My name is Daniliuc Ionut-Alin and I was born in Falticeni, Romania and currently live in Castellón de la Plana, Spain. When I was in the primary school, I discovered my talent for painting. I think I was 5 or 6 years young. When I was in 7th class, I had my fist exhibition, in the school where I was learning, at 13 years old.
After I finished primary school, I had a very hard exam for 3 days, for entering on College of Arts in Suceava city. In those for years on the collage, I had the fortune to have a very good professor. This professor has taught me all the techniques: watercolour, oil, tempera, acrylic, etc. Not all my colleagues had this good fortune. Then, the College sent me to the National Olympics of Art, in Cluj-Napoca city, one of the most beautiful cities of Romania, a medieval city.
This was my first professional experience in the Arts. I was 18 years old. After college, I had again a very hard exam for 2 days, to enter the University of Industrial Design in Bucharest. In the same time, I went to 2 universities: Architecture and Industrial Design. This was a very beautiful period of my life. I learned so many things here, and I’ve met so many interesting people, intellectuals, professors, academicians and friends.
My dream was to be a car designer, so i was drawing and sketching every day. Here, I discovered the real watercolour, because I use it on rendering design projects. When I finished the University, I moved to Spain.
Here I’ve started to paint watercolours every day. Since then, I think that this watercolour is my calling. To become a watercolourist, traveling and painting, discovering new places, new people every day!
Today, I am an industrial designer, but I have a lot of interesting job experiences, like furniture design, product design, architecture, identity design, logo design or tattoo artist.
I discovered my passion for watercolour when I was an industrial student, and the technique of watercolour was often used. After some years dedicated to watercolour, I have solo exhibitions and group exhibitions (Hungary, Hong Kong, Slovakia, India, Albania, Italy, Romania, etc).
I use both Daniel Smith and Schmincke Horadam colours, only Arches paper, 180 and 300 gr, and Petit Gris Pur brushes. Buy always the best materials, because the differences are great. I prefer sketching and painting on location, because if I make photos and then use watercolours, I will have problems with the details.
There will be so many details, and this is a big challenge. So, if you make a fast sketch, and when you get home you start the watercolour, it will be more easy and more professional.
When it comes to inspiration, I have a big weakness for airports and airplanes. For me, an airport is a place that you can paint in so many ways, no matter the weather. You can easily make the atmosphere you want. The place helps you, because you have a lot of reflections, lights, shadows etc.
My second inspiration comes from people.
I love painting portraits, different characters of people, different types of traditional clothing.
Nothing can compare with a job of traveling and painting.
At present, I don’t have enough time for painting watercolours, because of my job, but my dream is still to be a watercolourist, traveling and painting every day! I’m sure that it will happen soon. You must follow your dream, no matter the consequences.
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