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Metaphors - Summer 2017


Artist: Rodica Chisu
Title: Butterfly in the Garden
Year: 1973
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 38 x 46 inches



Rodica and Ioan Chisu

Retrospective Exhibition

The Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Gallery is pleased to exhibit the collective works of Romanian - American artists Rodica and Ioan Chisu for the first time in the United States. Emigrating from Romania in the mid 1990s, Rodica and Ioan have continued to produce a rich body of work in their studio in McHenry, Illinois.  Spending their formative years in the Transylvania region of central Romania – with its rich history, mountain setting, political boundaries, and vibrant  arts scene -- influenced their work.  Numerous paintings, prints and mosaics of both husband and wife are displayed in museums throughout Romania, Europe and the former Soviet Union. Several pieces on exhibit are representations of work displayed in Europe.

Their work invites reflection on what is implied, what might be missing, which experiences and emotions draw you into the images. How do outside influences reveal inner caution? Their use of creativity to tell a story, capture the essence, express thoughts, and bridge the divide reminds us of the limitless nature of art.  We invite you to take an evocative journey of nature, beauty, tradition, and change.


Ioan Chisu (born January 28, 1939) is a Romanian-American artist and the 1971 recipient of the National Prize for Romania in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. His eclectic paintings derive ideas from a broad and diverse range of sources. Born in Cluj-Napoca, in central Romania, Ioan’s paintings have been showcased in Europe and the United States.

Rodica Chisu (born April 23, 1938) is a Romanian-American artist whose collective work largely draws inspiration from the nature found in her native Carpathian mountains. Originally from Maramures, in northern Romania, Rodica has exhibited her artwork in Europe and the United States.


Artist: Ioan Chisu
Title: Les Fleurs du Mal
Year: 2014
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 24 x 36 inches