of Antonina Alupi reveal a virtuoso. Her tightly constructed cupboards
and subtly plotted portraits reveal admirable technical facility and glow
with an aura of mystery -
exhibits a special double quality in her works: a penetrating gaze into
the depths of things, acute, meticulous, precise, faithful down to the
last detail, along with a delicate sensitivity to the living surface. -
was born in Jassy Romania into a Moldavian family with a long artistic
tradition. It was her father, Calin Alupi,
a painter of national renown, who sparked her early interest
in art. In 1972, after her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest,
she managed to escape from Communist Romania. She came to France, lured
by the "cultural glow" of Paris.
the Louvre epitomized this glow. Despite an exhausting journey, having
crossed several frontiers on foot, her first steps in the city carried
her to the threshold of the museum. She wanted to see at least the outside
of the building, even if the authorities ultimately denied her political
eager to complete her education. She enrolled at the Academy of Beaux-Arts
in Paris, and graduated in 76. She has exhibited her work in numerous
private and public expositions where she has received several prizes (The (Silver Medal
at the Salon of French Artists,
The Portrait Prize, etc).
for her pen and ink drawings and portraits, she received the Ist prize in drawing from the Academy of Beaux-Arts of Paris, Institute of France in 1976.
For 20 years, in addition to her work as an artist,
Antonina has taught drawing and painting classes, first at the Studios
of the City of Paris, then in her own Studio, near Montparnasse - see Story of the Alupi Art Studio.