During his time in Venice, Avasilinei flourished without the confinement of Eastern European boundaries. He fell in love with the city, recalling that ‘the lights here are magical; they can turn public spaces into the most intimate stage plays.’ He put forward a selection of his work for the Venice Biennale of Art in the summer of 2011, but it was rejected because of its explicit subject matter.

Following the disappointment and rejection to exhibit, but with typical dedication and belief in his own work, Avasilinei decided to hijack it with his own street-based happening, entitled Pudency, during the opening of the Biennale. Pudency captivated his audience and the organisers of the Biennale, who voted his happening one of the top ten best performances of the year. Pudency earned him an invitation from the Romanian Cultural Institute to have his solo show, Diana’s Venetian Diary, accepted as part of the Biennale.

The chubby models in Diana’s Venetian Diary became an Avasilinei trademark. His women enjoying the pleasures of the flesh are more than meets the eye – he sees them as metaphors of the contemporary human experience, social animals caught in a consumerism epoque.

The titles of the Diana’s Venetian Diary series are
     I was a virgin
     When she was gone
     Mushrooms and magic
     Diana’s dream 1
     What am I?
     I love to suck
     Diana’s dream 2
     The kiss