– Born Rodica Sarbu on April 23, 1938 in Sighetul Marmatiei, Romania– 1953 – 1957 courses at the Technical High School for Construction, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    • – 1957 – 1963 Institute of Fine Arts “ ion Andreescu “ from Cluj-Napoca – Engraving Art
    • – In 1966 became a member of the Union of Artists of Romania in Romania
    • – 1963 – 1990 art teacher in Sibiu
    • – 1990 immigrated with the children to the USA to her husband, the artist John Chisu

Solo Exhibitions

  • – 1965,1967,1975,1977,1978 Gallery Sirius , Sibiu
  • – 1973,1976,1983 Gallery Amphora, Eforie, Caminul Art , Bucharest
  • – 1977 Galeria Radio TV, Cluj-Napoca
  • – 2017 – Ioan and Rodica Chisu, Retrospective, Veeck Gallery,  Chicago, USA
  • Republican Exhibitions
  • – 1965,1966,1967,1975,1984 Republican Salon of Drawing and Engraving , Bucharest
  • – 1968,1975,1977,1979,1980 the Republican Salon of Painting and Sculpture , Bucharest
  • – 1980 Quadrienala Decorative Arts , Bucharest
  • – 1980 Republican Exhibition “Miniature Textiles 3“, Bucharest
  • International Exhibitions
  • – 1971 in Riga ( Latvia ), the Exhibition of Artists from Sibiu
  • – In 1975 in Barcelona (Spain) International biennial of Sports
  • – 1977 Dortmund (Germany) Exhibition of Romanian Graphics
  • – 1977-Sofia (Bulgaria) Exhibition “The Anniversary Of Independence Of Romania 1877-1977 “
  • – 1981 Washington (USA) Exhibition of Romanian Engraving
  • – 1984 Warsaw (Poland) Exhibition Of Romanian Group
  • – 1992 Arlington Heights (USA) Contemporary Art Exhibition
  • – 1993 Arlington Heights (USA) Exhibition “Small Works” (receives “honorable mention” for painting )
  • – 1993 Chicago (USA) a Grant provided by the Department of Cultural heritage of the city of Chicago
  • Works by Rodica Chisu are held in various museums and institutions in Romania, as well as in private collections.
  • Email address : rodicachisu@gmail.com

“With a focus on issues of light and color, wishing to bring the shine and intensity of solar indoors, Rodica Chisu has developed a number of variations on the theme of “the Sun on the table.” With her geometric schemata, her surfaces seen in interaction, this very interesting painter and drawer can be seen as belonging to what could be called an Orphic cubism. Her latest work “the Sun of August” is an explosion of color and joy.”

-Olga Busneag ( the journal “Fine Arts” no. From 10-11 dec. 1971 )

“Her pictures give one poetic implications in the landscape, and incontestable capacity to contain the values of the lyrical parts of the world.”

“The themes of the engraving, occasionally revisited in the textile works, are clearly defined; the seams and reliefs, are not only virtuoso works, but also show the possibilities to create an ambient atmosphere the room in which the subject maintains its role as the ideational center of the entire image.”

-Dan Grigorescu (the newspaper “Romania Libera,” 8 Aug.1983)

2 Washing the Nets –  Engraving zinc, 1963

3 Houses in Constanta   –  ink 1964

4 still life   – ink 1964

5 Traveling birds   – ink 1964

6 Drying the Nets lithograph 1963

7 The Sun On The Table 6 acrylic 2012

8 The Beach In Mangalia mixed media 1965

9 Rest engraving on wood 1961

10 In The Park gouache 1967

11 Builders at Rest ink 1964

12 Village in the Valley ink 1965

13 A Vase of Flowers gouache 1966

14 Still life with Newspaper lithograph 1963

15 Forest Knit silk 1980

16 The Sun on the Table 2mixed media 1970

17 The Sun Among The Trees oil on canvas, 1972

18 Singing oil on cardboard 1978

19 Black Ceramicmixed media 1970

20 The Cranes Return gouache 1968

21 Orchard gouache 1967

22 Double Portrait With Owl gouache 1964

23 Fallen Butterfly   oil on canvas, 1973

24 Roots  oil on canvas, 1974

25 Portrait 1 wood engraving in 1963

26 Houses in Rasinari Mixed media 1 1969

27 Raffia Tapestry detail 1 2008

28 Houses in Rasinari 2 mixed media 1969

29 Still life with Fish gouache 1964

30 The Sun on the Table 1 gouache 1964

31 Still life with Grapes gouache 1964

32 Meditation oil on cardboard 1979

33 Wheat Relief Textile 1980

34 Dusk mixed media 1966

35 Rasinareni oil on canvas, 1979

“The artist maintains a characteristic sobriety and central economy even when her work touches on areas layered with exuberance and visual and tactile comfort (especially in textile works). Her works prove that the spirit is cultivated, carry a clarity, lucidity, and modesty, which knows through the telescope of the senses, to transform the work from a visual art problem to demonstrate how there could be other diverse possibilities, whilst occupying yourself with the same work.”

“The author shows the same unique quality that Odilon Redon called, “the effects of the abstract line, which acts directly on the spirit.“

-Michael Driscu ( the program “Chronicle of Fine arts”, ” radio Bucharest , on July 29, 1983 )

“The image is rigorously constructed, with sight of the ability to ordering gestural rational spontaneity with which spots of color lay on the page. Mobility as with tonal intensity, leads one to recall a certain fervor, suggests inner tension in the process, not exterior agitation.”

-Octavian Barbosa (“Modern Dictionary of Romanian Artists” – the Meridians publishing house , Bucharest, 1976 )

36 Clay Pots mixed media 1970

37 Gate Of The Sun mixed media 1980

38 the Sun 4 oil on canvas, 1973

39 By The Sea oil on canvas, 1985

40 Large Forests oil on canvas, 1980

41 Butterfly on Sand oil on canvas, 1970

42 Women with Guitars engraving in linoleum  1975

43 Raffia Tapestry detail 2 2008

44 Portrait 3 mixed media 1989

45 Strolling Musicians 2 gouache 1977

46 To The Beach oil on canvas, 1981

47 Still life with Green Apples gouache 1968

48 Old Sibiu oil on canvas, 1978

49 The Sun 3   oil on canvas, 1974

50 The Joy Of The Morning ink 1980

51 Sun 1 oil on canvas, 1969

52 Panic gouache 1979

53 A Fragment Of An Epic Poem 1 ink coloring pages 1978

54 The Sun on the Table 4 oil on cardboard 1978

55 The Boy with the Book  mixed media 1966

56 Still life with Lemons gouache 1966

57 Butterfly in the Garden oil on canvas 1973

58 The Wood at the Gate ambient textile 1981

59 Portrait 2 ink 1974

60 Blue Butterfly oil on canvas, 1973

61 Running engraving in linoleum 1975

62 The Boy with the Kite oil on cardboard 1974

63 Under The Scorching Sun oil on canvas, 1975

64 Return from Work oil on canvas, 1980

65 Women with Cello 1  oil on cardboard 1978

66 Sunset oil on canvas 1981

67 Project For the Entrance Gate, in the County of Sibiu   1985

68 Photo from the Personal Exhibition in the gallery “Caminul Artei” Bucuresti 1983

69 Entrance Gate, in the County of Sibiu   –  steel 1985

“Rodica Chisu is one of the fairly rare artists who in the moment they are convinced that they have formed an idea that can become the foundation of a creation, with notable consistency they chase twists and enroll them in the forming image.”

“Rodica Chisu recreates a vocabulary of signs, simple and effective, a vocabulary that fits her, because it was built in time, systematically and vigorously – the real universe and the universe of her imagination, in black and white, in color with using fabric, giving us an authentic treaty” about “expression of lines through free movement,” a treaty worthy as a work of art.”

Cristina Angelescu (the newspaper “Week “, July 22, 1983)

 

“The motif of the sun is in fact a permanent symbol of life, energy and becoming. The “butterfly” symbolizes the reverie, tonic nature of aspiring toward a lyrical purity… The use of trapezoids in the composition evoke the butterfly form floating with open wings.”

“Variations on the same theme bring so many aspects of both pictorial and poetic composition. The images carry a musical charge, accentuating these properties by carrying a vibrancy and motion that spreads the message for a love of life.”

-Horia Horsia (the newspaper “ Iskra” 27 may 1973)

70 The Plain oil on cardboard 1978

71 Still Life with Bottles gouache 1966

72 Roofs   mixed media  1970

73 The Tree Stitched wool 1981

74 The Cityscape mixed media 1970

75 Houseplants gouache 1967

76 Still life 3 ink 1972

77 Climbing down the Stairs engraving in linoleum 1975

78 By the Sun 2 oil on canvas   1970

79 Horses oil on cardboard 1977  1978

80 Climbing down gouache 2003

81 Tree of Silence ink 1982

82 Summer Night gouache 1978

83 Still life 2 gouache 1968

84 Mother with Child oil on canvas, 1976

85 Eclipse oil on canvas  1970

86 The Burned Tree   ambient textile 1982

87 The Path oil on canvas, 1982

88 The Blue River ink coloring pages 2000

89 The Young People gouache 1977

Inspired by the poetry of the era, Rodica Chisu made a number of paintings and drawings on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the war of Independence of Romania (1877-1977).

 

A few plans of interest that the artist has in view: the chromatic plains with an intensive and expressive focus, divided by the horizon, the rapport between the surfaces subordinate to a dramatic, clashing atmosphere; the graphical structure is based on an equal duct, nervous, often abbreviated, just like with the repeating symbols (signifying soldiers, military equipment, convoys ,clashes of fighting, the ground covered with dead and wounded, etc.); the literary metaphor equates to identity” respective to the work’s title, allusive to the text, of the war front, especially for the ordinary masses, or in the verses of the epic poem.”

                    – Horia Horsia (magazine “ ART “ №.6 , heading “Simeze” 1977)

90 We Move Forward gouache 1977

91 Stubble Raffia Tapestry 2007

92 The Student Oil on cardboard 1978

93 Still Life with Chess Pieces gouache 1967

94 Neither way to go, nor place to sit oil on cardboard 1977

95 At 3 o’clock we head out ink 1976

96 in front of us was a steep Bank oil on cardboard 1976

97 At dawn we attacked oil on cardboard  1977

98 Historical Sequence oil on canvas 1976

99 The Sun on the Table 5 mixed media 1980

100 Embroidered Blousemixed media 1979

101 The Strolling Musicians 2 gouache 1972

102 Horea’s holm ambient textile 1982

103 Woman with Cello 2 gouache 1993

104 White Butterfly oil on canvas, 1973

105 Black Sun oil on canvas, 1974

106 Wheat Field oil on cardboard 1978

107 The Red River ink coloring pages 2000

108 The Sun on the Table 3 oil on canvas, 1974

109 The Runners   oil on canvas, 1985

110 The Harlequin   oil on cardboard 1978

111 The Nocturnemixed media 1965

112 Woman in Blue   gouache 2007

113 Landscape in Riga 1 gouache 1971

114 The Battlefield   ink coloring pages 1976

115 Landscape in Riga 2 gouache 1971

116 The Moon and Flowers   gouache 1978

117 The Wedding of the Zamfir oil on canvas, 1976

118 The Blind Man oil on canvas, 1982

119 Dawn oil on canvas, 1970

120 Still Life with Oval Table ink 1968

121 The Lake oil on canvas, 1980

122 The Epic Fragment 2 ink coloring pages 1976

123 In the Valley of Tears the Night Thunders oil on cardboard 1977

124 It was the afternoon and the middle of summer oil on cardboard 1977

125 The winds of battle were beating oil on cardboard 1977

126 A wind was blowing with cold rain through the night oil on cardboard 1977

127 And the Turks and we tore the lead through the sky oil on cardboard 1977

128 We had not frozen hearts in our chests oil on cardboard   1977

129 Battle Scene oil on canvas, 1977

130 On the fields one could no longer see the grass  oil on cardboard 1977

131, And then you know that was war and death here saga oil on cardboard 1977

132 We carried with us the wounded oil on cardboard 1976

133 My thoughts were at home oil on cardboard 1977

134 The enemies fled in disorder oil on cardboard 1977

136 Forest 4 ink 1974

137 A Quiet Meadow ink coloring pages 1983

135   Atelier   2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lines having an active character and their own evolution, if they are written freely in the image, can visualize sentiments, sounds, in the presence or disappearance of ideas, highlighting the depths of life.

 

138 Fire engraving zinc 1980

139 Cold rain ink   1980

140 Traces of Autumn acrylic 2013

141 Interrupted Sounds ink 1998

142 Engraving 8 engraving in aluminium 1983

143 Evening Wind ink coloring pages 2007

144 Echo ink 1984

145 Intersections ink 2007

146 A Field of FlowersStitched wool 1983

147 Bushes ink   1980

148 Impact engraving in aluminium 1983

149 The Abyss   engraving in aluminium 1983

150 Plain engraving in aluminium 1983

151 Beach acrylic 1993

152 Hill engraving in aluminium   1983

153 Forest 5   ink 1980

154 Expansion engraving in aluminium 1983

155 Warm Day oil on canvas, 1970

156. Lines Woolen Stitches 1980

157 Tension ink 1984

158 Reeds engraving in aluminium 1983

159 Forest 3 ink 1978

160 August Sun oil on canvas, 1971

161 Rustling engraving in aluminium 1983

162 Water engraving zinc 1980

163 Sunflower Field acrylic 2013

164 Grass engraving in aluminium 1983

165 Glimmer of Wind acrylic on canvas 2017

166 Morning Joy acrylic on canvas 2017

167 Blue Grass acrylic on canvas 2016

168 Crickets Field acrylic on canvas 2016

169   Atelier  2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A painting doesn’t teach us anything. It attracts, surprises, and reinvigorates the spirit. That’s all.”             – Odilon Redon

 

BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES

HORIA HORSIA : the magazine “ ART “ №.8, category “ Workshop “, Bucharest, 1973

OCTAVIAN BARBOSA : “Dictionary of  Romanian Contemporary Artists“ the Meridian publishing house , Bucharest, 1976

MARIN MIHALACHE : “ Romanian Painting “ the Meridian publishing house , Bucharest, 1976

The magazine “ ART “ №. 1-2 , Bucuresti 1977

ION ITU : “ Artists Sibieni “ Meridian publishing house , Bucuresti 1977

HORIA HORSIA : the magazine “ ART “ №. 6, heading “ Simeze “, Bucharest, 1977

VASILE FLOREA : “ the Art of Romanian Modern and Contemporary “ Meridian publishing house, Bucharest, 1982

RODICA IRIMIE FOTA : “ Shapes and Colors “ Transylvania magazine , Sibiu 1983

ALEXANDER LUNGU : the magazine “ ART “ №. 8 , category “ Workshop “ 1983

ROMANIAN CONTEMPORARY GRAPHIC ARTISTS : album published by the Union of Artists of Romania, the Fund of Plastic

Artis, publishing Art, Graphics , Bucharest 1983

“ART” magazine nr. 8, Bucharest 1988