The International Museum of Painted Eggs "Lucia Condrea"
by Dorina Cocari
The International Museum of Painted Eggs Lucia Condreafrom Moldovita
Member of the Artistic Union of Romania and awarded with many prizes within the most important exhibitions of art all over the world Lucia Condrea a unique artist and the painted eggs that carry her signature are the image of a gift given by God to enlighten people.
In creating the "ovoidal jewellery" Lucia Condrea makes use of 15 artistic techniques. The first one is the traditional technique, that of the "batik", from which she started and which she has perfected in time, and the other 14 belong to her entirely, each having the "batik" technique as a starting point, but the final aspect is different from the traditional aspect of eggs.
These creations in Condrea Art (trademark registered at OSIM) are: - relief coloured wax; - the graphics in the "batik" technique (black and white); - lacery - the old traditional Romanian sewings painted on eggs; - the technique of antiques-works within which the Morocco art interferes with the "hutul" art;
- abstract painting on eggs (on one egg we can see scenes taken from several exhibits); - patterns taken from old carpets; - patterns taken from works of art belonging to sculpture; - zoomorphic patterns; - patterns from traditional towels; - patterns from textile decorative objects; - crocheted patterns.
All these 14 artistic techniques have been invented by Lucia Condrea and at the opening oh the Personal Exhibition on the first of May 2007 which took place at "Sala Gotica" of the "Trei Ierarhi" Monastery in Iasi, the well known Romanian ethnologist prof. dr. Ion H. Ciubotaru confirmed that "the works of Lucia Condrea stand for something really new in the domain of painting eggs and so this will be called from now on Condrea Art (Arta Condrea)”.
In 2015 the artistic creation of Lucia Condrea became at O.S.I.M. the Registered Trade Mark with the name of ”ARTA CONDREA” (Condrea Art)
The ornamental patterns which Lucia Condrea makes use of comprising a whole variety of representative elements, having a huge load of art and symbols.
The colours used in painting the eggs is always to be found on national costumes belonging to the area of Bucovina, also on towels, table cloths and pillows, sewings, embroideries etc.
”Right from her first years of creation Lucia Condrea imposed herself in the art of painted eggs through the technique of "batik". Besides the three colours belonging to the area of Moldovita (yellow, red and black), used beginning with old times by folk artists, Lucia Condrea introduced some more colours, with a lot of artistic and refined taste, from intense red to the mild and warm yellow of the sun rays, from the deep black and blue to the light blue of the summer sky, from the colour of the rotten cherry to the purple of the sunset, to the raw green of the grass in spring, the brown in different shades etc." (Prof.univ.dr. Florin Bucescu, University of Arts "George Enescu" Iasi, 2007).