Dimitrie Berea (1908–1975)
Influenced by his years in France, the paintings and graphics of Dimitrie Berea have all the charm and beauty of paintings by the Impressionist masters. Born in Bacau, Rumania, in 1908, Berea studied at the School of Architecture, Budapest, and the Academie des Beaux Arts de Rome. In 1930, he and his former teacher, Theodorescu-Sion, founded "Ileana," one of the earliest academies of nonconformist painters. Berea has received many awards for his works, including the Prix de Rome, Grand Prix du Salon du Portrait and Grand Prix from the International Salon of Modern Art, Paris. In 1964 he painted a large mural for the New York World's Fair. His paintings have been exhibited at numerous galleries, including shows at Galeria delle Belle Arts, Rome; Galerie Allard, Paris; Moulins Museum, Moulins, France; Kunstkabinet, Frankfurt; Acqua-villa Gallery, New York and Bernheim-Jeune (retrospective), Paris. In 1975, the artist passed away at his home in Paris.