In 1967, after completing studies in art in his native Romania, Octavian Olariu began traveling and exhibiting his sculptures throughout Europe. He moved to Montreal in 1980 and was awarded the Montreal Simpson Prize at the 1984 Tout l’art du monde competition, organized by the Ministère des Affaires Culturelles du Québec. In addition to producing immense wooden sculptures, Olariu has worked in metal to create abstract geometric pieces. His public sculptures include Éclosion (1990), located in the Ville-Marie borough at the corner of Notre-Dame and Hinton, and Écluses (1990) in Lachine’s René-Lévesque Park. Also in 1990, he took part in the Laval International Sculpture Symposium.
« Des symposiums, un aperçu » by Serge Fisette, ESPACE, vol. 5 #3, p. 12.