MALVINA-CAROLA LIUBA


A Romanian native born and raised in Timișoara, Malvina creates abstract geometric works focused on composition and color. Each work is created within a meticulously organized environment, taking 3 days to 2 months to complete. Malvina’s work is dynamic yet algebraic, bringing order to complex abstract forms.

1. When did you first start making art?
I have been making art since I was very young. I always liked to draw and paint abstract pictures, besides the typical art that every child makes as a manner of self-expression and understanding of the world. I started studying painting in the 5th grade, which was the thing I wanted the most, also being supported by my family at all times in doing what I like.

2. How would you describe your style?
My style has always been changing, until very recently when I became drawn to geometric abstraction. It has been one year since I feel I discovered a pattern that I can most relate to, and still not having exhausted the subject. It comes in the shape of painting, installation or object, and working with different mediums.

3. How has your art evolved over the years?
My style has been unstable and undefinable for many years as I kept experimenting. I have been also interested in graphic design besides painting. I would create very dynamic compositions in a frantic rush, never thinking about the process itself, being a rather extroverted kind of self-expression. That changed over the years, all that passion being dosed and measured, not only for the sake or pleasing the eye, but for delivering an objective and clear concept, relying on reason rather than the emotional drive.

4. What are the inspirations for your art?
What inspires me in my daily life is anything than can make me question or doubt certain preconceptions, or the way I feel and express, such as the “how” and “why” that make the most important creative drive.

5. How did living in Romania influence your art?
I cannot say how living in a certain country influenced my work, because I haven’t been living anywhere else for a considerable enough time to affect my art. I’ve experimented in a variety of different styles, from monochromatic and chaotic to colorful and geometric.

6. What are some of your favorite artists?
Kurt Schwitters, Frank Stella, Damien Hirst, Heinz Plank, John Chamberlain, Diet Sayler, Wolfgang Stiller, Joseph Kosuth, Bruce Nauman, Jack Pierson, Marina Abramovic.

7. What is your creative process like?
Everything has to be in complete order to get started, the brushes alligned and the full color palette made in advance. When I begin, I must have a cup of tea near me, a playlist of deephouse tracks playing so I can dance for at least an hour, while picturing in great detail what I am about to paint. The process is very important in creating a piece, even if it is a little neurotic or specific.

8. How long does it take you to complete a painting?
It varies from 3 days to 2 months. Every painting is different than the last.

9. What is a key element in creating a work?
The key element is creating the composition and the concept will follow, and vice versa.

10. What do you want people to take away from your work? What do you want your work to make them feel?
I think that an artist has no control of the public’s impression of his work, and that is the beauty of it. I would be curious to know what it awakens in each of them, although I don’t feel directly responsible for a certain reaction. It’s one of the reasons I am drawn to my current abstract style, allowing the viewer to experience it in their own unique way!

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