“Here and There” by Ruxandra Olariu
Artist Statement with Biographical Component
“Our world is a labyrinth of images. They surround us, inspire and influence us, teach
or reflect our inner selves. Many times they replace our words. “
I was born in Sibiu, Romania and earned a master’s degree in biology in 1984. In 1990,
I came to the U.S.A. and worked in biological research in New Orleans, Louisiana.
While in the “Big Easy” I have been mesmerized by the local art scene and decided
to switch careers.
I have been interested in art since early childhood, having exhibited my work in several
shows in Romania and the U.S.A. I have earned a master’s MFA in 2000 from the University
of Mississippi while pursuing a life-long dream of studying art.
I have tried to remain faithful to my European heritage: artistically more conservative
yet also felt the need to explore new artistic trends discovered in the North American
continent. I have always loved art passionately and pursued my artistic expression
with genuine passion. Despite bearing many aesthetic influences, I have learned to
express myself in original ways.
My work has been featured in numerous exhibits throughout the southeast, including
solo and group shows, at Meridian Museum of Art, the Sun Gallery in Jonesboro, Arkansas,
Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, Ida B. Wells Gallery in Holly
Springs, Mississippi, JCC Memphis Tennessee, Tirgu-Mures Romania, etc.
For more info please have a look at www.olariuart.com