Corneliu Petrescu, born in Slanic in 1924 was persuaded by his parents to study medicine and became a medical researcher. However his passion for art remained intense and he studied painting privately. His first exhibitions in the mid-1950s were of paintings and woodcuts. In 1976 he left medical research and spent the rest of his life dedicated to his love of painting. His work is influenced by Byzantine art traditions and he used gold leaf extensively especially on his religious-themed works, often applying collage techniques.