Maia Stefana Oprea


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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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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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Here’s the second video from the “Waste-first stage” exhibition.


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WASTE – first stage @ Ruse Art Gallery

Here are the photos from the exhibition “WASTE – first stage” at the Ruse Art Gallery in Ruse, Bulgaria !
The artworks will soon be exhibited also in Bucharest, Romania. Continue reading


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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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TRACES

I never made it to the top of the mountain.  Vercors mountains, Grenoble,  December 2011

Traces  lithograph and photo project :

Traces, lithograph on paper, 26 x 22 cm, 2011

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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.


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“BOILING” painting series

<<With a stunning character of the touch, the “Boiling” series throws the eye into full autopsy. In the depth, the colour freezes; on the surface, it burns. The dominant sensation: that you are retracing the abstract movement of a blade, that you are looking straight in the innards of colours – hot, swollen, nocturnal. No, we are not talking about an expressionist projection, but of a carnivorous fascination towards the form.>> (L.G.S)

The “Boiling” series is composed of four individual canvases, standing for themselves, which are based on the same inner form. Most important for me has been to reach the climax of the fight given to create, at the same time: a possible modular structure that could be perpetuated indefinitely and a sequence in which these so-called modules remain completely embedded in the whole that contains them, without their independence being affected.

'Boiling' series, mixed technique on canvas, 4 x (60 x 80 cm), 2011; photo credits: Ema Cojocaru

The ‘Boiling’ paintings are created in a personal technique, which combines oil colours with other materials, such as rope, wire, light wood, clothes and other diverse textiles. The following photographs should give an idea of the 3-dimensionality of the paintings’ surface.

photo credits: Ema Cojocaru

'Boiling' series in perspective, showing the textile relief; photo credits: Ema Cojocaru

The current set is the result of a fiery war –which I attended as an active spectator – and the countless transformations occurring during work. What I had initially proposed myself was almost meant not to reach a purpose, and not infrequently I was afraid that if I add anything else, the canvas will be destroyed.