b. 1979. Lives and works in Bucharest, Romania.

A graduate of the National University of Arts, Bucharest, Codruța Cernea’s preference for painting has generated a practice informed by the demands and inherent plasticity of the medium, perpetually evolving in unison with a process centered on self-reflexivity and introspection. There is a play of texture, brushstroke, and colour in Codruța's work, distinct, yet forever feeding into the core of her oeuvre. There is conscious continuity in each of her series, inextricably linked to an overlapping of the personal and artistic realms: Together Alone (evoking an event from the intimacies of couple-life through soft layers of colour), Float, Glide, Fly (an exercise into self-discipline through stark and linear chromatic contrasts) and Future Nostalgia (synthetizing both, yet extending into more complex compositions). Codruța Cernea retains this intention of greater compositional complexity for her work to come, hoping to imbue the aesthetic of meditative order with the same aura of enigma and reverie present in her current pictorial exploration.


2008 - 2010. MA Painting, National University of Arts, Bucharest

2005 - 2008. BA Painting, National University of Arts, Bucharest


2019. Future Nostalgia, Mobius Gallery, Bucharest

2018. The Rough Aura of Experience, Cărturești Carusel, Bucharest

2016. It is all true, because I painted it, K’arte Gallery, Târgu-Mureș

2016. Float, glide, fly, H'art Gallery, Bucharest

2016. No Other Time, No Other Place, Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf

2012. Together Alone, atelier 030202, Bucharest

2011. Young Romanian Artists. Hand-stitched Portraits, 26 Gallery, Bucharest

2009. I Wonder What You're Thinking, MORA Gallery, Bucharest


2019. Fair Maidens, Museum of Recent Art, Bucharest

2017. 100 Years of Art in Masterpieces: Going East, Romanian Cultural Institute, London

2017. Mogodorf 10x10, Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf

2016. Departing in the way of art: Daniel Ștefănică, colector, ARCUB, Bucharest

2016. Memory Leaks - NAG Retrospect, ARCUB, Bucharest

2016. Beyond the lines – ten artists in-between discoveries, curator Erwin Kessler, ARCUB, Bucharest

2016. Mogodorf 10x10, Mogoșoaia Palace

2016. The Artist at 30, ARCUB, Bucharest

2015. LABORNA & friends – Work in progress II, LABORNA Gallery, Bucharest

2015. Auch Gestern war Heute, Ausstellungshalle Schulstraße, Frankfurt / Petra Nostheide-Eycke Gallery, Düsseldorf / Romanian Cultural Institute, Berlin

2014. 11172014 Project, ArtYourself Gallery, Bucharest

2013. BOLD, Pop Up gallery, Bucharest

2013. Finish it, atelier 030202, Bucharest

2013. Interieur-Exterieur, Ion Mincu House, Bucharest

2012. DRAWING, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest

2011. New Figurative, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest

2011. Molcom tare, factor92 Gallery, Bucharest

2011. The Silk Exhibition: Presence, Affinity & Loss, LC Foundation, Bucharest

2011. Figure In. Figure Out, LC Foundation, Bucharest

2010. Zoomania.ro, MNAC, Bucharest

2009. DE SE NU?, D gallery, Bucharest


[RO] Pe Bune #52: Codruța Cernea, a podcast by DoR magazine, hosted by Andreea Vrabie, 2019

[RO] Sînt atentă la balanța dintre premeditare și accident, interview by Ana Maria Sandu in DILEMA Veche for Future Nostalgia exhibition, 2019

[RO] Optimism simbolic, Dan Popescu, for Float, glide, fly exhibition, 2016

[EN] Codruța Cernea - No other time, no other place, the re:art, 2016

[EN] Codruța Cernea - 11172014 interview, the re:art, 2014


2016. Artist Residency in the City of Düsseldorf with the support of “Brâncovan Palaces” Cultural Center Mogoșoaia and Kulturamt Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Germany

2013. Round Forest Residency, offered by K'ARTE Association, Reghin, Romania

2013. Shortlisted for Strabag Artaward International

2011. Tescani Painting Residency organised by ”George Enescu” National Museum, Bacău, Romania


FAIR MAIDENS. The Feminine Ideal in Romanian Art, from Nicolae Grigorescu to Ion Grigorescu / Curators: Ioana Șerban, Erwin Kessler / Vellant Publishing, Bucharest, 2019

Mogodorf 10x10 / Curator: Erwin Kessler / Catalogue for the anniversary exhibition of the artists exchange program between Kulturamt Düsseldorf and Mogoșoaia Palace, 2016

Auch Gestern war Heute, Works from Daniel Ștefănică Collection / Concept: Erwin Kessler / ICR Berlin, 2015

Snapshot Romania. Contemporary Artists from Romania / Curator: Claudio Scorretti / Fabrica Publishing, Italy, 2013