Maia Stefana Oprea


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“My Collection of Forms” – AnnArt Gallery @ viennacontemporary 26-29 September 2019

AnnArt Gallery is pleased to participate at the viennacontemporary 2019th edition with artist Maia Ștefana Oprea. You can visit us at booth G18.

Maia Ștefana Oprea’s creative process deals with abstraction, dissimulated narratives, the dissolution of time, consumerism and the aesthetics of co-presence.

10 artworks, bio & shows can be currently seen on Artsy at https://www.artsy.net/artist/maia-stefana-oprea

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Anunțăm prima participare a Galeriei AnnArt în cadrul ediției 2019 a târgului de artă viennacontemporary, care va avea loc între 26 și 29 septembrie la Marx Halle, din Viena. Galeria AnnArt va fi reprezentată de lucrările Maia Ștefana Oprea la standul expozițional G18.

Maia Ștefana Oprea abordează abstracția, narațiunea disimulată, disoluția timpului, consumerism, estetica co-prezenței, prin explorări a căror convergență se desenează progresiv ca un organism în continuă evoluție.

‘ My Collection of Forms’ could be a giant walk-in still life that invokes a pause, dwelling in a state of purposeful indeterminacy. A web of relationships that invite us to guess contrived narratives and other fait accompli, leaving us to mind-wander between the painted images and the imaginary spaces invoked within them. 

For the last seven years Maia Oprea set about to keep track, store and transform all of the industrially produced bits of matter that are entering her household with constant imminent speed. Bringing together both artificial and earth-conscious materials, this artistic process inherently touches on ecological self-sufficiency in the contemporary art scene and is a reflection on loss, absence, emptiness and the consciousness of an ephemeral and fragile relation to the natural world. 

These everyday recordings and encounters are a collection of memories from particular times and spaces, and ‘there always comes a moment when one feels the need to show his work to the world, less to gather his judgment than to reassure oneself about the existence of this work, and even about his own existence’*.

*excrept from La carte et le territoire novel by Michel Houellebecq, which was the source of inspiration for the painting ‘Travailler en Solitaire’, 390 x 510 cm, 2018

AnnArt Gallery, 2019

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DUSTOGRAPHY IV

I worked on this painting in my 38th and 39th weeks of pregnancy, waiting for Meira, my first daughter, to be born. Today I finished this painting dedicated to her, but she still doesn’t seem decided to jump into the world.

DUSTOGRAPHY IV, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2015 Continue reading


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“BOILING” painting series

<<With a stunning character of the touch, the “Boiling” series throws the eye into full autopsy. In the depth, the colour freezes; on the surface, it burns. The dominant sensation: that you are retracing the abstract movement of a blade, that you are looking straight in the innards of colours – hot, swollen, nocturnal. No, we are not talking about an expressionist projection, but of a carnivorous fascination towards the form.>> (L.G.S)

The “Boiling” series is composed of four individual canvases, standing for themselves, which are based on the same inner form. Most important for me has been to reach the climax of the fight given to create, at the same time: a possible modular structure that could be perpetuated indefinitely and a sequence in which these so-called modules remain completely embedded in the whole that contains them, without their independence being affected.

'Boiling' series, mixed technique on canvas, 4 x (60 x 80 cm), 2011; photo credits: Ema Cojocaru

The ‘Boiling’ paintings are created in a personal technique, which combines oil colours with other materials, such as rope, wire, light wood, clothes and other diverse textiles. The following photographs should give an idea of the 3-dimensionality of the paintings’ surface.

photo credits: Ema Cojocaru

'Boiling' series in perspective, showing the textile relief; photo credits: Ema Cojocaru

The current set is the result of a fiery war –which I attended as an active spectator – and the countless transformations occurring during work. What I had initially proposed myself was almost meant not to reach a purpose, and not infrequently I was afraid that if I add anything else, the canvas will be destroyed.