Born: April 2, 1971 in Halmagiu, Arad - Romania
since 2001- Member of the Romanian Artists Union, Timisoara
1995-1997 Tibiscus University Timisoara, Faculty of Design, specialized in Design and Decorative Arts
1992-1995 Romanian-American University, Faculty of Design, Bucharest
1990-1992 Art School, Arad, specialized in Graphic Works
March 2005 - "La vie en rose", World Trade Plaza
November 2004 - "Symphonie fantastique", World Trade Plaza
March 2004 - "Scent of a Woman", World Trade Plaza
1994 - European Convention of Science- Fiction, First Gallery and Bastion Gallery, Timisoara, Romania
2004- Casa Vernescu Art Gallery
2000- U-Art Gallery
1999- ROMANIA - UNESCO Club
1999, 1995- L'Institut Francais de Bucharest
1995- Municipal Gallery
2007- Iulius Mall
2005- Carola's Art Gallery
2005- City Hall of Timisoara
2005- Banc Post Gallery
2001, 1998- ART Gallery
1998- Expo Noi Gallery
1996- Acces Gallery
1996- Theodor Costescu Cultural Centre
1992- Cultural Centre
I am currently exhibiting works in the following Romanian galleries:
Bucharest: Gold Art Gallery, Dominus Gallery, Baku Art Gallery
Timisoara: Carola's Art Gallery, Helios Gallery, ART Gallery
“Niculita Darastean is one of those artists for whom – alike ancient Chinese – art is a unique essence, that the artist can pour in the containers of different skills, as many as he can master. Painter, drawer, designer, photographer, the poet who is revealing himself in this beautiful – meaning much more – book is an alter ego, another avatar of the same artist, who, full of emotion and curiosity, looks over the capacity of different ways of expression in order to send his artistic message.
Excellent painter, Niculita Darastean tries and succeeds to also paint in words the reality of an acute sensibility, which likes to tell its story. Strangely however, the final story is not the same: while the painter exhibits a raving energy and a baroque imagination, the poet knows that verses are not made to be beautiful, but to guide our thoughts. The simplicity and transparency of his poems try to balance the complicated architecture of his drawings and paintings, together making the perfect globe of a unique endowment.
The art of the young artist is similar to a liquid eager to take the shape of a container, which itself is searching for its shape. And this search in itself is exciting and gives meaning to his art.”
Ana Blandiana, Romanian poet
"A quick look upon the work of N. Darastean could lead us to the surrealistic style (common objects, real images of the known world, distributed in the structure of the painting by random, absurd or delirious connections). But behind the disorder there is the recovery of the perspective, the insinuation of a secret atmosphere, with multiple light sources, hidden from the eye and indicating through the title a step into the mythology, in the biblical parable or in the world of heroes from the world literature, sometimes from history. As a postmodern artist, Darastean thinks suggestively in the spirit of the metaphysical painting but through the obsessions of the modern man (power, violence, sex) whose moral and philosophical confusion could find its solution in the wish to achieve the saving light of faith."
"Un regard fugitif porte sur la peinture de N. Darastean pourrait faire penser a la stylistique du surréalisme (objets usuels, images concrets du monde connu - distribues dans la structure du tableau par des associations allatoires, absurdes ou oniriques). Derrière le désordre se trouve pourtant une récupération de la perspective, I'insinuation d'une atmosphère mystérieuse, avec des sources de lumière multiples, cachées, et surtout des titres qui indiquent une démarches vers la mythologie, la parabole biblique, vers le monde des héros de la littérature universelle ou vers I'histoire. En tant qu'artiste post-moderne, Darastean possède une pensée plastique dans I'esprit de la peinture métaphysique a travers le prisme de I'homme moderne (dureté, violence, sexe) dont la déroute morale et philosophique pourrait trouver sa solution dans I'aspiration vers la lumière salvatrice de la croyance. "
Deliu Petroiu, Romanian Art Critique, 1999
Nick Darastean's Guestbook
This is such impressive work. I am amazed at what you have done and that you are so talented.
(Charlie, 4 November 2015)
|Oil on canvas on wood|
Wow what a great piece. I am loving it.
(Hillie, 4 November 2015)
|ArtsCad Art Critic|
A Romanian artist born and raised, Darastean has two phrases that help him paint: “What the heck: Thinking doesn’t cost me a thing!” and “What the heck: Watching doesn’t cost you a thing!” He believes that canvases don’t really have borders, and that viewer should be able to peer into a given painting to find a hidden meaning. Able to switch betwee.../...
(ArtsCad Art Critic, 28 February 2006)