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Personal Information

Date of Birth: July 21st, 2967 ; Address: Brandusa Str., No. 72, Iasi Phone: 0232 277 909, Cell/Mobile: 0742 312 842, E-mail: cotovanu_mihai@yahoo.com

Studies

1987-1989, Popular School of Art, class of prof. Ghita Leonard
1990-1995, “G. Enescu” Art Academy, Department of Design and Plastic Arts, Iaşi, Specialty: Art Pedagogy, class of prof. Parghel Virgil.
Member of Romanian Union of Plastic Artists Iaşi Subsidiary since 1997.

Has participated in 75 group and competition expositions, out of which the most notable ones are:

Contest-exposition “Dominus”, Bucharest (1991), “Targoviste” Art Museum (1994), “Autumn Salon” – “Palatul Culturii” Art Museum, Iasi (1997, 2002), Constanta Art Museum (2007), Barlad International Art Contest, “Sacred and Profane” Exposition Barlad (2007), Moldavian salons (2008), Winter in Romanian painting, Bucharest City (Municipality) Museum (2009), Artis, World Trade Center, Iaşi (2006-2010), Bucharest City (Municipality) Museum (2013), U.A.P. Art Galleries, Sibiu (2013), Budapest Cultural Institute, Pictori români la Sozopol (2014), Sutu Palace, Pro Boholt (2014), Cotroceni Museum (2014-2015), Union Museum, Pro Boholt (2015), Ethnographic Museum, Sighetul Marmaţiei (2015)

Has had 59 personal expositions, out of which the most notable ones are:

Cupola” Art Gallery, Iasi (1998, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010), N. Tonitza” Art Galleries, Iasi (2009), “Artis” Art Galleries, Bucharest (2005), “Horizon” Art Galleries, Bucharest (2006, 2014)
“Europe” Art Galleries, Brasov (2004, 2005), Gura Humorului Ethnographic Museum (2006), “Frunzetti” Art Galleries, Bacau (2007), “Lascar Viorel” Art Galleries, Piatra Neamt, U.N. House, Bucharest (2007), Vaslui Art Museum (2007), Brasov Art Museum (2007), “Sofia” Art Galleries (2009), Radauti Municipality Art Gallery (2003, 2005), Bruhl Castle, Germany (2008), “Constantin Brancusi Hall”, Palace of Parliament, Bucharest (2009), “Dana” Art Galleriesm Iasi (2011), Campulung Muscel Art Galleries (2013), “Nicolae Mantu” Art Galleries (2014, 2015)

Publications

229 articles in the “Flacăra Iaşului” newspaper: “Un tablou pentru eternitate” (A picture for eternity), “Autenticitate şi ipocrizie” (Authenticity and hypocrisy), “În clasa domnului profesor Ghiţã Leonard” (In prof. Ghita Leonard’s class), “Avangarda şi comunismul I,II” (Vanguard and communism I, II), “Spovedania unui artist” (An artist’s confession), “Umbre ale avangardei” (Shadows of the Vanguard), “Să moară realismul” (Death to realism), etc.

Presented in art albums

„Un secol de artă ieşeană” (A century of art in Iasi ) by Valentin Ciucă, “Nudul în pictura românească” (Nude in romanian painting), Pictorii portretului și orgoliul în artă (Portrait painters and pride in art) by Mircea Deac, Pictori români la Sozopol (Romanian painters in Sozopol), „Portretul în pictura românească” (Portraiture in romanian painting) in private collections, „Manualul Colecționarului de artă” (Art collector’s manual) signed by “Tudor Octavian”, “Buchetul de flori” (Flower bouquet) in private collections at Cotroceni Museum

Personal albums

“Penelul şi paleta” (Brush and palette) – Mihai Coţovanu, signed by Valentin Ciucă, “Arta întru desăvârșire”(Art into completion [sau perfection]) signed by Mircea Deac.

Awards

First Place – “Cântarea României” ,1988, “Saloul de Toamna”(Autumn Salon)
– The ”C.D. Stahi” Academy Award, „Nicolae Tonitza” National Art Contest, Bârlad, 2006
– “Sf. Luca” Art Foundation Medal
– „Top Art” National Performance Award awarded by the „Top Business” magazine, November 2008
– Special Portrait Award , “Dimitrie Cantemir” National Symposium 2010
– “Mihai Eminescu” Award for Painting, at the “Noi şi Eminescu” (Eminescu and us) International Visual Arts Contest 2011, Iaşi.

Works in private collections

Dr. Constantin Teodorescu, Dr. Hortensiu Aldea, Carmen Saenciuc, Dr. Iulian Simina, Ilie Constantin Sârbu, Mircea David, Dorin Mihalache, Valentin Ciucă, Căşuneanu Paulina, Claudiu Paradais, France, Israel, Japan, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Greece, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium, United Arab Emirates.

Works in art museums

Vaslui Art Museum, Braşov Art Museum, Gura Humorului Ethnographic Museum.

Creative camps

Dobrovăţ Iaşi 2007, Balcic 2008/2010 Hârsa, Ploieşti 2009/2010, Plopeni Ploieşti 2009/2010, Serbia 2011, Sozopol 2011, Boholț 2013/2014, Desești Maramureș 2014/2015, Văleni de munte 2015, Barbizon, Giverny and Etretat France 2015.