Romanian-born Octavian Olariu has lived and worked in Montréal since 1980. He studied at the Ion Andreescu fine arts institute in Cluj, Romania. In 1978, he was a guest of honour at the Venice Biennale, where he presented 10 wood sculptures. He is also known for having produced, in 1989, the largest monoxylous (made of a single piece of wood) sculpture in the world, in Osopo, Italy. Olariu has participated in numerous symposiums all over the world, and his works are in numerous public and private collections.