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ABOUT ME

I was born in 1971, on the 16th of March, under the sign of Pisces, being quite determined ever since I was a child. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, I always said I wanted to be a teacher. So I became one. But only for 6 years, during which time children taught me how to be a child again, how to be free, and paint. After the graduation of a fashion design college in 1993, I felt I wanted more, so I enrolled at the Fine Arts Faculty.

After two years of not learning a thing, the replacement of a teacher changed everything. I learned to laugh. I was followed by the ideal, abstract patterns of things and events, and their long, tall shapes cut down to a mysterious simplicity, unchanged every time. In my works, I try to preserve this permanent connection between things and their patterns. This way, I can gradually observe and dream about the same reality in which you need plenty of silence and stillness to achieve a balance between yourself and your surroundings.

I graduated in 2000 with the intention to repeat a year. I was truly enjoying it. After Radu was born, I went through a period of accumulating and then I just worked and worked. My daughter, Maria, whetted my appetite for painting even more; for me, motherhood meant fulfilment and it made me aware of a number of things. And then again, painting. Not even on a constant basis. Painting. I live inside it.

Nora Blaj is an exploratory artist. With the help of colours, graphic signs, writing, and inserts of all kinds, she brings to the surface of her own works an interior geometry which is subjective, ontological. The equations of the images inside the frames seem to have a simple solution for the viewers. When you look at them, the answer seems to come naturally: ‘yes, I like them’.


However, the tasteful visual impact of Nora’s compositions is also due to their vital interior substance. Her works have a heart. She actually paints answers to humanity’s deep questions, and we instantly like them because we recognize many of these answers as our own. Right here, at your disposal, lies a journal that may seem impersonal (as abstract art appears to be, in most cases). But if we look closer, we discover the threads of a story written in the first person, a story of the self. A story about plunging into darkness and the light of life. Nora brings the light to the surface, whether it is red, yellow, or orange, depending where her personal sun is: at sunrise, dusk, or noon.

Robert Șerban, Nora Blaj’s Personal Sun

Nora Blaj is the lucid, temperamental type of artist. If there is something about her painting that convinces me, it has to be this eruptive energy of saturated chromatic densities, which exalts visual excitation all the way to paroxysm. But also the confessive-interrogative refluxes, a sign of sensory relaxation, which positions her in the abstract or conceptual areas of painting.

Corneliu Antim

MY WORK

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS:

2004
March             Insemn, Galeria Artis, Bucuresti, Romania
April                Letters for a Red. King, Helios Gallery, Timisoara, Romania

2003
August            Ordonarea Amintirilor, Ion Tiriac Bank, Timisoara, Romania
May                Punkt Sieben, Deutsches Kulturzentrum, Timisoara, Romania
March             Cu luare aminte, Helios Gallery, Timisoara, Romania

2001
September      Hemography, Orchideea Gallery, Timisoara, Romania

1999
July                 I, The Savoy Hotel, Mamaia, Romania

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

Germany, Hungary, Austria, Italy, United States of America, ex. Yugoslavia, Canada, Japan, Romania.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS I:

2003
December      Helios Gallery, Timisoara, Romania
                       Winter Salon, The Art Museum, Timisoara, Romania
                       Gent, Belgium
October          Kulturzentrum, Erfurt, Germany
September      Budapest, Hungary
August            Palazzo D’Adda, Varralo, Italy
July                 Ion Ţiriac Bank, Timisoara, Romania
June                The Art Museum, Satu Mare, Romania
April                In Scheslitz, Giechburg, Germany
March             Helios Gallery, Timisoara, Romania
February         Dor, Bamberg, Germany
                       Dor, Nürenberg, Germany
January          Helios Gallery, Timisoara, Romania
                       The Prefecture of Timisoara, Romania

2002
December      Mozaic, Helios Gallery, Timisoara, Romania
                       Winter Salon, The Art Museum, Timisoara, Romania
November      Dor, Studio 13 Bamberg, Germany
August            Dor, Bamberg Rathaus, Germany
                       Dor, Parsberg, Germany
                       Dor, Raiffeisen Bank Neumarkt, Germany
July                 Dor, Giechburg Castle, Bamberg, Germany
May                Goethe Institut, Bucharest, Romania
April                Brukenthal Museum Sibiu, Romania
February         HVB Timisoara, Romania

COLLABORATIONS:

1999
October          The Third Europe programme

1998
October          Timisiensis magazine

MEMBERSHIP:

Member of the Romanian Union of Fine Arts

GROUP EXHIBITIONS II:

2001
December      The Festive Exhibition, Helios Gallery, Timisoara, Romania
                       Winter Salon, The Art Museum Timisoara, Romania
                       The National Art Salon, Bucharest, Romania
August            Bank of Austria, Timisoara, Romania

2000
December      Winter Salon, Helios Gallery, Timisoara, Romania
May                B > Materials, matter, sense, Helios Gallery, Timisoara, Romania

1999
June                Halcis Medical Center, Timisoara, Romania
April                Student Festival, Timisoara, Romania
March             Happening, Cotroceni Palace, Bucharest, Romania

1998
October          The Romanian Cultural Center Budapest, Hungary
June                Dying Homes, The Art Museum, Timisoara, Romania
May                Memory as a Space, The Banat Museum, Timisoara, Romania
April                Delta Gallery, Arad, Romania
                       Daytime Story, Helios Gallery, Timisoara, Romania
                       Dying Homes, Romanian Peasant’s Museum, Bucharest, Romania

ART WORKSHOPS:

2003
February         International Art Symposium, Innsbruck, Austria
December      Art fair, Gent, Belgium
September      International Art Symposium, Budapest, Hungary
August            First Symposium of Contemporary Art, Varallo, Italy
July                 Molnar art International Art Camp, Lesencetomaj, Balaton, Hungary
June                International Symposium D. Fleiss & East-West Artists, Carei, Romania