September 28, 2023


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Featured Artist Sanda Manuila | Artsy Shark

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Artist Sanda Manuila presents a group of narrative work that deal with local weather and geopolitical points. See extra of her spectacular portfolio on her website.


pastel painting of a bird and roses

“The Coronary heart of Nature” pastel and gouache on paper


Born in Geneva, Switzerland of Romanian political refugees, I skilled early in my life the trauma of exile and isolation. As a younger grownup I moved to California the place I nonetheless reside right this moment. My private historical past of separation and my perspective as an outsider gave me a visceral connection to my art work. Once I paint, I inform tales of myself, and the world round me. I discover a sense of self-fulfillment.


pastel painting of dead flowers

“Emergence” pastel and gouache on paper, 24″ x 20″


In the previous few years, occasions have been troublesome, and the long run stays unsure. I paint visible tales of a world on the sting. A world residing in disturbing occasions, threatened by local weather change denial, the concern of the opposite, tribalism and political unrest.


eco-conscious painting of nature in flames

“Cease” oil on canvas, 24″ x 30 “


I select useless roses, decaying vegetation, birds, and bugs as my muses. They depict the wrestle for survival and the resiliency of nature. Regardless of the abuse inflicted upon her, she nonetheless stays lovely.


symbolic painting of American flag and dead nature

“Hanging in There” pastel and gouache on paper, 24″ x 20″


I like birds. As a result of they fly and have entry right into a world we can not attain, they invoke associations of freedom and spirit. Birds sing, and regardless that their language stays mysterious to us, they invoke many emotions.


Oil painting of monarch butterflies

“Traîté de Décomposition” oil on canvas, 30″ x 24″


Lifeless roses recur steadily in my work. They present magnificence in decay. After a while they cease altering, and tackle a timeless high quality. Monarch butterflies signify the voyage of the soul. Metamorphosis is the magic that they educate us. With out the pollination of bees, we couldn’t survive.


Symbolic painting of bird extinction

“Extinction” oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″


I describe my work as realism with a recent method. I create which means by selecting photos that work as allegories for the sentiments I need to convey. Boundaries are blurred between dream and actuality, realism, and abstraction.


symbolic oil painting of homeless animals

“Homeless” oil on canvas, 24″ x 20″


I create artwork on two completely different ranges. First, I develop many photos digitally from images I take at any time when I see one thing that visually pursuits me. This can be a personal step, as I don’t share them with the general public. They’re my private intimate analysis, which stimulates me. I don’t like spontaneity. I desire to map every thing out, even when generally I encounter an issue and must make some adjustments.


oil painting about the destruction of nature

“Nature’s New Regular” oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″


As soon as I’ve a picture that works and talks to me, I bodily paint it. I exploit two completely different media: oil on canvas and blended media pastel and gouache portray on paper. With the oils, I give attention to the bodily high quality of sunshine and transparency. With pastel and gouache, which I exploit in alternating layers, I get looser and extra textural. All my works are multi-layered.


painting of decaying flowers

“Decaying Magnificence” pastel and gouache on paper, 14.5″ x 20″


My intention is to impress an emotional response within the viewers that’s intriguing, disturbing, questioning, not leaving them detached with a fairly image. I would like them to attach emotionally with the picture, to pause and query what they see, and the way they really feel. I paint poetry.


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