Maia Stefana Oprea


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LOCUS NEMINIS II @ AnnArt Gallery

LOCUS NEMINIS II was exhibited at AnnArt Gallery from June to September 2018

[EN] Locus neminis II  was exhibitted at AnnArt Gallery in Bucharest during June-September 2018 and it showed the series of paintings and installation that Maia Ștefana Oprea worked on since 2017. Thought and realised with the participation of Raluca Băloiu, the exhibition is the second solo show at AnnArt gallery, after Stacking exhibition which took place in 2016.

Raluca Băloiu, critic and art historian : “ Maia Ştefana Oprea discovers the forest as a place of inner expression, emotions, maternity. Her nests enjoy an exceptional dynamic, they are journals of a state, daily rituals of maternity, they host ideas, life philosophies or quotes from favourite books. Maia Ş. Oprea’s emphasizes her own emotional and intellectual path of the maternity, illustrated by projections of nests or multiplied cocoons.

WASTE LIGHT, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 100 cm, 2018

(…) Far from society and its limitations, the young artist sees the return to self only within nature, as Henry David Thoreau imagines in Walden. Maia Ş. Oprea’s painting is gestural, the support of her drawings and installations are made up of materials that come from a personal history. The daily concern for maternity is reflected in the concept of the exhibition, representation and techniques used. The fragmentary and repetitive approach of surfaces appears as an expression of compulsive accumulations of daily conditions specific to personal maternity. Inserts of texts from various readings, impressions, or diaries complement Maia’s artworks and invites everyone on a journey of a LOCUS NEMINIS [no-one’s place]”


[RO]  Locus neminis II  a fost expusă în perioada iunie- septembrie 2018 la Galeria AnnArt din București. Gândită și realizată cu participarea curatorială a Ralucăi Băloiu, expoziţia este a doua personală a artistei la AnnArt, după Stivuire care a avut loc în 2016.

Raluca Băloiu, critic și istoric de artă: “Maia Ș. Oprea descoperă pădurea ca loc al expresiei interioare, al emoțiilor, al maternității. Cuiburile sale se bucură de o excepțională dinamică, ele sunt jurnale de stare, ritualuri zilnice ale maternității, ele găzduiesc idei, filosofii de viață sau citări din preferatele cărților. Maia Ș. Oprea accentuează propriul parcurs emoțional și intelectual al maternității ilustrate prin proiecții de cuiburi sau coconi multiplicați.

(…) Maia Ștefana Oprea regăsește maternitatea integrată în natură, sub formă de cuiburi pentru păsări sau un coconilor de insecte. Departe de societate și de limitările ei, tânăra artistă privește revenirea spre sine doar în cadrul naturii, așa cum îl imagină Henry David Thoreau în “Walden”. Pictura Maiei Ș. Oprea este gestualistă, suporturile desenelor de vânzare și instalații sunt alcătuite din materiale care provin dintr-o istorie personală. Preocuparea zilnică pentru maternitate se reflectă în conceptul de expoziție, în reprezentare și în tehnica utilizată. Abordarea fragmentară și repetitivă a suprafețelor apare ca o expresie a unor acumulări compulsive de stări cotidiene specifice maternității personale. Inserțiile de texte care provin din diferite lecturi, impresii sau foi de jurnal completează lucrările Maiei Ș. Oprea și invită fiecare pe un parcurs al unui LOCUS NEMINIS “(Raluca Băloiu, critic și istoric al artei)

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STACKING/ STIVUIRE @ Annart Gallery 2016

[EN] Following the receipt of the AnnArt Prize that the AnnArt Foundation offers to young artists, starting from 2011, in September 2016 took place the exhibition STACKING, curated by Raluca Băloiu, which comprised a series of works, from painting to the installation-object – created over the years 2015, 2016. The viewer meets with a complex network of pieces of an unusual archive, composed of objects built on media such as canvas, cardboard and tablets; By the composition of the latter (recycled paper, vegetable dust and ashes) the artist Maia Ştefana Oprea defines the approach of recovering a flow of personal life, with openness to the collective horizon, interconnected and impermanent.

————————————————————————————————————————————————————-[RO] Ca urmare a primirii Premiului AnnArt pe care Fundaţia AnnArt îl oferă tinerilor artişti, cu începere din 2011, în luna septembrie 2016 a avut loc expoziția Stivuire, curatoriată de Raluca Băloiu, care a cuprins o serie de lucrări, de la pictură la instalaţie-obiect – create pe parcursul anilor 2015, 2016. Privitorul se întâlneşte cu o reţea complexă de piese ale unei arhive insolite, compuse din obiecte construite pe suporturi precum pânză, carton şi tăbliţe; prin compoziţia acestora din urmă (hârtie reciclată, praf vegetal şi cenuşă) artista Maia Ștefana Oprea îşi defineşte abordarea recuperării unui flux al vieţii personale, cu deschidere către orizontul colectiv, interconectat şi impermanent. 

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signing – at the opening of Stacking exhibition, September 2016 at Annart Gallery

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signature on the wall of Annart Gallery

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opening of Stacking exhibition at Annart Gallery, artist Maia Ștefana Oprea (left), Gabriela Massaci (center), curator Raluca Băloiu (right)

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COLOURS OF LIFE @ CANTACUZINO CASTLE

The opening of Colours of Life exhibition at Cantacuzino Castel, Bușteni — with Andreea Floreanu, Radu Rodideal, Alexandru Cazanaru, Oana Ionel, Bianca Ioniță, Thomas Emmerling and Alexandra Tataru at Castelul Cantacuzino.

The opening of Colours of Life exhibition at Cantacuzino Castel, Bușteni — with (from left to right) Andreea Floreanu, Radu Rodideal,  Alexandru Cazanaru, Maia Ștefana Oprea, Bianca Ioniță, Thomas Emmerling and Alexandra Tataru at Castelul Cantacuzino.

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A great lover of art, Thomas Emmerling, the man who brought Salvador Dali at the famous Romanian Cantacuzino Castle in Bușteni (in the southern Carpathian Mountains), held at the same sumptuous palace in Prahova Valley an interesting art exhibition of Young Romanian Art. Seven top artists of the new generation (Alexandra Baciu Alexandru Căzănaru, Andreea Floreanu, Bianca Ioniță, Maia Ștefana Oprea, Radu Rodideal and Alexandra Camelia Tătaru) present their works in the exhibition “Colours of Life”, from Saturday, 24 October until December 6, 2015. Continue reading


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THE IN-TRIGÂ BOX

THE IN-TRIGÂ BOX installation :  print on A4 (both sides), wood

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The In-Trigâ box was shown in relation with an exhibition of my litograph engravings and thus had the purpose of revealing my creative and making processes. These digital prints were inserted in a wooden table-box and could be taken and viewed by the visitors. 

UN-FINISHED exhibition @Colony Art Gallery, 2014

more about IN-TRIGÂ: http://www.maiaoprea.ro/en/triga/statement Continue reading


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‘COME AND LOOK. I(t) kicked the bucket. I(t)’M lying there, totally snuffed!’ – part 2

Within the installation ‘COME AND LOOK. I(t) kicked the bucket. I(t)’M lying there, totally snuffed!’, the public was invited to take one zăerc (What is a zăerc?) from the installation, in order to later photograph it its the new space (public space, inside the apartment, uncertain space, selfie with the zăerc, etc.).

Below are the photos received from the public and exposed as part of the installation and within the exhibition “What About Gregor Samsa” @ Galeria Anca Poterașu, Bucharest. MANY THANKS to all the participants !


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‘COME AND LOOK. I(t) kicked the bucket. I(t)’M lying there, totally snuffed!’ – part 1

ENGLISH (for Romanian please scroll down). The following installation is part of my In-trigâ project. I invite you to read more About Trigâ: http://www.maiaoprea.ro/ro/in-triga/despre

‘Come and look. I(t) kicked the bucket. I(t)’M lying there, totally snuffed!’

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is an installation realised after the call for projects entitled ” What about Gregor Samsa ?” , launched by Anca Gallery Poteraşu in 2015 under the curatorship of Ioana Mandeal. Continue reading


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FINISSAGE ‘AFTER ZĂERCS’ exhibition, 2014

FOR  FRENCH  AND  ROMANIAN  TRANSLATIONS  PLEASE  SCROLL  DOWN :

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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