Neculai Păduraru (born 1946) is a Romanian sculptor and painter.
He studied at the Institute of Fine Art in Bucharest below Paul Vasilescu, graduating in 1975. Păduraru belonged to a generation of sculptors that reacted to Constantin Brâncuși’s statute with a figurative vision inspired by ancient Mediterranean sculpture. Paduraru drew on mythological literature and folklore for his subject-matter.
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