Patrick Mateescu is a Romanian-born American ceramist. He received an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania and settled in the USA in 1979. Since 1998 Mateescu has distanced himself from decorative aspects in his previous work, such as color and symmetry, in favor of dramatic expression in his current abstract sculptures. His work ranges from from small to large scale cast porcelain pieces to figurative stoneware monuments, including his Hai Ku sculpture (pictured below), Clouds(pictured below), Cocoons, Heavenly Hands, Gargoyles and many more.
Mateescu has won several prizes and awards, including a Gold Medal at the International Ceramic Exhibition, Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1962, a Gold Medal at ‘Form und Qualität’, Munich, Germany in 1966, a Gold Medal at the 36th International Ceramic Show, Faenza, Italy, in 1978 and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in 1999.