My artist name is CiLA and I was born in Moldova. I lived in Romania for nine years during my studies and I’ve been living in France since 2005.
My studies were completely unrelated to art. However, in the back of my mind, the idea to start painting was always present. While attending university and after starting my career I dreamed of painting, but I always found a million reasons not to start.
In February 2016 I discovered mindfulness meditation and it was a revelation for me. Finally, I could reconnect with myself and liberate my mind to focus on what was important to me. As a result, the time for DOING decreased in favor of time for BEING and enjoying the simple pleasures. I finally found the puzzle piece missing from my life - the expression of my creativity. Very quickly a strong need to create consumed me. I started with photography, but something was still missing. I knew that my real aspiration remained painting but again I didn’t pursue my dream despite several attempts. The lack of a studio was the main reason this time. In May 2016 I discovered digital painting which eliminated this constraint and I haven’t stopped since.
The question about which artistic style to choose never existed for me. Abstract painting offers me all that I had been missing for years: connection with myself, being in the present moment, acceptance of myself as I am. While I’m creating my digital paintings, I do not follow rules, I do not impose limits and I have no destination. The artwork I create is not predefined. It’s a self-creating process that follows my emotions, intuition and spontaneity. Since I discovered digital painting in May 2016, it has remained the only technique I use. I was seduced by the infinity of options, especially the possibility to do and undo until I’m happy with the result. This state of freedom allows me to fully express myself and is my main source of inspiration. I just let it GO… I just let it BE… This is my artistic philosophy.
Self-taught (see section "About Me").
On Instagram page cila.art you can follow my artistic evolution from the very first artwork to date.
For the same reasons mentioned in the below section "Exhibitions" I do not have the opportunity to be fully committed to the development of my artistic career. My achievements come down to the different proposals spontaneously received on social networks:
November 2019 - present:
Member of the artistic community Art for Humans, a Canadian platform that connects artists, art lovers and charities:
May 2019 - present:
Exhibitor at the events organized by Digit'all ART, a Parisian event agency specialized in digital art: https://www.facebook.com/digitallart.paris/
Interview in the art magazine "Art & Design Le Magazine", issue May-June-July 2018:
Interview in the art magazine NNC, London: https://issuu.com/nonamecollectivelondonmagazine/docs/magazine_april_2018
January 2018 - present:
Represented by the London gallery "No Name Collective Gallery": https://www.nonamecollectivegallery.co.uk/artists
My full-time work does not allow me to further develop my artistic visibility. However, there were some opportunities to exhibit my creations as part of the artistic events organized by the Boulogne-Billancourt City Hall, such as "Talents Boulonnais" and "Open House Days of the Boulonnais Artists' Workshops". Subsequently I received the proposal to make my first personal exhibition "In the Heart of Existence" which took place in June-July 2018.