The ancient philosophers from Greece thought that the fundamental colours are black, white, yellow and red. I know only a major Romanian artist who explored almost all the amazing potential of black, Dany Madlen Zărnescu, from Bacău ( born in 1950 in Vama, Bucovina), the city of one of the classics of the Romanian poetry, George Bacovia. He wrote a poem, ‘’Black’’, which always reminds me the cutting edge lifelong works of Dany Madlen, a very discreet and delicate artist: ‘’Charred flowers, a mass of black …/Black coffins, burnt, of metal,/Funeral garments of charcoal,/Deep black, a mass of black …//Dream-sparks flickering … a mass of black;/Charred, love was smouldering -/Scent of burnt feathers, and it was raining …/Black, only a mass of black …’’
In her last years Dany Madlen Zărnescu fell in love with a traditional female piece of clothing from Bucovina, the so called ‘’catrinţa’’ (a beautiful rectangular homespun skirt). She began to collect such old pieces, with the strong desire of focusing the attention of the art lovers more on the artistic achievement incorporated into them, than on the utility purposes. With some small changes, only when she felt it was necessary, like adding some acryl colours, cutting some parts and adding others, these treasures made by anonymous women from the Bucovina villages have been framed and exhibited successfully, following the avant-garde tradition of Marcel Duchamp’s ready-made objects or the found objects of Dada movement, Fluxus, Pop Art, etc.
Now the readers of Levure littéraire may admire the cosmic beauty of these masterpieces made from woven textures, so refined and soberly coloured, a memento of the primordial history of Bucovina and Romania. In my opinion, there are very few contemporary abstract artists who succeed to create such impressive works, unique compositions where the subtle lines and the colours emanate a music at the level of Bach.
Born on October 10th, 1950, Vama, Suceava county, Romania.
Studies: „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, the Faculty of Drawing, the class of professor Nicolae Matyus. Member of the Romanian Artists’ National Union.
Personal Exhibitions: 2010-Exhibition at the Art Museum in the Baroque Palace, Timisoara; 2009-Exhibition at the „Mihai Eminescu” Society for the Romanian Culture, Cernauti, Ukraine; Exhibition at the Bucovina Museum Complex, Suceava; 2008-„Minimal Art” exhibition at the „Noua” Gallery, Bacau; 2005-Exhibition at the „Artis” Gallery, Bucharest; Exhibition at the „Velea” Gallery, Bacau; 2002-Collage Exhibition at the „Art” Gallery, Bacau; 1998-Collage Exhibition at the „Filart” Gallery, Bacau; 1997-Exhibition at the „Ad-Hoc” Galleries, Bacau; 1976-Graphics Exhibition at the Cultural Centre, Slobozia, Ialomita.
Group Exhibitions (selected): 2012 Exhibition during the memorial celebration
,,John Cage Centenary-Black Mountain College Phenomenon-John Cage and his art” at ”Triade” Gallery, Timisoara; Exhibition „Am I my brother’s guardian?” at ,,Bastion’’ Gallery, Timisoara; International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art, „Micro”, the second edition, 2012, at the International Art and Literature Centre, Cordoba, Spain; „Art at the frontier of arts”, ICR, Budapest and the Art Museum, Timisoara; „Dialogue with the sacred”, the „Galata” Gallery of Sacred Art, Iasi; „European Bridges”, the Art Museum, Constanta; 2011-„Contemporary Synthesis of Romanian Art” at the „Constantin Brancusi” Exhibition Hall of the Romanian Parliament, Bucharest; „Artis” Exhibition Hall, Iasi; 2010-„Totem” Fine Arts International Exhibition, the VIth edition, Targu Mures and Iasi; CIALEC International Salon of Contemporary Art, IInd edition, Cordoba, Spain; „Micro” International Biennial of Contemporary Art at the International Art and Literature Centre, Cordoba, Spain; „Contemporary Artists”, the „House of Art” Gallery, Bucharest; „Abstract”, the „House of Art” Gallery, Bucuresti; 2009 – Exhibition of the Sucevita art camp at the „Bucovina” Museum Complex, Suceava and the Art Museum, Cernauti, Ukraine; „Experiment” exhibition at „Alfa” Gallery; „Writing, form, symbol”, the Contemporary Art Gallery of „Iulian Antonescu” Museum,Bacau; „Art and Sacredness”, Focsani; 2008-„Tradition and postmodernism” and „The sacred in art” exhibitions at Focsani, Vrancea; Exhibition „3” at the Contemporary Art Gallery of the Iulian Antonescu Museum, Bacau; Exhibition „10+1”, Focsani; Exhitibion „Bacau artists in the collections of the Art Museum” at „Alfa” Gallery, Bacau; 2007 – Exhibition „Bucovinean Artists in Bacau” at „Alfa” gallery; Exhibition „Artitudes” at the „Brancovan Palaces” Cultural Centre, Mogosoaia; Exhibition
„Humane One” at the „Velea” Gallery, Bacau; 2006-the Exhibition of Tescani Cultural Centre at the „Veroniki Art”, Bucuresti; the Exhibition of the „Workshop” Symposium, Chisinau; Exhibition: „Meridian”, at the „Art” Gallery, Bacau; the National Salon of Art, „Constantin Brancusi” Exhibition Hall, Bucharest; 2006 – 2004 „Ion Andreescu” Art Biennial, Buzau; 2005-Exhibition „Nine”at the „George Apostu” Culture and Arts Centre, Bacau; 2004 – Exhibition: „Artitudes” at the „Art” Gallery, Bacau; Exhibition of the Bacau UAP Branch at Bistrita 2003 – „13 Woman Painters” at the „Alfa” Gallery, Bacau; „Approaching beauty” exhibition at „George Bacovia” University, Bacau; 2003, 2002-„Profart”, in the „Athenaeum” Hall, Bacau; 2002 – Exhibition „8 Art” at the „Arta” Gallery, Bacau; 2002,2001, 2000 – Exhibition „Art and the sacred” at the German Institute and the „Cupola” Gallery, Iasi; 2001- the „Romexpo” National Salon of Art, Bucharest; 2000 – the exhibition of the „Avangard Visual Art” Foundation, Moinesti; Exhibition „Ambient”, Bacau; 1999 – exhibition „Decomposition” at the „Alfa” Gallery, Bacau; „The sacred in art” at „Alfa” Gallery, Bacau; „8 Art” at the „George Apostu” Culture and Arts Centre, Bacau; 1999, 1998 – the Contest of the „Saint Luca” Foundation, Barlad; 1998 – „The church in Fine Art”, at the „Alfa” Gallery, Bacau; ,,17Artists” exhibition at the Romanian Literature Museum, Bucharest; 1997-2011, participation at all editions of the „Lascar Vorel” Biennial, Piatra Neamt; 1997-Exhibition „One x 6” at the „George Apostu” International Cultural Centre, Bacau; 1996 – „J.L.Calderon” Gallery, Bucharest; The Husit Museum, Tabor, Cehia; 1996, 1995 Group exhibition at „Voronetiana”, Suceava; 1995- „Victoria” Gallery, Iasi; 1994- the Art Museum, Cluj; 2003, 2001, 1999, 1993 – exhibitions of the Tescani International Art Camp; 1993- Wiesbaden, Germany; 1992 – the „Alfa” Gallery, Bacau; 1991- the „House of Art” Gallery, Bucharest; 2012-1990- participation at all editions of „Moldavian Salons”, Bacau-Chisinau; 1990- „Christian signs”, „George Apostu” Gallery, Bacau; 1986-1984 the A35 Exhibitions, „Art” Gallery, Bacau; 1977- the Art Galleries, Constanta; 1974, The UAP Art Galleries, Iasi; 1983-1974- participation at all exhibitions organised by „Stefan Luchian” Literary Circle at the Art Museum in Slobozia, Ialomita.
National and international workshops: 2012- the International Workshop of Painting and Sculpture, „European Bridges”, the 10th edition, organized by the Romanian Association of Creative Women in Fine Arts, Eforie Sud; 2011- the Symposium of painting from Srebrno Jezero, Serbia; the camp of creation and documentation, Balcic, Bulgaria; 2010- the National Art Camp, Braila; 2009-Art Camp at Sucevita, “Art, a common language of two cultures”, a Romania-Ukraine collaboration; 2008 – International Workshop “Art Textil”-fifth edition at Sadova-Calarasi, Republic of Moldova; 2006-Workshop at Chisinau, Republic of Moldova ; 1998, 2000, 2002 – “Nicolae Tonitza” National Art Camp at Durau, Piatra Neamt ; 2000 – International Art Camp at Moinesti, Slanic-Moldova organized by the Cultural Foundation “Avangard Visual Art”; 1996, 1997 National Art Camp at Magura ; 1999, 2001, 2003 International Art Camp Tescani ; 1985 National Art Camp at Moinesti, Bacau ; 1987 Darmanesti ; 1994 National Art Camp at Nicula, Cluj ; 1991, 1993, 1984 Camp at Berzunti, Bacau; 1981 Camp at Amara –Ialomita.
Prizes : 2012- Honorary Diploma at the Micro International Biennial of Contemporary Art, the second edition, organized by the International Centre of Art and Literature, Cordoba, Spain ; Prize and medal ‘The Golden Lindentree ‘, at the visual art section of Eminescu Prizes, the XI th edition, Botosani ; 2011- Certificate of Excellence awarded by the ‘Artis’ Salon, Iasi ; 2010-Juried Winner at http://www.artslant.com ; 2009- The Prize of the Chisinau Mayoralty – Republic of Moldova ; Honorary Diploma of the ‘Mihai Eminescu’ Society for Romanian Culture, Cernauti, Ukraine ; 2008- certificate of Excellence for participation at the International Symposium ‘Ion Druta- folkloric traditions in the visual arts and literature’ at Sadova, Republic of Moldova ; 2005 The Prize of the Bacau branch of the Fine Artists’ Union of Romania ; 2005 and 2007 Nomination for the Contest-Exhibition “Saloanele Moldovei” ; 2003 Nomination for “Lascar Vorel” Biennial, Piatra Neamt ; 2003 The Prize for Fine Arts granted by the Cultural Foundation of Bucovina ; 2002 Nomination for the the Fine Artists’ Union of Romania national prizes ; 2002 The Prize of the Fine Artists’ Union of Romania at the Contest-Exhibition “Saloanele Moldovei” ; 1999 The Prize of “Sf. Nicolae” Foundation at Barlad ; 1997 Graphics Prize at “Lascar Vorel” Biennale at Piatra-Neamt ; 1994 First Prize at National Exhibition “ Bacovian Universe“, Bacau.
Books References (selected) : Aires de Cordoba Museum of Modern Arts, A.C. Press, Cordoba, Spain, 2011 ; Valentin Ciuca, ‘ The Illustrated Dictionary of Fine Arts of Moldova, 1800-2010, ART XXI Press, Iasi, 2011 ; ‘The Romanian Fine Art Ladies’, Artmark Gallery 2011 ; Francisco Arroyo Ceballos, ‘Art Critic’, Cordoba Libros Press, Spain, 2010 ; the Annual of Contemporary Culture and Art, 2010, Cordoba, Spain ; Valentin Ciuca, ‘Selective Vernishings’, ART XXI Press, 2010, Iasi ; Otilia and Vasile Sfarghiu, ‘ Fine Art Artists from Campulung’, Axa Botosani Press, 2010 ; G. Djordjevich, ‘Tradition and Modernism in the Romanian Painting’, Eurogama Invest, 2010 ; Emilian Drehuta, “ Bacau County Encyclopedia“ Agora Press 2007; Carmen Mihalache “ Dialogues in the workshop” Cronica Press, Iasi 2005; Valentin Ciuca “A Century of Fine Arts in Bucovina” Musatinii Press, Suceava 2005; Emil Satco ‘The Encyclopedia of Bucovina’ vol.II Princeps Press Iasi 2004;
Cornel Galben“Who’s who in Bacau”, vol.II Corgal Press Bacau 2003; Who’s who in Romania, Pegasus Press Bucharest 2002; Directory of Contemporary Fine Artists, Bacau Branch of UAP Romania 1996, Edition I, 2002 Edition II, Corgal Press Bacau; Al. Cebuc, V.Florea, N.Laptoiu – Encyclopedia of Romanian Contemporary Fine Artists,vol.I, Arc Press 2000; Emil Satco – Bucovina, cultural and scientifc contributions. Dictionary IX , Bucovina Press; ‘I.G. Sbiera ” Library of Bucovina Press, Suceava 2000.
Works in Museums and Collections: nationally : Art Museums in Bacau, Piatra–Neamt, Cluj, Bucovina Museum in Suceava, « I.G.Sbiera » Library of Bucovina, in Suceava, Compared Art Museum in Singeorz-Bai, Cultural Center « Palatele Brancovenesti » in Mogosoaia Abroad: Art Museum in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, Art Museum in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, European Centre for Promoting Art and Literature (CEPAL) in Thionville, France, International Centre for Art and Literature, Cordoba (CIALEC) Spain; Private collections in: USA, Switzerland, Egypt, France, Italy, Norway, Spain, Bulgaria.