Simona Gocan is a Romanian-American artist currently living in Maine.  She received her BFA with honors (1997) from the University of Arts and Design, Cluj, Romania, where she majored in Fine Art Photography.   She continued her studies as a recipient of a scholarship for studies in set, costumes and lighting design, at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy (1999-2001). She’s been a member of the Romanian Union of Artists (UAP) Romania, since 2007.

She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Romania, Italy, Chile and the U.S.

After living in Europe, the Middle East and South America, Simona moved to the U.S in 2014.

Her work includes paintings, drawings, ceramics and textiles.

She finds inspiration in nature, which she reconstructs either by memory or by combining pictures she takes in her travels.  She is also influenced by minimalist sculpture, land art, architecture and design and cinematography.

Education

1999-2001 Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy.  Received scholarship for studies in Set, Costume and Lighting Design

1993-1997 University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.  Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art Photography

Selected Exhibitions

2019 ‘7th International Pastel Biennial, Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej BWA SOKÓŁ, Poland

2019 ‘20st Fine Art Salon’, Braila Art gallery, Braila, Romania

2019 ‘Nature’, The Presidio Residents Club, Goodyear AZ, USA

2018 ‘14th Fine Art Biennial Gh. Petrascu’, The Museum Complex ‘Curtea Domneasca’, Targoviste, Romania

2018 ‘Romanian Graphic Arts’, Caminul Artei Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2018 ‘International Biennial of Miniature Arts, University of West, Timisoara, Romania

2018 ‘Artist’s Choice’, The Presidio Residents Club, Estrella Mountain Ranch, AZ, USA

2018 Group Show/Sweden National Day, The National History Museum, Cluj, Romania

2017 ‘Flat Rate Box’, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ, USA

2017 ‘Unity Through States of Being’, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ, USA

2017 ‘Celebration of Artists’, West Valley Art Museum, Peoria, AZ, USA

2017 ‘Rendez-Vous’, UAP Gallery, Turda (Cluj), Romania

2017 ‘Tiny Art Exhibit’, Herberger Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, USA

2016 ‘Artist’s Choice’, The Presidio Residents Club, Estrella Mountain Ranch, AZ, USA

2016 ‘Fall in Cluj’, The Tailor’s Tower Cultural Center, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2016 ‘Infinite Possibility: Art of Tomorrow’, Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale AZ, USA

2016 ‘Peisaj’, Horeb Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2012 'Pares', Artium Gallery, Santiago, Chile

2012 'Salon pe balcon' (1st Edition Art Fair), The Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2011 'Drawing Connections', Siena Art Institute, Italy

2011 'mailto:', Drift Station Gallery, Lincoln (Nebraska), USA

2011 ‘Angels & Demons’, The Old Gallery, Cluj, Romania

2008 ‘Viewpoints’, Fortuna Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (Solo)

2010 'ArtVinium', West City Hotel, Cluj, Romania

2010 'Fear 4', projekt30.com online juried group exhibition

2010 ‘Telling Secrets’, projekt30.com online juried group exhibition

2007 ‘Artists from Cluj’, Senso Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2006 ‘Viewpoints’, Romanian Institute of Culture and Humanistic Research, Venice, Italy (Solo)

2004-2018 Sculpture & Painting Annual Salon, U.A.P. Galleries and The Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca,Romania

2002 ‘Homage to Morpheus’, Vento d’Arte Gallery, Rho (Milan), Italy (Solo)

2002  ‘Avanzando...Regredendo’, Palazzo Pretorio, Volterra and Romanian Institute of Culture and Humanistic Research, Venice, Italy

1999 ‘Homage to Morpheus’, Romanian Academy in Rome, Italy (Solo)

1997 ‘The Dream’, Atash Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (Solo)

1997 ‘Encounters’, University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (Solo)

Awards

2014 STRABAG, International Art Award, Wien, Austria. Nominee

Press/Publications (selection)

2018  Voyage Phoenix http://voyagephoenix.com/interview/meet-simona-gocan/

2017  Sculpture & Painting Annual Salon, color catalogue

2016  Sculpture & Painting Annual Salon, color catalogue

2015  Sculpture & Painting Annual Salon, color catalogue

2014  Sculpture & Painting Annual Salon, color catalogue

2012  Sculpture & Painting Annual Salon, B&W catalogue

2012 Cuvant Ortodox (Margareta Catrinu)

2007 Ziarul Financiar (Corina Teaca), Romania

2005 Clujeanul (Letitia Campan), Romania

2003 Encyclopedia of Contemporary Romanian Artists, the 5th volume (Negoita Laptoiu), Romania

2002 Settegiorni, Milan, Italy

2002 ‘Avanzando...Regredendo’, color catalog

1999 Dilema (Ioana Both), Romania