About Oana Clitan

I am an interdisciplinary designer and artist exploring themes like language and contemporary communication influenced by technology and media.

I move through gifs, collages, drawings, installations and other various mediums and use mostly kitsch and pop imagery.

Currently working on a research about the transition between communicating with text to communicating with images in online conversations and the use of animated GIFs as rhetorical devices.

Born in Romania, I am currently based in Rotterdam, NL.

Solo exhibitions

  • 2017 - Goodbye Expectations
  • Visual Kontakt gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • 2017 - Kitsch Speech
  • Stroop Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Group exhibitions

  • 2018
  • — Hubbub le Scope Palermo
  • Borderline Palermo, Palermo, Italy
  • — Permeable Boundaries
  • Plexus Projects, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • — Elektro Arts Festival
  • Gallery Casa Matei, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • — Testival / Time Weekend
  • Time Window, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2017
  • — Hubbub le Scope
  • Wolfart Project Space, Rotterdam, NL)
  • — Anthropomorphism of Media
  • Dynamo Artist Association, Vancouver BC, CA)
  • — WALLPAPER project
  • Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL)
  • 2016
  • — Zine Club reading room / VABF Fundraiser
  • Remington Gallery, Vancouver, CA
  • 2015
  • — Paranormal activity - disambiguation
  • Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada)
  • — Gif Arts Festival Los Angeles
  • Coaxial, Los Angeles, USA
  • — Paranormal activity - disambiguation
  • Project Space, Vancouver BC, Canada
  • 2014
  • — Vancouver Art / Book Fair by Project Space
  • Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
  • — Wereld van het Witte de With Kwartier Festival
  • Witte de Withstraat, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2013
  • — Revealing the Network
  • Electron, Breda, The Netherlands
  • 2011
  • — Expresii plastice / Visual expressions
  • Mansarda Gallery, Timisoara, RO

Studies

AKV|St.Joost in Breda, the Netherlands.
Master in Graphic Design

Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France.
Erasmus grant; studied Visual Communication

University of Art and Design from Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Bachelor in Graphic Arts

Artist residencies

2018 - Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, USA
2017 - Visual Kontakt gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Artist grants

2018 - IBB grant from CBK Rotterdam
2017 - IBB grant from CBK Rotterdam
2017 - Project grant from Romanian Cultural Institute New York

Artist talks, lectures

2018 - GIFS - Media Summer Night at Instituut Beeld en Geluid, Hilversum, NL
2018 - Artist talk at Garage Cafe #6, at Garage Rotterdam, NL
2017 - Digital Exquisite Corpse at Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver, Canada
2017 - Goodbye Expectations at Conversas Rotterdam, NL (artist talk)
2017 - Autonomous Fabric Symposium (Willem de Kooning Academy / Leeszaal West, Rotterdam, NL with Conversas Rotterdam)
2015 - lecture at AKV St Joost, Breda, The Netherlands
2014 - Kitsch! at Conversas Rotterdam, NL (artist talk)

Selected clients

Matter / Medium, nrc.next, Rotterdam Hogeschool (Profielen Megazine), Haptic Animation Amplifier, Tupperware Russia, Manifest: Animation Show and Tell, Conversas Rotterdam

Features

Fast Company / Co.Design, Pop-Up City, Women of Graphic Design, Design Indaba, We Heart, Typism book, Illustration daily, Design Juices

Professional positions

2013 - present - independent designer, artist, illustrator

2018 - present - initiator of Pulse by Oana Clitan

2016, 2017 - Co-organizer at Conversas Rotterdam

2015 - Coordinator at Open Set - Dutch Design Summer School

2014 - one of the initiators of Wecup