Painting Studio and Permanent Exhibition
Brasov, 57, Republicii Street, apartment 7
EXCERPTS FROM FINE ART REPORTS
"Cristache Gheorghiu is pre-eminently a paysagist. Not just an occasional or circumstantial one, but one to whom landscape is a way of communicating with other people. I do not know if Cristache Gheorghiu ever wrote poetry, but it is clear that his landscapes are in fact a sort of poems, the poetic word having being replaced with lines and colours..."
"His landscape is a lyrical tale about the world in which the artist lives, from which he picks up the images through which he wants to tell us about his inner feelings at a certain moment and place. For example, a landscape named "Scheii Brasovului" (a district of the town) is a landscape somehow fabulous. This area, so familiar to us, the Romanians, is seen from high up and is reduced to its essence. The red-coloured roofs of the houses appear as "small caps", or mushrooms, in the shadow of which we expect to see Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs!"
"Landscapes, but of another style, are the suggestive "reportage" brought by the artist from America. Works bearing names as "Sacramento", "Downtown", "New York", "Los Angeles", "Chicago", etc. are emblematic for large urban agglomerations characterised by skyscrapers. Such works are American only in their topic, being somewhat different. This is something different that bears the artist's spiritual mark, who tells us about what he felt towards the "New World" in every one of these paintings. The colours, lines, composition in these works are sometimes calm, harmonious articulate, and sometimes restless."
"They are built in a counterpoint way, with the colour meaning, before everything else, being an attitude."
"A smaller section of the exhibition includes portraits. Every portrait is the artist's bet with himself, trying to grasp the specificity of every sitter. His portraits are similar to "landscapes", a kind of artistic metaphor."
"All the works are in oil, his technique demonstrating tremendous skill and freedom."
"He is an artist who always leaves open doors and who knows what he wants and tries to tell us as much as possible about his feelings."
"In nowadays plastic arts of Brasov, Cristache Gheorghiu is, undoubtedly, an unconfoundable voice, somewhat like Marin Sorescu (a famous Romanian poet) in poetry."
Ioan Popa, "Gazeta de Transilvania", 7 January 1999
".... Cristache Gheorghiu distinguishes himself as a creator with multiple possibilities of painting the figurative, in a modern, artistic way. He develops the genre of lyric landscape in a realistic way, with a harmonious and sensitive language, while playing with light and shade. There are two leading lines in his creation: the exactness of the notation and the respect towards the finished work..."
"Cristache Gheorghiu fits with exactness the topic on the page, and wraps it up with profound emotions, increased by his ability to render the surrounding atmosphere."
"Through these skills we are presented with the same location, during different moments in time! But, in all these cases, his toils inspire a calm and quiet atmosphere full of equilibrium..."
"From a series of portraits, the author has chosen only a few, the consequence of a stringent exigency."
"Compositional portraits which catch an action or a movement, portraits that catch the expression of the soul, portraits which arise from the rapoire between man and landscape..."
"Cristache Gheorghiu is a master of the perspective, he shows much chromatic sensibility; and a great exigency in the choice of topics, which ensures him already of a well defined place in the world
of Brasov's landscape-painters."
Anca Pop, art critic, opening the one-man exhibition, 1 February 1990
"Mr. Cristache Gheorghiu offers to any lover of beauty a reason for delight. The vitality and the generosity of the colour, the personality of the compositions and the refinement of the artistic language, bring together in these landscapes, descended from the four seasons, a winsome harmony. The open landscapes seem to breathe light. The colour, sometimes in unprecedented association, is bestowed by talent being the bet conquered by the artist with himself and the mirage of the landscapes."
"It emphasises the basic joy felt by the painter in contact with the nature that he transfigures. The communication is obviously at the level of artistic impression."
"The works inspire a sense of tidiness, everything being in its place and show nature thoroughly. The onlooker cannot be but delighted by the richness of emotions that overflows these paintings. They are capable of bringing to the onlooker's mind and soul a fragment of the unborn. Cristache Gheorghiu's paintings deserve attention, the aesthetic satisfaction being warranted."
I.O. Flavius - "Gazeta de Transilvania", 20 Mai 1993
"What a pleasant surprise! These paintings show us an artist with a very sophisticated sense of colour, a master of the composition, of choosing the right landscape, and also a gifted and sensitive portraitist."
Prof. Sasu Ducsoara, 14 February 1997
"... Well, skyscrapers do not lack in Cristache Gheorghiu's paintings! As any European who hides in his soul a bit of romanticism, the painter Gheorghiu succeeds in humanising the skyscrapers. Ignoring the detail, impossible to be transfigured in an artistic way due to the size of the subject, the painter knows how to suggest the atmosphere of the big American towns, skyscrapers being only a mark, a symbol...."
"On the other hand, in the exhibition we encounter two other sections: one of the Romanian landscapes, in which we feel at home, and the other, of the portraits."
"The works from this last section show us a master painter, one that endows his portraits with the gift of communicating with us, the onlookers..."
"Indisputably, Cristache Gheorghiu is one of the representative painters of Brasov."
Ioan Popa - "Gazeta de Transilvania", 9 February 1997