The Painting Department was one of the fundamental pillars on which the artistic academic education in Bucharest was built all through its long history, and continues to remain one of the most important departments in the National University of Arts.
Starting with Theodor Aman, the first director of the first superior school of arts and up to the present moment, the Painting Department educated and trained a whole group of artists whose works contributed substantially to enriching the national and (why not) universal patrimony.
Ioan Andreescu, Stefan Luchian, Gheorghe Petrascu, Camil Ressu, Corneliu Baba, Alexandru Ciucurencu, Ion Bitzan, Florin Mitroi, former students or professors of the School of Fine Arts in Bucharest are just a few of the significant names in Romanian art history.
After a long period of crass political interferences, in 1990 the artistic education in Bucharest began to respond to the interwar tradition, as well as to resynchronize with the European liberal and democratic tradition.
After 1990, artists with great visibility and pedagogical openness were recruited as members of the new teaching body, such as Gheorghe Anghel, Stefan Caltia, Florin Ciubotaru, Marin Gherasim, Sorin Ilfoveanu and others.
The diversity of pedagogical options is mainly formative, the courses aiming at developing abilities specific to visual arts as well as at creating a basis for a profound understanding of the contemporary cultural space.
The courses aim and contribute to the effort of synchronizing Romanian visual arts with international contemporary preoccupations, as well as to stimulating the formation of the future professional’s own plastic language.
The symposia and the exhibitions organized within various public spaces and galleries constitute a natural extension of the pedagogical activity during the years of study.