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Diana Elena Chelaru Tappan, New York

Romanian-born painter Diana Chelaru’s paintings are colorful and contemporary interpretations of human emotion. For Diana, art is a means of communication. “It is how I express my thoughts, hopes, regrets and joys,” she says. Though she gets great pleasure from applying paint to canvas, it is the expression of emotions that she finds to be most important. Diana’s style is influenced by Byzantine mosaics as well as Gustav Klimt’s subject matter and use of decorative patterns within his compositions. Each artwork is created intuitively, resulting in paintings that speak to the soul.

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    About The Artist

    Romanian-born painter Diana Chelaru’s paintings are colorful and contemporary interpretations of human emotion. For Diana, art is a means of communication. “It is how I express my thoughts, hopes, regrets and joys,” she says. Though she gets great pleasure from applying paint to canvas, it is the expression of emotions that she finds to be most important. Diana’s style is influenced by Byzantine mosaics as well as Gustav Klimt’s subject matter and use of decorative patterns within his compositions. Each artwork is created intuitively, resulting in paintings that speak to the soul.

    Artist Statement

    I am a Romanian artist based in Tappan, New York. At an early age I began studying art with original artists from Eastern part of Romania. I received my BFA in Painting from “George Enescu” Art University, Iasi, Romania and a MA in Art History from the City University of New York, Queens College. Over the years my style was influenced by the Byzantine art's abstract and anti-naturalistic character, by Van Gogh's bold and symbolic colors and by Klimt's use of decorative patterns and his subject matter. Recently, I started experimenting working at large-scale using the visual language of form, color, and line to create compositions that exists only in my imagination.

    Artist Background

    Queens College CUNY
    Master of Arts, 2007

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    Diana Elena Chelaru 1/5/2018 | 6:41 PM

    Thank you Frank! I am happy you enjoy my painting. Have a great and a happy 2018!

    Frank 12/4/2017 | 12:00 PM

    Dear Diana- just received "In The Spotlight" and it is all I was hoping it would be. Brilliant color and form. Keep up the great artwork. Cheers, Frank

    Frank 11/25/2017 | 7:59 AM

    Dear Diana- perfect and now time to buy it- Cheers, Frank

    Diana Elena Chelaru 11/24/2017 | 9:38 PM

    Hi Frank, Yes, the painting is ready to hang. I added the wire on the back so you don't have to do anything else. Best regards, Diana

    commentsIn the Spotlight
    Frank 11/24/2017 | 11:25 AM

    Hi Diana Elena- I very much like your work entitled "In the Spotlight" but just have one question- you say it is ready to hang. Does that mean with a wire as I dont want to add anything to be able to hang it. Please let me know- Thanks, Frank

    Diana Elena Chelaru 12/2/2016 | 2:39 PM

    John - Thank you for your comment. Yes, my work is influenced by Klimt's work. Over the years my style was influenced by the Byzantine art's abstract and anti-naturalistic character, Van Gogh's bold and symbolic colors and Klimt's use of decorative patterns and his subject matter.

    commentsFallen Angels III (Abezethibou)
    J Wilson 12/1/2016 | 8:21 PM

    Fallen Angels 3. A very original painting sometimes reminiscent of Gustav Klimt. Surrealistic elements (the sleeper, the "parachute" trees), late evening colours, dreamlike, a "dimension apart". All interesting and eye-catching to make the viewer wonder. - John Wilson

    Diana Elena Chelaru 5/16/2013 | 11:22 PM

    Thank you so much Larry! Nothing makes me happier then knowing you and your wife enjoy the painting.

    commentsCommission For Larry
    L RESSLER purchased this artwork. 5/16/2013 | 12:29 PM

    Our first commissioned work from an artist and we are very pleased with the outcome. Diana Chelaru's work is extraordinary, she is a truly talented artist. And I believe that she will be a presence within the art world for many years to come. Her use of texture and color is unique and one of a kind.

    Diana Elena Chelaru 7/25/2011 | 12:06 AM

    Dear Mr Iceton - I am sorry for the delay in getting back to you but I had a full week. I had the opening for a group show here in New York and I am getting ready for a personal show at the end of August. I am really happy to know that you enjoy The Gossipers and if you would like to know more about the painting (I usually have a “back story” for my works)or in general about my art work please let me know. Thank you again for taking the time in getting back to me. Best regards, Diana Chelaru

    commentsThe Gossipers
    A Iceton purchased this artwork. 7/19/2011 | 9:19 AM

    I love it, when I opend the package and took my first look it was as if we were old friends, you are very talented Diana.

    Diana Elena Chelaru 1/7/2011 | 9:43 PM

    Ms. Garcia - Thank you so much for you appreciation! It means a lot to me. It makes me feel so good to know that once again my work speaks to the viewer. In my work I always emphasize on the color as a significant and unifying element and I always try to find a delicate balance between reality and ideas. Most of my art depicts the human form; I believe that human body is a universal symbol and can communicate a whole variety emotion. Thank you again! Best wishes, Diana

    commentsMadame Butterfly
    A Garcia purchased this artwork. 1/5/2011 | 6:59 PM

    Diana, thank you for creating such a beautiful piece of work that now hangs in our living room. It is the first original painting we have bought and we couldn't be more thrilled. The colors and intricacy are amazing. We look forward to following your career and watching you grow and prosper!

    Diana Elena Chelaru 5/30/2010 | 10:16 AM

    Mr. O'Connell, I am so happy to hear you enjoy my painting and I thank you for sharing with me your thoughts. Thank you!

    commentsSleepy Mood
    J O'Connell purchased this artwork. 5/25/2010 | 12:11 PM

    HELLO DIANA, NOW THAT IT'S FRAMED AND UP ON OUR WALL, WE LOVE IT EVEN MORE ! AS I TOLD YOU AT THE SHOW THE FIRST THING THAT STRUCK ME WAS THE SIMILARITY (IN MY PERHAPS BIZARRE INTERPRETATION ) TO ROUSSEAU'S SLEEPING GYPSY.THEN YOUR USE OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS STRUCK ME. I BELIEVE YOU ARE TRULY AMAZING, AND WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU CONTINUE IN THIS GENRE..GOOD LUCK !!! OKIE

    UGALLERY 5/21/2010 | 4:13 PM

    Here's Diana with the Ugallery team and her work at the Affordable Art Fair in NYC: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ugallery/4598885171/

    Diana Elena Chelaru 7/6/2009 | 11:57 PM

    Dear LBelle, Thank you so much for your appreciation! It is so nice to know that people enjoy my work. I believe that the uniqueness of an artist incorporates his own sensibilities and personality.

    L Drake 7/6/2009 | 5:06 PM

    Hi Diana, I love your artwork on the site! I love the sense of movement in the more vibrant pieces and even the more somber, contemplative pieces have a flow of energy. How did you develop your unique style?

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