Livia Doina Stanciu – Artist Showcase

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Livia Doina Stanciu has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Livia is an award-winning artist based in Bucharest, Romania. She was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Livia’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Livia’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Romanian-based painter Livia-Doina Stanciu was born and raised in Craiova, Romania, and lives in Bucharest. Livia-Doina has devoted herself to painting since 2013, after a career in education and management. After learning the basics on her own and taking private classes, she studied art at The School of Art in Bucharest (graduated in 2017) and at The National University of Arts in Bucharest (from which she graduated in 2019, majoring in Painting).

For her, painting is primarily a means for exploring and communicating the deeper facets of nature and humanity. Thematically, she has mostly been exploring landscapes, and the natural world. One of her main sources of inspiration are her travels.

Livia-Doina paints in a realistic or quasi-impressionistic style and feels mostly attracted by oil techniques. She had one solo exhibition in Romania (2019, “Roaming the World”, at The National Library of Romania in Bucharest) and took part in few group participations in Romania.

Her artworks can be found in private collections in Romania and abroad (USA, Canada, Italy, and France). She is an awarded and published artist.

Artist Statement

For me, painting is the opportunity to explore the deep self and to communicate. I am fascinated by shapes and colors, the kaleidoscope of the sky and earth, as well as the living world.

One of the main sources of inspiration for me are my travels: places where I've been, thoroughly enjoyed through all my senses, and stored as both memory and emotion. Whenever I think back at these memories, vivid sensations come back, which I then project onto the canvas as a moment in the existence of faraway places and beings. The painting transforms as the memory matures, and ultimately develops a life of its own. The landscapes reveal the inherent beauty of individual places, and they put me into a state of tranquil contemplation and immersion into the natural and the universal.

In this process, medium and technique adapt to sensation and emotion. Whether I use the brush or the painting knife depends on whether the memory is sharp and clear, or hazy and mysterious. While my favorite medium is oil painting, I occasionally revert to watercolor or acrylic, when the subject or viewer perspective demands it.

Nature, and plant life in particular, has always fascinated me: my first works of art - whether my childhood doodles or my first paintings as an art student - were about plants. Flowers, trees, gardens impress me so deeply that I feel compelled to express my emotions on canvas. Beauty, harmony, vitality and tenderness abound. They give that primal sense of joy that fills one's entire being, like a sunset or a child's smile.

I started out by painting close-ups of flowers: a single plant or a small group, which looked so beautiful suspended in time and space that they made the background all but disappear. Afterwards, I became interested in the symbiosis between plant life and the myriad small creatures that dwell within, such as birds and insects. But lately I find myself more drawn to the subtle dynamism of this world: either the pulsating crown of a tree in bloom, or the living energy spreading across a garden or hedge.

As for the future, I can only daydream about what the next step in my journey will be, but I am sure that flowers, trees and nature will always be a big part of my life and my art. That is why I chose flowers and nature to represent me as an artist for this competition.

I would be very happy if my paintings offered the viewers a glimpse of the beauty and emotion that inspired me to make them. In addition, I hope my works of art will fulfill a social responsibility purpose by donating them or the sales proceeds to charitable causes (environment and education).

Livia’s art can be viewed at https://liviastanciu.mystrikingly.com/ and www.instagram.com/livia_doina/.

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