Maia Stefana Oprea


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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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TRANSMOGRAFII LINIARE / LINEAR TRANSMOGRAPHIES

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TRANSMOGRAFIILE LINIARE

De multă vreme am ajuns să consider mare parte din schițele realizate în trecut (în perioada 2002 – 2012) ca fiind o materie și materiale ce trebuie digerate și reintegrate într-un circuit prezent de creație. Selecția acestora și timpul petrecut studiindu-le, analizândule, sau doar pur și simplu observându-le, depozitându-le și restaurându-le a înlocuit de fapt orice act prezent de creație cu o ștergere minuțioasă a amintirilor. Amintirea, ca apofantică, are întotdeauna o acțiune recursivă, raza ei se întinde asupra vieții mele actuale, ea este o intruziune în viața mea. Reutilizarea acestor schițe ar fi o curățire lăuntrică ce mi-ar da posibilitatea să renasc în și prin propria creație, dar nu ar fi propriu-zis o ștergere, cât un amplu proces de reparație și de petrecere a timpului.

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HARILAQ ‘4 ART FESTIVAL – KOSOVO 2015

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Every year, at the beginning of June, the Harilaq Art Festival (organised by the Municipality of Fushe Kosova and Muhamet Metis ) takes place near Prishtina, Kosovo. The Harilaq fortress is situated on top of the hill known by the local toponomy as the Gradina – Harilaq. It is built on the remain of an earlier prehistoric settlement, attested by the archaeological findings. Continue reading


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BIP 2015 – International Painting Biennial of Chișinău

BIP catalog 2015

“NO 2013”, [http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-NU-2013/43191/1684688/view]

a recent self-portrait that I have realised,

was selected for the International Painting Biennial of Chișinău 2015,

an event organized under the patronage of the

Ministry of Culture of Republic of Moldova in the 

“Constantin Brâncuși” Exhibition Center in Chișinău.

“NU/ NO 2013 ” – acrylic/ canvas, 120 x 120 cm

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FINISSAGE ‘AFTER ZĂERCS’ exhibition, 2014

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Finisaj 31 oct. After Zaercs07

ENGLISH: The following text is an excerpt from Pavel Șușară’s speech as a special invitee to the ending of my solo exhibition “After Zăercs” at Signum Gallery,  Bucharest, 31 october 2014

PAVEL ȘUȘARĂ (born in 1953, Banat) is a renowned author, art critic and historian, Romanian poet and writer, researcher of art history at the Institute of Art History of the Romanian Academy. Continue reading


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AFTER ZĂERCS exhibition 2014 / DUPĂ ZERCȘI expoziție 2014 @ SIGNUM GALLERY

AFTER ZAERCS exhibition 2014 @Signum Gallery, Bucharest

AFTER ZAERCS exhibition 2014 @Signum Gallery, Bucharest

Organiser: SIGNUM Gallery, under the patronage of the Bucharest Academy of Economical Studies

 AFTER ZĂERCS http://www.maiaoprea.ro/en/triga/after-zaerc/zaercs-of-objectual-support

 Master DEVIS GREBU honoured us by accepting the invitation to speak at the opening of the exhibition Continue reading


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SUBJECTIVE HISTORIES exhibition

I have the pleasure to invite you to the group exhibition Subjective Histories.

AFIS _ Subjective Histories

The exhibiting artists are : Albu Jan, Matei Enric and Maia Ştefana Oprea. Continue reading


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Without Witness

Within the structure of an artwork, the truth and the false, the righteous and the injustice, the pain and the pleasure, the calm and the violence, they all become aesthetic categories. In their new artistic context even cruelty, inequality, Continue reading


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Ludus- THE AESTHETICS OF RISK

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This artwork is also part of the LUDUS series of works (https://maiastefanaoprea.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/ludus/)

The title belongs to a book frighteningly bushy. The book can be seen, white and avid to puzzle its reader, on the top shelf. Otherwise, the entire expressionist deflagration is inspired by the famous cynical and hallucinating dystopia of Pascal Bruckner, the “Divine Child” and Simone de Beauvoir’s novel, “All Men are Mortal”.

The Aesthetics of Risk, acrylics on canvas, 140 x 90 cm, 2009, available for sale

In other words, the painting “Asthetics of Risk” is an artistic setting of acute impressions of reading. If you wish, it’s a compendium of image reviews, in which imposes  the echo still going through changes after reading, and not the critical verdict.


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LUDUS

detail of Ludus II

“Charlie Chaplin once told Jean Cocteau that after the film will be finished <<the tree must be shaken>> in order to keep only what remains on the branches”. (Rudolf Arnheim, “Art and visual perception”, own translation)
The “LUDUS” project was developed during 2009 in an effort to ignore, in relation to the aesthetics, this principle of parsimony. It is also evidence of a certain age in my painting, an age at which I will probably never return. Age at which we want to eat all the apples and never shake one tree.

Ludus I, mixed technique on canvas, 60 x 90 cm, 2009, available for sale;
“Ludus I” has a more delicate story: I consider this work to lack “attendees”, because of its lack of chromatic “diplomacy”. What can I say? Nonsense. Aside from this, through “Ludus” I can speak, perhaps more autistic than in other works, of an age when you ‘fabricate’ childhood without ever realizing that you haven’t yet exhausted your own childhood…

Apparently a number of leading threads, of hidden stories, and yet no, the story never begins. In „Ludus” the only importance lies in the joy of storytelling.

detail of Ludus II

What unites these elements are precisely their differences in spatial planes, in artistic structure and in their intent of autonomy, thus generating a variety of irrational conflicts.

detail of Ludus I

As a mention, all these paintings have been realised after live models (including myself), and not after photographs. The models ranged from people I barely knew to friends I’ve known for a long time. During the painting sessions I have always asked them to talk a lot, thus their words highly influenced my figurative initial compositions. I thus consider these models to be secondary authors of these works.

LUDUS II
mixed technique on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, 2009

In the following posts I will upload more paintings from the “LUDUS” series. Stay tuned and let me know what you think !

Also, as some of you might have seen, yesterday I tried to upload a sort of interview form, in order to start promoting artists that I like. It didn’t work, but I’ll fix it asap.