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

FIGURATIVE PRIVATE COLLECTIONS 2002 – 2015

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These figurative artworks are in private collections across the world.

–  artist MAIA ȘTEFANA OPREA

This gallery contains 55 photos


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Sibilants

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 !

During the last couple of years I struggled with an issue which may be concerning many young artists:

 WHAT SHALL I DO WITH ALL MY PAST SKETCHES,

DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS ?  

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Many years ago the answer lied in the garbage,
but I realised one can never be certain whether
a tiny sketch is good at all, or extremely bad ?

       I invite you to see two of the series of works made from such diverse sketches : 

COLLAGES OF OLD SKETCHES

  MIGRATIONS

     It took years until I could ‘sift’ my past drawings, while keeping them all in storage for future reference. Having the tendency to refer only to the quality of  a drawing, to its perceptual intensity, I had forgotten the importance of the memories which gave birth to all these sorts of life sketches. Although I’m generally more than happy to throw any object whatsoever, it became impossible to throw bits of myself filtered through drawing. Continue reading


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Berlin Poplars

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying your holidays at your best !

This is my first post of a new series of book illustrations I decided to make every Sunday from now on.

The series will be entitled “Have you read this drawing ?”.

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Only books I read presently will be taken into consideration. Only books I’ve enjoyed and which influenced me enough to realise a drawing of them. These drawings are not at all meant to be professional illustrations, but more or less an aftermath of my weekly readings. Continue reading


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DUST exhibition opening

I am happy to announce that my project ” DUST “ will be exhibited at Melenia Art Gallery (www.meleniagallery.com) in Bucharest starting the 20th of September and until the 17th of November.

       I have been working on the “Dust” series of works for over one year now. You can see it on my new website (it’s still under construction!) :

             www.maiaoprea.com 

The opening of the DUST solo exhibition is on Thursday 20 of September 2012, at 19.30.

The “Dust” project’s compositions are comprised of hieratic figures who are trapped in a kind of spherical torn. The works are sensorially situated in between humane and the brute with its formal anthropomorphic and zoomorphic approach,. The investigative basis of “Dust“ consists of “catching” the state of inner chaos, which seems to accompany the creative self when it “erupts”. However, the manner of expression is antithetical to this „eruption“, manifesting itself as a sort of tactile void.

       Joining the “Dust” project, the series of artworks united under the title of „Transmographies” and “Mummifications” combine in a profoundly personal manner diverse areas of artistic expression, such as airbrushing, collage, sculpture and engraving.

     The characters which populate the space of these works are emphasized precisely by their lack of individuality: elongated figures with bodies and limbs fanning around, as if drifting into the surroundings. They are ordinary bodies centred around the supressed memories or half-forgotten intimacies that are personal and at the same time as individual to each of us. It is a silent violence, emanating from figures that cannot walk, see or speak.

working on the Dust paintings in the Bucharest National Arts University

       I will post photos and videos with the exhibition after the opening!

 


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INSOMNIA

        The “Insomnia” triptych is also part of the ” Sleeps” series of paintings.

They are part of those paintings that I start very intuitively, and they end up face to the corner of the studio for years…I think I’ve started it in my first year at the Bucharest Arts University, and I’ve only now reconsidered it, three years after the first painting session.  Funnily enough, I’ve had to change my location 3 times during these years, and the three paintings have followed me, up on the stairs, down on top of the car, and so on … it is very tough to resist the temptation of ‘finishing’ a painting for such a long time. And yet, as I waited and waited, I realised it was almost finished, it had finished itself during these relocations and daily corner life.


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SLEEPS


 The series “Sleeps” is a pictorial investigation centered on sleep, as the title indicates. But not the
sleep as the mind bridge to the world of dreams, but rather as a form of alienation of the being from the flow of the world.
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