Category Archives: 2. Just Intro

Eliza Leonida Zamfirescu


Eliza Leonida Zamfirescu (1887-1973) was one of the Europe’s first female engineers.

She was also the first Romanian member of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) and the first female member of the General Association of the Romanian Engineers (AGIR).

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She was born in Galati (Bucharest) in a family with eleven children, all very intelligent people. She was the sister of the Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida, that also sculptured face of the Christ the Redeemer (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Her sister, Adela Leonida was the oftalmolog doctor who performed cataract surgery for Queen Mary of Romania. Another brother, Dimitrie Leonida, founded the Technical Museum in Bucharest that has now his name.

After finishing high school in Bucharest she was rejected from the University because she was a woman. Being confident that she has to be an engineer, she went to Germany where she was the first female student of the Royal Technical Academy Berlin, 1909. There it was also hard to overcome the idea of what a woman could be only “the three K (Kieche, Kinder, Kuche)”.

She married an engineer Constantin Zamfirescu, the brother of the Romanian writer Duiliu Zamfirescu and Queen Mary of Romania attended their wedding.



The little but very beautiful street where she lived has now her name, Intrarea Eliza Leonida Zamfirescu (Bucharest).


Centenary Romania


Romanian people has 2000 years, but 2018 marks 100 years from the Great Union of the Romanians (the unification on 1 December of Transylvania, Bassarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom).

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The Cultural Organization “Mostenitorii” from an important Romanian village Vaideeni (Valcea county) celebrated the Great Union by symbolic marking of the country borders, as it was in 1918.

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source: Asociatia Culturala Mostenitorii (Facebook) – 11 November, 2018


11 November (11 o’clock) marked the end of the World War I (Armistice Day)


photo: wikipedia

Serban Savu – Just Intro


figurative painter

the subject: the daily existance of contemporary Romanian society


born: 1978 Sighisoara, Romania

1996 – University of Art and Design, Cluj Napoca, Romania

2002 – “Nicolae Iorga” postgraduate research grant, Venice, Italy

International Exhibitions

2009: The Edge of the Empire, David Nolan Gallery, New York (solo)

2008: Size Matters: XS – Recent Small-Scale Painting, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; Berlin Show, Plan B Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Closer Still, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles; Days Become Nights, Galerie Hussenot, Paris

2007: Harvest, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles (solo); f a projects, London (solo)

2006: The New Man,  Mie Lefever Gallery, Gent, Belgium (solo); Please Drive Slowly Through Our World, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles; Cluj Connection, Haunch of Venison Gallery, Zurich

2004: Vietato l’ingresso ai non addetti ai lavori, Cube Gallery, Venice, Italy (solo); Ichtyos, Spazio Arte Pisanello, Verona, Italy (solo)

2003: Energia, Centrale Idroelettrica di Nove, Vittorio Veneto, Italy

2002: Romanian Cultural Centre, Paris


Catalin Dragomir – Just Intro


the architect of the world’s tallest tower: Greenwich Meridian Tower, London  (also called “One mille tower”)

1600m; beside the main tower, the proposal also includes 4 more blocks: 5-story pavilion and bar, the 6-story Meridian block, the 18-story Wrap block, and 13-story Strand block

the Romanian architect Catalin Dragomir

1984 – the project Nemessis

1987 – “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest

1990 – The Bartlett School of Architecture, London

2004 – MetaMorphic Ltd


Angela Tomaselli – Just Intro


contemporary Romanian painter

born November 5, 1943 in Brezoi, Valcea, Romania

1961-1967 – “Nicolae Grigorescu” Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest

International exhibitions: Italy (Roma), Germany (Koblenz, Berlin), Belgium (Bruxelles, Hane), France (Paris), Spain (Madrid), Sweden (Stockholm)

Manuel Pelmus – Just Intro


Romanian Choreographer

awarded “Berlin Art Prize 2012 – Performing Arts” offered by the Academy of Arts Berlin and the City of Berlin, on 18 March 2012 in the presence of the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit

at only 37 ans, a prize for artistic achievements

born 1974, Bucharest

“Floria Capsali” Dance School, Bucharest

State Dance School, Hamburg

his projects have been presented internationally in theatres, alternative places, galleries or festivals such as Tanz im August Berlin, TanzQuartier Wien, De Singel Antwerp or Judson Church New York

his works, such as “Outcome“, “Punct Fix“, “Still Lives” (by Schad, Pocheron, Gies and Pelmus) and “Preview“, have been presented in well-known festivals all over Europe and the United States

2007 – the solo “Preview” was nominated in Ballettanz International as “most important production of the season

2011 – he founded Caminul Cultural together with Farid Fairuz and Brynjar Bandlien, a project supported by ERSTE Foundation



Stefan Caltia – Just Intro


contemporary Romanian painter

born May 15, 1942 in Brasov, Romania

Arts and Music high school in Timişoara (Julius Podlipny as a teacher)

Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest (Corneliu Baba as a teacher)

International exhibitions in Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Unite States, Israel, Sweden

professor and chancellor at the National University of Fine Arts, Bucharest

his works have been acquired by: Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway; Museum of Fantastic Arts in Gruyère, Switzerland


Diana Dondoe – Just Intro


Romanian model

born 22 December, 1982

discovered in Bucharest by Giani Portmann

debut, 1992: spring Prada, Balenciaga; Miu Miu, Milan and Paris

2003: featured on the cover of French Vogue (Nov) and Japanese Vogue (Dec)

2004: featured on her second cover of French Vogue (Apr); face of Chanel accesories

2005 : face of Oscar de la Renta and Jean Paul Gautier; featured on the cover of Spanish Vogue (Oct); editorials in French Vogue, she posed for the Pirelli Calendar

2008: appears in editorials in French Vogue editorials (Sept, Nov), Italian Vogue (Oct) and Spanish Vogue (May)

2009: she appeared in the fashion documentary “Picture Me: A Model’s Diary”

2012: 5th place in Top 50 models women worldwide (


Pisica Patrata (The Square Cat) – Just Intro

Alexandru Ciubotariu 
known as Pisica Patrata (The Square Cat) or Ciubi
street-artist in Bucharest
also painting, animation, urban toys, cartoons, illustration
photo:   (CiuBlogTariu)