About

PERSONAL INFORMATION

olimpialazar@yahoo.com                                                                                   

www.olimpiabera.com

Date of birth 03/02/1983

WORK EXPERIENCE

February 2014 – present Curator
The Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea (www.visualkontakt.ro)

▪ Author, curator and coordinator – art projects
Business or sector: Visual Art

October 2014 – present Assistant Professor
The University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca
Decorative Arts and Design Faculty, Textile Arts – Textile Design Department (www.uad.ro)

▪ Teaching activities
Business or sector: University Education

October 2013 – May 2014 Associated Teacher
The University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca
Decorative Arts and Design Faculty, Textile Arts – Textile Design Department (www.uad.ro)

▪ Teaching activities
Business or sector: University Education

October 2013 – present Collaborator
The University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca
Community Programs Office – Sectorial Erasmus Plus Program, (www.uad.ro)

▪ Assistant of Community Programs Coordinator
Business or sector University Education

September 2005 – June 2006 Associated Art Teacher
“Liviu Rebreanu” General School, n° 1 Moldoveanu street and “Constantin Brancusi” General School, n° 1 Horticultorilor street, Cluj-Napoca
▪ Associated Teaching art, creative activities
Business or sector: Pre-university education

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

October 2007 – January 2013 PhD in field of Fine and Decorative Arts ISCED level 6
The University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca (www.uad.ro)

▪ Thesis Title: ”Baroque genealogy of the hero”, painting and theoretical research that contributes to contemporary social knowledge in Art

October 2005 – June 2007 Master in Fine and Decorative Arts – Exploration in Fine and Decorative Arts ISCED level 5
The University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca (www.uad.ro)

▪ Easel Graphics
October 2001 – June 2005 Bachelor Degree in Fine and Decorative Arts ISCED level 5
The University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca (www.uad.ro)

▪ Specialization: Graphics
September 1997 – July 2001 High School Diploma ISCED level 4
„Romulus Ladea” High School of Fine Arts, Cluj-Napoca
▪ Certified Professional – Specialty Graphics

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
In Romania
2013 January – Panta Rei, painting, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea, Romania.
2012 January – Baroque genealogy of the hero (public presentation of the PhD thesis), painting, National Art Museum Cluj-Napoca.
2010 May – Crossing, painting, Culture Hall,Târgu-Jiu.
Abroad
2012 November – Transit, painting, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Ulm, Germany.
2011 September – Eroi e rovine, painting, Locali ex-Upim Gallery, Macerata, Italy.

Group Exhibitions
In Romania
2011 June – Painting/Unpainting, painting, Art Museum, Satu Mare.
2010 December – painting, “Ioan Sima” museum, Zalău.
2007 December – UAP Winter Salon, painting, Art Museum, Cluj-Napoca.
2006 October – Plumb Pretext – Aplomb, installation, Matei House, Cluj-Napoca.
2006 July – Little Prince, painting, Art Museum, Satu Mare.
2006 April – Plumb Pretext, installation, Art Museum, Cluj-Napoca.
2004 November – As is when. British Graphic 60s, serigraphy, “Octavian Goga” County Library, Cluj-Napoca.
2003 April – Student spring, painting, „ Students Cultural House”, Cluj-Napoca.
Abroad
2013 December – (De)generation, painting, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea.
2013 November – The Cutting Edge, 2nd edition, painting, Art Museum, Cluj-Napoca.
2011 September – November –Morlotti-Imbersago Painting Biennial, painting, the XIIIth edition, Imbersago, Italy.
2007 October – “Animation Day” International Animation Festival, comics: Harap-Alb, Târgu Mureș.
2006 October – International Salon of Comics, comics: Harap-Alb, the XVIth edition, Bucharest.
2006 September – 50 years after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, mail-art, Budapest, Hungary.

Curatorial Activity

Solo and group projects

2015 November – No Man on the Moon, mixed media, artist: Marcel Rusu, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Cluj-Napoca.
2015 FebruaryRandom dreams, photography, artist: Stefan Badulescu,  Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea.
2014 November – Unrelieved, Graphics, artist: Alice Iliescu, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea.
2014 September – Nephila atrata, sculpture installation, artist: Maria Sicoie, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea.
2014 May – White shadows, painting, artist: Ioana Iacob, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea.
2014 March – LKT Konektivitet, multimedia installation, artist: Constantin Stoian, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea.
2013 Decembrie – (De)generație, multimedia, group exhibition, artists: Ada Muntean, Alina Staicu, Andrei Ciurdărescu, Carlos Carmonamedina, Gabriel Miloia, Maria Sicoie, Radu Băieș, Raluca Avrămuț, Olimpia Bera, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea.
2013 November – # OtherSides, multimedia installation, artist: Carlos Carmonamedina, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea.
2013 October – Dream Traces, graphics, artist: Ada Muntean, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea.
2013 September – Relativität, sculpture installation, artist: Maria Sicoie, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Ulm, Germany.
2013 September – Sold Out!, multimedia installation, artist: Liviu Bulea, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea.
2013 July – Interfaces, graphics, artist: Ada Muntean, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Ulm, Germany.
2013 June – Sabotage, fashion design installation, artist: Astrid Țîrlea, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Ulm, Germany.
2013 May – Electric Haiku, installation, artist: Raluca Avrămuț, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea.
2013 April – Just Kidding, painting, artist: Oana Damian, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea.
2013 February – The capitalist pig and the honest rabbit, painting, artist: Ioana Olăhuț, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea.

Art projects conducted within Visual Kontakt Laboratory
2014 June – Bad colors, installation, Visual Kontakt Laboratory, Oradea.
2013 November – Orthodox is Better, installation, Visual Kontakt Laboratory, Oradea.
2013 September – Harvest IInd, installation, Visual Kontakt Laboratory, Oradea.
2013 August – Harvest Ist, installation, Visual Kontakt Laboratory, Oradea.
2013 May – A touch of childhood, installation, Visual Kontakt Laboratory, Oradea.
2013 March – Hide & Seek, installation, Visual Kontakt Laboratory, Oradea.
2013 March – Spring head, installation, Visual Kontakt Laboratory, Oradea.
2013 March – Romanian homophobia Week, concept, Visual Kontakt Laboratory, Oradea.

Participations, Workshops

2014 March – April – Green & Brown, land art,”Erasmus” Intensive Program, initiaded by “Accademia di Belli Arti di Macerata”, Ushant Island, France.
2013 August – The Cutting Edge, the 2nd edition, International art camp, organized by the Art Act Cultural Association from Cluj-Napoca, Beliș, Fânânele, Cluj County.
2013 June – Green & Brown, land art,”Erasmus” Intensive Program , organized by Accademia di Belli Arti di Macerata, Macerata, Italy.
2011 July – August – Aperitivi culturali, scenography project, organized in collaboration with “Accademia di Belli Arti di Macerata” for “Sferisterio Opera Festival” (SOF), the 47th Lyric Stage, Macerata, Italy.
2011 July – Ars in Fabula, training course in book illustration, Accademia di Belle Arti, Macerata, Italy.
2010 April – Cartoons, organized by the French Cultural Center in Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca.
2004 November – As is when, workshop de serigraphy, organized by the British Council in Timisoara and the British Council in Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara.
2004 October – Creative camp, lithography, organized by the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Miskolc, Hungary.

National and International Programs

2012 November – Artistic residence, organized by Visual Kontakt Gallery Oradea at The Academy of Dramatic Arts (Akademie für darstellende Kunst – adk) in Ulm, Germany.
2012 July – September – „Erasmus” placement mobility, Accademia di Belle Arti, Macerata, Italy.
2003 October – December – CEEPUS Study scholarship (Central European Exchange Program for University Studies), Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Krakowie im. Jana Matejki (ASP), Krakow, Poland.

Specialty positions

Member of The Fine Artists Union in Romania, Cluj branch.

Published articles

Articles in professional journals
2014 June – Orthodox is better (coauthor), Samizdat (Orthodox is better), the 3rd Year, nr. 16, p. 11, contemporary art magazine, Oradea.
2014 June – Orthodox is much better, Samizdat (Orthodox is better), the 3rd Year, nr. 16, p. 17, contemporary art magazine, Oradea.
2014 June – Gold Cross Order, Samizdat (Orthodox is better), the 3rd Year, nr. 16, p. 47, contemporary art magazine, Oradea.
2014 May – Witness at the end of the world (“Martor la capătul lumii”), www.samizdatonline.ro, the 25th of May 2014.
2014 February – The Biennale as a Sum and Reverse (“Bienala ca sumă și revers”), www.samizdatonline.ro, the 12th of February 2014.
2014 February – The Price of Freedom (“Prețul libertății”), www.samizdatonline.ro, the 4th of February 2014.
2013 December – Recolta – Harvest II, Samizdat (Harvest), the 2nd Year, n° 15, p. 27, contemporary art magazine, Oradea.
2013 December – Harvest Ozosep, Samizdat (Harvest), the 2nd Year, n° 15, p. 31, contemporary art magazine, Oradea.
2013 December – The Biennale as a Sum and Reverse (“Bienala ca sumă și revers”), Samizdat (Harvest), the 2nd Year, n° 15, p. 63, contemporary art magazine, Oradea.
2013 April – Just kidding (de Oana Damian), statement, Samizdat (Lies), the 2nd Year, n° 14, p. 6, contemporary art magazine, Oradea.
2013 April – Maybe yes, maybe not, statement, Samizdat (Lies), the 2nd Year, n° 14, p. 39, contemporary art magazine, Oradea.
2013 March – Hide and Seek, statement, Samizdat (Sabotage), the 2nd Year, n° 13, p. 5, contemporary art magazine, Oradea.
2013 March – Romanian homophobia Week, statement, Samizdat (Sabotage), the 2nd Year, n° 13, p. 9, contemporary art magazine, Oradea.
2013 March – Sabotage as a natural (art) mechanism, Samizdat (Sabotage), the 2nd Year, n° 31, p. 9, contemporary art magazine, Oradea.
2013 March – United under the dome of silence, Samizdat (Sabotage), the 2nd Year, n° 13, p. 80, contemporary art magazine, Oradea.
2013 February – The HairSniffing Project (de Szeghalmi Örs), statement, Samizdat (United States of Arts vs. Etc.), the 2nd Year, n° 12, p. 21, contemporary art magazine, Oradea
Illustrated books
2014 – Illustration and cover – Mary’s Dream, Cristina Plămădeală, Eikon Publisher, Cluj-Napoca.
2012 – Illustration and cover – Rajahstan, Eugen Cojocaru, trilingual edition (Romanian-English-German), Eikon Publisher, Cluj-Napoca.
2010 – Illustration and cover – Stolen Love and Other Stories, Mihai Oltean, Eikon Publisher, Cluj-Napoca.
2010 – Illustration – The cricket’s truths, Mihaela Dobrinescu, Eikon Publisher, Cluj-Napoca.
2010 – Author – Domino the cat – Coloring and story book, Georgeta-Olimpia Lazar, Dacia Publisher, Cluj-Napoca.