BIOGRAPHY of the Artist

Maggie Romanovici (Magdalena Mateescu) was born in Romania, during the Communist dictatorship. In a closed society, there was an attraction to the arts and culture in general, as the only escape in life. Maggie showed a natural inclination towards drawing and colored pencils early on. In elementary school, teachers noticed that Maggie was very talented at drawing. Her father, also having had a penchant for painting, exerted an important influence on the artistic development of his daughter.

 

So Maggie began to attend art school. Here, for six years, she formally learned drawing, watercolor, oil painting, and whatever else the school curriculum contained. Then she continued to hone her skills in private lessons with consecrated local painters. Her first participation in an exhibition was at age 12, with an oil painting. Others followed.

Because the Communist regime in her native Romania did not favor an artistic career, Maggie chose to teach languages. The contact with art never left her, but it was just later in her life and in Canada that Maggie returned to painting full time.
The first years are dedicated to figurative painting, but little by little Maggie discovers the freedom of expression offered by abstract painting. She continued to take art classes on new techniques and materials to enrich and polish her way of expressing herself. Her curiosity and desire to progress remain constant.

 

Maggie is a member of the Kirkland Artists Association, the West Island Artists Circle, and the Galerie Lenoir. She lives in Montreal.


To date, Maggie has participated in several exhibitions: 16 group exhibitions with associations and various organizations, 3 exhibitions at the Galerie Ambigu, 9 exhibitions at the Galerie Lenoir, including 3 in the gallery and 6 virtual ones.

                                               ARTIST STATEMENT

Maggie Romanovici draws inspiration from her many life experiences lived in different countries, trips to several others, moments in everyday life, culture, and nature.

Maggie is comfortable with oil, acrylic, ink, and alcohol, paint that imitates stained glass. She also favors the mixed media by the introduction of collages, the mixing of mediums, etc.

Maggie produces abstract works in which the ideas, the emotions are seized by the colors and by the movements. She did not leave the figurative to move to the abstract but rather integrated them both by exploring the possible duality between the abstract and the figurative, between thick and thin brush strokes.

Her paintings are distinguished by bright, vibrant colors, surprising textures, fluid, and dynamic movements, which give a real feast to the eyes and nourish the spirit. The brushstrokes or spatula always give direction and fluidity to the creation, easy to follow by the eye. The textures are produced by the use of different materials, such as the modeling paste, fabrics, gold-silver leaves, etc. or simply by the superposition of the color strokes. Maggie also favors tapestry painting (her own term), rich in color and texture, and obtained by the superposition of different colors.

Her works present relief, depth, a weaving of colors that give them a unique signature.

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