. To him, watercolors is like a room for others.”
  • -Raluca Ioana Enachescu

  • “Mugur is a refined observer, which is why his watercolors really reflect reality, a reality filtered by his own sensitivity. Landscapes of any kind, houses, plants, animals, and people – all are gently shaped by the mere fusion of color which is carefully mastered by the artist.”
  • -Armand Steriadi

Popa regularly organizes painting workshops and is the regional leader of the Urban Sketches Group in Romania, as well as the founder and manager of the Urban Sketches groups in Bucharest, Constanța and Ploiești.

He has participated in international exhibitions, symposiums and international art camps in France, Italy, Canada, North Macedonia, Lithuania, Romania, his works being in private collections in Romania, as well as abroad.

  • “I hope my art will give the viewers as much joy as creating it gave me!”
  • -Mugur Popa


Dhruba Mazumder

Dhruba Mazumder

Dhruba Mazumder is a painter who paints with watercolors as the primary painting medium. He was born and brought up in Assam, a state in the North-Eastern part of India and a region full of natural beauties such as rain forests, rivers, wild orchids, tea gardens and rice fields.

Although he has been sketching and drawing since childhood, it is only around 2011 that painting became an integral part of his life. In 2012, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at the Mysore State Open University in India.

He was first inspired to paint in watercolors when he attended an art event entitled “Chitra Santhe”, meaning Art Fair, in Bengaluru, India, in January 2009. The medium, with its bright, dynamic and spontaneous appearance, intrigued him.

In spite of watercolor being considered an unforgiving and complicated painting medium, he took the challenge and gave it a try. He immediately fell in love with this beautiful medium and has been learning about watercolor painting ever since.

Although his art is influenced by Impressionism, some of his favorite watercolor artists are John Singer Sargent, Edward Seago, J. M. W. Turner and Andrew Wyeth. For Dhruba, capturing the essence of a scene in his paintings is an important aspect as he likes to convey moods, atmosphere and energy with every work. Inspiration for his paintings come from everyday life and surroundings – he loves to paint landscapes, both rural and urban scenes, as well as floral setups.

His painting process is rather simple as he prefers to paint on a quarter or half of an imperial size watercolor paper depending on the subject. Watercolor is a dynamic medium so the pigments diluted with water need enough surface area on the paper to move and mingle to do their own magic. Working on smaller size papers reduces this opportunity.

Only a few basic techniques are necessary to create a successful watercolor painting. It is better to practice and know very well the effects of these few techniques than trying to paint with many. But it is also important to learn new techniques from time to time.

He genuinely believes that watercolor deserves respect. It is unpredictable and therefore cannot be fully controlled. Once people accept these facts, the fun of painting begins. The fresh and spontaneous results of the watercolor medium show when one paints with courage and less in a controlling way. Only then can the medium reveal its potential, energy and start connecting to the artist.

He has always painted with watercolors because he has always found this medium challenging and satisfying at the same time. Although he has started painting with oils and acrylics only recently, watercolors remains his favorite medium. He had the opportunity to exhibit his paintings in both juried and invited art shows in various cities around the globe.

He also conducts watercolor painting workshops, teaches drawing, sketching and takes painting assignments. He lives and works in Bucharest, Romania.

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Mircea Corcodel

Mircea Corcodel

Mircea Corcodel was born on September 7, 1957 in Bucharest. He is a founding member of the Order of the Architects and of the Union of Architects in Romania. He graduated from the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest 1986.

  • “I have traveled, I caught on paper what I saw, I made sketches… It’s easy! I like to seize the moment as it is…warm. This is how I feel about watercolors too – they are like an emotion, mood, or gesture. Observing – this is how our plastic journey should begin. Light, transparency, color and life are the things I wish to transmute in my works.
  • When I play with watercolors, I feel the vibrancy of the uncertainty of the present moment. Feeling, emotion, moment, sparkle, light, in another words ADVENTURE – this is what watercolors are all about! I don’t like routine and this is why I try to change things and blend techniques – watercolors, ink and chalk or acryl and chalk. I have always loved graphics as I found myself and lost myself in its mirage.
  • Watercolors was and still is considered an add-on of the oil painting technique, a sort of “Cinderella” of the painting world. However, watercolor is the most difficult technique so it’s for the brave and the adventurous. It surely deserves a better fate. I will relentlessly support watercolors and be an advocate because it offers so much joy, emotion and feeling.
  • Nature, urban landscape, portrait, flowers, architectural details, seascape or trees are some of the themes I touched upon which have enriched my soul. In my works, I always like to emphasize the touches because they define better the volumes and light.
  • I have traveled all across Romania and to Spain, Italy, Greece and Austria as well and discovered so many wonderful places which filled my heart. I wanted to catch the warmth and the light shining and bring them in your hearts! I invite you to explore a dream universe filled with color!”
  • -Architect Mircea Corcodel

  • “…This architect, because this is how I should refer to Mircea CORCODEL as, although he crosses a period of physical and creative maturity, never ceases to amaze us with the impressive fervor of his actions.
  • He adds and lays on paper image after image, moods, objects, landscapes, colors. Nothing escapes him as you will find in his workshop, like in a hallucinating movie, piles of manifestations of the exuberant talent with which he was endowed; and you feel confused as you cannot tell which one is the most successful, most vivid, most authentic…
  • He generously engages in social, educational, administrative and even physical actions that he makes you wonder how he finds the time to overwhelm and charm us with offering such beauty!”
  • -Dr.Arh. Dunel COSMA, May 2019

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Nadia Negru

Mircea Corcodel

Nadia Negru was born on October 10, 1979, in Săseni, Călăraşi, Moldova. Regarding her studies, she graduated from the “Igor Vieru” Plastic Arts High School in Chişinău in 1999. In 2004, she graduated from the Academy of Music, Theater and Plastic Arts (majoring in Fashion Design) in Chişinău; and in 2010, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture at the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest.

With respect to her artistic evolution, she had her debut in 1992 with two paintings with a sports theme, entitled “Les jeux olimpique” in Chişinău. In 1997, she held a personal exhibition at the National Museum of History in Chişinău, Moldova.

As artists, art is the only place of actual refuge in itself, where you can create while staying connected to the surrounding reality. It is an exercise artists get better at in time. Thus, the works can easily see the world reflected through the artist’s eyes, places where they travel, places they dream about, faces and silhouettes of people, glimpses of memories or expressive objects which surround them. Architecture and design, fields Nadia Negru has embraced with all her love, have marked her development as an artist.

Of all the techniques she employed throughout her study years, she has chosen watercolor, a full-fledged painting technique, and a very vivid one in which she finds herself. Always spontaneous and changing, it attracts Nadia by the way in which it challenges her, changing its mood through the fluidity of colors, brightness, transparency…

She considers herself a nostalgic artist as the main focus of her work remains the landscape, old architecture, bits of history and rural stories. Flowers also appear as a theme, designed to give joy, even just for one moment, to the soul who’s looking at them.

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Raluca Morariu

Raluca Morariu

An architect by profession, Raluca Morariu divides her time between her projects, painting, graphics, photography, and design ideas. She has been drawing and painting since childhood as she grew up in an artistic environment.

She fondly remembers the creative atmosphere that always existed in her family, with her mother, enthusiastic architect and painter too, who brought new challenges and artistic projects every day. Raluca has first painted in watercolors with her mother who encouraged her to experiment and find her own direction in life as well as in art.

Perhaps because of her training as an architect, she is also interested in ink graphics and watercolor as artistic means of expression, both of them familiar techniques which she employed to illustrate projects since college, and which also brought another level of expression and emotion than the digital medium.

Raluca is passionate about diving and hiking, wandering the streets of an unknown city without a map, with the surprises and discoveries of the moment, so she likes to observe something new in familiar places too, a certain mood, another light angle, a fresh perspective.

On sunny days, one of her greatest joys is to start looking for topics in Bucharest, on alleys or at the Village Museum and spontaneously start painting, trying to capture the mood of the place as much as possible. Her drawing papers are always present in her backpack and so are a few brushes and a fountain pen!

In recent years, she has dedicated more and more time to painting, experimenting with new techniques and approaches, and at the same time she tries to refine her own style, in search of greater simplicity and naturalness.

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Claudiu Popescu

Claudiu Popescu

In Claudiu Popescu’s childhood, most of which he spent in Bucharest, someone in the family had noticed he could draw really well. As a consequence, he went to a painting club for children, and in the following years, he became more and more interested and closer to art.

At the club, he would usually draw in pencil or paint in tempera, and he remembers how the teacher would tell them a story about a great painter at the beginning of each meeting and explained them how the painter had approached the subject they were going to study.

At one point, one of Popescu’s drawings even got published in the newspaper – it was in an article on Women’s Day, March 8. He has many pleasant memories from that period which was essential for his initial training, for discovering a wonderful artistic world, which he might not have had access to otherwise.

However, when the time came to choose a profession, he decided he wanted to be an engineer and so graduated from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, because back then there was a general tendency, “programmed” by the family and society, to opt for a “serious” and “safe” career, especially since he also liked sciences like mathematics and physics.

After completing his studies, there followed a long period when, concerned with practicing his profession as well as possible and caught up in the whirlpool of life, he had set aside any creative artistic activities.

Yet, something happened at one point when he was visiting a painting exhibition of the National Art Museum, he felt “something”, like a great emotion, a revelation beyond his understanding. Something that seemed to suggest an answer to profound questions, such as those in the title of Gauguin’s famous painting, “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”. The result was understanding and acknowledging that painting is one of the highest manifestations of the human spirit.

He was glad to rediscover in himself something which he didn’t know still existed, a new meaning of life, so the entire set of values had changed. Thus he started painting again and later participated in a few watercolor paintings exhibitions, including the well-known international watercolors exhibition IWS 2019.

He has participated in the plein-air meetings of the Urban Sketcher Group in Bucharest, which helped him develop his artistic vision. In the works presented in the following pages, he attempts an exercise of personal expression, with the intention of conveying ideas, feelings and experiences which suggest the viewer the beauty of life.

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Lucia Juncu

Lucia Juncu

Lucia Juncu graduated from the “Igor Vieru” Plastic Arts High School in Chişinău, Moldova in 1983. Between 1986 and 1989, she took lessons of composition, drawing and painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts Institute in Tallinn.

In 1995, she graduated from the Faculty of Plastic Arts in Chişinău, Moldova. Regarding some of her professional experience, she was a Professor of Plastic Arts in Chişinău, Moldova between 2001 and 2004; then, she was a lecturer for one year at the Institute of Plastic Arts in Chişinău, Moldova. Between 2006 and 2009, she was a Fine Art Restorer in Bucharest, Romania.

Among her personal exhibitions are the following:

  • In 2018 – “The Season of Color” – U-ART Gallery;
  • In 2017 – “Painting and Graphics” – World Trade Center;
  • In 2017 – “People and Places” – Mihai Eminescu Cultural Center, Luceafărul Gallery;
  • In 2016 – “The Painting” – Municipal Museum Curtea de Arges.
  • “There is a terrible parable of Jesus Christ, in which he is brought forth an adulteress, and he is asked in temptation what he thinks of the fact that Moses ordered the Jews to misuse such women, and how to proceed with that woman. Twice Jesus leaned, wrote something in the sand, in total isolation from the subject under debate, a brilliant abstraction of God…
  • I have remembered this pericope in the context of seeing a few watercolor works by Lucia Juncu. Why? Well, because her personality and the way she paints evoke these: calmness, wisdom, perfectly handling a situation, and a flawless artisan, regardless of tensions, pressure and prescriptions.”
  • -Vladimir Bulat

Eduard Pascu

He thinks one of the most difficult things for an artist is to describe themselves. As an artist and architect, he believes that what best describes him is his art. And yet, here are a few words about the man and the artist.

Eduard Pascu is an architect who graduated from high school with a Major in Architecture. He then further pursued his studies and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture which played an important role in his training as a watercolor artist.

The six years of university spent in the dormitory also marked his personal and professional training, as he found many sources of inspiration and encouragement. He would not necessarily describe himself as a bohemian artist, but rather as a calm, quiet person, seeking to observe the positive elements in any situation or image.

He loves to travel, he is a design enthusiast, in whatever form it may come, and he is also passionate about history, architecture and, of course, art. He always tries to be honest in his work and to illustrate things from a personal perspective.

He believes everyone is sculpted by their own experiences which is why we are all different and have a lot to say whether it comes out in written, painted, sung, or projected form. This is as much as he can say about himself, the rest is to be discovered from his work.

Corneliu Dragan

Corneliu Drăgan was born on March 3, 1956, in Bucharest. In 1981, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Engineering Installations in Bucharest. He had studied painting in private, with Master Horea Cucerzan and drawing with sculptor Iorgos Iliopolos. He is now member of several societies and organizations among which:

  • In 2020, he became an associate member of the Plastic Artists Union in Romania, Râmnicu Vâlcea;
  • In 2019, he became a founding member of the Watercolor Artists Club in Romania;
  • In 2016, he became an associate member of the National Watercolor Society in San Pedro, California, United States;
  • In 2013, he became an international member of the Watercolors Society in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

He has won numerous prizes among which the 4th place at the International Watercolor Festival CASTRA 2019, Lokarjeva Gallery & IWS SLOVENIA, Ajdovscina, Slovenia in 2019. Also in 2019, he won the Excellence Award at the Art Gallery Boris Georgiev, 2nd International Triennial Watercolor – Spirit & IWS Bulgaria, Varna, Bulgaria.

  • “An artist fully dedicated to his mission and profession, Corneliu Drăgan – Târgovişte unfolds his art now with one technique: watercolor painting, and thus his option acquires an additional merit: his position outside the “current”, naturally followed by the stimulation of public interest regarding this technique which is located right at the fine line between easel graphics and painting itself.
  • I was privileged enough to see him working, in trance, with throttle feelings, with a sharp observation spirit for the topics characteristics and using a perfect technique, which is his technique, built up as per the measure of the painter, time, materials.
  • The artist manifests himself with sincerity and dedication, as a painter of reverie and nostalgia, able to look at everything that surrounds him with a careful eye, eternally in love with harmony.”
  • -Luiza Barcan, art critic and historian

  • “The true aquarellists are happy people, not wretched ones. Corneliu Drăgan – Târgovişte is as they are, a creator who crossed the most various techniques and images. This recent period, he testifies in all kinds his dedication to the delicate strength of the watercolor valences.
  • I was privileged enough to see him working, in trance, with throttle feelings, with a sharp observation spirit for the topics characteristics and using a perfect technique, which is his technique, built up as per the measure of the painter, time, materials.
  • It is a true dance of the total creation process, it is more a ritual of the imitative art miracle. The landscapes of Corneliu Drăgan – Târgovişte watercolors are very special and so special are also all the things surrounding him, corners of workshop or nature clippings, grassroots or those of the color tubes mosaic or the creative brushes.
  • I knew he was the best aquarellist from Romania. Now, he is appreciated in other countries as well, by international specialists who know how watercolor is done and mostly how loved it is.”
  • -Marius Tiţa, Art critic

Mugur Popa

Mugur Popa was born on September 15, 1964 in Constanța where he attended Art School under the guidance of Master Gheorghe Caruțiu. He later graduated from the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest.

  • “In different corners of the country, whether in the mountains or at the seaside, Mugur always takes out his drawing sheets and watercolors. To him, watercolors is like a room for others.”
  • -Raluca Ioana Enachescu

  • “Mugur is a refined observer, which is why his watercolors really reflect reality, a reality filtered by his own sensitivity. Landscapes of any kind, houses, plants, animals, and people – all are gently shaped by the mere fusion of color which is carefully mastered by the artist.”
  • -Armand Steriadi

Popa regularly organizes painting workshops and is the regional leader of the Urban Sketches Group in Romania, as well as the founder and manager of the Urban Sketches groups in Bucharest, Constanța and Ploiești.

He has participated in international exhibitions, symposiums and international art camps in France, Italy, Canada, North Macedonia, Lithuania, Romania, his works being in private collections in Romania, as well as abroad.

  • “I hope my art will give the viewers as much joy as creating it gave me!”
  • -Mugur Popa

Dhruba Mazumder

Dhruba Mazumder is a painter who paints with watercolors as the primary painting medium. He was born and brought up in Assam, a state in the North-Eastern part of India and a region full of natural beauties such as rain forests, rivers, wild orchids, tea gardens and rice fields.

Although he has been sketching and drawing since childhood, it is only around 2011 that painting became an integral part of his life. In 2012, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at the Mysore State Open University in India.

He was first inspired to paint in watercolors when he attended an art event entitled “Chitra Santhe”, meaning Art Fair, in Bengaluru, India, in January 2009. The medium, with its bright, dynamic and spontaneous appearance, intrigued him.

In spite of watercolor being considered an unforgiving and complicated painting medium, he took the challenge and gave it a try. He immediately fell in love with this beautiful medium and has been learning about watercolor painting ever since.

Although his art is influenced by Impressionism, some of his favorite watercolor artists are John Singer Sargent, Edward Seago, J. M. W. Turner and Andrew Wyeth. For Dhruba, capturing the essence of a scene in his paintings is an important aspect as he likes to convey moods, atmosphere and energy with every work. Inspiration for his paintings come from everyday life and surroundings – he loves to paint landscapes, both rural and urban scenes, as well as floral setups.

His painting process is rather simple as he prefers to paint on a quarter or half of an imperial size watercolor paper depending on the subject. Watercolor is a dynamic medium so the pigments diluted with water need enough surface area on the paper to move and mingle to do their own magic. Working on smaller size papers reduces this opportunity.

Only a few basic techniques are necessary to create a successful watercolor painting. It is better to practice and know very well the effects of these few techniques than trying to paint with many. But it is also important to learn new techniques from time to time.

He genuinely believes that watercolor deserves respect. It is unpredictable and therefore cannot be fully controlled. Once people accept these facts, the fun of painting begins. The fresh and spontaneous results of the watercolor medium show when one paints with courage and less in a controlling way. Only then can the medium reveal its potential, energy and start connecting to the artist.

He has always painted with watercolors because he has always found this medium challenging and satisfying at the same time. Although he has started painting with oils and acrylics only recently, watercolors remains his favorite medium. He had the opportunity to exhibit his paintings in both juried and invited art shows in various cities around the globe.

He also conducts watercolor painting workshops, teaches drawing, sketching and takes painting assignments. He lives and works in Bucharest, Romania.

Mircea Corcodel

Mircea Corcodel was born on September 7, 1957 in Bucharest. He is a founding member of the Order of the Architects and of the Union of Architects in Romania. He graduated from the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest 1986.

  • “I have traveled, I caught on paper what I saw, I made sketches… It’s easy! I like to seize the moment as it is…warm. This is how I feel about watercolors too – they are like an emotion, mood, or gesture. Observing – this is how our plastic journey should begin. Light, transparency, color and life are the things I wish to transmute in my works.
  • When I play with watercolors, I feel the vibrancy of the uncertainty of the present moment. Feeling, emotion, moment, sparkle, light, in another words ADVENTURE – this is what watercolors are all about! I don’t like routine and this is why I try to change things and blend techniques – watercolors, ink and chalk or acryl and chalk. I have always loved graphics as I found myself and lost myself in its mirage.
  • Watercolors was and still is considered an add-on of the oil painting technique, a sort of “Cinderella” of the painting world. However, watercolor is the most difficult technique so it’s for the brave and the adventurous. It surely deserves a better fate. I will relentlessly support watercolors and be an advocate because it offers so much joy, emotion and feeling.
  • Nature, urban landscape, portrait, flowers, architectural details, seascape or trees are some of the themes I touched upon which have enriched my soul. In my works, I always like to emphasize the touches because they define better the volumes and light.
  • I have traveled all across Romania and to Spain, Italy, Greece and Austria as well and discovered so many wonderful places which filled my heart. I wanted to catch the warmth and the light shining and bring them in your hearts! I invite you to explore a dream universe filled with color!”
  • -Architect Mircea Corcodel

  • “…This architect, because this is how I should refer to Mircea CORCODEL as, although he crosses a period of physical and creative maturity, never ceases to amaze us with the impressive fervor of his actions.
  • He adds and lays on paper image after image, moods, objects, landscapes, colors. Nothing escapes him as you will find in his workshop, like in a hallucinating movie, piles of manifestations of the exuberant talent with which he was endowed; and you feel confused as you cannot tell which one is the most successful, most vivid, most authentic…
  • He generously engages in social, educational, administrative and even physical actions that he makes you wonder how he finds the time to overwhelm and charm us with offering such beauty!”
  • -Dr.Arh. Dunel COSMA, May 2019

Nadia Negru

Nadia Negru was born on October 10, 1979, in Săseni, Călăraşi, Moldova. Regarding her studies, she graduated from the “Igor Vieru” Plastic Arts High School in Chişinău in 1999. In 2004, she graduated from the Academy of Music, Theater and Plastic Arts (majoring in Fashion Design) in Chişinău; and in 2010, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture at the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest.

With respect to her artistic evolution, she had her debut in 1992 with two paintings with a sports theme, entitled “Les jeux olimpique” in Chişinău. In 1997, she held a personal exhibition at the National Museum of History in Chişinău, Moldova.

As artists, art is the only place of actual refuge in itself, where you can create while staying connected to the surrounding reality. It is an exercise artists get better at in time. Thus, the works can easily see the world reflected through the artist’s eyes, places where they travel, places they dream about, faces and silhouettes of people, glimpses of memories or expressive objects which surround them. Architecture and design, fields Nadia Negru has embraced with all her love, have marked her development as an artist.

Of all the techniques she employed throughout her study years, she has chosen watercolor, a full-fledged painting technique, and a very vivid one in which she finds herself. Always spontaneous and changing, it attracts Nadia by the way in which it challenges her, changing its mood through the fluidity of colors, brightness, transparency…

She considers herself a nostalgic artist as the main focus of her work remains the landscape, old architecture, bits of history and rural stories. Flowers also appear as a theme, designed to give joy, even just for one moment, to the soul who’s looking at them.

Raluca Morariu

An architect by profession, Raluca Morariu divides her time between her projects, painting, graphics, photography, and design ideas. She has been drawing and painting since childhood as she grew up in an artistic environment.

She fondly remembers the creative atmosphere that always existed in her family, with her mother, enthusiastic architect and painter too, who brought new challenges and artistic projects every day. Raluca has first painted in watercolors with her mother who encouraged her to experiment and find her own direction in life as well as in art.

Perhaps because of her training as an architect, she is also interested in ink graphics and watercolor as artistic means of expression, both of them familiar techniques which she employed to illustrate projects since college, and which also brought another level of expression and emotion than the digital medium.

Raluca is passionate about diving and hiking, wandering the streets of an unknown city without a map, with the surprises and discoveries of the moment, so she likes to observe something new in familiar places too, a certain mood, another light angle, a fresh perspective.

On sunny days, one of her greatest joys is to start looking for topics in Bucharest, on alleys or at the Village Museum and spontaneously start painting, trying to capture the mood of the place as much as possible. Her drawing papers are always present in her backpack and so are a few brushes and a fountain pen!

In recent years, she has dedicated more and more time to painting, experimenting with new techniques and approaches, and at the same time she tries to refine her own style, in search of greater simplicity and naturalness.

Claudiu Popescu

In Claudiu Popescu’s childhood, most of which he spent in Bucharest, someone in the family had noticed he could draw really well. As a consequence, he went to a painting club for children, and in the following years, he became more and more interested and closer to art.

At the club, he would usually draw in pencil or paint in tempera, and he remembers how the teacher would tell them a story about a great painter at the beginning of each meeting and explained them how the painter had approached the subject they were going to study.

At one point, one of Popescu’s drawings even got published in the newspaper – it was in an article on Women’s Day, March 8. He has many pleasant memories from that period which was essential for his initial training, for discovering a wonderful artistic world, which he might not have had access to otherwise.

However, when the time came to choose a profession, he decided he wanted to be an engineer and so graduated from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, because back then there was a general tendency, “programmed” by the family and society, to opt for a “serious” and “safe” career, especially since he also liked sciences like mathematics and physics.

After completing his studies, there followed a long period when, concerned with practicing his profession as well as possible and caught up in the whirlpool of life, he had set aside any creative artistic activities.

Yet, something happened at one point when he was visiting a painting exhibition of the National Art Museum, he felt “something”, like a great emotion, a revelation beyond his understanding. Something that seemed to suggest an answer to profound questions, such as those in the title of Gauguin’s famous painting, “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”. The result was understanding and acknowledging that painting is one of the highest manifestations of the human spirit.

He was glad to rediscover in himself something which he didn’t know still existed, a new meaning of life, so the entire set of values had changed. Thus he started painting again and later participated in a few watercolor paintings exhibitions, including the well-known international watercolors exhibition IWS 2019.

He has participated in the plein-air meetings of the Urban Sketcher Group in Bucharest, which helped him develop his artistic vision. In the works presented in the following pages, he attempts an exercise of personal expression, with the intention of conveying ideas, feelings and experiences which suggest the viewer the beauty of life.

Lucia Juncu

Lucia Juncu graduated from the “Igor Vieru” Plastic Arts High School in Chişinău, Moldova in 1983. Between 1986 and 1989, she took lessons of composition, drawing and painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts Institute in Tallinn.

In 1995, she graduated from the Faculty of Plastic Arts in Chişinău, Moldova. Regarding some of her professional experience, she was a Professor of Plastic Arts in Chişinău, Moldova between 2001 and 2004; then, she was a lecturer for one year at the Institute of Plastic Arts in Chişinău, Moldova. Between 2006 and 2009, she was a Fine Art Restorer in Bucharest, Romania.

Among her personal exhibitions are the following:

  • In 2018 – “The Season of Color” – U-ART Gallery;
  • In 2017 – “Painting and Graphics” – World Trade Center;
  • In 2017 – “People and Places” – Mihai Eminescu Cultural Center, Luceafărul Gallery;
  • In 2016 – “The Painting” – Municipal Museum Curtea de Arges.
  • “There is a terrible parable of Jesus Christ, in which he is brought forth an adulteress, and he is asked in temptation what he thinks of the fact that Moses ordered the Jews to misuse such women, and how to proceed with that woman. Twice Jesus leaned, wrote something in the sand, in total isolation from the subject under debate, a brilliant abstraction of God…
  • I have remembered this pericope in the context of seeing a few watercolor works by Lucia Juncu. Why? Well, because her personality and the way she paints evoke these: calmness, wisdom, perfectly handling a situation, and a flawless artisan, regardless of tensions, pressure and prescriptions.”
  • -Vladimir Bulat

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