Artist Bio

Claudia Cotrutza is a native Romanian (born in 1956), who lives in Southern California since 1984. Being raised in a creative household surrounded, with supportive parents and siblings who encouraged her to study at the local Arts School/Academy. Here she acquired a very well-grounded classical art training, yet with Bauhaus influences.

After her arrival in California, Cotrutza began to find her voice in her new environment and express herself through meaningful paintings, collages, drawings and poetry. She started showing her work with curator Antoinette Sullivan at various venues such as Studio Gallery in Irvine, La Jolla, California, and others, culminating in a large exhibit in the Los Angeles Art walk in 2010.

One characteristic of Cotrutza’s oeuvre is creating series of work on different topics of momentary interest. One of these series was inspired by her 28 years of living under the atrocious regime of the Communist dictatorship in Romania. These memories culminated in the series of oil paintings and accompanying poetry. Consequently, in 2010, these works attracted the attention of the Down Town Los Angeles art scene, while exhibiting at the newly opened Cotrutza Gallery in the Arts District.

The series of paintings “Memories from Communism”, was featured on the front page of the
LAT Extra of Los Angeles Times. The same article appeared in the Inland Empire Press Enterprise and the Korea Herald, as well as various Romanian papers. Five major works from this series are now in the permanent collection of the Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City, California.

Among Cotrutza’s other work is the political-themed series of oil paintings, Memories from the Future; an ink drawings series, “Woman defined” and “Whimsical”; collages, “The Trees; and acrylic series, “Iconography”. Most of the icons are in various private collection and the public collections of St. Paul Episcopal Church, Pomona, and St. John Cathedral of Los Angeles.

In 2012, Cotrutza closed her gallery and began working from her private studio. Selected shows since 2012 are: Gabor Chupo’s “gGallery” in Santa Monica, Zohrab Kemkemian Gallery in Glendale 2013, 2014, group exhibits; Pomona Art Walk 2013, group exhibit; Corona Arts Colony 20122-2016 group Exhibits; “Chocolate Art of Los Angeles” 2014 and 2015 group exhibits; Dos Lagos Art Competition 2015, group exhibit; Joe Oakes Gallery in La Quinta, 2015 and 2016 solo exhibits; Art Conference in Morongo, 2016, representing the Banning Art League, solo exhibit; Chungking Studio of Los Angeles, November 25, 2017, solo exhibit.

Claudia Cotrutza’s new private studio in Banning is open by appointment only.
Tel: 909-534- 5400