Horațiu Mălăele was born on August 1, 1952, in Târgu Jiu. He studied at the Tudor Vladimirescu High School in the town and had his first personal exhibition of drawings at the city’s cultural center in the twelfth grade. He intended to attend the Institute of Fine Arts in Capital, instead he graduated in 1975 from the Institute of Theater and Cinematographic Art, in the class of Professor Octavian Cotescu. He was assigned to the Tineretului Theater in Piatra Neamț and played in shows such as ”Youth without old age” by Eduard Covalli, with the role of Dorde for which he received the performance award, in ”Servant to two masters” by Carlo Goldoni, ”The Mountain” by D. R. Popescu, ”Eulenspiegel” by Charles de Coster. He performed and staged plays at the most important theaters in the country, such as the Bulandra Theatre, the Nottara Theatre, the Bucharest National Theater or the Comedy Theatre. Among the most important roles are those in the shows ”The One who commits Suicide”, ”The Flea”, ”Where’s the revolver? ”, ”The Liar”, ”The Lesson”, ”Uncle Vanea”, ”The Trickster”, ”The Auditor”, ”Dinner with Fools” or ”The Woman Who Lost Her Garters”. He debuted in cinematography in 1974, with the film ”Hidden Mountain”. He directed the films ”Silent Wedding” (2008), ”Happy Funerals” (2013) and ”Luca” (2019). He received countless awards, including two UNITER awards for “The Liar” and “Where’s the revolver? ”.
Actor, theater and film director, visual artist and writer, Horațiu Mălăele is a member of the Visual Artists Union, Graphic Section. He had over 40 personal exhibitions in Bucharest, Paris, Munich, Montevideo, Toronto, New York, etc. Over 100 group exhibitions, over 3,500 published caricatures and drawings – several dozen book covers, theater posters, etc. He is the patron of the Horațiu Gallery in Bucharest, Str. Smárdan no. 37. The main subject of Horațiu Mălăele’s works are his friends, actors, plastic artists and more. Among the books that bear his signature, we mention ”Horace about Mălăele”, 2008, ”Wanderings”, 2012, ”HoARTiu Mălăele”, 2018, ”Tehomir”, 2020, ”A rather strange story”, 2022 and ”Poems and words in the wind”, 2022.