Maia Stefana Oprea


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First time in Africa – TUNISIA

The International Festival of Arts in Monastir, Tunisia, now in its 12th edition, took place from the 1st to the 12th of September 2014,

with the proposed theme:  “In Search of Light”. Continue reading

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TODAY

                            ” Today” 

has its roots in the disgust caused by excessive intimacy with the self,  a self that doesn’t stand itself.

The desire to get to the surface of its depth results in some

“realities of live being, that are rebuild every moment, that connect one day to the other, throwing bridges over gaps, over amorphous states and irretrievable absences”

(Lucian Raicu, “Reflections of the Creative Spirit”).

The slightly shocking character (even for me) of these paintings does not seek to support the proclamations of Andre Breton, that

“beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all”,

 instead itseeks to portray those remains of personal seizures, which – not without surprise – we discover that we share with everyone else.

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Lines – CHROMATIC POLLUTION

Also part of the “LINES” series of works (https://maiastefanaoprea.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/lines/),

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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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 !