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About Artist Cristina Marcu


Cristina Marcu is a contemporary artist blending impressionist and expressionist styles. Her brightly colored works are inspired by the Russian and Romanian folk art that surrounded her as a child in her native country of Romania. Cristina was born in Communist Moldovia, Romania in the politically charged 1960’s. Beginning at age seven, she attended the George Enescu Conservatory of Music where she studied classical piano.

Cristina Marcu at work in her Southern California studioRomanian painters such as Nicolae Grigorescu and Corneliu Baba inspired Cristina from an early age and while she harbored a childhood dream to be a painter she turned that inspiration towards her musical studies. At age thirteen Cristina and her sister followed their parents to the United States and lived in New York where she continued her musical studies. Cristina received her degree BA in Piano Performance from USC and began performing in concerts as well as teaching music privately.

Cristina began nurturing her painting aspirations in the early 1990’s. Her desire to paint became so strong that eventually she gave up teaching and performing to pursue her lifelong dream of being a painter. Bright yellows, reds and oranges, accented with clear blues and greens echoes her romance with color. She looks to the French Impressionists for inspiration: Van Gogh for his bold colors and Matisse for his sense of line and design. Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky's early landscapes played an important role in the development of Cristina’s ever evolving work and like Kandinsky, Cristina has developed a deep desire to connect her spirituality and her music to her art.

Fluent in various mediums Cristina utilizes oil, watercolor and acrylic to paint diverse subject matter, with her focus primarily on landscapes, seascapes and still life. In addition, Cristina has authored Sounds of Color, a children’s book combining audio awareness and primary color recognition. Cristina Marcu's paintings are found in private collections across the United States and Europe.



  • USC School of Music, Bachelor of Arts
  • Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Member Affiliations

  • Sausalito Art Galleries
  • Currently a member of Sausalito Art Galleries - Artist Webpage

  • Valley Artists Guild
  • The Valley Artists Guild (VAG) is founded on the belief that when individual artists join together in creating their destinies, their growth and impact is multiplied in their own lives and throughout the world. With visual art exhibitions, ongoing education and creative interaction, we empower artists to fulfill their highest potential.

  • Petaluma Center for the Arts
  • Cristina Marcu is an active member of:
    Sebastapol Center for the Arts, Sebastapol, California
    Petaluma Center for the Arts, Petaluma, California.





    Other Artistic Interests

    Cristina Marcu's mastery in music motivated her to expand her horizons into the healing arts. Certified in Hatha Yoga and Reiki she explored further ideas to combine all her experiences and talents to create inspiring workshops.
    She developed Soul Painting classes for adults of all ages. These classes engage you in the present moment as you feel and explore your authentic self through making art. She offers Soul Painting at several healing centers as the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, CA.
    Cristina teaches Sounds of Color, classes for children that create a fun, imaginative interplay of colorful paintings and classical music.
    She combines yoga and art in Yoga and Art classes for children of ages 5 and up. Painting combined with yoga poses can be an experience beautifully expressed through the child's connection of body, mind and spirit.
    In addition to teaching, Cristina enjoys time at the piano as she expresses her playing intuitively. Her love for teaching made her decide to teach private piano lessons once again. She teaches in her private home in Sausalito, California.
    Cristina can be reached via e-mail: marcustudio@cristinamarcu.com



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