Ion Carchelan’s career spans nearly twenty years: he is now considered one of Moldova’s premiere painters. Carchelan began his formal arts education in childhood, at the Children’s Art School in Nisporeni, Moldova.
He studied painting continuously through university, and thereafter he toured Europe to supplement his academic training with direct observation of the work of painters.
Painting is for Ion a solitary pursuit and deeply personal; he chooses not to be apart of the larger art establishment, preferring instead to live and work in the small village in which he was born. Carchelan paints a full day, everyday, usually starting in the field and finishing in his studio.
The objective subjects of Carchelan’s watercolors are the people, places and things that he sees around him — harvest scenes, distant churches, farm yards, the ordinary act ivies of daily life in rural Moldova.
He says that the secret of success and amazing paintings is everyday work. “I wake up in the morning and at 8:00 I enter the workshop. Painting is hard work. You have to work from the morning, as if you were going to work every day. Yes, there are some days when I can’t paint what I want. Then I take my camera and go take photos for possible works ”. – Ion Carchelan for zdg.md.