Maia Stefana Oprea


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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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IN-TRIGÂ : AT HOME EVERYWHERE

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Through the In-Trigâ: AT HOME EVERYWHERE video-performance (see The Small In-Trigâ Dictionary) I try to redefine my territory and my identity, assuming a status on the border between public and private, in the context of ongoing social political influences over my personal life. The promenade in which car I carry my zăercs is a propagation of the self in constant movement: between aesthetic and social, between the organic and the artificial, between life and death, between nature and culture, between art and everyday life. The First In-trigâ presents through the form of a funeral march the simplest, most common and recurrent activity in my life: the daily walk with my dog, in the fields near the village where I have my studio. Continue reading


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A couple

"A couple", 110 x 80 cm, oil on cardboard on stretcher, 2013

“A couple”, 110 x 80 cm, oil on cardboard on stretcher, 2013

“The model that poses for you is made ​​of flesh and blood, but what must be caught on canvas is its emanation. (…)

You distort what you see, in your own manner, and we can say that the particular mode of distorting things signifies a certain attitude towards life. ” (Francis Bacon)

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Happy Parents

A couple of months ago I was commissioned by someone I have never met or seen in photographs, to realize a painting on the theme of “happy parents”. Continue reading


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LIFE STILLS #1

       It’s been a very intense week here in the village of Inoteşti, somewhere 100 km above Bucharest. Mothers ran from home leaving their children behind, youngsters drank ţuică to kill their toothache, dogs were frozen dead on the main roads, while I was discovering the realm of the unique and amazingly difficult technique of Watercolour, which I have very rarely approached in the past.

Gift #2, watercolor on Hahnemuhle Aquarellkarton, 17x24cm, 2013

Gift #2, watercolor on Hahnemuhle Aquarellkarton, 17x24cm, 2013

For the last couple of months I’ve been gathering stuff.
All kinds of stuff. Found, discarded, used, household electronics,  whatever life cannot digest and whatever bits of cardboard my stove doesn’t need to light the fire.
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Boyhood : Scenes From Provincial Life – J M Coetzee

Since it’s Sunday again, it’s time for the second readrawing!

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    Early Monday morning this week    Coetzee’s novel “Boyhood” winked at me from the top shelf.

“Boyhood: Scenes From Provincial Life”   chronicles Coetzee’s childhood in a small city 90 miles from Cape Town, in Worcester, on 12, Poplar Avenue…

   coincidences are everywhere !

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Hello Everyone

Hello everyone,

I am a young Romanian artist, currently living and working in Bucharest, Romania. After pursuing my fine arts studies in the quiet Savannah (Georgia), on the east coast of the United States of America, followed by a great encounter with the french Alps in Grenoble, I am now finishing my painting bachelor at the Bucharest National Arts University.

Over the years I have undertaken projects in many different medias and techniques (such as video art, photography, graphic arts, sound art, art in public spaces), but I am nevertheless committed to what one would consider being the “traditional” arts, mainly those of painting, drawing, engraving and sculpture. For the moment I am going back and forth between contemporary approaches and traditional subjects . My paintings are usually the result of a fiery war, which I attend as an active spectator, and of the countless transformations occurring during work. What I often propose myself is almost meant not to reach a purpose, and not infrequently I am afraid that if I add anything else, the canvas will be destroyed. This makes me think of something I have read in the notes written by an artist I very much appreciate, the italian sculptor Alberto Giacometti : „ This is not to realise the vision I have of things, but to understand why we fail. (…) I’m indifferent to the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful thing. A successful painting, a failed painting, a successful drawing, a failed drawing , this doesn’t mean anything. The failure is of interest to me just as much as the success.” I wanted to share this with you because it somehow states what I consider will remain forever my conviction, mainly that the importance lies in the working process, and not in the finality of the art object.That my art will change according to my life, and the different styles as well, trying to remain as sincere as possible towards my art.

Having that in mind, I let the paintings speak for themselves.

As a mention, all my artworks are for sale.