Tudor Cataraga

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Tudor Cataraga
Tudor Cataraga.jpg
Tudor Cataraga, Knight of the National Order of the Star of Romania, in the rank of Commander
Photograph taken by Mihai Potârniche
Born (1956-08-04)August 4, 1956
Selişte, Nisporeni, Republic of Moldova
Died December 27, 2010(2010-12-27) (aged 54)
Moldova
Cause of death car accident[1]
Residence Chişinău
Nationality Moldovan
Ethnicity Romanian
Alma mater Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts
Occupation sculptor
Religion Orthodox Church
Awards Order of the Star of Romania

Tudor Cataraga (born August 4, 1956 in Selişte-December 27, 2010) was a sculptor from the Republic of Moldova.[2]

Awards[edit]

  • 1998 - The Prize of the Union of Plastic Artists from Romania for sculpture The Man Bird, bronze, 36x19x12cm, 1994. Now in public collection of Artists Union, Romania
  • 2000 - Medal "Eminescu", awarded by the President of Romania
  • 2001 - Order of the Star of Romania (Commodore)[3]
  • Tudor Cataraga was awarded the National prize of the Culture ministry

About artist[edit]

The Man Bird (bronze-granite 1994)
The Man Bird (bronze-granite 1994)

"...As a starting point for the understanding of the artist's repertory of shapes, I would suggest two monuments: Monument to Ion Dumeniuc, The Guarding Angel (stone, 1995, Central Orthodox Cemetery, Chisinau) and Mihai Eminescu (bronze, 1996, square of the "Mihai Eminescu" National Theatre), both of them representing visual arguments of a precise spiritual and historical identity.

The first monument is characteristic for the religious, spiritual aspect, always present in the sculptor's work. We can place the Guarding Angel project, first executed in baked clay and in a smaller form in 1990, into a larger family of works: Prayer (metal, 1991) and Sound of Sadness (baked clay, 1992). The "simplicity as a resolved complexity" Brancusi is an important key for the understanding of these works.

...for the monument to Mihai Eminescu, Tudor Cataraga selects only abstract principles, imagining a "cosmic" portrait of the national genius. Far more modern in visual expression, the sculptor is now free to play with three-dimensional elements and he conceives a rhythmical network that concentrates in the poet's figure /symbolic nucleus, without stirring the space, but comprimating. This second direction of his research, his playing with neo-expressionist forms can be seen in a series of his recent experimental works: The Woman-Crossbow (bronze, wood, 1994), The Man-Bird (bronze, granite, 1994), Motherhood (bronze, granite, 1998).

Underwater object (metal 1998)

Tenacious in his research leading him from deductive to inductive thinking, without any disruption from his way, the sculptor's interest is gradually sliding to architectural constructions, and constructivism. The ever more pregnant abstract trend, the play with geometrical modules epitomise his fascination with the assemblage and with the rich relation "entity-detail": Genesis (wood, metal, 2000), Masterpiece (wood, metal, 2000). Tudor Cataraga, in his full artistic maturity, has the energy and the firm gesture of an inquisitive and attentive sculptor".

Oana Tanase - Art critic, Bucharest

Monumental Works[edit]

  • 1994 "Guarding Angel", funeral monument dedicated to Ion Dumeniuc, stone, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1996 "Mihai Eminescu", bronze-granite, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2000 "Medieval Throne", sandstone, Ungheni, Moldova
  • 2001 "Beginning and End", granite, Changchun World Sculpture Park, Changchun, Jilin province, China
  • 2002 "Meeting in space", wood-stone-metal, Ungheni, Moldova
  • 2002 "Rigid fluidity", funeral monument dedicated to Andrei Sârbu, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2004 Stephen III of Moldavia, stone, Nisporeni, Moldova
  • 2005 Mihai Eminescu-bust, stone, Nisporeni, Moldova
  • 2005 "Meşterul Manole", stone, Criuleni, Moldova
  • 2006 "Dispersal In Time", stone, Ungheni, Moldova
  • 2006 "Dolmen", granite, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2006 "Alexander I of Moldavia", bronze, Ialoveni, Moldova
  • 2008 "Leonardo Da Vince", stone, Technical University of Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2008 "Mihai Eminescu"-bust, bronze, Iurceni, Moldova
  • 2010 "Alert Flying", graved stone stele dedicated to writer and diplomat Aurel Dragoș Munteanu, Buda village, Moldova
  • 2010 "Masa Raiului", mosaic-concrete, Sangeorz-Bai, Romania


  • Levitaţie. Bronze and wood. 39x22x5, 1995
  • Om pasăre. Bronze. 36x19x12, 1995
  • Femeia-Arbaletă. Bronze and wood. 26x16x10, 1994
  • Arheologie. Bronze and stone. 61x30x20, 1990
  • Mesterul Manole. Chamotte. 57x27x25, 1990

Sculpture Camps[edit]

  • 1992 "Galda Moment", Alba-Iulia, Romania
  • 1993 "Nine Masters", George Apostu Art Center, Bacau, Romania
  • 1993 Mold-Expo, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1997 First International Symposium of Bronze Sculpture, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1998 Second International Symposium of Bronze Sculpture, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2000,2002,2006 Stone Sculpture Symposium, Ungheni, Moldova
  • 2001 International Sculpture Symposium, Changchun, Jilin province, China
  • 2005 Stone Sculpture Symposium, Criuleni, Moldova
  • 2008 Stone Sculpture Symposium, at Chisinau Technical University, Moldova
  • 2009 Stone Sculpture Camp, Bran, Romania
  • 2010 Sculpture Camp, Sangeorz-Bai, Romania

Personal exhibitions[edit]

  • 1998 Sculpture, at the Gallery Latin America House, Bucharest, Romania
  • 1999 Sculpture, at Vasile Pogor memorial house, Iasi, Romania
  • 2000 Exhibition at the Parliament Hall, Bucharest, Romania
  • 2003 Research. Sculpture/Painting/Graphics, Exhibition at Center Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2005 Art exhibition at UNHCR premises, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2005 Art exhibition at OSCE Mission premises, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2006 Sculpture, painting, at National Museum of Art MNAM, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2014 Cu pietate, in eternitate, in memoriam Tudor Cataraga, curated exhibition by Tudor Braga - art critic, at the Exhibition Center Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova

Collective exhibitions[edit]

  • 1986 Youth's Palace, Petrograd, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1987 Exhibition Center Saint Petersburg Manege, Russia
  • 1988 Exhibition Contemporary History and Civilization, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1989 Exhibition OHTA, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1989 Exhibition Leningrad and its inhabitants, Saint Petersburg Manege, Russia
  • 1989-2001 Moldova's Salon, Chisinau-Bacau-Bucharest
  • 1990,1994 Spring Salon, Exhibition Center Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1990 "The Disciples of Art Academy of USSR", Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1991 "The Disciples of Art Academy of USSR", Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 1991,2001 Exhibition "Autumnala '91", Exhibition Center Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1992 Exhibition "Limba Noastră", Exhibition Center Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1992-1993 Exhibition "Bassarabian Artists in Bucharest", Art-Expo, Bucharest, Romania
  • 1995 Painting Exhibition, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1996 Art Exhibition, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1999 Art Exhibition, Strasbourg, France
  • 2000 Parliament Hall Art Exhibition, Bucharest, Romania
  • 2001-2010 1 December - National Day of Romania, Chisinau, Romania
  • 2002 Sculpture Exhibition, Constantin Brancusi Exhibition Center, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2002 Painting Exhibition, Leone, France
  • 2003-2006 Orizont Eminescian, Constantin Brancusi Exhibition Center, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2004 Art Exhibition at National Museum, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2005 Art Exhibition, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 2006 Exhibition TsDH, Moscow /Krimskiy Val/, Russia
  • 2006 Art from Republic of Moldova, Utrecht, Holland
  • 2006 "Emergenţă" Sala Rotonda, Iasi, Romania
  • 2008 Sculpture, Exhibition Center Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau

Public collections[edit]

Private collections[edit]

  • Russian Federation, Italy, Germany, Moldova, China, United States of America

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