About Madalina Nicola
“Art is a world without limits, where hopes and dreams become reality.” - Madalina Nicola
The internationally renowned abstract artist, and highly sought after landscape artist, Madalina Nicola, has combined, for the first time, both of her extraordinary talents, to create highly important, large scale masterpieces that do not just blend together the best of each of her talents into museum quality works, they exceed each of their component parts. In her most recent avant-garde works, Madalina’s finest abstracts and landscapes now share the same exquisite canvas and are appropriately known as “Romantic Dreamscapes.”
Madalina’s brilliant accomplishments are all the more amazing considering her lifelong battle with debilitating illness. She drew heavily on her art and her strong spiritual faith to triumph over her pain and suffering and to begin a powerful, vigorous, healthy, creative new life. She is now pain free, fit as an athlete, centered and focused on visualizing and sharing the beautiful world that lives within her mind, heart and soul.It can truly be said
of this world class former fashion model that the beauty we can clearly see is matched by the beauty that lies within.
Her works have been described by highly regarded art critics as possessing the “chromatic effects of an almost Turneresque radiance,” of being “lyrical, mature paintings that show a sophisticated sense of color composition and allusion,” where her “marvelous use of color and glazes create an activated plane of decorative exuberance….that explodes into the space of a room.”
Since her arrival in the United States from Romania in 1994, at age 24, to join her husband, her life has been one of great struggle and great triumph, engendering powerful emotions which become visualizations, or virtual paintings, which she then has a passionate urge to capture on canvas.
Her paintings require rich texture, for which she uses a gel medium, paste, gesso, or sand, depending on the desired effect, merging it harmoniously into the composition. Once dry, she builds up layer upon layer of glazes, sometimes complementary, sometimes contrasting, until she obtains the right hue, transparency or opacity, and intensity. She loves creating large scale paintings which she finds liberating, giving her feelings of freedom, happiness and joy. Each new masterpiece provides a new adventure and challenge.
Madalina is always in total control of the painting process. She feels no inhibitions. She submerges herself into her art, and loses all sense of time, frequently working until she is exhausted late at night, only to wake up early the next morning and pick up where she left off. Her passion increases in intensity as she approaches the final stages, becoming more and more euphoric as she works feverishly to give birth to her newest work.
Her paintings express her hope, her courage and her belief in miracles. They healed her body and soul. They are both the source of, and ultimate expression of her spiritual strength. It is Madalina Nicola’s great privilege and honor to share her miracles and masterpieces with the entire world.
A Personal Note from Madalina Nicola
My name is Madalina Nicola, and it is my great privilege and honor to share my paintings with you, but even more important, is the opportunity to share with you the story as to how they came to be; what motivates me to create them, what I see and feel while painting them, and after, when they are completed, what I hope you will derive from experiencing them and owning them.
Throughout my entire childhood and young adult life, I was very seriously ill, and was unable to communicate my thoughts and my feelings in words. What saved me from depression and loneliness was that I was blessed with the ability to derive great spiritual strength and emotional healing from the conception, creation and appreciation of fine art, and to communicate with the world through my paintings.
As a tiny girl, I would crawl out of my sick bed, which would drain me both physically and emotionally, sit on a small stool, and paint small canvases. Even then, despite my youth and naivete, I knew, instinctively, that my thoughts and my visions were much bigger than that, and I dreamt of a day when my paintings would be as large and rich as the hopes and dreams that inspired them.
I only had access to a very limited palette of colors as a child. I needed many, many more to capture the pure, rich, warm reds of parental and Divine love; the cool, elegant blues of the skies and the water, and their peace and calm; the rich, deep, ambers, bronzes and coppers of nature at her most luxurious; and the bright happiness of sunshine yellows and golds. When I finally acquired those paints as an adult, I felt like a composer who had just discovered new notes, or an author who had just discovered new words. They brought new life and new meaning to my paintings.
The concepts for my paintings would come to me as just a single word or phrase or image from above, that would then inspire both the painting's title and its theme. I would then feel an unstoppable, passionate urge to take that inspiration, internalize it, allow it to course throughout my mind, my body and soul, until it manifested itself as a vision of an exquisite painting; perfect in line and balance, color and texture, and capture that feeling of exhilaration on canvas for all to see and to enjoy.
For those who looked and saw and felt the same intense emotion and passion that I felt while creating my paintings, I was able to establish a level of communication that greatly transcended what any words could ever possibly say. My earliest paintings were pure, abstract emotions on canvas, but something was missing. I felt an intense need to step into them and proclaim them as my own; to say "I am in here, this is me, this is my story that I need to share." But, how best to capture and show that? Finally, after much deep thought and consideration, I decided to take a long, cold walk to awaken my senses, searching for inspiration; suddenly, a strong icy wind picked up from nowhere. I started to shiver. The leaves and branches of the large, majestic oaks shook menacingly, and the trees threatened to uproot and fall. I was afraid.
In the midst of this chaos, one small thin tree that had lost all of its leaves, was swaying back and forth in the wind, its strength lying in its flexibility; thin but not fragile, resilient and hopeful, which was both its beauty and its potential for survival. Here was my symbol, my icon. It withstood the harsh winds of fall and the icy cold of winter and yet remained standing because of its ability to bend with the winds and still come back upright to flourish and blossom in the spring. It represents new beginnings, things about to happen; this is also my life story.
The combination of Divine inspiration, the need to communicate, to heal and to be healed, the passion to create, the God-given talent and energy to work tirelessly, totally submerged in the process, the adventure, the challenge, and then finally the euphoria of completion; all of that and more is embodied in each of these paintings that you see here before you.
It is my sincerest hope that we have been able to make a connection; that you and I have shared a special moment; that the miracle of my physical and spiritual healing through art will inspire you to welcome one of my paintings into your home, to share with your family and friends, and bask in the glow of their remarkable healing properties.
I love each and every one of them. They are my babies. Nothing gives me greater happiness than seeing them find a warm and wonderful new home where they will tell their story over and over again about overcoming adversity and bring you and your family hope and courage and renewed faith every day. Today, I am pain free. I live in a world without limits, where my hopes and dreams have become reality. I am truly blessed to be able to share these miracles with you."
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