Felicia Cirstea is a visual artist based in Toronto, Canada.
Felicia was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, and graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design in 2007. After years of using mixed media techniques blending digital and analog practices Felicia’s work evolved into painting where she investigates the human condition and the explorations of self as it ensures survival in relationship to en ever-changing cultural environment. Blending abstraction with representation Felicia’s paintings carry a visual language influenced by architectural landmarks of Europe, nature, biology, Romanian folklore as well as historical European fashion.
Growing up in post-communist Romania in the 90’s, developing as an adult in Toronto and living for 4 years on a Caribbean island has formed questions about who we are as human beings, why are we here, what defines our survival outside our basic necessities and how are we all connected in spite of our cultural differences. My work is investigating the human condition and the explorations of self as it ensures survival in relationship to an ever-changing cultural environment through notions of religion, spirituality, cultural beliefs and expectations, psychology as well as media depiction of women and family values. While these are difficult and very complex questions to answer one can start the investigation with the journey of self-discovery through an honest introspection of how the self is formed and how much of what we know of ourselves is a distortion, a lie, or truth.
Born in Bucharest, Romania.
Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada, 2003-2007
Toronto School of Arts, Toronto, Canada, 2002-2003
Felicia Atanasiu, Sugar Ridge Art Gallery, Antigua, West Indies, 2012
WALLSPACE Exhibition Felicia Atanasiu, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada, 2007
Digital Group Exhibition, Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada, 2018
Marine Art & Photography, Copper & Lumber Store Hotel, Antigua, West Indies, 2012
Art & Sole, 381 Projects, Toronto, Canada, 2010
Art & Sole, Off The Hook Gallery, Montreal, Canada, 2010
Art & Sole, The Gallery, Calgary, Canada, 2010
Art & Sole, Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 2010
Official Centennial Alfa Romeo Art Collection, Milan, Italy, 2010
Live Love Jamboree, Rolly’s Garage, Toronto, Canada, 2009
Speak Easy 14th Annual Show, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada, 2009
Sketch It Out, APW Gallery, New York, USA, 2009
Press & Publications:
Report Chile, “El Viaje De Felicia Atanasiu”, 2015
Alaisk Murasaki, “Felicia Atanasiu: Mi Mensaje Es Mi Viaje”, 2013
Fashion Diaries, “Felicia Atanasiu”, 2013
Juxtapoz, “Felicia Atanasiu’s Vision”, 2011
Trendhunter, “Felicia Atanasiu”, 2011
FRESH Cutting Edge Illustrations, Print Volume, 2011
High Pixel, “Felicia Atanasiu”, 2010
Juxtapoz, “Reader Art: Felicia Atanasiu”, 2009
Digital Arts UK, “Showcase: Felicia Atanasiu”, 2009
Format, “The Daily Bread: Felicia Atanasiu”, 2009
Cotidianul Romanian Newspaper, “Art&Popcult: Felicia Atanasiu”, 2009
International Design Yearbook II, 2009
IdN, International Designers Network, “All About Eve: Felicia Atanasiu”, 2008
Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design: “New Talent Gallery: Felicia Atanasiu”, 2006