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“Vreu” (“I want”) – in search of love in the Călinești village

A short film shot in Maramureș this summer has already met success, with three prizes already won at three short film festivals – so far!  The synopsis  of the film is centred around love: (from the filmmakers:) In a small village in the North of Transilvania, where everyone is expected to have the same life as others, a young girl dares to feel different. Something, deep down herself, will make her choose another path. Continue reading “Vreu” (“I want”) – in search of love in the Călinești village

Easter in Maramureș

To understand Maramureș, one needs to understand the role that religion has played in this region throughout history. Just looking at the magnificent century old wooden churches present in almost every village, one can sense how important faith is for the identity of these people. God is omnipresent in the everyday life. The most common greeting that is heard in the villages is “Salutăm pe Isus! (Jesus be hailed!), to which the answer is “În veci, amin!” (Always and forever!).

Among religious festivities, Easter is perhaps the most important, even more important than Christmas. Continue reading Easter in Maramureș

The People of Maramureș

People of Maramureș - A Journey into the Last Living Museum of Europe
People of Maramureș – A Journey into the Last Living Museum of Europe
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It is more than seven years now since I and my wife Cristina undertook our month-long trip to Maramureș. Ever since, I wanted to publish a book about the region, focusing on its people and its artists. At the time – 2009 – there were very few photography books on the region, albeit some of the very best (“Maramureș”, by a Maramureș loving Japanese who discovered the region by accident, during communist times –  Miya Kosei – which I regard as the most beautiful and sincere photography book about the region, as well as “Maramures: The Land of Wood“, the beautiful black and white photography of Ana Bârcă).
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A Maramureș legend has left us

2016 started on a sad note. Godja Pătru Pupăză, a fable like character, passed away on 3 January. He was 81 years old.

I met the artist in the summer of 2009, at his home in Valea Stejarului. Those were very happy times. He was surrounded by his family, his son-in-law was carving a Maramureș cross “troiță”, his nephew was strolling around, at times making attempts to help his father chisel the wooden cross, despite the fact that he had yet to learn to speak.

Godja Patru Pupaza, Godja Pătru Pupăză, Sat Valea Stejarului, Village, Maramures, Transylvania, Romania, wood carving, arts, artist, artisan, artizan, living human treasures, artisans, artists, traditional, old, artizanat, traditional, mestesuguri, meșteșuguri
Godja Pătru Pupăză with his daughter, son-in-law and nephew. The artist did not have sons, but his son-in-law is a skilled wood-carver, too, preserving the wood carving tradition in the artist’s family.

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Maria Pipaș from the Tisa Village – a living repository of the art of traditional wool carpet making

Nicolae and Maria Pipaş need no introduction in the art loving circles. The initiated traveling to Sighetu Marmaţiei spares no effort to visit the Pipaş Museum, truly a collection of several museums, an impressive repository of old traditional art of Maramureş, of works by prominent Romanian painters and engravers, of carpets, ceramics, furniture, lace and more.

Maria Pipas, Nicolae Pipas, Pipas Museum, Sighetu Marmatiei, Sat Tisa, Maramures, Transylvania, Romania, carpet weaving, arts, living human treasures, artisans, artists, traditional, old, Maria Pipaș, Nicolae Pipaș, embroidery, artizanat, traditional, mestesuguri, culori vegetale
Maria Pipaș weaving at her home in the Șugătag Village, Maramureș

Vasile Şuşcă – the merry artist of masks, joy and all things hillarious

I first met Vasile Şuşcă in May 2009, at a traditional festival in the Hoteni village. I had known him and his his masks from pictures; even so, it was hard to recognize him: his rich, proverbial mustache wasn’t there anymore. Less than a month later, I paid him a visit inside his artistic den, a former grain millhouse abutting a river bed by now dried out for more than a couple of decades.

Vasile Susca, Sacel, Maramures, Transylvania, Romania, masks, traditions, people, living treasures, crafts, old, traditional, artists, Romanian
Vasile Șușcă in his artistic den in Săcel Village, Maramureș