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STATEMENT

Concerning my creations, I take my inspiration out of the nature, I am fascinated by the interference of the four elements: fire, water, sky and earth. I am also interested in the intensity of the light at different  times of the day, and its influence over the colors. The intensity of human emotions is another theme which has a lot of my attention. I try to filter all these through my personality and express them with certain symbols (sometimes geometrical) and mostly though color.

The majority of my paintings are abstract compositions, sometimes combined with figurative elements, created with mixed media on stretched canvas. The heavy dripping goes across the paintings leaving gesture to its ultimate level of freedom. Present in a wide range of rhythms, it confers a dynamic aspect to the paintings.

In my view, painting is part of the spectacle of life, it is a continuous source of energy and balance.

EDUCATION & BIO

I was born in 1956, in Salonta, Romania.
I graduated the University of Visual Arts Oradea and achieved a degree in Painting at the University of Art and Design Cluj- Napoca, Romania.

I am a member of the Romanian Professional Artists Association, painting department.

My works can be found in private collections in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australia.

A selected list of my EXHIBITIONS is as follows:

2016

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh

ArtRiyadh


Romania

Iasi - Barlad

International Competition of "Eminescian" Creation VI, N. Tonitza Art Galery



Iasi

International Exhibition "Art. Contemporary Visions 2016", Cupola Art Gallery

2015

Moldova

Chisinau

Moldavian Salons




Municipal Art Salon Oradea - National Museum of Fine Arts


Romania

Piatra Neamt

National Art Biennale, Piatra Neamt Art Museum



Oradea

Zenit Nadir Gallery

2014

Romania

Oradea

Municipal Art Salon, Crisurilor County Museum



Bucharest

Palace of the Parliament Bucharest, C. Brancusi Hall, International Art Salon

2013

Romania

Oradea

Crisurilor County Museum, Baroque Palace


Moldova

Chisinau

International Biennale of Painting Chisinau - 2013


Bulgaria

Ruse

International Exhibition, BALCIC – Artists Without Borders

2012

Bulgaria

Silistra

International Exhibition, Silistra Art Gallery


USA

Michigan

SAFTH Expo 2012, Newaygo


Romania

Curtea de Arges

National Fine Art Exhibition, Cultural Center "George Topirceanu"



Miercurea Ciuc

National Salon of Fine Arts "Attitudes"



Ramnicu Valcea

UAP Artex Gallery

2011

France

Paris

Salon D’ete 2011, Galerie Art Present


Romania

Curtea de Arges

National Salon of Fine Arts "Contemporary Attitudes"



Iasi

UAP Gallery Tonitza



Slobozia

National Fine Art Exhibition, UNESCO Cultural Center “Ionel Perlea”



Tulcea

National Salon of Fine Arts "Contemporary Attitudes"



Braila

“Maria Filotti” Theater



Buzau

Ion Andreescu Gallery



Ramnicu Valcea

UAP Artex Gallery



Hunedoara

Art Gallery Hunedoara



Targoviste

“Tony Bulandra” Theater

2010

Romania

Buzau

"Ion Andreescu Biennale"



Slobozia

National Fine Art Exhibition, UNESCO Cultural Center “Ionel Perlea”



Curtea de Arges

National Salon of Fine Arts "Contemporary Attitudes"

2009

Romania

Felix

Crisana Gallery

2006

Romania

Oradea

Decoration of Rodenta Stomatology Clinic

2005

Romania

Aiud

Cultural Centre Liviu Rebreanu

2004

Romania

Oradea

Crisurilor County Museum, Baroque Palace

2001 - 2004

Romania

Oradea

Oradea Fortress Gallery

2000

USA

Michigan

Farmington Artist Club

1990 - 2000

Romania

Felix

Crisana Gallery

1995

Romania

Oradea

Military Circle Oradea

1994

Romania

Felix

Lotus Hotel Gallery

1993

Romania

Oradea

Military Circle Oradea

1991

Hungary

Vat

Art-Expo

1990

Hungary

Budapesta

Art-Expo



Vat

Art-Expo


Germany

Lewerkusen

100 Rumanische Landschaften



Schwedt

Stadtisches Museum Schwedt


Romania

Felix

Crisana Gallery

1987

Romania

Bucharest

Dalles Gallery

AWARDS

International Competition of "Eminescian" Creation VI, Distinction of the "Dr. Constantin Teodorescu" Cultural Foundation, Barlad 2016 (International)
Artslant 1st 2014 Showcase Winner (International)
Silver Award, Artmajeur, 2012 (International)
Artslant 4th 2011 Showcase Winner (International)
Silver Award, Artmajeur, 2010 (International)
National Salon - Competition of Fine Arts "Contemporary Attitudes", Diploma of Excellence, Curtea de Arges, Romania 2010 (National)
Artslant Juried Showcase Winner, 2009 (International)

REVIEW

Like a multicolored stained glass, the paintings of the artist Eugenia Mangra have a specific impact, generated by the intense and vivid brightness of the spectral colors, arranged in a subtle balance, and alternating between the solar shades of red, yellow, orange and the cold ones of blue, green, violet. Whatever the addressed motif, abstract compositions help define a subjective style, a universe of wonderful beauty, where the alert graphism separates the mosaics of color shades.
     
The modernism of the images derives from the dynamism of plastic expression: color spaces defined by undulating lines crisscrossing large, pictorial surfaces, giving rise to random rhythms, always unique, enriched by the specific footprint of the dripping. Through the specific processes of gestural painting, Eugenia Mangra transfers on canvas not only her primordial passion for color, but also the emotion, the intensity of the feelings induced by the beauty of creation, synthesized by four elements: Fire, Water, Sky and Earth. The intense and rich brightness of the solar shades help define the symbolic meaning of the works, the artist frequently explores cosmic implications, but also the spiritual or passionate side of the fire element. Depending on the subject of the work, the red color corresponds to the sun, the summer, or to emotion, heart passions and inner fire: The Land of the Sun, Burning Light, Under the Moonlight, Triumph of the Sun, Dawn, Sunshine through the Rain, Seasons of the Sun, Sunset Touch, The Birth of the Phoenix, The Glow of Love, The Passion of Life, Love, The Rhythm of Love, On the Wings of Love, Eternal Love. Other important works: The Other Side of the Ocean, The Glare of the Night, Waiting for Tonight, Skylight, From Dusk Till Dawn impress through the discrete glow of shades of cobalt blue or green. Another pictorial series capitalizes the geometric symbolism of the circle, the wheel of destiny, par excellence symbol of movement, transformation and cosmic infinity: Circle of Life, Across Time, Endless Moment, Fire and Water. The temperate modernism of the artist sometimes integrates figurative elements, especially portraits, exploring the mystery of feminine subjects: Desire, Ancestral Dream, Sensuality, Moon Dance, Fire and Ice,  Flamenco Dancer.

Whether they express the essence of cosmic elements and metamorphoses, or suggest the intensity of a state of mind, the paintings of Eugenia Mangra conquer the viewer through the mirage of blazing colors and a deep inner dynamism, inherent to the approached techniques and themes.

Dr. Agata Chifor, art historian

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