Horaţiu Mălăele, actor, theater and film director, graphic artist, cartoonist and writer, is a full-fledged artist who delights theater-loving audiences, through the roles he plays and the performances he directs, as well as plastic arts-loving audiences, through his works in caricatures and graphics, writes Agerpres.
He was born on August 1, 1952, in Târgu Jiu, where he attended Theodor Vladimirescu High School and held his first solo exhibition of drawings at the city’s cultural center when he was in the 12th grade, according to www.cinemagia.ro and www.tnb.ro.
He graduated from the Institute of Theater and Cinematography “IL Caragiale” in Bucharest (1975), in the class of Professor Octavian Kotescu, although he intended to enter the Institute of Fine Arts.
He began his work at the Youth Theater in Piatra Neamte, then continued his work at the Notara Theatre, Polandra Theatre, Comedy Theatre, Odeon Theatre, Bucharest National Theater and Metropolis Theatre.
Among the roles he presented in plays are: “Youth Without Old Age” (1975); – “Servant of two sadists” by Carlo Goldoni (1976); “Timon of Athena” by William Shakespeare; – “Mulberry Family” by Istvan Orkini (1978); “Karamazov” after Dostoevsky (1981); “Scapino” by Moliere (1985); “The Liar” by Carlo Goldoni (1991, directed by Vlad Mogor, Odeon Theatre, Unite Prize 1992); “Teatru descompus” by Matti Višnik (directed by Cătălina Buzoianu, Theatrum Mundi, 1993), for which Horatiu Mălăele won the UNITER Award for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” in 1994; “Outdoor Crooks” by Eon Bichu (1994); – “Detained at Auschwitz” directed by Alain Bousquet (directed by Domnia Montino); “Where’s the gun?” By Georgi Gabor “Uncle Vanea” by AP Chekhov (2001, directed by Yuri Kordonski) et al.
He also participated in the program “Primul om” / “Le premier homme” / adapted from the novel by Albert Camus (directed by Cătălina Buzoianu), which premiered in France in 2004. In 2009, he participated in the show with the play “Tartuffe” by Molière, directed by Andre Belgreider, on TNB, and in 2010, also on TNB, in the show “Dinner with Fools”, a comedy film by French author Francis Weber directed by Ion Karametrou.
Actor Horatiu Mălăele and cellist Adrian Naidin play “Câte-n lunae si în stele” on the stage of the Municipal Theater in Turda, as part of the Theater and Theater Festival on Salt Road.
Directed Shows: “Flea” by George Video (1993); “The Cafe” (1997); “Bridge” after Paul Joachim’s “Suicide Bridge” (1999), also part of the show’s crew and also signed to the scenography; “Money from Heaven” by Ray Cooney (Comedy Theatre, 2001); “Tara Lui Apulio” by Dumitru Solomon (2002, Comedy Theatre), which won the Best Presentation Award at the Romanian Drama Festival in Timisoara, as well as the Best Presentation Award in Romanian Drama awarded in 2003 at the National Theater Awards Granting Festival organized by the Ministry of Culture and Religion; “Poiana boilor”, after AP Chekhov (Comedy Theater, 2003); “Mascăriciul” after AP Chekhov (Bulandra Theatre, 2004); “References” by N.V. Gogol (Comedy Theater, 2006); “Leonce and Lena” (comedy theater, 2009); “Lautrec not a brothel” (Teatrol Metropolis, 2011).
The play “The Lesson” directed by Eugene Ionescu was the first play directed by Horatio Moleli at the National Theater in Bucharest, in 2009. In this play, Horatio Mulali is also the performer, and at the same time he signed on the show set. He has also directed shows on TNB such as Shawn O’Casey’s “It’s Over As It Begins” (2010) and “The Craft” after El Caragial’s “Lost Letter”, a production that was part of a whole dedicated to the great playwright that TNB supported during Caragiale in 2012.
The shows that can currently be watched on TNB are “The Message,” “Dinner with Fools,” “The Lesson,” and “The Lost Message” (2022) that he directed, according to www.tnb. Omani Rial.
Horaţiu Mălăele has also acted in dozens of films, among them: “Hidden Mountain” (directed by Andrei Cătălin Băleanu, 1974); – “Gloria does not sing” (directed by Alexandro Boccini, 1976); “For the Fatherland” (directed by Sergio Nikolayescu, 1977); “September” (directed by Timothy Urso, 1977); “Chocolate with Hazelnuts” (directed by George Nagy, 1978); “Zero Hour” (directed by Nikolai Korgos, 1979); “My Love to Travel” (directed by Cornell Todia, 1980); “I have an idea” (directed by Alecu Croitoru, 1981); “The Secret of Bacchus” (directed by Gio Czescu, 1983); “Freshman Spring” (directed by Mircea Moldovan, 1985), “Secretul lui Nemesis” (directed by Geo Saizescu, 1986); “Secretul armei … secrete” (directed by Alexandro Tatos, 1988); “Divorce for the sake of love” (directed by Andre Blair, 1991); “This Damn” (directed by Mircea Daniluk, 1993) etc. According to the volume “1234 Romanian Filmmakers” (Scientific Publishing House, Bucharest, 1996).
He also played in the films: “Amen” (directed by Costa Gavras, 2001), “Noro” (directed by Radu Gabria, 2002), “Ambassadors, Kotum Patri” (directed by Mircea Danieluk, 2003), “Maria” (directed by Klein Netzer, 2003), “Damen Tango” (directed by Dino Tonas, 2004), “Magnatol” (directed by Serban Marinescu, 2004), “Bastards” (directed by Serban Marinescu, 2007), “Fiance from America” (directed by Nicolae Morginino, 2007) , “Poker” (directed by Sergio Nikolaescu, 2010), “The Last Corrupt in Romania” (directed by Sergio Nikolaescu, 2012), “Somewhere in Palilula” (directed by Silvio Bercrete, 2012).
He made his film director debut with the feature film “Moving Wedding” (2007, script signed by Adrian Lustig and Horatiu Mălăele). Another film directed by Horaţiu Mălăele is Happy Funerals (2013). “Luca”, directed by Horatiu Mălăele, is among the projects that won funding in the second cycle, in 2016, of the National Film Center.
The artist also performed dozens of roles in the theater on the small screen. In the National Television Theater, he was selected, among others, in the drama “Red Passion” by Mihail Sorbu, directed by Geo Saizescu (2002), as well as in the 12-episode series “Adio, Europa!” A novel of the same name written by Eon D. Sarbo by Theodore Moresco. (2003). Also on Romanian television, in 2004, he was the host of the entertainment program “Mălăele de 5 ***** (The Stars)”.
Horaţiu Mălăele, together with Ion Caramitru, presented, at TNB, a series of performances titled “Caramitru-Mălăele, as in the Moon and the Stars” (since 2011). Another show created by Horaţiu Mălăele that has been a huge hit with the audience over the years is called “I’m Blind”.
As a cartoonist and graphic artist, he has held dozens of national and international exhibitions and published thousands of cartoons. Show it outside the country in Munich, Paris, Venice, San Francisco, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, etc.
Opening of the exhibition of nudes, drawings, caricatures and portraits in a tonic manner by the actor Horatio Mulally.
In 2002, his work was exhibited at the first Romanian salon of satirical drawings, at the Apollo Gallery. In 2015, 40 works of graphic and caricature, under the genre “Graficaturi”, were shown at the Studio Hall of TNB, on the occasion of the 25th National Theater Festival. Also, in 2016, the exhibition “Horatiu Mălăele Retrospective” was opened at the Goldart Auction House in Bucharest, which included more than 50 works of painting, watercolor, calligraphy, painting and playful sketches. In 2010, the “Horatiu” exhibition workshop was opened in the Old Center of Bucharest.
Horatio Mullilli is also the author of the volumes A Tale with Horatio and Riccieri (Editora Ole, 2012). In 2002, the book “Horatius about Mălăele” (Editura Arena) was released, including texts, photographs and graphic reproductions that reflect the artist’s life and his theatrical or visual activity. Also, in 2014, an anthology of comic poems “Salonul ludicilor” was released, a volume with texts of more than 20 authors and illustrations by Horaţiu Mălăele, and in 2011 a CD dedicated to Horaţiu appeared in the collection “Great Romanian Actors” Ankles.
Throughout his rich artistic career, he has received many awards, including: Performance Award (Iași – 1975) for “Youth Without Aging”, Best Performance Award (Galaţi – 1976) for “Servant to Two Masters”, and Performance Award (“Festival IL Caragiale, Bucharest – 1993), Romanian Comedy Society Award for Performance (1993) for “Puricele”, Directing Award at the Romanian Comedy Festival (1994) and Special Jury Prize at the Contemporary Theater Festival (Braşov, 1996), Best Presentation Award at National Comedy Festival for “Money from the Sky” (Galaţi, 2001), UCIN Award for Leading Male Performance was awarded to Horatiu Mălăele for his role in “Damen Tango” (2004).
In 2005, “Poiana Boilor” won the Best Show award at the National Festival of Theater Studios in Pitesti, 9th Edition, and in 2007 “Revizorul” won the JoakimInterFest International Theater Festival in Kragujevac, Serbia, Best Show and Best Director Award. – Horatiu Mălăele and Best Actor Award – George Mihăi. In 2009, at the UCIN Awards, “Nunta mută” was awarded the Opera Prima Award, awarded to director Horatiu Mălăele, the Image Award (awarded to Vivi Drăgan Vasile) and the Soundtrack Award (awarded to engineer Tiberiu Borcoman and composer Alexandru Andrés). The same film also won the Gopo Award in 2009 for Best Makeup and Best Hairstyle (Ioana Ioniţă and Dana Roşeanu). At the Romanian Comedy Festival “Festco 2010”, the eighth edition, Huatio Mulwele received the “Best Actor in a Leading Role” award for the role of “Professor” in the program “The Lesson” directed by Eugene Ionescu, and the show itself, the “Best Director” award.
The beloved actor, in 2012, was awarded the Excellence Award for his entire career at the “Comedy Cluj” International Film Festival and since the same year he was awarded a star in “Aleea Celebritiliturin” at Biawa Tempoloi in Bucharest.
The artist also received, in 2007, the title of “Honorary Citizen” of the municipality of Târgu-giu, awarded “for his special contribution to the continuous development of Romanian theater and film and for the prestige that the municipality of Târgu-giu has enjoyed throughout his career”, and in 2017 the University of “Constantin” awarded him Brâncuşi “from Targu-jiu the title of Doctor Emeritus Koza.