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Fine Arts Institute of Iasi, Romania
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, 1982 - Major, Painting
Master in Conservation and Restoration of Fine Art - frescos (mural painting) and Byzantine Icons - Bucharest 1987
1981 – 2017 See Personal and Group exhibitions.
Restored 15th - 19th century Romanian historical monuments belonging to National Patrimony.
Selected Personal and Group Exhibitions
2014-2016 “Artbeat on Main Street -Vista, Ca
2013 Colosseum Fine Arts Gallery - San Diego, CA
2011 Gallery 104 – San Celmente, CA
2010 Ordover Gallery – Solana Beach, CA
2010 “Velvet Valtz” – Ico Gallery, Chelsea New York, NY
2009 “Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea” – Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy
2009 “The Sacred Within” – Colosseum Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, CA
2009 “Enigmatic Visions” – Agora Gallery, Chelsea New York, NY
2008 “Chromatic Memories” – India Street Gallery, San Diego, CA
2008 “Figuratively Speaking” – Agora Gallery, Chelsea New York, NY
2008 “Third Eye” – Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea New York, NY
2006 - 2007 Randall M. Hasson Gallery – Solana Beach, CA
2003 - 2004 Simic Gallery – La Jolla, CA
2002 “Window into Eternity” Dadian Gallery – Washington, DC
2000 - 2002 Svitozor Gallery – Santa Barbara, CA
1998 Evelyn Siegel Gallery - "Meet the Artist Luncheon" Series. Fort Worth, TX – One person show
1997 "Convergence of Kinds"- A Collaboration Invitational - Irving, TX
1995 "Millennium" - Biblical Arts Center - Dallas, TX
1995 "Vision : America" - Juried exhibition - Fort Worth, TX
1995 University of Mary Harden Baylor - Belton, TX – One person show
1995 "The song of degrees, song of ascents" - Temple, TX – One person show
1995 "Introspection" - Biblical Arts Center - Dallas, TX – One person show
1995 Navarro Council of the Arts - Juried exhibition - Corsicana, TX
1995 Seaside Art Gallery - International Miniature Art Show
1994 International Artists Gallery - Detroit, Michigan – One person show
1994 Navarro Council of the Arts - Juried exhibition - Corsicana, TX
1993 "Byzantine Icons" - San Antonio, TX (two persons show)
1992 "Sacred Fire" – Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia – (curated by Jerry Eisley)
1991 "International Christian Artists" - Sheffield, England
1991 Alpha Gallery - "Stigma" group exhibition - Arad, Romania
1991 "Human condition and society" - "Stigma" group exhibition - Cluj, Romania
1988 "The family" - National juried exhibition - Bucharest, Romania
1983 Juried teachers exhibition - Central Gallery - Brasov, Romania
1982 Juried exhibition for emerging artists - Arad, Romania
1981 "The Romanian artist" - juried exhibition - Oroshaza, Hungary
1981 Student exhibition - University Gallery - Iasi, Romania
Restoration and Conservation
1985 – 1991 Restored the following Romanian historical monuments (frescos):
"COZIA" monastery - 15th century
"CLOCOCIOV" monastery - 16th century
"SFINTA PARASCHIVA" Orthodox Church - 17th century
"SFINTA SOFIA" Orthodox Church - 17th century
"ADORMIREA MAICII DOMNULUI" Orthodox Church - 17th century
"BISERICA ALBA" Orthodox Church - 19th century
"SFINTA TREIME" Orthodox Church - 17th century
Born in Romania, Mariana Sain-Morar received her formal training and developed her artistic skills in her native land. She started her formal art education at the age of 15 when she enrolled in the Fine Arts High school of Arad. She went on to continue her fine arts study at the Academy of Fine Art, Iasi and received her degree in 1982.
While continuing to paint, she spent the next three years as an art teacher in Predeal - Romania.
In 1985 she decided to continue her education in the restoration field. She worked for seven years restoring old churches from the National Patrimony (14th-18th century) as part of a restoration team led by the best-known Romanian experts in the field.
Under communism, the most somber period in Romania's artistic history, Mariana was not often able to exhibit her art because her paintings did not fit within the social-realist type of art that fed the Romanian dictator's personality cult.
After the Revolution, she was accepted as a member of the Romanian Artist Union in 1990. Then she was able to travel extensively throughout Europe and see the major art museums and galleries (England, France, Italy).
She exhibited her work at the University of Sheffield in UK, at Mittersill, Austria. Another exhibition in Saint Petersburg followed. During that trip to Russia, in 1991, Mariana was able to visit the Hermitage Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow. In 1994, during a trip to Austria she saw a retrospective of George Rouault, whose work has influenced her own.
is particularly known for creating in her paintings a surrealist atmosphere
without employing surrealistic technique. Basic line defines Sain-Morar's drawings:
"They are as simple as those on the caves at Lascaux, yet more expressive with their own personalities" - Joan Crowder.
Mariana came to the United States in 1992 and continues to work and exhibit from her studio in San Diego. Her works are in private collections in USA, England, France, Germany, Russia, Italy and Romania.