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Constantin Lucaci


Born: July 7, 1923, in Bocsa Romana, Banat, Romania, son of Constantin and Maria Lucaci

Married to Irina Tomescu (April 29, 1953)


  • 1929-1945 - During his childhood and youth the artist developed three major interests: the study of the surrounding world through Mathematics and Physics lessons, as well as music and modeling. He studied drawing and modeling with T. Botlich, an artist educated in the artistic milieu of Paris at the turn of the century and a former colleague of Mestrovic for two decades

  • 1945 - Attended the courses of the "Guguianu" Free Academy of Arts in Bucharest under Camil Ressu, Al. Ciucurencu and C. Medrea

  • 1948-1953 - "Nicolae Grigorescu" Fine Arts Institute. Début at the Official Salon held in Bucharest where he exhibited " The Builders". Since then, he has participated in every annual and biannual art exhibition

  • 1963 - Attended courses at the Fine Arts Academy "Pietro Vanucci", Peruggia

  • 1966 - Scholarship in France where he studied French and European sculpture but was especially attracted by Egyptian sculpture made of granite and basalt, at the Museum of Louvrou

  • 1968 - Study trips to France , Belgium, Italy

  • Study trip to France

Artistic Career

  • 1950 - While a student, he displayed " The Swimmer" at the Official Salon in Bucharest, a sculpture piece that drew the attention of G. Oprescu

  • 1953 - April - participated at the Romanian Exhibition of Fine Arts held in Helsinki

  • 1954 - Works of sculpture displayed in the Romanian Art Exhibition presented at the Biannual di Venezia

  • 1958 - A participant in the Fine Arts Exhibition in Moscow

  • 1959 - Stainless steel works exhibited in the Romanian Fine Arts Exhibition in Budapest

  • 1961 - Participated at the Romanian Art Exhibition initiated in Damascus, Cairo, Alexandria
    - took part in the Exhibition of Sculptors' Drawings in Moscow

  • 1966 - Began a series of monumental works made of stainless steel, later grouped by the artist in the series "Space and Light".

  • 1967 - Stainless steel monumental works in the Open- air Exhibition of Sculpture of Middelheim Park, Antwerp

  • 1972 - An exhibition of sculpture housed by the "French Library" in Bucharest ( 10-20 May).

  • 1975 - Participated to the Romanian Art Exhibition of Contemporary Romanian Art in Belgrade, Damascus, Cairo and Alexandria.

    •   Participant in the Romanian Art Exhibition "Plastik und Blumen" in Berlin

    • Guest artist of " Fucina degli Angeli" Venice, where he created the " Star" , a kinetic sculpture made of stainless steel and glass, now part of the permanent display of " Fucina degli Angeli ", next to works by Mark Tobey, Picasso, Max Ernst, Chagall

  • 1976 - Participated in the International Congress of AIAP in Baghdad

  • 1977 - September, invited to Havana as a participant in the founding Congress of the Artists' Union

    • " Fucina degli Angeli" album published in Venice with a special chapter on the work of Constantin Lucaci

    • Participated in the Exhibition of Romanian Fine Arts, Moscow

  • 1979 - A participant in the Exhibition of Small Sculpture - Romanian Contemporary Art, Damascus

    •   Participated in the AIAP Congress held in Stockholm.

  • 1980 - Invited by the French Government to be present at the opening o f the "Brancusi" Museum within the Georges Pompidou Centre, Beaubourg, Paris.

    • Participated in the international conference on the " Improvement of the Environment" held in Manila, Philippines.

  • 1984 - February-March, solo exhibition at The Italian Cultural Institute in Bucharest.

  • Since 1988 - A member of the international jury of the Biannual of Art dedicated to Dante, Ravenna.

  • Since 1993 - A professor of the Fine Arts Academy, the Sculpture Department, Cluj.

Works of Constantin Lucaci are in the custody of many museums in Romania and present in collections of art abroad : Antwerp, Copenhagen, Venice, Rome, Milan, Ferrara

Prizes and Awards

  • 1953 - "Medal of Toil" - Romania

  • 1968 - "Cultural Merit" Order - Romania

  • 1974 - Romanian Artists' Union Prize for Monumental Art

  • 1982 - "Knight of the Italian Republic" Order of Merit

  • 1984 - Prize of "Flacara" magazine for the "Fountains"

  • 1984 - "Herder" Prize of the University of Vienna for his entire work

  • 1990 - Prize of Romanian Academy

  • 1999 - Gold Medal in the International Biennale of Art dedicated to Dante - Ravenna

  • 2000 - "Freeman" of the city of Resita

  • 2001 - Prize of "Romanian Cultural Foundation


  • Constantin LUCACI, Av. Theodor Iliescu street nr. 3-7, Sector 1, Bucharest, Phone: +40-21-679.6214, +40-21-2311494,  Fax: -40-21-410.0457, E-mail: idamahyp@pcnet.ro 


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