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2021

Acrylic and spray paint on canvas

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Dimensions: 150cm (H) x 150cm (W) x 4cm (D) / 59.1" (H) x 59.1" (W) x 1.6" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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DESCRIPTION: New Essence was created in a moment of great optimism, reflecting the new beautiful things that are flickering in our lives this year. Playful brushstrokes, rough and obvious in some areas and soft in others, compose a circular synthesis, that if the viewer lets himself open and with no intention approaching it, he may enter its rhythm and even may "see" the artist moving, dancing all over it, during the creation process. Bright blue and pink hues of color, are also the highlights of this artwork.

MATERIALS: It is painted with high-quality acrylics, and spray paint on hand-stretched Italian canvas (220gr. quality). A thin layer of varnish protects the artwork against UV light and dust.

SIGNATURE: It is signed at the back and accompanied with a certificate of authenticity.

READY TO HANG: It is unframed but ready to hang. At the sides, there are stripes of paint from the creative process. Look at the detail photos. It is wired.
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ABOUT MY ART: "Nature, light and colors inspire me the most. I follow the potentials of the materials, in a free, gestural process, which reminds me of free associations in psychotherapy and meditation. I see one point and the whole, almost at the same time, again and again. I release and I hold, add and erase, again and again. I let my instinct and emotion flow, observing carefully how the elements of art communicate with each other; I form a composition that satisfies my aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual pursuit. What seems coincidence at the beginning is a product of systematic observation of every little detail and stroke study.

I usually use acrylic combined with pigments. I work layer after layer, creating transparencies, revealing the best textures and design elements; I bring into being a unique and mysterious atmosphere, in a dynamic and passionate manner, full of energy, close to abstract expressionism".

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Artist Profile

Born: 1972

Hometown: Greece

Based in: Athens

Greek painter Maria Bacha paints colourful, nebulous, abstract compositions inspired by nature and light. Working in an organic, gestural style, she allows the materials to guide her as the paintings develop. She employs a unique method of blending acrylic paint, pigments and resin to create a dynamic interplay between the layers. Transparent colour fields pull the eye into the illusionary space and then seem to give way to ghostly, textured forms.

Like celestial clouds or pools in the primordial soup, her compositions appear to always be in the process of becoming.

Bacha has exhibited extensively in Greece, as well as in Europe and in the United States, and her work is in multiple public and private collections.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts from the University of La Verne, California. She lives and works in Marousi, Athens.

Education:
-University of La Verne, California, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Fine/Studio Arts General (1995-2000)
-Drawing and color lessons at Michalis Veloudios Art Studio (2000-2003)
-Certificate in Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting, MOMA, NY (2020)
-Course in Experimental Painting, RISD (2020)

Exhibitions:
GROUP:
-The Other Art Fair, London, UK (March 2022)
-The Other Art Fair, LA, USA, First Virtual Edition (Spring 2020)
-E Art Gallery, Paros, Greece (summer 2020)
-“Surprise”, charity exhibition, The Project Gallery, Athens (2019)
-The Other Art Fair, Barker Hangar, Los Angeles, California, USA (2019) -Swiss Art Expo, Zurich, Switzerland (2019)
-Talented Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, London, United Kingdom (2019) -“Surprise”, charity exhibition, Earth@Κ44, Gazi, Athens, Greece (2018) -Canaves Oia Epitomes, Santorini, Greece (2018)
-Thessaloniki International Fair, CheapArt Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece (2018)
“Cheap Art Gallery”, Evagoras Latinis Center Cyprus (2018)
-“Cheap Art Athens”, Cheap Art, Greece (2017)
-“Surprise”, Earth @Κ44, Gazi, Athens, Greece (2017)
-Thessaloniki International Fair, CheapArt Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece (2017)
-“TheArtboxProject Basel 0.1”, Basel Euroairport, Switzerland (2017) -“Surprise”, Ennea Gallery, Athens (2015)

- “Surpise”, Romanzo, Athens (2014)
- “Surprise”, Tecnopolis, Athens (2013), (2012), (2011), (2010), (2009) -“Athens Fringe Festival”, Technopolis, Athens (2009)
- “Diarroes Festival” Horotheatro Roes, Athens(2005)
- “Kitsch in Love”, Rolling Gallery, Athens (2005)
- “The Mask”, Artprisma Gallery, Poros Municipality Town Hall, Unesco and Piraeus Municipality (2005)

- “1st Art Group”, Studio Michalis Veloudios, Εpoches Gallery, Kifissia, Athens (2001)

SOLO:
- Celestial Views, (curated by Irini Persidou), Tsichritzi Foundation for the Arts, Kifissia, Athens, sponsored by UNESCO (Dec. 2019)
- Hydroexperiences, Galerie Privee Onnik, Marousi Athens (2008)
- De Profundis, Artower Gallery, Athens (2003)
- Cities and Hearts, Cogito, Kifisia, Athens (2000)

AWARDS:
9th 2016 Artsland Prize Showcase Winner with the artwork “Divine”

PRESS:
- Spotlight 8, Circle Foundation, one page
- Front cover of the book Ammos


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