ANCA STEFANESCU BIO

Artist Statement

I was always searching for something... was it identity?... And it is not only my quest. The need for belonging? We belong to a country, a culture, a family, a child… a man or a woman? We belong to a God…? To somewhat or someone. Races, religions, countries and their boundaries. I don’t believe in boundaries, they are only in our minds. I believe in people. In what connects us and puts us apart from each other. In what we learn from each encounter, from each illusive separation… But always in searching for meeting the higher self, to be yourself... and yet to discover and recognize you are one with all the others.

I’ve drawn and painted my whole life, it’s what kept me into alignment, dreaming or feeling… more into the now.

I was born in Bucharest and I grew up in Vădastra (Olt county) in the air of middle Neolithic, in between pieces of ceramics that were thousands of years old. I treasured each piece of painted pottery as if it was the keeper of my ancient memory and also a reminder that the time is just a concept.

I felt connected my entire life to the nature but also to the invisible world of our souls, that world where is no separation between life and us.

I believe love never ends because I believe in oneness. I feel a part of me breathing in every plant, animal or sound. I sense the subtle energy of the water as if it is mine. I paint what I meet, what I feel, see, embrace and what I love.

When I am drawing everything runs like a confirmation of Awareness. I fell myself stepping into alignment.

I want to give to someone else the power to enhance the higher vibration, the pulsation of our true nature… the vision to abandon all past and future and reveal the nature of consciousness. I want to inspire people to see the beauty in every detail, to discover the secret message in every tiny flower, tree, animal or bird. Every detail of the nature matters like every step we made.

I dream to bring colour into people lives. Every colour has its magnificent energy that helps us to stay connected to our Divine Source. It helps us to love and appreciate ourselves and all that surrounds us... and to remain connected to everything in our world through love...

So I said to myself: I shall paint all that helps us to let go and love the moment, all that gives the strength to open ourselves to the presence of love and joy within us.

We are all flamingos or hummingbirds, we are all elephants and rhinos we are all flowers and trees... we are water and wind...

Selected Exhibition and Biennials

2018     -     NAG Art Gallery, Contemporary Exhibition, San Lorenzo Church, Florence, Italy

2018     -     Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

2018     -     World Art Dubai, Contemporary Art Fair, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2018     -     ArtExpo New York, Fine Art Trade Shows, New York City, NY, USA

2018     -     Jorge Jurado Gallery, Art Show, Bogota, Columbia

2018     -     ART Innsbruck, International Art Fair, Innsbruck, Austria

2018     -     All Women Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, Jupiter, FL, USA

2018     -     Nature Online Exhibition, AntoNova Gallery, Jacksonville, FL, USA

2017     -     THE ROOM Gallery, Contemporary Art Space, Venice, Italy

2017     -     Open / No theme, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, Annapolis, MD, USA

2017     -     Patterns Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, Jupiter, FL, USA

2017     -     Blue Art Show, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, Everett, PA , USA

2017     -     Spectrum/Red Dot Miami, Contemporary Art Show, Miami, FL, USA

2017     -     RomArt Biennial, The International Biennial of Art and Culture in Rome, Italy

2017     -     Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy

2017     -     Alchemic Body | Fire. Air. Water. Earth, Jorge Jurado Gallery, Art Festival, Bogota, Columbia

2017     -     Annual International Representational Show, Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), Granville Island Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2017     -     Nature Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, Jupiter, FL, USA

2017     -     ALL Colors, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, Annapolis, MD, USA

2017     -     Geometry Online Exhibition, AntoNova Gallery, Jacksonville, FL, USA

2017     -     3rd Annual Figures & Faces Exhibition, Fusion Art Gallery, Palm Springs, CA, USA

2017     -     Anima Mundi Visions, Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi Gallery, It’Liquid International Art Festival, Venice, Italy

2017     -     Animal Show, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, Everett, PA, USA

2017     -     Art San Diego, Contemporary Art Show, San Diego, CA, USA

2017     -     Animals & Wildlife Online Exhibition, International Gallery Of The Arts, Toronto, ON, Canada

2017     -     Botanicals Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, Jupiter, FL, USA

2017     -     Femininity Art Online Exhibition, International Gallery Of The Arts, Toronto, ON, Canada

2016     -     Bitter or Sweeter, Art on T-shirt @ Molecule-F Concept Store, Bucharest, Romania

2015     -     LOVE ART, WEAR ART, Art on Bags @ Molecule-F Concept StoreBucharest, Romania

2014     -     Art & Fashion, Entrance Concept Store, Bucharest, Romania

2014     -     Romanian Design Week, "Timeless Collection" Anca Stefanescu X Alina Gavrila, Bucharest, Romania

2013     -     Book Cover Tee, Chapter 3, Bucharest, Romania

2012     -     Physical Education, 109 Fashion Film "The Place", Bucharest, Romania

2010     -     Opening of the new Gandy Gallery to Bratislava, Slovakia

2005     -     Fix Alert (Art Film) - Art Director, Bucharest, Romania

2004     -     20 Minutes of Glory, Video Installation, MNAC, Bucharest, Romania

2000     -     Other P’Art, Mission Art Gallery, French Institute, Polish Institute, M.A.M.Ü. Galley, Budapest, Hungary

2000     -     Studio 498, Eforie Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2000     -     Other P’Art International, Art Camp, Tihany, Hungary

1999     -     Urban Feelings – Urban Facts, Graz-Maribor, Austria-Slovenia

1999     -     Selected at the Contemporary Art Biennial Manifesta 3 Ljubljana, Slovenia (could not participate due to political embargo)

1998     -     IntermediArt – Contemporary Art Biennial, Oradea, Romania

1998     -     Multimedia Art Festival, Poznan, Poland

1998     -     Student Fest, Timisoara, Romania

Awards

Honourable Mention” Artist of the Year 2017 Award , Circle Foundation for the Arts Magazine - Lyon, France January 2018

Special Merit” All Women Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - Jupiter, FL, USA, January 2018

2nd Place Award” Nature Online Exhibition, AntoNova Gallery - Jacksonville, FL, USA, January 2018

Competition Winner” Open / No theme, Contemporary Art Gallery Online - Annapolis, MD, USA, December 2017

Special Merit” Patterns Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - Jupiter, FL, USA, December 2017

Special Recognition” Patterns Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - Jupiter, FL, USA, December 2017

3rd Place Award” Geometry Online Exhibition, AntoNova Gallery - Jacksonville, FL, USA, November 2017

Special Merit” Nature Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - Jupiter, FL, USA, November 2017

Special Recognition” Nature Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - Jupiter, FL, USA, November 2017

3rd Place Award” The 3rd Annual Figures & Faces Exhibition, Fusion Art - Palm Springs, CA, USA, October 2017

3rd Place” The 2017 American Art Awards - Skyforest, CA, USA, September 2017

6th Place” The 2017 American Art Awards - Skyforest, CA, USA, September 2017

3rd Place” Animals & Wildlife Online Exhibition, International Gallery Of The Arts - Toronto, ON, Canada, September 2017

Certificate of Excellence” Artavita Art Contest - Santa Barbara, CA, USA, September 2017

Special Recognition” Botanicals Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - Jupiter, FL, USA, August 2017

Special Merit” Botanicals Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - Jupiter, FL, USA, August 2017

“Special Recognition” Botanicals Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - Jupiter, FL, USA, August 2017

Honourable Mention” Femininity Art Contest, International Gallery Of The Arts - Toronto, ON, Canada, July 2017

Certificate of Excellence” Artavita Art Contest - Santa Barbara, CA, USA, July 2017

The Publisher Choice Award” Art & Beyond Magazine - Chicago, IL, USA, June 2017

ABOUT ANCA

Born in 1974 Anca Stefanescu began studying painting at the age of 12. Since then arts has always been her passion, and in 1999 she graduated with Master of Fine Arts degree, majoring in painting, the National University of Arts Bucharest.

She made a brief detour as a DI Colorist and Graphic Designer, working at the most important Production and Post Production Houses in Romania, for several years. During this period she was collaborating at cutting edge commercials for brands as Coca Cola, Nestle, Vodafone, P&G.

She later returned to painting with renewed enthusiasm wanting to “inspire people to see the beauty in every detail, to discover the secret message in every tinny flower, tree, animal or bird.”

Always in search for new aesthetically ways of expressing joy and love Anca’s works reflect her intention and devotion to capture the refined beauty of flowers, of animals and birds, of water and wind, the pulsation of our true nature while revealing the essence of consciousness. Each painting reflects in a sophisticated yet sensitive and creative way a unique individual expression of oneness.

QUOTES

“Your provocative oeuvre treasures our world with its eternal visual symbolism and embodies a timeless message while offering a powerful narrative.” - Ruthie Tucker, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery Executive Director & Curator, July 2017

“We salute you on "Wild Dream"- an intriguing work that conveys the invisible within the visible and seizes the essence of the emotional and physical experience with a profound sensitivity to humankind.” - Ruthie Tucker, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery Executive Director & Curator, July 2017

“Your superb art to be a confluence of creative energy and inner artistic illumination, symbolizing a universal vision.” Amsterdam Whitney Gallery New York, Curatorial Review Committee, September 2017.

“We commend you on "Zebra" which reflects a visual intensity and a unique individual expression.” - Ruthie Tucker, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery Executive Director & Curator, July 2017

COLOURS OF MY LIFE

COLOURS OF MY LIFE is the vision of entrepreneurs Anca and Cristian Stefanescu, a Romanian couple who share a passion for art. Anca's career spanned art, graphic design and advertising while Cristian moved from academia to business development and entrepreneurialism.

They combined their passion for art by opening an online store offering limited-edition artwear, hand-made pieces of bags and accessories for women – all designed by Anca and using prints of her drawings and paintings. They aspire to blur the boundaries between art and fashion accessories.

Anca's statement: "I believe in art as a performance. I believe in the art that gets to people in different forms. My drawings are inspired by my life: I put my art on bags, belts, bracelets, shirts and small gifts that can surprise people and colour somebody else’s life.

I believe in the uniqueness of each of my objects and only make them in limited editions.

I believe in hand-made objects because they have better energy. To create something unique takes time. It takes time for my colours to find their glow. All the prints are handmade; they are my artworks that have found a way into your life."