Ediorials - Interview with Milena Grigore
Tell us a few words about the beginning of your artistic career.
I graduated from the National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania, in 2012, under the guidance of Professor C. Atodiresei and of Assistant Professor A. Rădvan. In November 2012 I had my first solo show, "The Mother without hands", as part of the "Oxigen" event, organized by A. Rădvan and D. Șandor.
Why painting and not something else?
I chose painting, but I made also sculptures, even large format ones. I didn`t plan to limit myself to painting, I am open to exploring any form of making art.
What style do you think suits you best? Is there an artist or an artistic movement that have influenced you in your art?
I have several reference points, such as Romanesque Art, German Expressionism, Italian Transavanguardia, but the most important one, which I keep coming back to, is Pablo Picasso.
What is your favorite theme? What inspires you the most?
I keep returning since few years to the theme of alienation, of despair, of pain of living and loneliness. I didn`t aim to explore a specific theme, I just followed my thoughts and I am often inspired by poetry, especially by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Lee Masters, and Eugenio Montale.
Are you using several painting techniques or are you faithful just to one? Did you happen to come back to a painting or go all the way with a theme set from the beginning?
I am in a continuous search for new materials, techniques, and ways of expression. I modify repeatedly the image I am working with. Usually every artwork I do goes through many transformations before I think it`s ready. Very seldom I am happy with the first version.
What do you think about the young Romanian contemporary art and artists? Do you think you can live from art today?
I know many young Romanian artists who struggle to create and exhibit art regularly, and I have a lot of respect for them. I believe it`s possible to make a living from making art and a very important factor in this regard is to be promoted by an Art Gallery.
What do you think about the fact that some painters prefer to cover "in fashion" trends and don`t go on their own way?
Opportunistic artworks are false and that makes them, in some way, incomprehensible. I believe therefore that an opportunistic artist does a disservice to himself.
Tell us a little about your most important exhibition. What are your future plans?
I had several solo shows so far and each of them was important in its own way, each gave me more confidence. My plan for the future is to continue making art, no matter what.
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