Catalin Domniteanu

Catalin Domniteanu

Location: Canada /
My artistic formulation has a long exploratory relation with the stained-glass, from which I borrowed the energy of transparency, glare, and colors while giving ways to spatial expansion. I call my creations "convolutes", a term saved from geometry. A convolute of this kind bears shades and perspective, and it is almost kinetical with viewer’s motion and with light’s transition, just like a bas-relief or a sculpture.

Being born at the confluence of the Danube River and the Siret River on the east border of Romania, in an industrial city dominated by a gigantic metallurgic factory, I’ve received a formal mechanical engineering education in Galati, my own hometown. But during my student years I grew interested in stained-glass for its powerful relation to the light. With direct observations and experimentation, and after managing to extrude my own led profile, I eventually became skillful in the led came method. This part of my journey remains today, 25 year later, very important in my approach to the artistic affirmation.

For several years then I continued to improve my technique (painting, etching, engraving etc) in my friend’s low-ceiling cellar turned into studio, located romantically in the old part of the city. In parallel, I’ve completed a three years painting program at the Lower Danube Cultural Centre in Galati, and not much later I moved to Canada.

After my arrival in Calgary, in 2004, I took a full-time position with Tiffany House, a beautiful stained-glass studio and supplies company. There I became versed in the Tiffany method, which I now employ almost exclusively in my work. Having learned the English language well enough, I then welcomed an engineering career for a while, but continuing to take stained-glass repairs and restoration work, on contract, for several years.

In 2015, the opportunity to explore free-hand my life-long impulse towards the arts showed-up. Equipped with total freedom of expression, I launched myself into projects that would test my artistic philosophy. My work turned from bi-dimensional to tri-dimensional and from decorative to conceptual and storytelling. Upon that, in 2018 I became a Board member of the Alberta Society of Artists, and then briefly but with great enthusiasm I served as the Exhibitions Chair. All in all, after participating to some local art shows and online art contests I started to get a sense of the reactions that my work stimulates publicly. In 2019, after much deliberation, my wife and I moved to the Montreal Metropolitan Area in the search for new experiences and broader audience.

The specifics of my work require my public presence to be rather selective. However, I am now seeking gallery representation and collaboration with residential, institutional, and commercial building professionals.


Sculptural Works

Heavy, fragile, and laborious, my creations are snapshots of time. I make what ignites me. The richness of the underlying reality, that which is interrogated by science and philosophy, became a predominant theme in my past and future projects. Facing controversies I suspend the conclusion, as incompatible thoughts and paradoxical evidences enrich our understanding of nature. I aspire to prolong the viewers’ stay in that capacity.
My works derive from the traditional stained-glass, from which they borrowed the energy of transparency and glare while giving ways to spatial silhouettes. Like sculptures, they bear glow, shade and perspective; I call them "convolutes".
My style adheres to the story, either in representational or abstract way. The quasi-subatomic compositions of mine are legitimately figurative representations of nature. Beauty starts in the laws of nature: an electron can't tell a lie, but it doesn't know prestige or reverence either.

Sailing Away: the Emigrant “Sailing Away: the Emigrant”

158 cm W x 91 cm H x 15 cm D (60" W x 36" H x 6" D); 37 kg (82 lb)

The Future Memories of a Ghost Town “The Future Memories of a Ghost Town”

86 cm W x 124 cm H x 8 cm D (34" W x 49" H x 3" D); 25 kg (55 lb)

Space Matters “Space Matters”

81 cm W x 107 cm H x 11 cm D (32" W x 42" H x 4.5" D); 25 kg (55 lb)

Laplace's Demon “Laplace's Demon”

88 cm W x 135 cm H x 15 cm D (34.5" W x 53" H x 6" D); 11 kg (24 lb)

Traditional Stained-Glass

Large sizes traditional stained glass with embedded reinforcement inserts and framing.
Executed in copper-foil technique (Tiffany); finished with copper patina.
Stained-glass artist and stained-glass instructor, with restoration practice and large stained-glass windows reinforcement expertise.
Accepting commissioned stained-glass windows/ceilings/murals for residential, hospitality, commercial etc.

Folklore and Traditions “Folklore and Traditions”

145 cm W x 189 cm H (57" W x 74.4" H) - each.