short biography


Alexandru Crișan (b. Bucharest, Romania 1978) is a visual artist interested in the existential complementarity of objective and nonobjective forms of expression. As far as the latter is to be unpacked, his “counter-professional” career in photography began in 2008; his paintings stand, for almost three decades, as the most intimate, borderline atavistic, acts of divulgence. Assuming that taxonomy is of any consequence, he is partial to fine-art photography and Abstract Expressionism.

The eclectic nature of his projects is, therefore, a given.

When it comes to the acrylic heart-chambers of his work, there is an uncanny sentiment of intimacy that gradually found its safe house within the lyrical abstractions spectrum. In the aftermath of incipient spiritualist art etudes, transcending a surrealist period of emancipation from the confines of geometry, not to mention a stint in the magical realism of overpainted photographic negatives, an obsessive chase for the “taming of the light within the organic pool of colors” ensued. While this pursuit found its default creative outlet within architecture, it also pushed him towards the logic of abstract expressionism. A decade after he found his eclectic (often nonrepresentational) niche, the most spectacular results were the series “The Human Comedy” (acrylic Balzacian musings on intersectional dead ends), “Discorsi” (color-coded existentialist Q&As), and “Q” (a chromatic synthesis triggered by anxieties and saudade). His works evolved into a symbiosis which he calls “Brutalisme lyrique”. He describes this artistic approach as “a filiation in which the Abstraction Lyrique is a phenomenological motherly figure, while the nybrutalism may claim ontological paternal custody, yet the – ultimately needed – IVF-like metabolic praxeology is delivering the visceral coherence. To put it differently, I now act as a painter (abstract, perhaps) and I final-cut as an architect (deconstructivist, probably).” The “Entropy” series is the pinnacle of this process.

His photography is a direct result of compulsive visual disquisitions on impromptu portraiture, architectural equivocations, parametric manipulations, “hybrid storytelling” and evocative conservationism. Most of his long-term, open-ended photographic series – such as “Minimal White / Minimal Black”, or “Lost Highway / My Car is Your Avatar” – are meditations on loci and human perceptions. The research on and within photography gradually afforded him a surreal vision of immateriality, which he debonairly likes to describe as “tormenting several stages of a hyperrealist mise en abyme”. Since 2015, he developed quite a few “meta-projects”: “Erotoarchitecture”, “Metropoesis”, “Hortus Conclusus”, “Alex Transcends the Balkans for a Bottle of Perfume”, “Mechaniarchy” and “Shoah”, under the compelling awareness and besetting exploration of otherness and of self.

Crișan’s works have been presented in over a dozen international exhibitions, have been published in over 40 peer-reviewed magazines, have received over 400 international awards and nominations, and are part of several privately owned collections and art galleries.. (C.StDinulescu, 2022)


During the last 10 years my works won several photography awards and nominations from different prestigious international competitions, including annual editions of: Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), International Photography Awards (IPA), Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA), Neutral Density Photography Awards (ND AWARDS), International Color Photography Awards (CHROMATIC AWARDS), Epson International Pano Photography Awards (PANO AWARDS), Monochrome Photography Awards, Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA), Monovisions Photography Awards, Photography Gala Awards (Pollux Awards), Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA), Art Limited International Art Exhibition, Minimalist Photography Awards, Black and White Spider Photography Awards, International Color Awards, International Photo Contest (35 Awards), Siena Awards, Art Limited Awards, Stark Photography Awards, Photographer’s Forum Awards, in countries such as United Kingdom, France, Japan, Russia, United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, Spain, Romania, so. >> for detailed list see the AWARDS section


>> some of them on EXHIBITIONS section


>> some of them on PUBLICATIONS section


“I adore the works of Alexandru Crisan. A poem that graces the beauty of mysticism, mystery, power with so much depth. His works are an expression of the soul that evokes a powerful human emotion; it is a classic example of a genius in fine art photography. Alexandru Crisan truly is a blessing for the world of photography.” (Hengki Koentjoro, 2018)

“Una fotografia di Alexandru vale più di mille parole”. (Antonio Palmerini, 2018)

“Alexandru Crisan is a very talented and award winning photographer who is able to translate his overwhelming imagination in the limitedness of the available dimensions of the two-dimensional media he is using. His proposed and thought realities are in fact, most of the time multidimensional surrealities, because of the variety of – sometimes rather hidden – layers which he is adding to his expressions. Crisan world is a diverse environment of emotions, despair, hope, doubt, fear, but always a poetic and an esthetic exercise too, even if a topic doesn’t give rise, at the first sight, to such a poetic interpretation. I highly appreciate his work, in fact in all its appearances, with a slight preference to these topics which are dealing with human sensitive and emotional states of mind. Crisan knows apparently how to perforate through the objective into the human soul, always with unexpected and surprising outcomes.” (Jos Letschert, 2018)

“Alexandru Crisan, con una  potente estética muy característica, sugerente, inteligente, ha cambiado mi concepto de la fotografía, definitivamente afirmo, sin ningún género de duda, que su fotografía es ARTE, con mayúsculas. Es capaz de abordar cualquier temática, desde cualquier perspectiva estética, con una maestría que raya la perfección. Sublima sus imágenes de manera que impacten directamente en el alma, en el corazón, transportando los sentidos a territorios desconocidos, inexplorados y, en algunas ocasiones, perturbadores de la razón. Aguardo con impaciencia las nuevas publicaciones de Alexandru, seguro que seguirá sorprendiéndonos.”(Iryna Gragera, 2018)

“Unfortunately, a significant number of contemporary so-called fine art photographers are infected by a malicious virus, I call plagiarism. What is plagiarism in artistic photography nowadays? Those colleagues do not simply copy and modify images in Photoshop of outstanding, legendary artistic photographers such as Adams, Levin, Hoflehner, Lindbergh etc. They do it much more sophistically, that is, by parotting their unique styles by actually visiting the very same spots, taking photographs under identical conditions (daytime, weather, light, frame and so on) of the same objects, after post processing in the same fashion coming up with virtually identical images of those great photographer legends… OK, everyone is free to do photography in such a fashion, but originality, innovation, creativity, is entirely lacking here, thus, such kind of photographers just deliver boring fake results IMO. Alexandru’s work, what I have been knowing and admiring for around a decade now, strives for the opposite: for actual, unique and therefore fascinating originality, what is not easy at all, that is, innovation combined with a wonderful sense of awesome aesthetics in artistic photography. Furthermore, he has developed his very own, unique style and manages to show us formerly virtually or actually pretty unknown land and seascapes in Romania as well as abroad (Italy, etc.). Alexandru has actually been looking for the unknown, he does want to enter and discover new land and break new ground like Columbus and so many others did, what I actually appreciate very much. Moreover, I’m quite sure, we both share beyond this attitude further similar attitude and motivation in artistic photography, that is, among other things, dealing with the mystery of our world, particularly time and space, and our own existence as human beings in the universe. Therefore, I always enjoy studying Alexandru’s work and I look forward to checking out new pieces of great art in the future.” (Volker Birke, 2018)

“Through my quest in art photography, there are but a few artists that I am constantly following their work. From “Impossible worlds” to “Architecture”, Alexandru’s diverse imagery and signature style is what made me study his images and find the hidden worlds behind them. Devoid of conventional interpretations, Alexandru’s works are a case study in art photography. (Theodore Kefalopoulos, 2018)

“In this oversaturated time where images fly by in swipe or a click there are still a few photographers who demand more than a passing glance. The works of Alexandru Crisan are a perfect example of an artist whose work constantly intrigues. His portfolio is diverse, his images always outstanding in composition and execution and for me it is a necessary pleasure to follow the growth of this outstanding photographer.” (Steve Allsopp, 2018)

“Most photographs start and end with the click of the shutter. But very seldom they end with the click of the viewers’ brain. That’s where the difference between a normal image an an impactful one resides. And the difference between a good photographer and a great one who understands that a picture is not just a compilation of pixels. Alexandru Crisan is one of those unusual ones. And he does it by exposing his soul and sharing his most intimate feelings with the world. Different audiences might react differently to his unique visuals, but it’s very unlikely they’ll be able to ignore them. His images are a constant invitation to pause, to reflect, and to walk away listening to the echo of an inner WOW!” (Carlos Caicedo, 2018)

“For many years now I follow your travel in the surreal and beautiful world you create. It is always a pleasure to see your dreamy and full of emotion works, that certainly stands out from the millions of images overwhelming our everyday life. I expect with eagerness the creation of your personal online space, to fully enjoy your complete art projects.” (George Digalakis, 2018)

“These days everybody more or less talented can achieve an excellence in operating the shutter button and exposure times. We can find thousands, if not millions, of images with a perfect technique in all galleries worldwide and on the net. Of course Alexandru owns this perfect technique too, but what differs him from the rest and what counts most these days in photography is his own unique style. Many photographers, copy their styles from each other, e.g. LE images with piers, rocks and trees in the water. One doesn’t differ from another. One repeats another one of no own style, no emotions, no soul, only an excellent technique. Alexandru has an exceptional style, only his own, recognizable. Every artwork of his is fulfilled with a certain thought, various emotions, where you can find a thoughtful intention. And where you can meet his soul.” (Maria Walewska, 2018)

“Versatility, creativity, mysticism, mystery and originality… For me, Alexandru is not only a fine art photographer but a real contemporary visual artist.” (Yalçin Varnali, 2018)

“The first photos I had the pleasure of admiring of Alexandru Crisan are those of his series “Impossible Worlds”, along with his photography of architecture, even if to define them “of architecture” is something rather simplistic, as the definition fails to fully capture the intrinsic qualities of the work. In fact, these photos are able to go far beyond the simple, expressive rhetoric of architectural language… so is, precisely, thanks to them that I met Alexandru Crisan and it is through them that I had access to his photographic world. A “transliterated” world, in which the character of reality is replaced by that of the surreal. The reversal of the elements of space is a reversal of the points of reference that projects our imagination into a metaphysical and abstract dimension. What should be ordinary becomes alienating. Or it would be better to say, something that does not belong to this planet, but to an alien universe. So the buildings appear as ancient, monolithic cathedrals, as dreamlike and futuristic alien spaceships. These impossible worlds have the ability to catch our imagination to capture it definitively within its labyrinthical mirages. Or leave it free to wander in its infinite vastness. But they can also be, themselves, unconscious extension and projection of our mind, in a game of pareidolia illusions capable of giving life and face to ancient deities and ancestral creatures. I like the pictures of Alexandru because they have the same substance as dreams. Or perhaps an interstellar journey. A journey of restlessness, of mysteries, of illusions, of wonders.” (Roberto De Mitri, 2018)

“First of all, I noticed Alexandru Crisan as an exceptional draftsman and painter with a unique style. Over time, I was also able to pursue his artistic variety in photography. Both in landscape photography, architectural photography as well as in studio portraits you notice his special view, always in brilliant execution. I’m looking forward to future works.” (Maria Frodl, 2018)

“J’ai connu Alexandru Crisan en tant que peintre et j’étais impressionné par son style original dans les encres sur papier. Ensuite j’ai vu les photos dans ces merveilleuses séries. Ces photos sont une transposition de la réalité en une poésie d’une grande beauté. En regardant ses séries nous passons du pur enchantement visuel à la pensée philosophique. Autant le figuratif avec les images de l’hiver de son pays, le minimalisme et les magnifiques “Impossible worlds”, et le tourmenté “Asylum”, le fil conducteur est toujours le regard poétique et philosophique d’un monde imaginaire mais aussi d’une cruelle réalité. À travers le regard, ses œuvres rendent visible les profondeurs cachées de l’âme, des états d’esprit, des sentiments. Je suis admiratif devant sont travail et pourquoi ne pas reconnaitre qu’il est aussi une source d’inspiration.” (Paul Surdulescu, 2018)

“Desde sus dibujos a sus fotografías no ha dejado de sorprenderme gratamente este humanista del siglo XXI. Es en este último campo es donde según mi opinión, se ha salido de todos los cauces habidos y por haber. Mezcla de luces y sombras, de quietud y moviento, de dolor y ternura. Sumergido en la dualidad es difícil describir lo que no se llega a sentir al observar su obra.” (Teté Herrera, 2018)

“Alexandru Crisan immediately attracted my attention as an artist. His works, whether painting or photography, have an incredible sensitivity and strength. I especially like his photos that have a human dimension, each of them “narrate” a story full of emotions passions and dreams that we may try to hide from ourselves because we believe that in this way we will remain organized and partially invulnerable. Alexandru Crisan with the power of his images pushes us to recognise and accept our life with any kind of fear, dream and passion which it may have. This is why I consider him a great artist.” (Katerina Apostolakou, 2018)

“Il faut considérer l’art non comme la reproduction du monde mais comme la production d’un monde. Il y a, dans l’œuvre photographique d’Alexandru, une dimension artistique étonnante. Elle nous permet de découvrir ce que nous ne percevons pas dans la réalité. Par le détour de sa création, Alexandru révèle et dévoile le monde; il stimule nos perceptions assoupies. Ce chemin de création défini l’homme et le photographe: Alexandru est un artiste libre, un poète de l’image, un quêteur d’infini.” (Pierre Lucas, 2018)

“Alexandru Crisan passa con maestria e disinvoltura dalla foto in bianco e nero al colore attraversando tutti i generi, dal paesaggio al ritratto, dal nudo artistico alla fotografia creativa, dall’ architettura al genere concettuale; con la stessa maestria e disinvoltura passa dalla fotografia al disegno. Alexandru Crisan non è solo un fotografo ma un vero Artista.” (Pietrino Di Sebastiano, 2018)

“Fra første gang jeg så Alexandru Crisan’s fotografi blev jeg fascineret og ville se mere. Det er spændende at gå på opdagelse i hans værker, for hvad gemmer der sig bag det umiddelbare? Tankerne og fantasien sættes igang – spændende! Alexandru har en høj standart både med teknik og indhold, spreder sig vidt – betagende landskaber, flot arkitektur og udfordrerne portrætter. Alexandru er en kunster jeg vil følge fremover, jeg vil ikke gå glip af hans værker.” (Jørgen Feldstedt, 2018)

“Alexandru Crisan is a seeker artist. The multitude of styles and forms which he touches always combines with extraordinary expression. I love his unique graphics and his “symmetrical worlds” in photography. Mysterious people and mysterious worlds full of emotions built of sensitivity, feelings and impatient desire to know.” (Pavel Javor, 2018)

“Alexandru tworzy obrazy poruszające moją wrażliwość. Są ekspresyjne, emocjonalne,  są dotykaniem wrażliwości, przekraczają granice zewnętrznej powierzchowności. Odzwierciedlają istnienie nieuchwyconego, mistycznego, jak se snu. Jego akty nie są stereotypowo męskim pojmowaniem piękna kobiecego ciała, jest  to dla mnie atutem, to mnie przyciaga. Alexandru jest bardzo świadomym fotografem i w emocjach jak i fotografii przyrody gdzie osiąga harmonię. To przyjemność móc napisać kilka słów na temat jego wspaniałej pracy, ale te kilka słów nie wyczerpuje tego, co można poczuć w poetyce jego prac.” (Monika Cichoszewska, 2018)

“Ci sono diverse cose che io non riesco a perdonare. Nella mia furiosa invidia, ero riuscito, con immensa fatica, a non struggermi troppo nell’ammirare la straordinaria magia dei dipinti di Alexandru…Mi sono detto: non tutti nascono pittori ed io non lo sono certo. Ma temo di non riuscire a perdonare a lui il suo straordinario eclettismo. Ogni strada che egli abbia intrapreso nella fotografia è stata percorsa in modo assolutamente impeccabile: che si tratti di architettura, paesaggi, ritratti o stati d’animo rappresentati, questi sono stati eseguiti con una meravigliosa tecnica e con uno spietato talento. Classe cristallina e ingegno a profusione: Crisan tu non hai pietà di me! Con grande rispetto.” (Alessandro Rovelli, 2018)

“Alexandru is very a versatile artist who always surprise with new creative ideas. His pictures are full of emotions and feeling, no matter if it is countryside, architecture or people. Its a pleasure for me to watch his progress and evolution of works.” (Andrea Ehrenreich, 2018)

“I know Aleandru’s Art from about 2014 when I started to approach the world of International Photography Awards competitions and Alexandru was one of the top names on the list and therefore I realise that he was one of the most talented photographers to follow. In fact, I could admire his wonderful works. I really like his art because it varies in different styles and subject, however I am fascinated above all by his abstract metaphysical works that is full of emotions which take you into a dreamlike world.” (Massimiliano Balo, 2018)

“Having been retired from Architecture for a decade after 45 years and Photographing since 1997 with local, national and international awards, It is my pleasure to have known Alexandru and his artistic endeavors for years. I am extremely awed each and every time at every piece of artwork produced by this energetic young man. Majestic, Elegant, Exemplary, Fabulous, Magnificent, Tremendous, Brilliant, Marvelous, Gorgeous, Exquisite and Exceptional are words to describe my friend’s work. I highly value and respect Alexandru Crisan’s art.” (James A. Crawford, 2018)

“Alexandru Crisan is an artist with a really stunning variety and creativity in his works. His photography is full of beauty and often has a dark and mystical mood in it, which gives it an interesting emotional depth and an inwardness. It also appeals to me very much in its perfect technical implementation. I am also and especially a fan of Crisans paintings: These wonderful, strange and sometimes gloomy graphical visions, so well thought-out and uniquely made – always inspiring and a great pleasure to look at.” (Philomena Famulok, 2018)

“彼の写真作品は魔法の風です。 風の音は彼の音楽です。 彼の音楽は私の頬を優しく刺す。 彼の風と音楽は本当に彼の唯一のものです。 今、展覧会で音楽を聴いています。” (Haruhisa Terasaki, 2018)

“Tanti artisti prima di me hanno detto belle parole e espresso pensieri e complimenti davvero importanti, diventa difficile aggiungere qualcosa,un pensiero nuovo.Di Crisan ammiro la sua ecletticità nei ritratti. La voglia di osare e proporre un immagine non convezionale e la rigorosità nelle foto di architettura, strutture e paesaggi, geometrie e prospettive quasi fantastici. mondi lontani apparentemente inaccessibili, la sua formazione qui appare in toto.” (Luciano Corti, 2018)

“I discovered the photographic work of Alexandru Crisan about 3 years ago. His work is characterized by an aesthetic, a vision of the image that is his own signature. He offers extremely varied subjects in both color and black and white, always of great aesthetic quality. Looking forward to discover other pictures.” (Joseph Aieta, 2018)

“Alexandru Crisan est un artiste photographe aux multiples facettes, curieux de tout… Bien entendu, sa grande maîtrise technique est au service du mouvement, du fluide, de la lumière comme beaucoup de photographes mais son regard est unique et l’idée qu’il se fait de son image, nous projette dans l’émotion, le sens et l’esthétique. Les photos qui me touche particulièrement chez Alexandru, sont ses incroyables portraits. Souvent sur fond sombre, il ne laisse apparaître, transparaître, que l’essentiel : l’émotion d’une forme, d’un mouvement, d’une ombre, d’un cri, d’une joie, d’un désir, d’une respiration. Sa photo “The Angel” est, parmi beaucoup d’autres, une magnifique illustration. Alexandru Crisan est un grand nom de la photographie contemporaine, un artiste photographe très inspiré.” (David Durst, 2018)

“Seguo con molto piacere ed ammirazione il lavoro di Alexandru,per la sua capacita comunicativa e la carica emozinale. Mi stupisce la sua capacità di vedere e creare la fotografia a 360 gradi, dote che oggi giorno è molto rara. Non posso che augurarti un in bocca al lupo per la tua carriera e ringraziarti per quello che ci offri.” (Rocco Carnevale, 2018)

“Je suis vraiment admiratif devant le travail d’Alexandru. Dans chaque image une émotion. Je suis impressioné par chaque nouvelle image tant par la qualité que par l’émotion quelles transmettent. C’est une grand plaisir de pourvoir suivre cet artiste.” (Gerard Bret, 2018)

“When a Landscape becomes Poetry, the Architecture Harmonius Geometry, the Monochromatic Long Exposure of the Waterfalls a Spectacle for the Eyes…this is the Photography of Alexandru Crisan.” (Sandro Sardoz, 2018)

“What intrigues me most in the work of Alexandru Crisan, are contrasting images of the human condition (the human being in despair versus almost naive in lovely passivity) interspersed with images of a habitat that is equally contrasting: on the one hand impressive images of the “ville dérivée” “(the” drift city “), on the other hand the in its abandonment restful and comforting (Romanian) landscape. Look at “Isolated – Wintertale in Romania” in contrast to the “The maze city” being adrift. I see this as the main theme: how to find your place in these extremes? Some of us are able to adept, like the woman “Waiting on a rainy day”, or can dream about it (“Dream my dream | a tale from the Fountain of Memories”, which by the way is also technically an amazing good work), see also “Nostalghia”. But others cannot adept, they live in despair (“Trauma 2.0”), they are doomed to live in a bad dream (“You’ll never escape from my dream”). This narrative in Alexandru’s powerful photo work lifts it (for me) to a high conceptual level, characterising the deeper sense of striking art.” (Henk Aalberts, 2018)

“Alexandru is an amazing photographer, his work is full of emotions. I have been following him for a while, his creativity has no limit. His work is a source of inspiration for me. I’ looking forward to see more of your work.” (Agniribe Mada, 2018)

“Discovering Alexandru’s oeuvres is not an easy thing … everything is very personal, different, unique. The first striking impression, in my perception, is intense emotion. whatever subject , and he is one of the few artists able to can get inspired by about everything (people, woman, architecture, nature, or simply light or suggestion, not to forget ideas and concepts, he presents, there is deep feeling in it. One can see he first loves his images, and then find a work-out expressing this love. other aspects, among others, … unique, different, intriguing, and above all, lived and creative.” (Sentov DC, Piet Flour, 2018)

“I have been following Alexandru Crisan’s art for quite a while. His works are inspiring, outstanding and reflect the commitment he puts into his work. Through all its diversity it shares a minimalist and poetic approach that I admire. Looking forward to see more of his works.” (Sherry Akrami, 2018)

“Alexandru Crisan is an extraordinary photographer and a strong visual artist. I can clearly say that…Definitely a very impressive portfolio.” (Kerem Okay, 2018)

“Alexandru Crisan is a great artist. His photography work is very unique and poetic. I especially admire his work about the human condition. Those series are full of deep emotions and they express our inner world in the best way. Alexandru Crisan’s talent of revealing us a new psychological dimension through his work is outstanding. He has the great ability to transform emotions into photos.” (Nasos Karabelas, 2018)

“J’adore les visions futuristes de ce photographe au travers de ces captations architecturales ! Cette force d’interprétation et ce travail esthétique font l’identité d’Alexander Crisan en tant que photographe et je suis heureux de le connaitre.” (Bruno Blais, 2018)

“I am so impressed to see how your art and images evolve through time and the diversity of your creativity and how clearly your message comes through all of your images. I love to see more your artwork on web site and share it with as many people as you can.” (Srikaton Mindarwanto, 2018)

“Alexandru, you are a permanent source of inspiration. So many thanks from me, for sharing your amazing work and keep on going with us.” (Paulo Abrantes, 2018)

“I have been looking Alexandru Crisan’s photographic work with admiration for a long time. From his very diverse portfolio, it is his “architectural” photographs that caught my attention first, “Impossible worlds” and “Lost highway” followed and his “soul portraits” came as another photographic discovery to me. His ability to approach and masterfully execute such diverse topics is impressive, as is the authenticity of his expression, which never seems to follow explored roads but rather reaches for the “unknown”. On this path, he has been artistically exploring space and time and possibilities of appearance in space-time, which can perhaps be seen as the “photographic architectonics of creation”, from the elements to the complex constructions, an artistic “conceptualization” of the basis for endless imaginative worlds. And the worlds he creates are many, from metaphysical macrocosm (worlds of appearance in space and time) to metaphysical microcosm (intrinsic worlds or those of soul). It is perhaps an attempt through the visible to come closer to that what is invisibly and mysteriously present and so it transcends the “real” and opens the multidimensional and multilayered horizon of the “surreal”, where “real” and “surreal” are not mere excluding oppositions but they present parts of the whole in which our “irrational” and “rational” side coexist crowned with this “intuitive compass” needed for the movement through. Crisan’s work possesses this rare quality through which I look forward to keep wandering in the future.” (Marko Polonio, 2018)

“I met Alex about 2 years ago, while attending a photography workshop. Unlike the others, he photographed on the film and this caught my attention. I become more and more interested in his works since then and I was pleasantly impressed to discover wonderful things and a unique artistic vision. His photographic works immediately caught my attention. I have discovered a special, minimalist and creative style. Alex uses light, motion and time to create emotion-producing compositions and an intense, abstract (sometimes dreamy) mood! I really enjoy the great impact that every photo (architecture, abstract or nude) conveys to the viewer. You cannot be not impressed by his particular “mark” with a strong and orderly, aesthetic impact! I’m looking forward to see more of his art projects and future works!” (Marius Cinteza, 2018)

“Often you will come across witnessing the beauty of his mind in the things he captures or reinvents with his camera. Crisan’s art is enigmatic yet profound. From one look at his art, you are made welcome, but you are also confronted. This wise mix of sentiments enriches his audience and familiarizes them with the unknown. No more are they strangers to a world they thought they no longer belong to; no more are they beings whose soul rests in confusion. His pictures are their refuge. A work by Crisan speaks the same language and plays the same scene that of his audience while they serenade along in the theater of their mind.” (Rabah El A’awar, 2018)

“Alexandru is a constant source of inspiration, a creative soul and a beautiful mind. His photos are mesmerizing mostly because, if you look deep enough, you will definitely find a piece of you in there. It’s easy to identify with his faceless portraits, to feel the struggle and the emotions that he aims for you to feel when you watch his work and that speaks loudly about him as an artist and above all, as a human being. It’s difficult to pour your soul into your images, it takes a lot of courage and introspection and for that and many other reasons I really admire him.” (Loredana Batculescu, 2018)

“To say that Alexandru Crisan is an outstanding photographer and visual artist means to say nothing at all. The fact that he, as a professional architect simply knows elements and rules of composition on a mathematical level, doesn’t surprise me either! What is the most fascinating and striking in his photography? In my opinion, those are – a deep philosophy, poetics, taste and extraordinary sense of humor which applied to every image he creates! His works are never casual. It is always properly worked out the concept and systematic approach to a realization. Independently on a subject, whether manipulations, landscape or cityscape, and architecture, there is never one and the same way to deliver an image. It is always a quest and exceptional ability of self-critique and careful choosing the next work he is going to present.” (Oleg Ferstein on 1X, 2017)

“What could I add to the sharp and accurate comments of all these talented people who not only share the art and photographic experience but have the know-how to explain themselves technically regarding Alexandru Crisan`s work? I will resort to my impressions as a viewer. What I admire in him is his freedom to artistically express himself and his embodied but sublimated sensitivity perceived everywhere my eye goes: drawings, paintings, photographic portraits, a variety of singular scapes, architectural monuments; you name it. In sum, an auteur who has clearly taken a different path he and only he knows to capture his soulful imprint and then generously give it out. The result: you find yourself blissfully trapped in the claws of a unique, sometimes eerie, sometimes disturbing or soothing but, at all times, captivating, fathomless beauty. And so, you look forward to more. If you have happened to find his work and felt a bit of this, keep looking: you will also find yourself blissfully trapped.” (Maria Darcy, 2019)

“Alexandru Crisan (b. Bucharest, Romania 1978) is a visual artist specialized in fine art photography. He received his first film camera when he was 12 years old, and, a quarter of a century later, still has a soft spot for the black and white prints. An architect by formal education, his professional career in photography began in 2011 and since then, he has focused on completing and promoting his eclectic art projects. All his long-term, open-ended photographic series – such as “MyRomania” (2009-2015), “Impossible Worlds” (2010-2015), “Lost Highway” (2014-2015), “Surreal Manipulations” (2013-2015), “Impossible Objects” (2013-2014), “Minimal White” (2012-2014) or “Minimal Black” (2014-2015) – are meditations on space and human perceptions. His research on and within photography grasps a unique surreal vision on immateriality, while accentuating different stages of a hyperrealist understanding of reality. Since 2015 he has focused on developing new projects: “Erotoarchitecture”, “Alien Structures” and “Impossible Architectures”. All these projects are unified by a compulsive surreal vision. Complementary, he accentuates multiple imaginary versions of different worlds that accept contradictory interpretations. The “Impossible Architectures” project evokes mostly the architectural post-modern stance, trapped between sculptural volumes and light. The new open series started at the beginning of 2017, such as “Dreams”, “Asylum”, “Lust”, “Hypnosis” or “Fairytales”, are oriented towards a deep understanding of human anxieties, hopes or desires. Somewhere, beyond the envisioned world of dreams, his tormented, ugly or deformed characters hides a fantastic world of inner beauty revealed by the author through an extremely sensitive approach. The personal vision on interpreting easily distinguishable human emotions, clearly defines the boundaries of his personal style. Alexandru Crisan’s works are present in art galleries around the world and have been published in international peer-reviewed magazines. He has received several international awards and his fine art photography prints are held mostly in privately owned collections and galleries.” (C.StDinulescu, on expo 2015,2017)

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