LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Anca Stefanescu (b. Ignatescu) is a Romanian artist, working and living in the UK, whose large-scale paintings utilize the combination and interweaving of both manual-painting and digital techniques.
Many of her works are mixed images which integrate what she terms ‘physical painting techniques’ using acrylic or oil, and her own ‘metaphysical perception’ making digital drawings with familiar programs such as Photoshop and Flash.
Her method is developed by the trajectory of working as a Computer Special Effects artist and the emergence of the concept referred to as The Nature of Reality, which she defines as the illusion and distortion of the physical world by any individual or shared system of beliefs, and she represents through all the optical or organized digital rhythms.
She came into public attention while she was still an art student at the National University of Arts, Bucharest, as a militant in the attempts of changing the academic curriculum into a contemporary one as well as a performer, voice of the traumatized young women’s generation raised under a communist dictatorship.
Prizing ideas over the art-making artistic processes by the age of 24 she wrote a book entitled “Who am I?” that brought her the official selection to representing Romania at Manifesta 3 – Ljubljana were due to the political embargo she could not be present. After the years of exploring the human psyche revelling personal traumatic experiences as a performer, the last decade she explored thoughts and emotions as vibrations translated into colours.
Stefanescu uses combined media to create half-conscious state for the viewer, describing her working process as: “When I create I am like in a dream state and I ideate not just objects to be looked at, but an extension of my inner state, an out of the body experience that will give to the viewer glimpses from another dimension… Paintings are solidified feelings on canvas and when the observer is looking at them the feeling is again motion, moving out from the painting into the beholder’s perception. I believe in this perfect continuum”.
WHO I AM
Prizing ideas over the art-making artistic processes my art expands to painting and installation
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