Stela Vesa

  Overflowing with originality and imagination, Vesa Stella (b. 1946) is one of the important personalities of contemporary art.

The artist demonstrates a deep exploratory power of color and line, creating a harmonious whole, in which the colors alternate between quiet areas and vivid color waterfalls . She combines the concepts of Renaissance tridimensional space with the idea of modern art flat space. The artist synthesizes these two directions, so that her paintings are, at the same time, two-dimensional, and, in exceptional way, full of space. This space approach creates a positive tension in the artist’s works, tension that gives birth to the sensation of movement, but also a sense of eternal harmony between the visual and predicted perceptions.

Selected excerpts from some critical appreciations:

 

“Wherever, whenever in whatever space or time, she communicates something absolutely personal”

Nicolae Brânda, Cultural Editor, Crisana Newspaper

(translated from Romanian).

“Stela Vesa has a distinctly unique style that tends towards precision and towards perfection.”

Curth Goedecke, Art Critic, Angelsbacke Exhibition Catalogue- September 15th, 1994

(translated from Swedish).

 

When everything seemed to have been done…

One of the greatest satisfactions of the “painters’ writers” – of which I am one – comes from realms uncharted, from their belated ignorance, rather than from what they know and have sorted out in their memories and in their souls.

Before this exhibition, which reveals a flavour of retrospective inflection, I did not know anything about the life or works of Stela Vesa.

Not surprisingly! When one sees so much painting coming from everywhere, one experiences the disheartening feeling that everything seems to have been done.     Young people in particular are inhibited by the abundance and diversity of global information related to visual arts. Stela Vesa’s creations are impregnated with a frenzy of freshness, accompanied by visual and intellectual well-being. Admittedly, when everything seems to have been done, some artists, like Stela Vesa, manage to inject a generous intake of imagination and uniqueness.

In our case, they are accompanied by a lavish background of both plausible imaginary and assiduous inventiveness.Somehow, I, the bystander, feel avenged for the affronts inflicted on me by most contemporary creations. Between Stela Vesa’s artwork and its public, the nearness is cordial, reliable, and stimulated by artistic impetus. Her painting, innovative in substance, and sophisticated in expression, is also profoundly modern in its bearing.

Her work is tied to the best legacy of art throughout history. Its modernity consists of continuity.  The artist does not stand against anything, be it tradition or trend.  This remark is paramount, as many painters, in their haste to be noticed, bet on denial.  Yet, when everyone wants revolutions and tends to make change an absolute rule, the result cannot be anything but chaos.

This vibrant and unconventional painting comes with an array of vitality and forms. Stela Vesa responds to a confusing world with a subtle normality.  Much to the reward of the spirit, she institutes – or better said, restitutes – norms of cordiality and happy contemplation.   Or, in other words, “the value as happiness”, in the inspiring words of the art historian Wilhelm Worringer, with reference to the capabilities of art prior to the 20th century.

I wonder how many Romanian painters nowadays strive, through their artwork, for that “value as happiness”.  Stela Vesa has every reason to be content with her life in front of the easel. In my opinion, she has acquired more than she dared to presume.  Her paintings display the sonority and the buoyancy of pre-classical music, and to the same extent, their own power of seduction.

While looking at her canvass, one may ask: “What’s that?” as one does in any other exhibition that reveals an artist who is worth remembering.  The response comes rather spontaneously: it is that sort of contemporary painting on which, even from a classical perspective, the critics have nothing to blame at all.  Yes, there is such newness, which satisfies the public’s long and frustrating expectation, which can fix what others have broken.  In her most accomplished works, the Stela Vesa’s paintings stand at the forefront of refined originality in Romanian fine arts today.

Tudor Octavian,Art Critic,Bucharest, 2013

An endless afternoon from an eternal spring

In the fantastic world created by Stela Vesa’s characters, we search in vain for shadows, hesitations, doubts, anxieties. Only a slight melancholy sometimes whirls the quietness of a prolonged moment of reverie, of self oblivion, of abandoment in the face of the time mirror. And how can it be otherwise in a theatrical world in its essence – meaning by theatricality the art to escape to realms that can be built and seen only by the power of imagination.

Stela Vesa’s pictorial universe is by excellence a feminine one, infused by musicality like a tea bag that releases its flavours at the same time with hot steams of water. In this universe mastered by Muses, full of flavours, coquetries, seductions, the masculine presence is restricted: we find it only in couples and sometimes under a  spectral form, as a second game, in rustic concerts put under the sign of  Bacchus. But the pictorial field remains generous, abundant even, in many unexpected presences: flowers, birds, clouds, pearls, umbrellas, fantastic keyboards, magic flutes, billowy hats, jewelries, cats … many other pieces we meet there, selected from funny props of feminine seduction.

Characters, whether Muses , Fairies, checkers or midinette seem to belong forever to a chalk circle – colored, of course – a circle drawn precisely, with accuracy, aplomb, but with delicacy, that projects them in their own time and space, like shadows of Japanese theater, but rainbow shades. For they have the corporeality of stained windows, of two-dimensional formal games whose spatiality is generated only by overlapping transparent planes. In the most recent works, spaces have become more complex , alveolar, protean, closer to surrealist or  chagallian imagery. Plans interlacing is increasingly sophisticated, brightness is increasingly clear, the drawing is more precise, like a musical score, duct is more fluent and concise – and yet it seems that nothing can change the expression of faces and the grace of “muses “ gestures of Stela Vesa – and that’s because, by an original alchemy, they crystallized into visual forms that evolve in their own plastic space, completely ignoring time and any external disturbance.

The characters from the graphic works gallery have the same « golden age ». But these, through the brevity of the artistic language, are brought closer to ideograms. Defined by a certain gesture, rather poetic than descriptive, graphics are concentrations of fairy tales or picturial ideograms like an emphasized personalized writing.

But whatever the genre approached, her compositions are imbued with eurythmy, of that harmony which transforms walking into dancing and speaking into singing. Under this eurythmy are all the characters imagined by Stela Vesa, evolving gracefully in their carousel from Épinal. They pose with coquetry but they also call us to escape in their garden, the one with innocent delights and treats, like messengers of a Small Paradise from where we haven’t (yet) been driven.

University Professor Dr. Ramona Novicov, Art Critic, 2012

Overflowing with originality and imagination, Vesa Stella (b. 1946) is one of the important personalities of contemporary art.

The artist demonstrates a deep exploratory power of color and line, creating a harmonious whole, in which the colors alternate between quiet areas and vivid color waterfalls . She combines the concepts of Renaissance tridimensional space with the idea of modern art flat space. The artist synthesizes these two directions, so that her paintings are, at the same time, two-dimensional, and, in exceptional way, full of space. This space approach creates a positive tension in the artist’s works, tension that gives birth to the sensation of movement, but also a sense of eternal harmony between the visual and predicted perceptions.

Artist’s paintings draw in a dialogue with the painting, evoking emotions that generates a state of inner balance. Viewers pass through Stela Vesa’s painting into a secret world, where each line curls in harmony with the whole, and where the characters communicate through small and delicate gestures, creating an intimate universe, where we can enjoy the pure beauty of line and color.

Adriana Vesa, Catalog Grup D’art Escola, Temporada, 2012

 

Stela Vesa is an artist with an exuberant fantasy, both in her way to create works, that often bring to an overwhelming Baroque, and in all ranges of colors and designs. In one of her paintings, entitled “Billiard Parlor” and what it is, we can observe several times the rainbow on the gowns of three opulent models that have to contemplate interesting frames of this noble sport game. Fantasies, elegance and sometimes even sensuality and exuberance are some of the notes that you can read in the artist’s works. Each of her works is an ongoing search of emotions and desires, even if in the depth of Vesa’s brush are high levels of courage and especially life.

Her profound way to explore the use of different colors, is another facet of this artist so special and this was achieved due to the isolation from the surrounding world, which also allowed continuous and conscious work, with her raw emotions or extravagant desires, a giving harmony mixed in various forms, a  not at all classical musicality, but very actual, of today.

J. Pedro Ortega, art critic, Barcelona, Spain, 2011

 With her unique sense of color, line and composition, Stela Vesa (1946) creates portraits that are both fantastic and elegant, surprising her subjects in moments of meditation or intimate dialogue. Exuberant sensuality of her works carry the viewer into the artist’s pictorial world, thereby creating an indelible image of the moment, that communicates with all senses.

Relative isolation in which the artist has chosen to live and paint allowed her to develop a singular style, with a force and a rare level of expression. Her works represent a deep exploration of color and essence of the human form, her portraits abound in motion and form fluidity; and her color palette, vibrant, intentionally causes strong emotional and sensual response in the viewer.

Each unique creation of the painter represents her continue search to communicate pure emotions and desires that we all share, in terms of another time, another place, or another universe, a place that retains a sense of harmony and elegance, that, maybe , exists only in our memories or dreams.

Tateo Nakajima, conductor, Artec, New York, USA, 2010

 Between a sensory perception of color forms with their particular decomposition and recomposition, Stela Vesa expresses a singularity in the Romanian plastic landscape. The isolation in which she creates protect Stela Vesa from the easy games building so an unique personality, a specific universe, completely private in the plastic landscape. Assuming the essential experiences of this century, evolving into the space of  a decomposed figurativity in cubist perspectives, sometimes seriously, sometimes in a playful exuberance, sometimes realistic, sometimes fantastic, expressionist through the intensity of the tone, her universe is consistent and unmistakable.

Lecturer dr. Nicolae Branda, Visual Arts, 2001

 Stela Vesa belongs to a geographical pattern, fundamental for defining a type of existence where sacred feeling proved to be a permanent part of the individual mind. The musicality contained in the orchestration way of rhythms and plans, is associated with the accuracy of each work. Poetic harmony born of valuing pure colors, warm, from the  orchestration of light, dominating and discreet at the same time, creates an atmosphere with fantastic suggestions and propensity. Her lately painting, monopolizes through the sensitivity of the creative gesture, imposes through stylistic and compositional formulas (…) generating inner balance, feelings that constantly oscillates between sacred and profane.

University Professor Dr. Aurel Chiriac, director of Tarii Crisurilor Museum Oradea, 1997

 Romanian painter Stela Vesa exposes at the Angelsback gallery, her art being strongly related to that of Lothe and of his forerunners Matisse and Picasso. The painter uses a geometric technique, representing various objects like in a projection. Here, surfaces are clearly defined, both in terms of colour and contour. Stela Vesa has a distinctive style (special) that aims towards exactity, perfection and towards absolut, both in terms of light, shape, and when it comes to balance and intimate feelings, inner stability is evident in her painting.

Curth Goedecke, art critic, Sweden, 1994