Maramureș has a very large number of artists and artisans that keep alive the traditions and create. The variety is incredible, almost every village has at least a few cross and gate carvers. Almost every rural household used to have a manual weaving machine “
război de țesut” where the wife would make all the necessary garments for the family.
I am featuring here in the photo section just a few of the many very valuable artists of Maramureș, with a lengthier profile in my previous posts: two cross and gate carvers (
Teodor Bârsan of the Bârsana Village and Godja Pătru Pupăză of the Valea Stejarului Village), a church restorer ( Gavrilă Hotico-Herenta of the Ieud Village), a traditional mask maker ( Vasile Şuşcă of the Săcel Village), a traditional carpet weaver ( Maria Pipaş of the Tisa Village), a sculptor ( Ion Bledea of Sighetu Marmației) and a Dacian style potter ( T ă nase Burnar of the S ă cel Village). This list will surely grow!
Teodor Bârsan carving with his son Ioan
Teodor Bârsan carving a wood cross in his workshop at his home in Bârsana village
Near Bârsan’s house there is a small museum with various wood pieces, large and small
Tănase Burnar working in his workshop in the Săcel Village
Tănase Burnar mending an older cracked pot
The range of clay objects that Tănase Burnar now makes extends beyond the strictly traditional ones
Tănase Burnar, holding a freshly made pot in his hands. Son of the famous Tănase Cocean, he is now passing his trade skills to his son Dumitru.
Tănase Burnar preparing the clay for a fresh pot
Tănase Burnar’s century old wood stove in the basement of his house, where he burns the clay ware
Ion Bledea carving at his former workshop abutting the Roman Catholic Church in Sighetu Marmației
These devils are part of a series that made Mr. Bledea famous internationally
Some of Ion Bledea’s sculptures remind of Romania’s greatest sculptor, Constantin Brâncuși
When I visited him back in 2009, Ion Bledea’s workshop served both as work place and improvised display. Nowadays his impressive work is properly displayed at an exposition place at his home in Sighetu Marmației. This photo nonetheless serves as a reminder both of the harsh conditions the artist worked and of the astounding diversity of his work
Devil wood masks by sculptor Ion Bledea
Sculpture by Ion Bledea
Vasile Șușcă in his artistic den in Săcel Village, Maramureș
Traditional masks by Vasile Șușcă from Săcel Village, Maramureș
Vasile Șușcă’s vividly and joyful masks are a wonder to look at…
Vasile Șușcă is a complex artist. While his devilish masks made him renowned, he also paints and makes various objects from clay, continuously testing his creative imagination.
Maria Pipaș weaving at her home in the Șugătag Village, Maramureș
Maria Pipaș’ natural colour rugs have attracted the attention of foremost Romanian artists
Maria Pipaș’s handwoven carpets have delicate colours that bear her unique signature: natural only colours that she and her husband Nicolae researched over decades
Wooden cross – troiță – in front of the Greek-Catholic church in the Dragomirești Village, built by Gavrilă Hotico-Herenta
The Greek Catholic Church in the Dragomirești village, built by Gavrilă Hotico Herenta. The old wooden church in the village was taken by Herenta’s grandfather and moved in 1936 to the newly created Village Museum in Bucharest.
Godja Pătru Pupăză is a fable-like character from Valea Stejarului (once a standalone village, now part of Sighetu Marmaţiei). I first met him at ”Tânjaua de la Hoteni” back in 2009. Here he is pictured with his magic staff which hides a narrow neck bottle of pălinca in its upper end
Godja Pătru Pupăză also manufactures a variety of little things that impress through craftsmanship and originality
Godja Pătru Pupăză with a wood cross ”troiță” that he recently finished
Godja Pătru Pupăză’s work also comprises ornamental sculpture with intricate traditional motives