Maia Stefana Oprea

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Lines – FUGUE

FUGUE, acrylic on paper, 100 x 70 cm, 2008, framed

When I presented this artwork at the National Opera of Bucharest, a visitor asked me with plenty of satisfaction, as he presumed to have guessed the hidden intentions behind the painting “Fugue”: << This is the map of Romania, is it not ? It’s the West-East axis ! >>. I have not disappointed him, on the contrary. I want to share with you what I did not foresee, but this may be not so far from the truth of the lines, which for me were just a “fugue”. Coincidentally, the work is painted in Budapest and without the slightest “patriotic nostalgia.”


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Line Prisoner

“Line Prisoner” is an acrylic artwork made on canvas, 45 x 30 cm, 2008

A network of light. You can try to remake the reverse route, detaching each line separately. You’ll never succeed, because you’re already in their midst. 

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Also part of the “LINES” series of works (,

the artwork “Chromatic Pollution” is a mix of lines, their combination being the result both of spontaneity and that of long searches. Apparently, the work is plane, but it is actually a kind of relief, a fret obtained by patching two foam boards. I perceive ChromaticPollution” to be like a “measurer” of electrical energy that flows in real time, revolving around the Pentagon shape that it mimics.

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Its dimension is 100 x 70 cm, created in 2009, framed, available for sale

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Dominated by a fever of lines, the series of abstract paintings LINES” could be characterized by the very definition given by Michel Seuphor to abstractionism: “A painting should be called abstract when we cannot recognize any of the objective reality which consists our lives normal environment; in other words, a painting is abstract as soon as we are obliged, by the absence of any sensible reality, to consider it as painting in itself, to judge it by virtue of values extrinsic to any representations or any reminders of the representation.”(own translation)

against words who do not help me is greater,as I have no possibility to punish them for their disobedience. Therefore, sometimes, I talk in “lines”

The artwork “Sleeping Circles”is one of my first abstract attempts, the forerunner stage of many future searches into abstractionism. It was born after the return from a residence at Hope University in Liverpool and after visiting London, two cities whose color fervor was a shock to me at that time.

The materials used are acrylic, string and tracing paper, on paper, 70 x 100 cm , 2005.

Sleeping Circles