Luminiţa Ţăranu was born in Lugoi, Romania, in 1960, and graduated in 1985 from the Grigorescu Academy of Fine Arts, in Bucharest, where she studied with Octav Grigorescu. In 1993 she received an equivalent degree from the Bologna Academy of Fine Arts. Since 1987 she has lived and worked in Italy.
The connecting thread of Ţăranu's artistic development is metamorphosis, which also becomes a working method and a research method for conceptual and structural transformation in both graphic and pictorial form and in the construction of mega-objectual and digital installations. She has shown her work in numerous solo and collective shows in public and private venues in Italy and elsewhere.
Numerous awards received over the years: in 1987 she was awarded a national scholarship for drawing and engraving by the Romanian Visual Artists Union; in 1996 her work SUPERSLIDE no. 29 won a silver medal at the 23rd Sulmona Prize international contemporary-art competition, Diocesan Civic Museum; in 2012 she received the art critics' special mention for her pictorial installation Metaphor: Central Group Y + Central Detail + Lower Detail at the Lìmen international art competition held at the Enrico Gagliardi Museum in Vibo Valentia; in 2013 her project COWMAN of the World was selected for display at the opening of the new MUSE science museum, in Trento.
Works of hers are present at the MAGI '900 Museum in Pieve di Cento (Bologna), the Scuderie Aldobrandini City Museum in Frascati (Roma), the Museum of History and Contemporary Art in Blaj (Romania), the National Library of the San Nilo Abbey in Grottaferrata (Roma), the Museum of the House of Dante Foundation at Torre de' Passeri (Abruzzo) and in private collections.
Her artworks have been reviewed by modern and contemporary art critics, curators and historians: Mario de Candia, Giorgio Di Genova, Alberto Dambruoso, Barbara Martusciello, Arnaldo Romani Brizzi, Ivana D'Agostino, Stefania Severi, Cinzia Folcarelli, Federica Di Castro and Adrian Guța.