Fluid Art @ American Corner, BJC Cluj- Napoca

AUGUST 18, 2021
10:00- 11:30 AM local time.

I am very excited to perform a Live Demonstration of Fluid Art in my hometown of Cluj Napoca, at the American Corner of the Cluj County Library, to bring my passion back to the place where my roots are, and return some of my good energy to the people of the community I have left many years ago. With this event, I hope to inspire everyone, young and old, to follow their natural gifts, their passions and dreams, to work hard and never stop learning and improving their craft, and most of all to never give up. 

I am a Romanian- American visual artist. Born and raised in Transylvania (Cluj- Napoca), Romania, I moved to the United States many years ago and currently live and work in Hamilton, New Jersey. I create abstract paintings using fluid acrylics manipulated directly on the canvas by various means, without a brush. My art is a means for my self-healing, introspection, and a way to reach into an understanding of time and matter. I step inside my studio, shedding the constraints of daily schedule and routine, with a deep confidence and trust in my process. A blank stretched canvas, different color paints that I dilute, with mediums, to a viscosity of my liking, and several unconventional instruments and techniques for moving the paint around; these are my tools. I apply my foundation color, and then allow my feelings and imagination to wander free with the fluid pigments. I am not dominating or restricting. The recurring views in my art most often connect to time and matter seen from antagonistic perspectives. It might be a timeless and calming beach scene where I capture the split and irreplicable moment of a foamy wave splashing the sands, or a snapshot in the fleeting existence of a flower or a creature. At the start, I might have had an idea or concept in mind, I might be preoccupied with my thoughts or just be present in the moment. Gradually, I find myself captivated with the flow that falls into place before me. There is no demanding or forcing, just freedom to be aware of the present moment, and evolve with it, disconnected from any pressures of the outside world. Time suddenly loses its everyday life meaning and I invite the possibilities. I am unlocked to bring to light what arises on the canvas before me. In that sense, I am as much a spectator as a creator as my paintings take shape. The realization of physical grounding in a space that has been here before me and will continue to live on after I am gone, allows me to center myself in living precisely within that moment, and living it in its entirety. My best works are active and imply movement across the space, or they emerge from, or descend into space for the observer. I am happy to share with you my own thoughts and feelings about my art and process, or to allow you to discover your own. There is a special level of excitement generated by conversations about what one might see or feel, the approach, techniques or materials, likes or dislikes. Sharing the art in this way, to me, brings out its full value.