Maia Stefana Oprea

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

A Rainy Afternoon

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When I lived in Alexandru Lahovari plaza (one of the old historical centers of Bucharest), I saw this landscape, this bestial skirmish of shadows and lights, an afternoon rain pattering across the rooftops.

It was somehow raining with sun that day, it was that kind of rain that awakens a huge metal excitation in the surrounding colours …

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A Dog’s Topography

I was away for a while, as I moved out of the city to a lovely house in the countryside, where there’s a whole team working to build me a great large workshop 🙂 So I’m back !

I wanted to share my thoughts on an artwork I made during February, “A Dog’s Topography”:
There is no void. There is no fullness. But there is a new substance which composes itself and decomposes, being reducible to the inner image, whose form is strictly its realisation. Every time another one. Without surrender, without omissions, without economy of forms. And last but not least, no guide posts.

In relation to this, and the artwork ” Red July”, curator Kristen T Woodward, Professor of Art at Albright College in Reading, wrote on the artists2artists social network, where I’ve been recently featured. I wanted to share her words with you as in the end of her text she writes in a very concise way what I am looking for in my recent painting — also related to those “guide posts” I mentioned above.

“This is a very engaging piece- teetering between structured landscape and expressive abstraction. The painting seems to partially implode into itself, as the linear vertical striations cross the figure-ground illusion. The color provokes a strong sensory, emotional response. The red in “Red July” Is a saturated red-pink, crossed with a pure green, evoking the ripest watermelon of summer. While there is a pale blue in the sky, it too is tinged with the spreading pinkish hue. The blue outlined shapes rectangles suggest screens leaning across the house structure- and they do in fact succeed in letting “air” into the piece.

The varying degree of abstraction is interesting throughout your works, as you vacillate between comprehensive figuration and works without, as you say, “guideposts”. Perhaps this is why I enjoy this piece so much- it seems to pull into two different and opposing directions. “

    Thank you for reading and don’t forget comments are always welcomed !


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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.