victor cuzmenco

CONTEMPORARY MOLDOVAN ARTIST

Date of birth: 17 August 1948. I live and work in Chisinau, Moldova.

education

  • 1968-1974
    • Master of Arts, Moscow State Institute of Fine Arts named after Vasilii Surikov, Moscow, USSR (Russia)/ major in Artistic Graphics
  • 1964-1968
    • Art School named after I. Repin, Chisinau, Moldova/ major in Fine Arts

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2014 – present
    • Professor of special disciplines at Children Art School named after A. Schusev, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1984-2014
    • Director of Children Art School named after A. Schusev, Chisinau, Moldova
  • from 1978
    • Member of the Union of Artists of the USSR, at present time the Union of Artists of  Moldova
  • 1976-1978
    • Artist at Chisinaul de Seara (translation: Evening Chisinau) newspaper

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2020
    • Ontologic Painting, Innovative Centre „Create together – Tekwill”, Chisinau, Moldova
    • “Ontologic painting”, Biafarin, Toronto, Canada (online exhibition)
  • 2019
    • Ontologic Painting, Innovative Centre „Create together – Tekwill”, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2018
    • Ontologic Painting, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Solo exhibition, Space, Casa Zemstvei Guberniale, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Solo exhibition, Educational IT Centre IHUB, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2017
    • Ontologic Painting, Innovative Centre Create together – Tekwill, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2010
    • Solo exhibition, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2000
    • Ontologic Painting, Exhibition Hall of French Alliance in Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1994
    • Solo exhibition, Elita gallery, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1993
    • Solo exhibition, Korbeins Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1991
    • Solo exhibition, Central House of Artists, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

group exhibitions

  • 2021
    • National Culture Day, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Rewrite Reality, Independent & Image Art Space, Chongqing, China (virtual exhibition)
  • 2019
    • Autumn Display, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Moldovan Display, Exhibition contest of contemporary art XXIX edition, Chisinau (Moldova), Bacau (Romania)
    • International Painting Biennial, National Museum of Art of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Requiem, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Eminesciana (dedicated to poet Mihai Eminescu), Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2018
    • International Biennial of Decorative Art, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Fine Art Display among teachers of Children Art School named after A. Schusev, VI edition, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2016
    • Fine Art Exhibition among teachers of Children Art School named after A. Schusev, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Moldovan Display, Exhibition contest of contemporary art, Chisinau (Moldova), Bacau (Romania)
    • Eminesciana (dedicated to poet Mihai Eminescu), Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2015
    • Fine Art Display among teachers of Children Art School named after A. Schusev, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Spring Display, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Moldovan Display, Exhibition contest of contemporary art, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Autumn Display, Exhibition Republican contest of contemporary art, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2014
    • International Exhibition Podzemka (translation: Underground). The project of art group IZM, Alternative Space and Alternative KunsTräume, Children Art School named after A. Schusev
  • 2013
    • Fine Art Display among teachers of Children Art School named after A. Schusev, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2011
    • International Painting Biennial, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2009
    • Exhibition “Gheoghe Muntean – the Teacher”, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2007
    • Moldovan Autumn, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2006
    • Moldovan Display, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova            
    • Spring Display, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2005
    • Art intervention of art group IZM “Vote for klIZMa” (mot-a-mot: vote for cleanstream water bottle), Chisinau, Moldova
    • Art intervention of art group IZM “klIZMa”, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Moldovan Display, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Art intervention of art group IZM “Vote for klIZMa” (mot-a-mot: vote for cleanstream water bottle), Chisinau, Moldova
    • Art intervention of art group IZM “klIZMa”, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Horizons of Eminescu, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
    • We, creative youth, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Moldovan Display, Exhibition contest of contemporary art, Chisinau (Moldova), Bacau (Romania)            
    • Peace through Culture. One Thousand Paintings of Moldovan Artist from both banks of the river Dnestr, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2004
    • Exhibition of art group IZM, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Photo exhibition EvroFotoArt EXTENTION, organized by Oberliht Association of Young Artists of Moldova , Chisinau, Moldova
    • Contemporary Art Exhibition CityScape, organized by Oberliht Association of Young Artists of Moldova, Vitanta Old Brewery , Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2003
    • IX  international exhibition, Culture Center, Lyon, France
    • Exhibition of Moldovan Artists dedicated to M. Eminescu, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2002
    • VIII international exhibition, Culture Center, Lyon, France
  • 2001
    • Moldovan Display, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1999
    • Exhibition Native Land, L Gallery, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1996
    • Exhibition of Moldovan Avant-guard artists, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1995
    • Spring Display, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1993
    • III Exhibition of art group Fantom, National Art Museum of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Art-Myth-93, Central House of Artists, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • 1992
    • Group exhibition, Uppsala Contemporary Art Museum, Sweden
    • II Exhibition of art group Fantom, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1990
    • Exhibition of art group Fantom, Ismail, Ukraine
    • Exhibition of Moldovan painters, Aachen, Germany
  • 1989
    • Group exhibition, Art Base gallery, Singapore
  • 1974-1988
    • Over 100 of republican (Moldovan), all-soviet (USSR) and international exhibitions

ART CAMPS, WORKSHOPS, AND MASTER CLASSES

  • 2015
    • Seminar – master class “St. Petersburg meetings in Moldova”, Children Art School named after A. Schusev, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2012
    • Workshop of the project Spaces as a Tool for Shaping Social Attitudes in association with Generateur Association Art Diffusion, Oberliht Association of Young Artists of Moldova, Children Art School named after A. Schusev, and Academy of Fine Artist in Katowice
  • 2009
    • Cityoneminutes Chisinau. One minute video project organized by One Minutes Foundation, realized by KSA:K (Center for Contemporary Art) , Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2005
    • Workshop Studio of Graphics by Brita Weglin, organized by the Centre of Contemporary Art KSA:K, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2004
    • Video maraton 2004 of ODEON cinema, organized by the Centre of Contemporary Art KSA:K, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Workshop Video-art, Anna Treterr, Stuttgart/Germany, organized by the Centre of Contemporary Art KSA:K, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Video on the laps by Veceslav Mizin and Alexandr Shaburov, Novosibirsk, organized by the Centre of Contemporary Art KSA:K, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Victor Misiano, Introductory course into Contemporary Art System, organized by the Centre of Contemporary Art KSA:K, Chisinau, Moldova
    • International art camp Carbonart Memory Lane. Art College named after A. Plamadeala, organized by the Centre of Contemporary Art KSA:K, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1987
    • Senej, All-soviet art camp of the Union of Artists of the USSR, Sonlechnogorsk, USSR
  • 1983
    • Senej, All-soviet art camp of the Union of Artists of the USSR, Sonlechnogorsk, USSR

publications

  • 2021
    • ArtsyShark, Featured Artist Victor Cuzmenco, online (in English)
  • 2019
    • Zbarnea, Tudor. International Painting Biennial, Chisinau: Bons Offices, 2019. ISBN 978-9975-87-479-3 (in Romanian and English)
    • Stavila, Tudor. Victor Cuzmenco and Ontology of Painting in: Panoramic Art 2017-2018, Chisinau: Bons Offices, 2019, p. 61-65. ISBN 978-9975-87-545-5 (in Romanian)
  • 2018
    • Toma, Liudmila. Artistic Process in the Republic of Moldova (1940-2000): Fine Art, Sculpture, Graphics, Chisinau: National Museum of Art of Moldova, 2018. ISBN 978-9975-129-51-0 (in Russian)
  • 2016
    • Cuzmenco, Victor. How to Understand Abstract Painting, DMG Marketing, Chisinau (in Russian)
  • 2014
    • Dragneva, Lilia. Art Group “FANTOM” Subjective Representation of Real Task in collection: Arta, Chisinau, Gaqramont, 2014, pp.125-136 (in Romanian)
  • 2013
    • Morel, Maia (dir). ABéCédaire: Comprendre l’Art d’Ajourd’hui, Cote Saint-Luc, Quebec Canada: Éditions Peisaj, 2013, p. 42, p.49, pp. 52-53. ISBN 978-2-9811987-7-8 (in French and Romanian)
  • 2012
    • Vanaga, Valeriu, Ajder, Ecaterina. International Biennial of Decorative Art: Second Edition, Chisinau: Bons Offices, 2012. ISBN 978-9975-80-627-5 (in Romanian and English)
  • 2011
    • Kulikovski, Lidia, Herta, Valeriu. Creatori de Ex Libris Basarabeni: Mic Dictionar, Chisinau: Magna-Princeps, 2011, pp.82-87. ISBN 978-9975-4203-3-4 (in Romanian)
  • 2010
    • Morel, Maia, Mocanu-Nosko, Rodica, Frumosu, Angela. Educatie Plastica: Manual pentru clasa a 7-a, Chisinau: Stiinta, 2010, p.81. ISBN 978-9975-67-662-5 (in Romanian)
  • 2001
    • Cojocaru, Natalia. Victor Cuzmenco. A Worm is Drilling my Brain Calling to Make Something New in: Atelier, Chisinau, 2001, Nr.2, pp.24-26 (in Romanian)
  • 1997
    • Ponomariova, Natalia. Fantom in: Journal of The Centre of Contemporary Art ART-HOC, Chisinau, 1997. Nr.2, p.19 (in Romanian)
  • 1993
    • Glushko, V.  Fantom is Some in: Makler, Chisinau, 1993, September (in Russian)
  • 1992
    • Ponomariova, Natalia. The Phenomenon of FANTOM in: Chisinaul de Seara, Chisinau, 3 August 1992, p.2 (in Russian)
    • Apostol, Zoya. All in All It Is Fine Art in: Chisinaul de Seara, Chisinau, 23 June 1992, p.3 (in Russian)                
    • Halvarson, Michael. Mote med Moldavien in: Bohusläningen, Uddevalla, 24 April 1992, p.3 (in Swedish)
  • 1990
    • Mirchanndani, Geeta. Russian Art. Coming Around Again in: Accent Magazine, Singapore, October, 1990 pp. 82-89 (in English)
    • Schanderovski , Lev. Russische Kunstler zu Besuch in Brand in: Aachinen Nachrichten, Aachen, 21 May 1990, p.3 (in German)
  • 1985
    • Ponomariova, Natalia. People of Steppe Region in: Chisinaul de Seara, Chisinau, 10 October 1985, p.4 (in Russian)
    • Ponomariova, Natalia. Young Graphic Artists of Moldova in: Tvorcestvo Magazine, Union of Artists of the USSR, Moscow, Nr. 7, July, 1985, pp.19-21 (in Russian)
  • 1982
    • Stavila, Tudor.  Beauty and Infinity of Life in: Chisinaul de Seara, Chisinau, 30 August 1982, p.3 (in Russian)
  • 1978
    • Gordeeva, Zh. The Harmony of Colors in: Chisinaul de Seara, Chisinau, 24 May 1978, p.2 (in Russian)
  • 1977
    • Iunko, A. To Be Friendly with Construction Site in: Chisinaul de Seara, Chisinau, 11 April 1977, p.3 (in Russian)

AWARDS

  • 2020
    • 2nd place at 2nd Annual Lines, Shapes & Objects Art Exhibition, Online Exhibition Competition, Fusion Art
    • Honorable Mention at 2nd Annual Primary Colors Online Art Competition, Light, Space & Time
    • Special Merit Award at 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Light, Space & Time
    • Honorable Mention and Special Recognition at Patterns, Textures & Forms, Light, Space & Time
  • 2019
    • Prize of International Center of Art and Culture George Apostu, Bacau, Romania for Exhibition contest of contemporary art “Moldovan Display” XXIX edition, Chisinau
    • Honorary Diploma by Children Art School named after A. Schusev, Chisinau, Moldova                 Diploma with merit at Eminesciana Exhibition, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2018
    • Diploma with excellence by Children Art School named after A. Schusev, Chisinau, Moldova
    • Diploma with excellence at Fine Art Display among teachers of Children Art School named after A. Schusev, VI edition, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2015
    • Certificate of gratitude by L&Anna gallery, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2014
    • Diploma for organization of International Exhibition Podzemka (translation: Underground). The project of art group IZM, Alternative Space and Alternative KunsTräume
  • 2009
    • Diploma “for exceptional artistic performance in pupils’ education” by Children Art School named after A. Schusev, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2005
    • Diploma of the Ministry of Culture of Moldova for participation at the Exhibition Peace through Culture. One Thousand Paintings of Moldovan Artist from both banks of the river Dnestr, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 2004
    • Diploma for participation at the Photo exhibition EvroFotoArt EXTENTION, organized by Oberliht Association of Young Artists of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1990
    • Included in the Encyclopedia of Arts of Moldova
  • 1984
    • Honorable mention for participation at the Exhibition contest Native Land, Chisinau, Moldova
  • 1982
    • Diploma of Moldovan Artists Union “for the best coverage of creative theme”, Chisinau, Moldova

SELECTED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

  • National Museum of Art of Moldova
  • Collection of Russian Ministry of Culture
  • Collection of the Center for Art and Culture George Apostu, Bacau (Romania)
  • Private collections in the USA, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey, Israel, Singapore, Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova