Espace MARA is a door to
M.M. Ciciovan's fascinating artistic universe
MARA is the name of a river that originates in the Gutai Mountains of Romania.
Escape MARA is like this river that is constantly moving, linked in its source, but always evolving towards new horizons.
Espace MARA is a place of creation for Montreal artist M.M. Ciciovan, but also an exhibition space whose mission is to present in premier the artist's new creations and explorations. You will find not only Mrs Ciciovan famous canvases of colourful stelar compositions, but also artworks that are unprecedented by their techniques and mediums.
Espace MARA is more than an artist's studio, an exhibition place and an art gallery. It is a place that celebrates the art and creation of M.M. Ciciovan: a door to the artist's fascinating universe.
With more than fifteen years of artistic carrer, M.M. Ciciovan is one of the leading figures of Contemporary Canadian art. She has staged many solo and group exhibitions and her paintings can be found in public and private collections throughout Canada and abroad, especially in New York, Washington, Boston, Miami, Paris, Madrid, Singapore, Nassau, Bucharest and Cluj.
Born in 1970, in a small Romanian village, M.M. Ciciovan has been drawing and painting since childhood. After the fall of the communist regime, she moved to Montreal to pursue an artistic career. She holds a minor in Fine Arts from the University of Montreal, and a Bachelor degree in Visual and Media Arts (B.F.A.) from the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). For over 15 years, M.M. Ciciovan dedicated herself entirely to artistic creation.
M.M. Ciciovan's art is based on memory: “more specifically her memories and perceptions of the places from her life, said the Montreal editor and publisher, Wah Keung Chan. She explores an aesthetic and is in search of its beauty and harmony. She challenges her own universe, pushing it to the ideal. The color palette mixes earth tones with light to create a world in orange with hints of blue, yellow and green.”
The Montreal journalist, Dorota Kozinska, is also praising the art of M.M. Ciciovan in the magazine Vie des Arts : "The pleasure of viewing Ciciovan's urban magic is purely aesthetic. it is not even emotional, but rather reflective, a brief glimpse before gently receding back into the memory. […] Ciciovan's roots are Romanian, her creative inspiration universal, and her style all her own."
Somewhere in between abstraction and the figuration, realism and imagination, M. M. Ciciovan’s paintings give a metaphorical and poetic meaning to the urban landscape. Her artwork is characterized by great freedom of execution, through improvisation and spontaneity. The balance and structure remain however very present: the vertical and horizontal geometry, the architectural elements, the game of mirrors and double images, or the effect of juxtaposition of various perspectives in one same image, are a constant in her work, regardless of the technique used. The color and light do not only evoke the shape, but primarily arise the energy and vibration of the image. Those are the words of professor and mentor, the late Antoine Pentsch, who new best to describe the essence of M.M. Ciciovan's art.