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CHANCES TAKEN

Antoaneta and Leonid, my parents, gave me life, a lot of books, great hospitality for my friends from all over the world and paid for my private tuition in ballet, piano, guitar, art history, drawing, English, French, sports, etc ...

Alexander Atanasiu and Vasile Andrian, my uncles, opened my horizon by teaching me languages, recommending literature, telling me stories, the former about Petersburg, Siberia, Russia, the latter about California – especially Monterey. They encouraged me to accept that I have wide wings and that I should strive to soar high up in the sky.

With Vera Fried I spent my childhood years in best friendship – her family’s house was a home for me, too.

Dan Manolescu, my English teacher, convinced me to study arts.

Prof. Leon Vreme, who introduced me to the art of painting, helped me discover the depth and richness of nuances, the world of creating colour. I have been feeling his company through all my life, in my journey towards art.

Prof. Hildegard K. Fackner recognized my interest in details, my rush, and used my natural skills to teach me how to bring it all together in a drawing, remaining free, though.

With Valeriu Sepi I had our daughter Zoe, a long marriage, a good professional friendship, the vibes with the pop group Phoenix in Romania, trips in nature and fly-fishing, searching for mushrooms and fighting the windmills.

Hartwig Ochsenfeld is the man at my side who offers me the leeway and largesse to be and live myself as I never had had the chance to feel before in a relationship. Love, freedom, peace of mind have given me hours, days, years of creation, searching for harmonies on canvases, for the holistic approach in a drawing, creating living spaces, spending time with my friends, travelling and writing thousands of letters.

I had the chance to be born in Timisoara, a multicultural town with a great artistic tradition where I still have friends, know many special people, places and where I have one of the most beautiful balconies. Heidelberg was my first German home: in Dehners’House, in The Old City, The Academy, Galleries ... It is here that I found the space to feel that I am approaching my destination. Frankfurt am Main is my second German home where I also managed to have an old balcony! However, I am pretty sure I could also feel at home at Monterey, Ca, in Boston or Amsterdam or ... Once you left the place where you grew up and called home, it’s to a large extent up to you whether you hence are merely a sentimental traveller, a recent new-comer to town, the perennial not-belonger, or the one who belongs, but always only almost – no matter how advanced the degree of your adaption. And if it’s only that slight trace in your accent, which is fair, for there are some out of tune hues with adjustment in your soul, too. But there will be beautiful balconies, also.

Elisabeth Ochsenfeld
14. 06. 2008 Heidelberg


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1973 UNIVERSITY OF TIMISOARA-INSTITUTE FOR FINE ARTS
DIPLOMA IN PAINTING, GRAPHICS AND ART PEDAGOGICS
PAINTING WITH PROF. LEON VREME
DRAWING WITH PROF. HILDEGARD K. FACKNER

1986 EMIGRATION FROM ROMANIA TO GERMANY

2003 SUMMER ACADEMY SALZBURG-AUSTRIA
SCHOLARSHIP IN INSTALLATIONS WITH ILYA KABAKOW

1973 – PRESENT PAINTING AND DRAWING EXHIBITIONS
ILLUSTRATIONS FOR BOOKS, MAGAZINES AND MUSIC COVERS
CURATOR FOR A LARGE NUMBER OF ART SHOWS
ART MENTORSHIP

1987 – PRESENT HEIDELBERG ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES – GERMANY
GRAPHICWORK FOR THE RESEARCH PROJECT:
ROCK CARVINGS AND INSCRIPTIONS ALONG THE KARAKORUM HIGHWAY-PAKISTAN

MEMBERSHIPS ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS – GERMANY
GROUP 79 HEIDELBERG – GERMANY
GROUP BURG STRECHAU – AUSTRIA
DOROTHEA FLEISS & EAST WEST ARTISTS E.V
www.dfewa.eu www.dorothea-fleiss.com
FREEINTERARTISTS
www.freeinterartists.bravehost.com
GROUP EAST-WEST ARTIST STUTTGART – GERMANY
ARTISTS’ CLUB FRANKFURT/M – GERMANY

SELECTION SINCE 2001

2001 ARAD
HEIDELBERG
HEIDELBERG
LASSING
LIEZEN
PARIS
SALZBURG
SINFEROPOL
DRAWING BIENNIAL
HIMMELHEBER GALLERY
MELNIKOW GALLERY
STRECHAU CASTLE
NATIONAL GALLERY
TUILLIERS GALLERY
ART FAIR
HEIDELBERG HAUS

2002 CALW
HEIDELBERG
FRANKFURT/M
LASSING
CITY HALL GALLERY
KUNST FORUM
BBK GALLERY
STRECHAU CASTLE

2003 ARAD
GUANGZHOU
HEIDELBERG
HEIDELBERG
DRAWING BIENNIAL
NATIONAL GALLERY
MELNIKOW GALLERY
KUNST FORUM

2004 LASSING
HEIDELBERG
FRANKFURT/M
STERCHAU CASTLE
KUNST FORUM
BBK GALLERY

2005 MONTPELLIER
HEIDELBERG
FRANKFURT/M
FABRE MUSEUM
KUNST FORUM
BBK GALLERY

2006 HEIDELBERG
HEIDELBERG
MELNIKOW GALLERY
KUNST FORUM

2007 TIMISOARA
SATU-MARE
GARANA
HEIDELBERG
HELIOS GALLERY
ART MUSEUM
JAZZ FESTIVAL
HIMMELHEBER GALLERY

2008 STUTTGART
CANNERO-CHEGLIO
ALSACE
BAIA MARE
BONN
NA-H VISION GALLERY
ARTWAYS
PLANTS’ JOURNEY
ART MUSEUM
KUNST- UND AUSSTELLUNGSHALLE DER BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND

2009 AMHERST, MA
BOSTON, MA
BOSTON, MA
BOSTON, MA
GARDNER, MA
TRAREGO VIGGIONA
TORINO
BERLIN
ISLAMABAD
CHAUVROCHE
BAIA MARE
SATU MARE
TIMISOARA
TIMISOARA
TIMISOARA
BUDAPEST
HAMPDEN STUDIO GALLERY
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY
TRANSCULTURAL EXCHANGE
FRENCH LIBRARY & CULTURAL CENTER
MOUNT WACHUSETT COLLAGE
SENTIERO D´ARTE
BIBLIOTECA ITALO CALVINO
MARTIN-GROPIUS-BAU
NATIONAL ART GALLERY
BENEDICTINE MONASTERY
FLOREAN MUSEUM
ART MUSEUM
WEST UNIVERSITY
HELIOS GALLERY
TRIADE FOUNDATION
CULTURAL CENTER

ARTIST IN RESIDENCES AND SYMPOSIA
 
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MRACONIA - DUBOVA
CAREI
SIBIU
 
AUSTRIA
BURG STRECHAU
 
GERMANY
STUTTGART
 
PORTUGAL
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USA
BOSTON
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www.berkshirefinearts.com

COLLECTIONS ART MUSEUM TIMISOARA
ART MUSEUM SATU MARE
FLOREAN MUSEUM BAIA MARE
HERMANN HESSE MUSEUM CALW
CITY HALL WITTENBERG

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS ROMANIA, GERMANY, FRANCE, ITALY, BELGIUM, ISRAEL, PORTUGAL, USA, NETHERLANDS, GREECE, SWEDEN, HUNGARY,VENEZUELA, CANADA

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