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Romanian Version

Petre Achitenie
Artist-Painter
(1929-2006)

Born: May 27, 1929, Havārna, Botosani County

Dead: December 01, 2006 (buried in Straulesti 2 Cemetery, Bucharest)

Studies

  • 1940-1945 - student and printer at Monastery Neamt

  • 1945-1948 - Academy of Arts "Guguianu", class of prof. Camil Ressu

    • also follows the courses of the Higher School of Monumental Painting, Bucharest, class of prof. Gheorghe Popescu and I.D.Stefanescu

  • 1948-1951 - Institute of Plastic Arts "Nicolae Grigorescu", Bucharest, class of prof. Alexandru Ciucurencu. Scholarship of merit "Ion Andreescu"

  • 1951-1957 - Academy of Arts "Repin", Sankt Petersburg, Russia

  • 1962 - Specialization at the Academy of Arts "Pietro Vanucci", Peruggia, Italy

Professional Career

  • 1947 - authorized monumentalist painter, I category

  • 1948 - debut at State Exhibition, Bucharest

  • 1962-1966 - chief department Creation, Ministry of Culture, Bucharest

Personal Exhibitions

  • 1963 - Gallery Orizont, Bucharest

  • 1967 - Gallery Kalinderu, Bucharest and Central Gallery, Constanta

  • 1967 - Palace Dante Alighieri, Rome, Italy

  • 1970 - Gallery Apollo, Bucharest

  • 1989 - Retrospective, Botosani, Romania

  • 1990 - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

  • 1996 - Retrospective, Gallery of the National Theater of Bucharest

  • 1997 - House of the Latin America, Bucharest

  • 1998 - Gallery Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, R.Moldova

  • 1999 - Gallery of Art, Bancorex, Bucharest

  • 2000 - Gallery of Art, Centrtal Military Cercle, Bucharest and the City Hall of Panciu Municipality

  • 2000-2001 - Theater of Comedy, Bucharest

Group Exhibitions

  • 1963 - Berlin, Dresden

  • 1964 - Moscow

  • 1965 - Berlin

  • 1967 - Orly, France

  • 1969 - Suceava, Romania

  • 1970 - Roma, Florence, Venice, Czechoslovakia

  • 1972 - Botosani, Romania

  • 1974 - Giulesti Theater, Bucharest

    • Constanta

    • Institute of Architecture "Ion Mincu", Bucharest

  • 1998 - Sping Sallon, Gallery of Arts "Apollo", Bucharest

    • Beirut, Lebanon

    • Tokyo, Japan

  • 1999-2000 - Lyon, Paris, France

  • 2001 - Exhibition of Sacred Art, Gallery of Arts "Apollo", Bucharest

    • Beirut, Lebanon

Works of Monumental Art

  • Trade Union Complex, Felix Baths, Oradea: ceramics, coloured modules (cca 164 sqm)

  • Since 1970 - tens of thousands of sqm fresco of sacred art at different historic monuments and cultural edifices (Cathedral Uspenia, Botosani, 1964; Cathedral of Mariners, Constanta, 1995)

  • 1997-1998 - Cathedral "Assumption of the Virgin", town of Dochia, R.Moldova (painting in fresco, 3000 sqm)

Artist's Works

  • painted over 60 churches in Romania and Moldavia, from which most important are the Cathedral of Botosani, the church of Constanta and the Monastery of Drochia, Moldavia

  • National Museum of Art, Bucharest

  • Museum of Art Collections, Collection Weinberg, Bucharest

  • Museums of Cluj-Napoca, Arad, Oradea, Timisoara, Bacau, Sibiu, Galati, Baia Mare, Craiova, Dorohoi, Botosani, Ploiesti, Tārgu-Mures, Cāmpulung-Muscel, Constanta

  • Private Collections in Romania and Italy, France, Switzerland, Japan, Great Britain, United Arab Emirates

Pedagogical Career

  • 1957 - university assistant, Chair of painting, Institute of Plastic Arts "Nicolae Grigorescu", Bucharest

  • 1968-1993 - emeritus university professor;  ten students promotions took benefit of master's artistic guidance

Affiliations

  • 1957 - member of the Union of Plastic Artists of Romania

  • 1968 - member of the International Association of Plastic Arts, UNESCO

Prizes and Awards

  • 1968 - Cultural Order, Romania

  • 1991-1992 - "International Man of the Year", International Biographical Center of Cambridge, UK

  • 1993 - "International Man of the Year" and "Honorary Member from Abroad", The American Biographical Institute

  • 1994 - "Honorary Citizen" of Botosani Municipality

    • "Honorary Citizen" of Dorohoi Municipality

  • 1995 - Special Prize of the Union of Plastic Artists of Romania for his longlife activity

    •  "International Man of the Year" and the "Golden Medal", The American Biographical Institute

    • "Honorary Diploma" of the International Biographical Center of Cambridge, UK

  • 1996 - "International Man of the Year" and the "Golden Medal", International Biographical Center of Cambridge, UK

  • 1998 - Medal "80 years from the union of Bessarabia and Bucovina with the mother country, Romania", granted by the Cultural League for All Romanians' Union

    • Diploma and "Saint Daniel" Golden Medal granted by the Patriarchy of Moscow and of the Russia

  • 1999 - The Golden Cross of Bessarabia

    • Honorary Citizen of the town Drochia, R.Moldavia

    • Grand Prize for the entire exhibition activity and in the field of sacred art, granted by the Union of Plastic Artists, R.Moldavia

    • Honorary Citizen of Bucharest Municipality

  • 2000 - Diploma of Excellence awarded by the City Hall of Panciu

    • Honorary Citizen of Iasi Municipality 

    • Silver Medal awarded by Iasi Municipality

    • Medal "Metropolitan Petre Movila", awarded by the Cultural League for the Union of All Romanians

    • Anniversary Medal "Mihail Eminescu", granted by the Cultural League for the Union of All Romanians

    • Diploma of Merit, awarded by "Prince Paul for Romania" Foundation

  • 2001 - Officer of the National Order of Merit, Romania

  • 2001 - Golden Medal "Michael the Brave" and Diploma of Honnor

  • 2002 - International Peace Prize and the Golden Medal, USA

  • 2003 - Diploma of Excellence, Government of Romania

 

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