Stefan Cretu’s work explores our modern obsession with progress, which he considers to be a fusion between nature and technology that increasingly seems to be the final goal of humankind. The evolution-obsessed man makes many, occasionally extreme, errors in his attempt to improve nature. Cretu’s call for a return to nature and its technologies doesn’t mean shifting to a more primitive lifestyle or giving up progress in its entirety, but invokes a need for simplicity. He believes this Arcadian existence will give man a greater certainty, freeing him from the burdensome, futile, and absurd elements of everyday life.
Stefan Radu Cretu graduated from the Ceramic-Glass-Metal department the Art and Design University in Cluj and earned his master’s degree in sculpture at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. In 2005 he received an Erasmus grant to study at the Fine Art Academy, Wroclaw, Poland. In 2013 he became a PhD candidate in Visual Arts at the National University of Arts in Bucharest.