"On a foggy day" received "Best in show" Award in April 2020, at Gallery Ring.
"My Fantasy Forest" SELECTED MADS Gallery Milan, "Dress me" Sept.2020 and Markham "Open windows" Juried show Sept. 2020
by ALESSIA PERRONE
"The artist Manuela Moldovan explores new artistic techniques by inspiring herself from nature.
She unites materials as the oil painting, the cold wax, the alcoholic ink and the acrylic, or even elements as the sand and the cotton, by using the originality of the photos’ collage technique or of the fabrics based on supports, which are every time always different.
The surrounding environment’s beauty attracts the artist to such an extent that she creates new compositions based on a flower and naturalist theme, through those the life and the energy emerge inside the artwork itself.
As in My Fantasy Forest, the artist intertwines her vivid passion with the color emphasis and the picture verticaly. This artwork opens up the door to a new ideal world, where the forest could represent a place for leisure and adventure or being the center of the supernatural.
Through these so bright tones, made possible by using the green as the main color on the canvas, the artist invites the observer to leave aside all the concerns, in the search for a flourishing and prosperous life where the imagination becomes the so-called “turning point”, that essential element which triggers the dreams, capable of making them endless. The background remains neutral, by linking this nuance to the central forest, emphasizing it even more. For this reason, by simulating long, substantial and swirling brushstrokes overlapped one another, the artist gives an extreme strength and dynamism to the whole picture. Their movement originates from the bottom up, as if they are eager to reach and connect with the divine and the supernatural".
My Toronto HONOURABLE MENTION #2
Juror's comments: This collage provides a whimsical impression of the urban landscape. Its verticality is unusual but is perfectly suited to the subject. The structure of the composition, with its shifts from architectural to natural imagery, is lively – like a climbing structure for the eye.
"A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy." Edgar Degas
Over the years, I became fascinated by oil paint and explored it on my own, working with colors and capturing my surroundings' charm and splendor.
I find myself deeply connected; the nature is very dynamic and profound, with incredible energy and vibration.
As a self-taught artist, I love to learn new techniques, experiment with, and discover what is appealing to me.
I fell in love with mixed media due to the effects on depth, texture, volume, dimensions.
Organic materials are my favorites and incorporate them into my paintings.
Lately, I started experimenting collage using alcohol ink, Japanese paper, prints of my pictures or artworks, adoring to build images and textured layers.
I love capturing the mystery of any corner of our planet or imagine a beautiful and vibrant world.
My favorite theme has always been flowers and trees, still lives and landscapes. However, over the years, I progressed from the traditional use of paint to abstract, semi-abstract impressionism approach with a primary focus on joyful colors and philosophic concepts as "vertically", "unity", "essence of life".
After applying of a few layers of acrylic paint on my canvases, I start working with cold wax/oil paint/textile, unleashing my creativity, imagination and reflection.
I have a passion for joy and color, truly blessed to share my work with you.
I prefer working on larger canvases, I want the viewer to experience the intensity and the depth of a forest, landscape or a floral composition.
My vision is to bring the warmth, joy, and richness that nature instills into people's souls.
Some of my paintings are privately owned in Canada ( Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, New Foundland ) and Romania ( Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj ).
I am happy that some of my jewellery I have created so far are selling in boutique stores in Kleinburg, downtown Toronto, as well on Etsy, having clients from Canada, US, Poland, England, Australia, Romania.