Christopher Georgesco – First-Generation Romanian-American Sculptor – (b. 1950, Nebraska)
Christopher’s parents fled Communist Romania in the nick of time, in 1948, literally with the last boat, just as the Iron Curtain was coming down and before Romania turned into a huge prison-state and the country’s elite was going to perish in Soviet-style gulags, or die in the harshest prisons, their bodies thrown into unmarked graves.
Christopher’s father Haralamb Georgesco (1908-1977) was part of this very professional elite targeted by the new regime which was installed by the Soviet occupation armies: he was a famous architect and associate of Horia Creanaga and had a thriving and successful architect’s practice in Bucharest. Amogst Haralamb Georgesco’s clients figured the young King Michael of Romania, the industrialist Malaxa to name just two patrons. Georgesco left behind in Romania a heritage of modernist architecture which stands out, some 80 years on as one of the world’s most inspired buildings of that period. Yet political circumstance forced Haralamb Georgesco and his beautiful wife to flee Romania at the peak of his success and arrive in New York as a penniless immigrant. Starting from scratch in middle age was far from easy in his adoptive country, but he struggled on valiantly first by taking a University teaching job and gradually receiving private commissions both in the USA and abroad. Two years after their arrival their only son Christopher was born.
Like his father, Christopher is a talented and inspired artist: he attended the Santa Monica City College in 1968 and by the age of 20 he part took in his first group show. At the age of 28 Christopher had his first one-man show. Subsequently and with great determination he put his mark on the Californian and the International artistic map, with an impressive array of monumental sculptures:
Grand Hyatt Hotel., Tokyo. Japan, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, La Jolla Musem of Contemporary Art, CA, Laguna Beach Museum of Contemporary Art, CA, Santa Barabra Museum of Art, CA, University of California Los Angeles, CA, University of California Santa Barbara, CA, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA, Plaza Pasadena, City of Pasadena, CA, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, King World Productions, Merv Griffin, Los Angeles, CA, Knapp Communicatons, Los Angeles,CA, McCrory Corporate, New York, NY, Raychem Copporation, Los Angeles, CA, Sea Horse Corporate, Manzanillo, Mexico, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, “Oasis of the Sea”, Installation Finland, Princes Cruise Lines, Installation Italy, Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington, DC, City of Palm Springs, CA