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Short Bio: I was born in Romania. I’ve had always a passion for art. Currently, I am pursuing my MFA at MICA, Rinehart School of Sculpture (2013). Some of my installation and video work are on exhibit in a three person show called “Flux” at MICA’s Fox3 Gallery until the 18th of November. After that, I will have a one person installation in the Student Space Gallery at MICA from November 28th to December 5th. In January, I will travel to the Netherlands for a January Residency Program at Willem de Kooning Academie and present a piece in a group show. My thesis show will be in April at Riggs Gallery in the newly renovated Studio Center. To see my work, my website is http://savu.virb.com/, http://www.mica.edu/Events_and_Exhibitions.html 

Name:  MIHAELA SAVU

Age: Old enough to have lived under Communism, work several years in Israel, train and work as an interventional cardiologist, publish a medical book, get my BFA and aspire for MFA in 2013. Occupation: Physician and Visual Artist

Baltimore Neighborhood:  MICA (Mount Royal)

Obsessive Collections: Gingko-biloba leaves which I press in-between the pages of the books. I like to find them years later.

Currently Reading: Sculpture in the Age of Doubt by Thomas McEvilley

Coolest Place You’ve Ever Travelled To: Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Aladdin Cafe overlooking the Mediterranean Sea

Hobbies or Leisure Activities: Travel with my son and my husband

Favorite Food to Eat at Home: “Ciorba de perisoare” translated to “Meatballs borsch”

Favorite Food to Eat Out: Falafel and baclawa, from Shuk Betzalel in Tel Aviv

Favorite Beverage of Choice: Bloody Mary with a lot of pepper

Political Leanings: Anything which may have the potential to develop into a dictatorship scares me to death. Philosophy – “Elohim Ahad” (There is only one God) which, for me, means that avery human being is precious under the sun.

Favorite Baltimore spot to hang out: My studio at Rinehart, in the Mount Royal Station building; there is an old column in the middle of the space, from the former waiting area in the railway station. I have a bench next to this column and imagine all the stories it witnessed over the years.

Pets: Three cats: Aronel, obese and philanderer, his aunt, Princess, a sensitive stomach beauty and Mitzy, white, young blue crossed eyes. Two obese dogs, puggles, Bruno and Ghiby (short for Brunelleschi and Ghiberti).

Favorite Artist, Living or Dead:  Marcel Duchamp

Movie that Sums Up the Current State of Your Life: Idiocracy

Favorite Bad Habit: Fudge

Mantra or Favorite Quote: “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.” – Albert Einstein

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