Cristina Balan is an abstract expressionist artist. Born in Moldova, she studied arts from the age of five. Very early on, her works were exhibited at various artistic performances in Moldova and abroad. The fall of the Soviet Union paused Cristina’s creative ascension, as after graduating the school of fine arts she had to work in the corporate world to be able to support herself. In her thirties, she became a business community leader, and in early forties was appointed as the Ambassador to the United States.

In 2019, after an almost 20-year hiatus from painting, Cristina returned full-time to art, her abstract paintings being quickly noticed and appreciated by the public. Contemporary art magazines including Diafano (Spain), Art Hole, and Boomer Magazine (UK) featured her works. The art experts tagged her as a “smash-hit-ho-be” and her paintings have been displayed in art shows in Washington D.C. and New York City. Cristina’s works are currently featured by galleries from New York City, Tokyo, Barcelona and Treviso, as well as by the top online art platforms OnlineGallery.art and artsy.net.

Artist Statement

“I aspire to create art that captures the essence of life and makes bridges from the unseen to that what is seen. My paintings are mirrors in which one can see their reflection and feel the connection with their primeval origins.”

Artistic Career Highlights

April 2019, Washington D.C: Cristina Balan exposed her first painting in a group art show organized by Women Diplomatic Series and the Embassy of Moldova in the United States of America.

December 2019, Chisinau: Cristina’s first solo art show “Universe” at the Palace of the Republic of Moldova.

February 2020, New York City: Participated at the “Muse” group art show organized by Gallery 104 and the New York Art Centre located in Manhattan. Cristina displayed two of her paintings, including “Heart Inside Out” and “Serenity”.

April 2020, Netherlands: Became member of the leading European art platform onlinegallery.art

May 2020, Tokyo: accepted the proposal of TriCera Gallery to collaborate with them.

June 2020, Barcelona: Diafano Modern Art Magazine published an interview with Cristina and ten of her works. Her painting “Now You See It, now you don’t” has been featured on the cover of the magazine.

June 2020, Chisinau: Solo Art Show “Transformation”, organized by the Creative Lab Loft 13, featured 20 of Cristina’s paintings.

November 2020, Barcelona: Cristina begins collaboration with the Art Nou Milleni Gallery located in the heart of Barcelona. Her works can be found as well on artsy.com.

November, 2020, United Kingdom: Cristina’s work has been featured in the sixth edition of the Art Hole Magazine, an independent artist-run publication dedicated to showcasing and promoting experimental and progressive contemporary art.

March, 2021, London: Cristina’s works have been featured in the Boomer art magazine.

April, 2021, Treviso: Cristina begins collaboration with the Context Art Gallery from Treviso, Italy.

June, 2021, Kiev: Cristina’s work "Bonds" featured at the international art show “Ecological Rakurs” hosted by the National Folk Decorative Art Museum.

Art Studies

Sciusev School of Fine Arts (Moldova), Expressionist Abstract Art class with Tommas Hammar (Sweden), Jump into Abstract Painting with Tracy Verdugo (Austalia), Painting Techniques with Oleg Iyrov (Ukraine).