Cristi Gaspar (b 1975) is a Romanian painter. His works are defined by an intensely figurative narative. He is mostly known for the series: A political animal, Losing Inocence and Hospital room nr5. Lives and works in Bucharest and Contesti, Dambovita.

Cristi Gaspar practices an intensely figurative, narrative expressionism, with a primitive, low (in the acceptation of the Art Brut aesthetics) imagery which is openly self-referential. He associates profoundly subjective elements with references and citations of the urban (sub)culture, in an often ironic and critical key. The narrative tension balances between the ironic and the dramatic; the emotional pressure is charging both his motivation and his artistic expression. The inner and the outer realities he represents and relates to are lectured, and translated at the first hand – in a primary, unfiltered expression. The essentialization of form he practices lies in the realm of the primary reaction, from before the exercise of abstraction. The violently primary visual expression and color are pertaining to the primitive art, or alternatively, to the simplified, colorful intensity of children’s drawings, often cited by the artist. To the rich, subjective, often anecdotic narrative, born out of the association of images from his own, personal imagery, the artist often adds secondary filters of a dreamy, lyrical, symbolical dimension, which construct the trajectory – and meanders – of a personal mythology.

Solo show exhibitions
2019 – Hospitalroom nr.5 – ICR Bucharest, curator Mirela Traistaru
2015 – Annia city – Caminul Artei Gallery Bucharest, curator Mirela Traistaru
2012 – A political animal – with Christian Paraschiv – National Museum of Romanian Peasant, curator Olivia Nitis
2010 – Losing Innocence – Spazio Studio – Bucharest
2009 – Losing Innocence – Frunzetti Gallery – Bacau
2007 – Insectarium – Orizont Gallery – Bucharest
2006 – Little Paris – Apollo Gallery – Bucharest
2004 – Dream View – Caminul Artei Gallery – Bucharest
2001 – Footprints – Eforie Gallery – Bucharest
2000 – The History of Dance – President Hotel – Mangalia

Collaborative exhibitions
2018 – BN Connections – Biblioteca Nationala a Romaniei, Bucharest
2014 – Solitar Urban, Bucharest Art week, Palatul Voievodal-Curtea Veche, curator Adina Niculae
– Mirroring, NAG#8- Tempo Art Gallery, curator Natalia Todeasa
2013 – First 30" – National Museum of Romanian Peasant, curator Simona Vilau
2011 – I am – Romanian Embassy in Washington DC
– Arta si mirosul ei – “Pour Femme by Dorin Negrau” – The Ark Bucharest
2010 – The details start walking Iqonique Class Studio Bucharest, curator Cosmin Nasui
– Puzzle Progress, curators Liliana Popescu and Cosmin Nasui
– Atelier in Tranzitie – Artis Gallery – Bucharest
– Why the black is not white – Galerie Actionfields | Vincent Verbist – Brussels
2009 – BBC – Cluj Art Museum – Cluj
– Atelier 35 – Bacau
– Erotica – Frunzetti Gallery – Bacau
2008 – Sapte – Frunzetti Gallery – Bacau
– Colonia – Frunzetti Gallery – Bacau
– Colonia – Apollo Gallery – Bucharest
2007 – Colonia – Museum of Bistrita – Nasaud
2005 – Colonia – Apollo Gallery Bucharest
2004 – International Art Simposion Bistrita – Nasaud Colibita
– Romanian Dream – GalAteCa Gallery – Bucharest
– Experimental Film festival – Muzeul Florean – Baia Mare
– Okuparte – video festival, Spania
2004/2003 – Bucharest Art Municipaly Gallery
2003 – Museum of Bistrita – Nasaud
2002 – Graduation exhibition – Romanian Parliament Gallery C.Brancusi, Bucharest–Graduation exhibition – National Theatre “Floor 3/4, Bucharest
2002/2001/1999/1998 – Accentes – Apollo Gallery – Bucharest
2001 – Contemporan Gallery of Art Bucharest
1998 – Exercises – Galla Gallery – Bucharest

Art Camps
2010 – Braila – National Painting Camp
2009 – Tescani – National Art Symposium, organized by the Association of Concerts Foundation, 7th edition
2008 – Tescani – National Art Symposium , organized by the Association of Concerts Foundation, 6th edition
2007 – Bistrita – National Art Symposium, organized by the Association of Concerts Foundation, 5th edition
2007 – Medgidia – National Painting Camp “Lucian Grigorescu”
2005 – Bistriţa – National Art Symposium, organized by the Association of Concerts Foundation, 3rd edition
2004 – Bistriţa –Colibiţa– International Art Symposium, organized by the Association of Concerts Foundation, 2nd edition
2001 – Bacau – National Painting Camp and workshop