London based artist Cristian Stefanescu was born in 1968 in Bucharest. He obtained an MSc degree in 1992 at the Technical University of Construction Bucharest, specialisation in Water and Wastewater Treatment followed by the second MSc in 1994 obtained at University of Liège, specialisation in Groundwater Engineering.
After having spent more than a decade of his life teaching at the Technical University of Construction Bucharest, Cristian moved from academia to photography working in fashion industry.
Photography was born black and white and he chose to continue this tradition, while working on evolving the visual aesthetics of this raw art form.
The passion for photography developed in the early years of college and became a constant element of his life. After long and constant collaborations with fashion brands in Romania, in 2018 Stefanescu moved to London to open his studio.
Cristian’s distinctive monochrome photographs are an exploration into the psychological and metaphysical. He captures nature or city in specific moments in time – through highly visual heartbreakingly dark images often overlapped with low-contrast minimal landscapes – to create works that stretch the idea of a hypothetical time.
Stefanescu believes in the energy of every being, of each object or nature element. He believes that photography renders the ineffable combination of the object’s energy and the photographer's one while taking a picture.
“And what is the energy of a photograph? Is it the energy of the space that is framed in the viewfinder, is it the energy of the photographer? I think it is an ineffable combination of the photographer's energy when he pressed the shutter button and everything that forms the energy of the photographed space, the sun and the earth, the land and the sky, the clouds and the air, the animals and plants, the wind and rain.”
He focuses his camera on a distorted reflection of a hypothetical reality, since what one perceives to be real is a mere reflection of his own reality, and he is looking for the feeling that makes him click the shutter button.
An award-winning artist, Cristian’s work can be found in private collections around the world including United Kingdom, United Stated, Ireland, Romania and Israel.