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March 7, 2021

Tia Peltz Exhibition at Cotroceni National Museum

The exhibition “Tia Peltz – line and color”, on the artist’s 90th anniversary celebration, opened at the Medieval Spaces of the Cotroceni National Museum on Wednesday, according to rtv.net. Putting on display 134 of her works and some book illustrations, the exhibit brings back to art public’s attention a fragment of the universe of painter and graphic artist   Ernestina (Tia) Peltz. Tia Peltz’s works, up for viewing April 18 – June 2, displays in outstanding ink, charcoal pencil, pen, carioca, pencil, watercolor gouache oil/canvas, oil/cardboard, embroidered/canvas drawings and mixed technique all of the artist’s themes – human types, childhood, daily life, clowns and nature thru firm outlines or hardly sketched lines. This is what Tia Peltz wrote about herself: “My credo is the human being, goodwill, struggle for health, mine, my dear ones, honest art,” while painter and architect Marcel Iancu praised Tia Peltz for being an artist “with a rich and sensible line, at ease with expressing herself thanks to her gift … accompanied by an ironic smile.” In his turn, art critic Octavian Barbosa wrote that “her work presents her as a prolific and redoubtable drawer…”. At the opening ceremony Wednesday evening, Dr. Adina Rentea, General Director, Cotroceni Museum, said Tia Peltz remains a Romanian-born artist albeit with her Jewish soul and outstanding talent. For his part, Aurel Vainer, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania (FCER), praised the complex personality of the artist. “What the museum does today <Wednesday evening> is recapitalize the outstanding body of work of a major artist and writer of Romanian culture,” Vainer, said, who added that, together with the Bucharest City Hall, has in view bringing back to memory the Jewish districts of Bucharest  – Dudesti and Vacaresti.In the view of art critic, writer and collector Pavel Susara, “Tia Peltz is a character full of inner tensions that remains not just an observer of the world, but also an artist surprising the dynamics and effervescence of a world that she processes, proposing typologies.” Maria Basescu, the wife of Romania’s President, Traian Basescu, attended the event, as well as members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Bucharest.Tia Peltz was born on January 30, 1923, in Bucharest into the family of writer Isac Peltz. She dedicated a portion of her graphic activity to illustrating her father’s books, as well as those of other authors, and since 1953 has been a steadfast presence at Graphic Annuals. She displayed her work at the International Graphic Art Exhibition, Berlin (1965), Romanian Art Exhibition, Cologne (1968), and in many exhibitions in the country. Tia Peltz was a member of the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome (1976), a founding member of the Romanian Fine Artists’ Guild, and also a member of the “San Sal Maggiore” Academy Parma. The artists also published an album of illustrated proverbs “De la lume adunate” <Gathered from the World> (1973), as well as “Miniaturi” <Miniatures> (1982), “Descantece” <Charms> (1991), “O lacrima intr-un minialbum” <A tear in a mini-album (1993), “Crochiuri din inima mea: cartierele Vacaresti – Dudesti” <Sketches From My Heart: the districts of Vacaresti – Dudesti (1995). She got the Book Graphics and Illustration Prize at the National Book and Cultural Publications Fair (1995), Book Illustration Prize Cluj Napoca (1997). Many of her paintings are part of private collections in Romania, Israel, USA, Italy, France and Japan Japan. Painter Tia Peltz died on March 5, 1999.

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