Ediorials - Interview with Gabriela Anitei
Interview DanaArtGallery with artist Gabriela Anitei
A short biography and a few words about the beginnings of your artistic career, what teacher guided / supported you?
Being the daughter of a painter, I grew up in the
environment of creation workshops, in an atmosphere that has fascinated me
since I was young and from which I don’t think I could ever separate from. I
followed the courses of “Nicolae Tonitza” Plastic Arts High school, having as
of Romanian art: Dan
Teodor,Gheorghe Anghel, Stefan Sevastre, Mihai Horea, the latter being the
teacher of the Monumental Art section that I chose as a specialty. In the Institute of Fine Arts "Nicolae Grigorescu" I attended the Section of Painting, the class of Professor Vasile Grigore, between 1981-1985. I
was guided with skill and talent by all those teachers who have formed and strengthened my passion for both art and the
desire to become an artist in my
during all my studies and especially afterwards, the one who constantly and
truly supported me was my father, the painter Emil Anitei. He advised me,
encouraged me, helped me in organizing exhibitions, put at my disposal his
knowledge and experience, as well as his creative space – the workshop in which
I still work.
say it gratefully, it is to him I owe who I have become, as much as I have
painting and nothing else?
Parallel with concerns related to plastic art, from
a young age I was passionate about music and ballet. The passion for music
materialized in piano lessons I followed for about two years. When I had to
decide what high school to go to – music or plastic arts – my teacher advised
me to choose art school, my insufficient involvement I the strict study
program, repetitive and long, not recommending me for a musical career. This
was also clear to me, so I chose to be a consumer (addicted) and not a creator
of music. I’m not sorry; music is still my passion, a constant company in my
workshop, an invaluable emotional and conceptual support.
What style do you think fits you best? Is there an artist or an artistic style
that influenced your art?
Considering that when I start a work I’m not especially preoccupied with the style,
only in the measure in which it can illustrate / sustain the best my idea, no
matter the subject or style chosen, my works are mostly perceived as being
expressionist. I don’t realize how much an artistic style or an artist
influenced my creations; it is certain though that my attachment constantly
remains linked to the artistic styles that deciphered and exploited the impressive and expressive valences of colors: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism,
Fauvism, Expressionism. Besides these, Surealism is also a trend that particularly fascinates me by its ideational cargo - literary, philosophical, oneiric.
What is your favorite theme? What inspires you the most?
I don’t have a favorite theme. What I read, what
I listen, what I see inspires me the most. I filter my memories, my
impressions, sensations, thoughts and I try to give them life.
Do you use more painting technique or are you faithful just to
one? Do you happen to come back to a painting or go all the way with the theme
you chose form the beginning?
I mostly use oil
painting, noticing that the materiality and preciousness that this technique offers, are the most
appropriate to my plastic approach and most suitable to my structure.
When I feel the need to go back to a painting, I erase it and start again,
because a coming back means a new idea or a new perspective on the same idea.
That is why I try to work in an alert tempo on a painting, to bring that
initial, unaltered idea to its end.
What do you think of Romanian contemporary art and young artists? Do you
think you can live from art nowadays?
Unfortunately, I don’t know that well the young
artists to formulate an opinion about them; from art, I don’t think you can
live nowadays, but fortunately, we can live through art and for art.
What do you think
about the fact that some painters would rather choose “in fashion” styles and
don’t follow their own road?
I truly think it’s one’s own choice regarding the road he chooses and how
he decides to “reveal” to himself and his peers. In the case of painters that
adopt styles and even subjects in fashion, they, of course, have a precise
interest and purpose, that for them is their “own way”. Perhaps the circumstantial affiliation to a current in fashion has the advantage of ensuring a better promotion,
for him to be more visible, otherwise hard to come by.
I appreciate those honest, authentic artists, through their own searches and
solutions, the ones that choose the most difficult road, their own road, to
Tell us about your most important exhibition.
What future plans do you have?
I have few personal exhibitions in my portfolio, being a part of that category of
artists that don’t live from their art, so I work for a stable income.
All the personal exhibitions have been important and special to me, as each
of them had a distinct theme, revealing of my thoughts and concerns of those
That is why I can consider them and I do so now,
as pages of a journal from the intense times of my existence.
The present exhibiting financial conditions, even
in “our” spaces managed by The Union of Romanian Plastic Artists, exclude from
my plans the opening of a personal exhibition in the near future. Still, I continue
to work on a theme I took on two years ago, materialized at that time through a
personal exhibition at Arcus Cultural Center, as it is a never-ending subject
and it preoccupies me the same as before.
The future plan is to transpose in image – on canvas,
on paper – as most of my thoughts and ideas that “haunt” me as I can, to do it
as well as I can, and if an opportunity to show them publicly will come, to do
it. And if this opportunity will not come, I will exhibit my works on my blog,
in my virtual gallery, GabriAni Gallery.
Interview made with www.danaartgallery.ro in collaborations
with Laura Avramescu Cherciu.
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