MAIA ŞTEFANA OPREA born 1987, Bucharest, Romania www.maiaoprea.ro/en firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION 2012 B.F.A, Bucharest National Arts University , Bucharest Romania 2010-2011 Ecole Superieure d'art et design de Grenoble-Valence, Grenoble, France 2007- 2008 Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, USA 2002-2006 Nicolae Tonitza Fine Arts High School, Bucharest, Romania SOLO FOREIGN EXHIBITIONS 2005 Romanian Cultural Institute of London, "Through the Looking Glass”, London, UK 2005 Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool, UK 2005 Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton, UK 2005 Instituto Romeno di Cultura e Ricerca Umanistica, Venice, IT
“Sometimes, it is enough to sit, in order to advance. The famous respite of sustenance. The watershed, the moment of alveoli refill, with fresh air, necessary to the breath of the future. In this way, you won them all, forever. And if you're lucky and the world is busy with other things, no-one stops you until you reach your goal." writes the Romanian writer Florin Toma in relation to my recent art.
It's been a year since I have been living in tranquillity, in a very small Romanian village, after having received my Bachelor's degree in Painting from the National Arts University of Bucharest, and after having studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design (Georgia, US) and at the Ecole d'Art de Grenoble (Rhône-Alpes, France).
Henceforth, I am completely devoted to painting, drawing, collage and assemblages. My paintings are generally the result either of an ardent interior conflict, or of a slow and methodical construction, which orders the countless transformations appearing during work. Attempting to combine both of these in a personal manner, behind this creative process I am interrogating the expressive properties of paint, marks, and materialities through physical and mostly poetical methods.
The purely chromatic or gestural “dramas” and “conflicts” attract me greatly.
In my studio there are diverse materials: crayons, charcoal, ink, dry pastels, oil pastels, watercolors, gouaches, temperas, acrylics, oils, wax, moddeling paste, textiles, wood, metal, all the objects recycled around the house. None of these is my favourite, but I am drawn to observing their interplay.
My paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions in Romania, Italy and the Uk, as well as in numerous national and international group shows. My artworks are part of private and public collections throughout Europe and the US ( Romania, USA, France, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Holland, Great Britain, Brazil, etc.), and many of the available ones can be found on www.maia-fine-art.com
. I invite you to also visit my recent projects on www.maiaoprea.ro/en.
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