Felicia Cirstea is a Romanian-Canadian contemporary visual artist based in Toronto, Canada.
Born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, Felicia Cirstea graduated from OCAD University with a Major in Illustration in 2007. Having started her career as an illustrator Felicia’s work has been seen in various magazines and received awards and accolades from American Illustration, The Creative Quarterly Journal of Art and Design and CAPIC. Her whimsical illustration style has been featured in Digital Arts Magazine UK, IdN Magazine, Juxtapoz and some of her collaborations include Playgirl Magazine, Canadian Geographic Magazine, The Miami Herald and Canadian Mental Health Association.
After years of using mixed media techniques blending digital with 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. Using symbolism, abstraction and representation Felicia’s paintings carry a visual language influenced by architectural landmarks of Europe, nature, biology and Romanian folklore while depicting human forms such as faces as the main subject matter.
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. At the core of my paintings lies a human face as the mask of our perceived reality and a symbol of our physicality.
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
Group Exhibitions & Art Fairs:
58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, Canada, 2019
The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair, Better Living Centre, Toronto, Canada, 2019
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