Mirela Ivanciu  is specialised in fine arts, photography and theory of art, MFA SUNY at Buffalo and Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht and a PhD in visual arts at UNA, Bucharest, with a thesis regarding the crossroads between contemporary art and buddhist philosophy seen through the concepts of mindfulness and selflessness.

She is particularly interested in the possibilities of developing creativity based on mindfulness, and in the process of  change as one of fundamental characteristics of reality.


2010 – 2017PhD, National Arts University, Bucharest. Thesis: The Crossroads of Contemporary art with Buddhist Thought- Mindfulness and selflessness

2010-2012Certificate of Completion –Foundation of Buddhist Thought, Jamyang Buddhist Center, London, part of  Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition – corespondence course

2000- 2002MFA.University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, Major:Fine Arts

1998- 2000LAUREATE. Jan van Eyck Academy; Maastricht; The Netherlands; Post-graduate Theory Program

1996-1997MA. University of Bucharest; British Cultural Studies

1990-1996BA. Academy of Art, Bucharest, Romania, Major- Sculpture


2002: Mark Diamond Research Fund Grant

2001: Video Production Grant of the Niagara Council of the Arts

1999-2000: Jan van Eyck Academy Grant, Maastricht, The Netherlands

1998-1999: UNESCO-Aschberg Grant, Maastricht, The Netherlands

1996-1997: British Council Grant


2019: Things’ Measure: Between Abstraction and Acceptance – text on Florin Buta’s work

2018: Between Confrontation and Tolerance, – text on Ramon Sadîc’s work  for Black Sea Diaries

2018: Galbenul Intens și alte pete de culoare rezistente la sens/ Intense Yellow and other Resistant to Meaning Stains- Complexul Muzeal Bistrita Năsăud. Dan Badea; Dragoș Burlacu; Marius Crăita Mândră; Ramon Sadic; Maria Pop Timaru; Zoltan Bela

2016: Reshaping Memories- Rambo, propaganda politică și arta vizuală a povestirii/ Rambo, Political Propaganda and the Visual Art of Storytelling; Galeria Tipografia, București

2013: Homeless, at home, Arta, #8-9, Sculptura. www.revistaarta.ro/fara-de-casa-acasa/

2012: Sibiu a Curator’s Network and text in the meeting’s brochure. Theme: Powerless or Powerful. www.curators-network.eu/database/db_item/id/mirelaivanciu

2011: Notes on the Elusive Character of Collective Memory,  Arta # 1, Arta în spațiul public


Space and Light as Tools for Shaping the Immaterial and the Problem of Paying Attention to the Finger Instead of the Moon”- in Issues in Contemporary Culture and Aesthetics, Jan Van Eyck Academy, Maastricht

Notes on the Nature and Purpose of the Contemporary Museum” and “Museums are for People, not for Objects” – 1/1999   Martor, the review of the Romanian Peasant Museum, Bucharest


2019: A Phantomatic Natural History, Halucinarium Art Space, Bucharest

2019: Stories from a Non-Existing Tea-House, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest

2018:  A Peculiar Tiny Drop, Artera Gallery, Bucharest

2014:  John Murphy Prefers White Wine to Black Pepper, Natural History Museum – part of the Botanical Garden, Bucharest – part of NAG/ curator: Anca Mihulet

2009: Traces – Contemporary Romanian Art, UNA Gallery, Bucharest

2008: Traces-Contemporary Romanian Art, CIAC at Pont Aven, France

2008: Else Gallery  at Sacramento, California

2008: Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida, US

2006: Urban Feeling, PuzzleProject, National Theater, Romania

2006:  Account -First decade, Mogosoaia Palace and Pogany Gallery, Romania

2006:  Narcissus,Bradford Gallery, Bradford UK

2004: Beyond Recall and Desire, Imagine Gallery, Beijing

2004: Ar-T and Francophonie, Yan Club , Beijing

2002: Close Up, Upton Gallery, Buffalo State College, NY, US

2002: A Tenderness for Everything that is Thought to be Lost, Buffalo, NY

2002: 8Capen Hall, University at Buffalo

2002: Oversight, New Art for the City Hall,City Hall, Buffalo

2002: UB GRAD 2, Art Department Gallery at University at Buffalo

2001: Art Made to Order, a CAM group event, Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY

2001: UB GRAD, Art Department Gallery, University at Buffalo

2001: Love and Sex, Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY

2000: The Red-Light Room, site specific work, Jan van Eyck Academy, The Netherlands

1999: Light as Usual, All in its Place, site specific work, Dominican Church, Maastricht, The Netherlands

1999: Security Project, Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht

1998: 10 Days, Ceramic Avenue,  HEDAH Gallery, Maastricht

1996: Laboratorio Artistico, Instituto Roameno di Cultura e Ricerca Umanistica, Venice, Italy