Born in 1967 in Cambridge, Calinescu studied at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (Art Foundation). After completing her Art Foundation, Calinescu moved to London to study at the City and Guilds of London Art School (1986-1989) before the Royal Academy Schools (1989-1992).


Calinescu has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, the David Murray Travel Scholarship (selected by the late Sandra Blow two years in a row), the Landseer Scholarship, and the Richard Ford Award for Travel.

Her work has featured in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally and is held in many important corporate collections including Mittal Steel, the Bank of England, Reuters and British Land, and private collections in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Switzerland and America.