CRISTINA GHITE born, March 12, 1978, in Targu Mures, Romania, in the heart of Transylvania, the place of Count Dracula, from early childhood was creative with an unlimited imagination and explored her surrounding world’s beauty, attracted and fascinated by the diverse forms of expression available in Art. In her free time, she used her creative skills writing poetry and making objects. On a next step, she went to Art School learning to express and develop her talent in varied directions, such as painting and drawing as the basis for her artistic and esthetic education, while sculpting triggered noble vibrations and feelings. Parallel to Art School, Ghite also enrolled at the Traditional School of Arts, where she practiced ballet, modeling, clothes’ designing, and went to photography classes. In these years, a new period in her life emerged and she worked in international modeling, traveling as fashion and photo model to Dusseldorf, Istanbul, Milano, Capri, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. On the next phase of her artistic journey, she enrolled at the University of Bucharest, graduating in 2010 with a major in Industrial Design. For several years she has acted as Founder Partner Designer for industrial projects and interior design in the prestigious Parada Design firm. At the same time, as her strongest call is to be a painter, Ghite went back to her first love, her painting career, recently exhibiting at Vila Capo, Bucharest, Rumania, in 2017, and in 2018, at Art Box, New York, NY, and at Anthony Liggins Gallery 88, Miami Beach, FL, both in USA. Some paintings by Cristina Ghite are inspired by famous movies, such as the 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick, and the 1991 American film The Silence of the Lambs directed by Jonathan Demme, as well as by celebrated master artists works, like The Scream by Norwegian Expressionist painter Edward Munch, 1863 –1944.
The Art by Cristina Ghite cleverly marks the borderline between the abstract and the figurative. For The Silence Art Show her eleven selected paintings will portray key interpretations from scenes of the psychological thriller The Silence of the Lambs, in which a young FBI trainee seeks the advice of jailed brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to apprehend another serial killer called Buffalo Bill, who skins female victims’ corpses. Cited by critics, film directors and audiences as one of the great most influential of all time, the movie was considered culturally, historically or aesthetically significant by the U.S. Library of Congress and selected in 2011 to be preserved in the National Film Registry. The impressive paintings by Cristina Ghite invite its viewers to the enjoyment of life pleasures, and by contrast to reflect as well on our mortality, the vanity and transient nature of earthly life goods and pursuits, to cultivate detachment, to focus in soul immortality and afterlife. In The Silence Art Show by Cristina Ghite there is in some paintings a great inspiration and extended interpretation of Edward Munch’s best known work The Scream, painted in 1893 that evoked psychological Symbolism, greatly influencing German Expressionism. Munch depicted a central figure of tormented expression on an orange sky landscape and said about it: “One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord, the sun was setting and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream.” Arthur Lubow described the painting as “…an icon of modern art, a Mona Lisa for our time.” Munch created four paint and pastels versions. The Oslo National Gallery, Norway, has one; the Munch Museum has others. In 2015, a pastel version was exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. In 2012, a pastel version sold for $119,922,600 at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art auction, later showed at MoMA, New York, Oct. 2012-Apr. 2013. The reddish sky, is believed as the artist’s memory of Krakatau volcanic eruption that tinted sunset skies red for months in 1883-1884, a decade before Munch painted The Scream. Also the site location depicted in the painting that is situated near to a slaughterhouse and a lunatic asylum may have been of inspiration, as when Munch created the artwork, his manic depressive sister Laura Catherine was a patient at the asylum.
Today, inspired by intense Symbolic and Human motives, Artist Cristina Ghite becomes through her paintings a master by herself, when she remarkably reinterprets and depicts feelings and figures with her dynamic creative vision, using impressive colorful images and perfected medium skills, she makes them to be her own.
Mariavelia Savino, Art Curator