Maia S Oprea

Maia S Oprea

Bucharest, Eastern Europe, Romania

About Maia S Oprea

Painting is located in the center of my artistic interests, and through it I investigate concepts of time, memory, absence, waste, decay, violence, identity, subjectivity and vulnerability
The purpose behind my latest artwork (painting-graphics, collage, assemblage) is to explore the expressive properties of paint and other materials through physical and poetic processes, following the development of a personal dialogue in between thoughts and colors, emotions and memories, lines and gestures, hesitations and decisions. Desiring to pull the viewer from representation, I like to draw attention to the painting
process and to many painterly 'imperfections', which can be clearly visible in the works.
My paintings are often built up in layers, during long periods of time, through a process of recording and analysing natural forms, shapes and objects which I make myself, or my own manipulated photographs. These visual sources often resonate with my old drawings and sketches, which are in turn incorporated in the future paintings. The brushwork experiments in the studio and the repetitive structural forms found in my environment become a language of my work.
If I were to synthesize in a sole phrase what characterises my interventions, steps, installations and artworks of the media I have experimented so far (photography, video, performance, installation, sculpture), I would say that they are all somewhat self-referential. Self-referential in the sense that my work doesn't demonstrate nor does it present the functioning of structures belonging to the territory of the real. But rather it embraces these structures, interrogates them, in the pursue of a visual expression where reality and imaginary, conscience and unconscious, life and death stop being felt as incompatible.


2014: Haute École d'Art de Strasbourg, France - (semester Erasmus scholarship, Prof.Coordinators section La Fabrique: Patrick Lang, Gérard Starck )
2013-2015: Master of Fine Arts - strategies of creation in painting, National Arts University, Bucharest Romania
2012 B.F.A, Bucharest National Arts University , Bucharest Romania - Painting section
(Conf. Univ. Dr. Atodiresei Cezar, Asistent Univ. Rădvan Alexandru)
2010-2011 Ecole Superieure d'art et design de Grenoble-Valence, Grenoble, France (2 semesters Erasmus Scholarship, Prof. Coordinator in module Cosmetique et Politique: Abdelkader Damani, Slimane Rais)
2007- 2008 Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, USA (painting)
2002-2006 Nicolae Tonitza Fine Arts High School, Bucharest, Romania



2018 Mention at the Biennial of Bibliophile Book and Object-Book, National Museum of Romanian Literature, Bucharest
2017 Matei Brâncoveanu Award for Fine Arts 2017, offered by the Alexandrion Foundation
2016 AnnArt Prize 2016, offered by AnnArt Foundation for excelency in a visual arts domain
2013 Special Prize in“Global Art Award” Contest Prishtina, Kosovo
2007 American Association of University Women, Best Artist Statement, Women Equity, Georgia, US
2006 International Festival Caragiale, Excellency prize, Ploieşti
2006 XXIV-th International Painting Competition in Macedonia, Single Creations, Macedonia
2002 Spring of New Allies, NATO campaign in Romania

SELECTED RESIDENCIES / Art Camps / Art Colonies

2015 Maternity (ART) Leave, 2 Mai, Romania
2015 Harilaq Kosova Art Festival 4, Kosovo
2015 Kalanirvana Art Residence, Bhubaneswar, India
2014 Monastir International Festival of Plastic Arts – FIAPM –Monastir, Tunisia
2013 International Zlatograd Art Colony, Bulgaria
2013 International Apolo Art Colony, Albania
2013 International Art Colony of Kicevo, Macedonia
2011 International Art Camp Inter-Art Aiud, XVIth edition, Aiud, Alba county, Romania
2010 The Old School Art Residence, Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria
2010 R.I.V.E.R workshop and exhibition, Lodz, Poland; project cofinanced by the European Union
Programme “Culture 2007”, co-organisers: Academy of Humanities and Economics in Lodz (Poland) –
Centre for Professional Training in Culture (Romania)
2010 International Art Camp Dan Platon , Vth edition, Breaza
2010 Elie Wiesel painting camp, „Elie Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania , 2nd edition, Borsec, Harghita
2005 - artist in residence at the Hope University of Art and Performance, Liverpool


Lavacow Auction The Edelweiss Magic of the Musicals Dinner Benefit Auction, November 2017



2019 - My Collection of Forms, AnnArt Gallery at Vienna Contemporary, Wien, Austria
2014 Cap Marina Gallery, Monastir, Tunisia
2013 Ruse Art Gallery, Waste-first stage, Ruse, Bulgaria
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


2018 Cultural Center Brâncovenești Palaces, Mogoșoaia, Galeria Foișor – NEST(s), curator Raluca Băloiu
2018 Annart Gallery – LOCUS NEMINIS II
2017 Seabam Gallery, Kube Musette – LOCUS NEMINIS
2016 Annart Gallery – STACKING
2014 Galeria Signum, AFTER ZĂERCS
2014 Orizont Gallery
2013 Metropolis Center, TRANS / FIGURATION
2013 U-ART Gallery, CADMIUM
2012 Melenia Art Gallery, DUST
2011 Orizont Gallery
2010 National Bucharest Opera House, Design Youself project
2010 Melenia Art Gallery
2009 Hard Rock Cafe Restaurant
2009 Leads center, Running in Circles
2008 Orizont Gallery
2007 Baku Art Gallery
2006 Romanian National Theatre Hall, Book Festival 4th edition
2006 Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE)
2005 Romanian National Theatre Hall, Book Festival 3rd edition
2004 Metropolitan Center for Youth
1998 Ţăndărică Theatre


2015 International Painting Biennial of Chișinău, Republic of Moldova 2014 Lalit Kala Academy, „3rd Kalanirvana Internation Art Residence”, Bhubaneswar, India 2014 National Superior Architecture School of Strasbourg, “We are lying on the beach and dreaming from far about
Aubette”, Strasbourg, France
2013 Galeria e Artit Fier, Apolo Art Colony, Albania
2013 House of Art, International Art Colony of Kicevo, Skopje, Macedonia
2013 „Milorad Corovic“ association of visual artist of east Herzegovina, Trebinje, Bosnia Herzegovina
2013 Ex Convento dei Francescani Neri, Human Rights, Spechia – Lecce, Italia
2013 Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Open Doors , Évora, Portugal
2012 Ciminiere di Catania,Stop allo 048 degli oggetti 2ed, Catania, Sicilia, Italy
2012 Galeria A Pedja Acimovic, Second International Watercolor Biennale, Belgrade, Serbia
2012 Underwater Art Elsahara, Dahab, Egipt
2011 La Boîte Noire de Saint- Priest, Biennale of Contemporary Art in Lyon, Lyon, France
2011 Young Art Show, V-edition, Trebatice, Slovakia
2011 Hungarian Cultural Institute of Sofia, The Old School , Sofia, Bulgaria


2019 Books & Arts – The Art of Reading, Cantacuzino Castle, Bușteni
2019 Arthub, Perspectives and anatomy of a female art I: 1977-1987, Bucharest
2019 Contempora 19, D20, Bucharest
2018 „Ion Andreescu” International XIth Biennial , Buzău
2018 Romanian National Literature Museum, MĂCINAT - ArtHub
2018 ArtHub, Re-Start, Bucharest
2018 Romanian National Literature Museum, Bibliophile and Object-Book Biennale, Bucharest
2017 Minovici Palace, Romania, Greece, Cyprus, Bucharest
2017 ArtHub, Parcela, Bucharest
2017 Contempora 14, D20, Bucharest
2016 Al.Marghiloman Cultural Center, Acromatic – Marghiloman’Art, Buzău
2016 Metropolis Art Center, artist invited in the Primum Mobile exhibition– Samir Mihail Văncică
2016 GoldArt Auction House, ContempLart 03
2015 National Painting Salon 2015 - Orizont Galleries, Bucharest
2015 Cantacuzino Castle, Colours of Life, Bușteni
2015 AnnArt Gallery, The Irreversible Passage of Time - Metha-Lan IIIrd edition, Bucharest