Painter, sculptor, illustrator and author of comic strips, Valentin Tanase was born on September 6, 1954, in Iasi (Romania). In 1978, he graduated from the “Nicolae Grigorescu” Fine Arts Institute in Bucharest, since 1981 he has been a member of the Romanian Fine Arts Union, and in 1997 he became director of the Army Fine Arts Studio.
Since 1977, he has been present at most of the art exhibition events organized by the Union of Fine Artists of Romania. Over the years, he has opened numerous personal exhibitions of painting and graphics, both in the country, in Bucharest, Brasov, Buzau, Constanta, Sibiu, and abroad, in France (Paris, La Croix Valmer, Angouleme), Italy (Rome and Bologna), Belgium (Brussels), Austria (Vienna), Czech Republic (Prague and Kromeriz), Slovakia (Bratislava), Germany, Greece (Veria), Spain (Valencia), Hungary (Budapest), China (Beijing).
He has signed monumental mural and mosaic paintings at the Ministry of Defence, the National Military Museum, the CEC Palace, the Church of the Heroes of the December 1989 Revolution in Bucharest, the Church of St. Constantine and Helen Emperors – Calarasi Park – Bucharest, the Oradea City Hall Palace and the National Military Circle.
”I do believe that in our world, ruled by conflicts, tension and violence, art should be a refuge, in the search for moments of peace, calm and hope. The art should reflect reality without adorning it, trying to reach beyond appearances, enlightening those hidden facets that most of us, pass by without even noticing them. It is not easy to achieve this only by drawing and coloring, but it is always worth trying”. – Valentin Tanase