Ioan Chisu

Ioan Chisu, Romanian artist.  Recipient of the National Order of Cultural Merit for special artistic merits, Bucharest, 1968, National Prize for Romania at 3rd International Festival of Painting, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, 1971, 1st prize for painting National Festival Art, Bucharest, 1985, 1987, Grant award Community Arts Assistance Program from Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Art Council Access Program, 1993, 1995.


Ioan Chisu was born on January 28, 1939, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.  Arrived in the United States, 1988, Naturalized, 1996.  Son of Georghe and Hermina Chisu.  Married visual artist Rodica (born Sarbu), 1961.



Master of Painting, Ion Andreescu Institute, Cluj-Napoca, 1963.



President Union Board Artists of Sibiu, Romania, 1968-1970, 1980-1989.  Member of Council Leadership Fine Arts Union Romania, 1980-1989, member 1964-1989.  Art teacher at school of Art, Sibiu, 1963-1988.



Expose in Romania, France, Soviet Union (Riga, Latvia), Czechoslovakia (Prague, Bratislava), United States (Chicago, Arlington Heights, Anchorage).

Designs for monumental marble mosaic works: Tradition and Contemporary Times, Blaj, 1973, Homage to Human creativity, Resita, 1980, Archwais, Sibiu, 1981.

From 15 May – 18 August 2017, Ioan Chisu and Rodica Chisu opened a joint retrospective exhibit entitled Metaphors at the The Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Gallery, located at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. The exhibit was curated under the care of Alexia Tryzna. 

In 2017, Ioan Chisu received the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who: 

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