1914 Born on April 20 in Plainesti / Dumbraveni village, Vrancea County, Romania
1921-1926 Attends primary school in his native village.
1926-1933 Attends King Ferdinand High School in Ramnicul Sarat (Romania). Apprentices with Costica N. Constantinescu the church painter who teaches him the basic notions of the fresco technique and easel painting.
Studies, in the company of Geo Zlotescu (1906–1983), with painter Ion Theodorescu-Sion (1882–1939) for the entrance examination in the Academy of Fine Arts of Bucharest, Romania.
1933 Applies for both the Academy of Fine Arts (will attend courses until 1936) and the Law School.
1934 Takes the job of office worker at the Kardex Nicolae Iovanovici Society, where will activate until 1936. Paints concomitantly in the studio of Master Nicolae Darascu (1883–1959), head of the Academic Drawing Dept. A long-lasting and sincere friendship will join the artist and his mentor.
1935 Accompanies Nicolae Darascu to Balcic (until 1940, in Romania).
1936 Exhibits, together with Stelian Popescu-Ghimpati (1906–1950) and Bob Bulgaru (1907–1939), in the Mozart Hall (on Victoria Way) from Bucharest.
Lives in Bucharest, on 8, Roma Str.
Exhibits paintings in an art shop near ARO Cinema, Bucharest.
Paints landscapes at Balcic, Plainesti, Candesti, Bordesti, Dragosloveni, Jideni and Ramnicul Sarat (Romania).
Starts military service with 28 Artillery Regiment of the Officers’ School from Craiova, Romania.
1937 Exhibits graphics and painting in a bookshop of Craiova, on the occasion the novel Oameni cu buche / Educated People, written by his army fellow, is issued.
Ends military stage and takes a job in Bucharest, at SONACO (National Society for Building), directed by Eng. Liviu I. Ciulley.
1938 Makes, together with Alexandru Mazilescu, mural decorative paintings and church frescoes.
Moves to 10, Sfintilor Str.
1939-1940 Mobilized in March 1939, participates in the war preparatives. Sent to Bukovina (Romania) with 62 Artillery Regiment, visits the frescoed churches and monasteries.
1941-1942 Attends the classes of a private School of Painting (from the Villacross Passage, on Victoria Way, Bucharest) set by the painters Lucian Grigorescu, Platon Cazanovici and Mihail Gheorghita. Is influenced by colourist Lucian Grigorescu (1894–1955).
1942-1943 Fights with 21 Artillery Regiment and with 4 TM Detachment (armoured and motorized cars).
1944 Is seriously wounded on the Crimean Front: after the explosion of a mine, is covered by earth.
1945 Takes the job of manager at the Rosenthal-Porcelain Romanian Anonymous Society (Bucharest).
Frequents Ion Sava’s classes of scenography and stage direction organized by the Bucharest art dept. of ARLUS (Romanian Association for Strengthening Relationship with Soviet Union).
1946 Makes advertizing graphics (posters, main titles) for the Popular Film / Romfilm Enterprise (until October 1950).
Concomitantly, as a free-lance artist, he arranges a studio, where he carries out works at demand.
1947 Diminishes, even interrupts his work as an outcome of the cerebral traumatism suffered on the Front. Is hospitalized in a sanatorium.
1948 Resumes easel painting, inner-decoration works and graphics.
1950 Takes a job at the Film Enterprise of the City of Bucharest: directs the film-processing lab from Mogosoaia (near Bucharest).
1951 The precarious health prevents him make art; is compelled to take a job of dept. chief at the Ministry of Electrical Engineering (Bucharest).
On November, 17 marries Alexandra/Didi (b. Dec. 27, 1927), Carol and Sofia Misinski’s daughter.
Moves to 10, Dorobanţi Way (Bucharest).
1952-1955 Due to his bad health (pareses, sight deficiencies, a.s.o.), deals less with painting and drawing.
1953 On February 8, his son, Radu Stefanescu, is born.
1954 Moves to 9, Dinicu Golescu Str., close to Nicolae Darascu’s house.
1955 Is appointed managing director at the Electrotehnica Chain Store (Ministry of Hard Industry).
1956-1957 Stimulated by Darascu, arranges a studio in one room of the apartment and, by his own willpower, resumes painting.
Paints at Cernica, Pasarea, Baneasa and Mogosoaia (Romania).
In the period 1956–1960, signs his works (at the bottom right hand corner) G.Stef.Ramnic, Stefanescu Ramnic, George Stefanescu or Stefanescu.
1958 Becomes a member of the Fine Artists’ Union (F.A.U.) of Romania.
Takes a job at the Metropolitan Theatre of Bucharest.
1959 Actress Lucia Sturdza Bulandra (1863–1061) entrusts him the scenography of the Dorel Dorian’s play Daca vei fi intrebat / If You Were Asked (première: 20 Aug.).
Arranges a painting studio in the Theatre; in 1960, the studio will be moved to Splaiul Independentei, close to the house on 1, Schitu Magureanu Str.
Paints landscapes and peasants’ portraits in Timisoara (Romania).
1960 Creates, together with Nicolae Savin, the settings of the play Mamouret, by Jean Sarment, with Lucia Sturdza Bulandra in the main part (première: 23 Jan.).
Paints the portrait of the actor Tony Bulandra for the Museum of the National Theatre of Bucharest.
Accompanies the Metropolitan Theatre in the Budapest tour, where befriends with Hungarian fine artists. Paints watercolours and canvases and, back home, exhibits them in the Theatre Foyer, together with the works signed by architect Paul Bortnovski and actor Mircea Septilici.
Art collector Misu Weinberg (1907–1974) visits the exhibition and, through actor George Oprina, meets George Stefanescu. The relationship between the painter and the art collector will last until Weinberg’s death.
Paints landscapes at Calimanesti (Romania).
In the period 1960–1990, signs constantly stefanescu (in small letters), dating his works after the name.
1961 Designs, together with Paul Bortnovski, settings for the play Rustica ’50–’60 / Rustic ’50–’60, by Silvia Andreescu and Theodor Manescu (première: 8 May).
Sketches settings for the play Intoarcerea / The Return, by Mihai Beniuc (première: 19 Nov.).
Exhibits paintings (landscapes and flowers) in the Metropolitan Theatre Foyer.
F.A.U. hires him a studio in one room of the Gheorghe Tattarescu Memorial Museum, on 7, Domnita Anastasia Str. (Bucharest).
1962 Draws settings and costumes for the play Camera fierbinte / The Hot Room, by Al.I. Stefanescu (première: 27 March).
Draws settings for War and Peace, by Alfred Neumann, Erwin Piscator and Guntram Prüfer, a stage version written after Leon Tolstoy’s homonymous novel (première: 25 June). Combines classic settings and slides projected on screen and puppets.
Draws costumes for the play O singura viata / A Unique Life, by Ionel Hristea (première: 5 Dec.).
Designs settings for the play Bertoldo at Court, by Massimo Dursi.
Paints marines at Tuzla, Mamaia, Constanza and Eforie (Romania).
Exhibits paintings and scenography in the Lucia Sturdza Bulandra Theatre Foyer.
1963 Draws settings and costumes for the play Portretul / The Portrait, by Alexandru Voitin (première: 2 Oct.).
1964 Designs costumes for the play Fii cuminte, Cristofor / Be Wise, Cristofor, by Aurel Baranga (première: 25 Nov.).
Participates in the Bucharest Biennial of Scenography.
1965 Works as costume co-designer for Padurea spanzuratilor / Forest of the Hanged, whose script is written after the homonymous novel of Liviu Rebreanu; the film is granted Palme d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Exhibits at the Bucharest Salon of Painting and Sculpture.
Paints in Sighisoara (Romania), in the citadel and in the old streets; will come back there in the following years.
Documentary and holidays travel along the Romanian and Bulgarian seaside: at Tulcea, Mamaia, Eforie and Constanza (Romania), paints canvases and watercolours, while at Golden Sands (Bulgaria), makes drawings and watercolours.
Solo exhibition opened in November in his studio from Gheorghe Tattarescu Museum.
1967 Makes settings for the play Luceafarul / The Morning Star, by Barbu St. Delavrancea (première: 13 May). On the background of the palace at Mogosoaia, the play changes into a sound-and-light performance.
Participates in the Spring Salon of Bucharest Painters, organized in the Herastrau Park.
Paints in the Danube Delta and at Sibiu, in the old city (Romania); will come back to Sibiu in 1968 and 1970.
Makes settings and costumes for the performance Poet in the Revolution, after several texts by Vladimir Maiakovsky (première: 3 Nov.).
1968 Solo exhibition opened in his studio from the Gheorghe Tattarescu Museum.
Makes settings and costumes for the play Sfarsitul pamantului / The End of the Earth, by Victor Eftimiu (première: 1 Dec.).
1969 Designs settings and costumes for the play Contrapuncte / Counterpoints, by Paul Everac (première: 11 March).
Designs settings and costumes for the play Ghosts, by Henrik Ibsen (première: 21 Nov.).
Designs costumes for the play A Flea in Her Ear, by Georges Faydeau (première 13 Dec.).
Participates in the “Exposition d’Art roumain contemporain”, opened in December at the Baccache Gallery from Beirut (Lebanon).
Paints landscapes in Brashov (Romania).
1970 Creates settings for the show Muzica si poezie / Music and Poetry, by Tudor Gheorghe (première: 14 March).
Moves to 1A, Dimitrie Marinescu Str. (Vatra Luminoasa District of Bucharest); lives there until 1989, when he will leave Romania for good.
Solo exhibition opened in September at the Simeza Gallery of Bucharest.
Participates in the exhibition “Rumänische Malerei und Plastik der Gegenwart”, opened in October at Lüdenscheid (Germany).
1971 Designs settings for the play Patru oameni fara nume / Four Nameless People, by Radu Badila (première: 27 March).
Designs costumes for the performance Stories from the Vienna Forest, by Ödön von Horvath (première: 15 May).
Participates in the Salon of Painters and Sculptors from Bucharest, opened in September in the exhibition rooms of the Romanian Athenaeum.
Designs costumes for the play Ziaristii / The Journalists, by Alexandru Mirodan (première: 16 Nov.).
Study travel to U.S.S.R., organized by F.A.U.; the tour includes the city of Samarkand.
1972 Designs settings and costumes for the performance Superestival 1972 (première: 1 July).
Participates in the Romanian painting exhibitions from Orly (France), Vienna (Austria) and the Watts-Art Gallery in New York (U.S.A.).
Participates in the Salon of Painting and Sculpture dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Socialist Republic of Romania, opened in December in the Dalles Hall, Bucharest.
1973 Solo exhibition opened in February at the Simeza Gallery, Bucharest.
Is granted the Cultural Merit Order.
Designs settings for the show Intre noi doi n-a fost decat tacere / Between Us it Was but Silence, by Lia Crisan (première: 27 Oct.).
1974 On April 1, the artist retires on demand, in order to devote himself exclusively to painting.
Participates in the exhibition “12 Rumänische Maler”, organized by F.A.U. in Hamburg (Germany).
Participates in the Bucharest Salon of Painting and Sculpture, opened in April at the Dalles Hall.
Study and holiday travel to Czechoslovakia.
1975 Paints at Medias and Bazna (Romania).
Participates in the Bucharest Salon of Painting and Sculpture, opened in December at the Dalles Hall.
1976 Solo exhibition opened in January at the Caminul Artei Gallery, Bucharest.
Paints at Breaza (Romania).
1978 Paints in Bazna, Buzias and Covasna (Romania).
1979 Participates in the exhibition “Contemporary East-European Painting” from Tokyo (Japan).
Solo exhibition opened in June at the Art Galleries of the Bucharest Municipality.
Participates in the Municipal Salon of Painting and Sculpture, opened in December at the Art Museum of the Socialist Republic of Romania and at the Museum of Art Collections from Bucharest.
1980 Paints watercolours and canvases at Covasna.
1982 Paints at Covasna, Azuga and Bistriţa-Nasaud (Romania).
1983 Solo exhibition opened in October at the Art Galleries of the Bucharest Municipality.
1984 Solo exhibition opened in October at Gemeentehuis, in Willebroek (Belgium).
Solo exhibition opened in November in the Volksbank Foyer of Werdohl (Germany).
1985 Solo exhibition opened in October at the Hagenring Gallery of Hagen (Germany).
1987 The monography George Stefanescu, by Adriana Bobu, appears in the “Romanian Artists” Series of the Meridiane Publishing House from Bucharest.
1989 On November 4 arrives, together with his wife, at Lüdinghausen (Westphalia, Germany), the place where their son, Radu Stefanescu, lives. Settles for good in Germany.
Dwells with son’s family at Lüdinghausen–Seppenrade, on 22 Dülmenerstr. Makes graphic works and paints canvases in a studio arranged in the house.
Exhibition “George und Radu Stefanescu”, opened in November at Heimathaus in Harsewinkel (Germany), is organized by Kultur- und Bildungsverein Harsewinkel e.V.
Exhibition “George und Radu Stefanescu”, opened in December in Haus Ennepetal, Ennepetal (Germany).
1990 Solo exhibitions in the galleries Helmar H. Veltzke and Galeria from Bremen (Germany).
“Neue Wege, neue Bilder”, a solo exhibition opened in April at Queen’s Gallery from Bremen.
Moves to 7, Werdenerstr. (Lüdinghausen).
Becomes a member of the KAKTus Kunstverein of Lüdinghausen.
Draws the sketch for a 23-piece patchwork tapestry, donated to support a project in Mtendere (Zambia).
Participates in the group exhibition “Galerie im kleinen Haus”, opened in November in Lüdinghausen.
Participates in the group exhibition “9 Künstler aus Lüdinghausen”, opened in December at the Münsterlandmuseum of Burg Vischering.
Exhibition “Vater und Sohn im Spiegel der Kunst” is opened in December in Kreis Coesfeld (Germany).
The volume Marturisiri si reflectii ale unui colectionar de arta / Confessions and Reflections of an Art Collector, by Dorina Munteanu, dedicates a chapter to the artist.
In the period 1990–1992, signs his works Stefan.
1991 Moves to Breslauerring (Lüdinghausen) and arranges his studio in the apartment.
Participates in the Kunst Markt of Burg Vischering (Lündinghausen), opened in November.
1992 Participates in the “Hamaland Kreis der Künste”, an exhibition opened in May in the townhall of Bocholt (Germany).
“Neue Wege, neue Bilder”, a solo exhibition opened in May in the OK Center Dülmen (Germany).
Participates in the “Hamaland Kreis der Künste”, opened in August in Prince’s Hall of the Ahaus Castle (Germany).
Since 1992 signs stefanescu (in small letters), followed by a short-rendered date to which a figure and the letter D – 1/D, 2/D, a.s.o. – are added, expressing the number of years his wife Alexandra has “happily” survived the cancer surgical intervention.
1993 Is successfully operated at the Uniklinik of Münster (Germany) – they replace his aortic valve and make two bypasses.
Resumes drawing and graphics, the best therapy, the artist considers, is art making.
1994 Exhibition in Singapore, together with the private Skillicorn Collection’s itinerancy.
1995 Returns for a short time to Bucharest. Calls on Mircea Penciulescu and Dragos Morarescu and revisits the Museum of Art Collections, the National Museum of Art, different art exhibitions.
1996 Solo exhibition opened in August at the Noran Gallery from Lüdinghausen.
1997 Moves to 2, Sendenestr. (Lüdinghausen), into an apartment facing the Stever river, where arranges a comfortable studio.
Solo exhibition at the Noran Gallery from Münster (Germany).
Solo exhibition at the Wöhrle Gallery from Hamm (Germany), varnished on December, 7.
1998 Undergoes an eye operation; immediately after recovery, restarts to draw and paint.
“Ein Spaziergang im Garten des Hahns”, a solo exhibition varnished at Haus Hünenburg from Bremen (Germany) on June, 6.
Solo exhibition at the Käther Böke Gallery from Leer (Germany).
Solo exhibition at the Noran Gallery from Lüdinghausen .
1999 Solo exhibition in the Sparkasse Foyer from Lüdinghausen, opened in November.
2003 “Der große Vogel”, a solo exhibition opened in April at the Bremische Volksbank Achim from Bremen and in the Klostermühle Gallery from Heidelberg (Germany).
2004 On April 20, on the occasion of his 90th anniversary, KAKTus Kulturforum of Lüdinghausen opens the solo exhibition “Licht und Farbe” in the Volksbank Foyer. On the varnishing day, a group of students from the College of Music play pieces from the Romanian classical repertoire.
Painter’s official site – www.georgestefanescu.ro – is lauched.
2005-2006 Due to his old age, hands start trembling; wears a leaden bracelet, but does not give up studio work.
Walks daily along the Stever banks, to Burg Vischering or in the old city of Lüdinghausen, where meets his neighbours and fellow artists.
Cannot paint any longer; reads Romanian literature and listens to classical music.
2007 Dies on October 29 at Lüdinghausen, at the age of 93.
2010 On April 20, in the “A Century Journal” issue, the TVR International Channel broadcasts Dan Paul Ionescu’s short film about painter George Stefanescu.
2011 On June 27, on the occasion of the “Year of Architecture”, an event organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute from Prague, the article George Stefanescu – pictor si scenograf roman / George Stefanescu – Romanian Painter and Scenographer is launched.
2012 On April 20, Radu Stefanescu sets up in Bucharest the Foundation Painter George Stefanescu, whose aim is to perpetuate artist’s memory.
In Arhitectura (a review of Architects’ Union of Romania), No. 3, July, under the heading “Reflections”, Aurelia Mocanu’s article “Rosu de Bitolia – un longeviv pe scena picturii”/ “Bitola Red – A Longeval Artist on the Painting Stage”, is issued.
On November 30, five years after artist’s death, painter’s friend, Prof.Dr. Wolfgang Schneider, varnishes the exhibition “Was bleibt ist die Farbe – George Stefanescu (1914–2007)” in Lüdinghausen; the event is followed by a program of Romanian classical music.
2014 George Stefanescu Centenary