Cris Ianculescu was born in Romania, in a scenic part of Transylvania. The family on his mother’s side were miners, so it’s no coincidence that at age 5 he made his first sculpture from a blob of clay dug out of a ravine.
He was introduced to drawing at an early age by his grandfather, an accomplished photographer and painter. Throughout his formative years he developed his drawing skills under the instruction of one of Romania’s celebrated artist, the late Mr. Richard Mantu.
Later on, he studied painting with Natasha Mokina and Leslie Exton, and sculpture with Charles Flickinger at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
Cris has a keen interest in portraiture and figurative art. His work focuses on expressing human emotion and interaction while finding the archetypal essence of his subjects.