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Xenia Stefanescu

23 August - 3 September 2011
Opening Tuesday 23 August, 6-8pm

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Archibald Prize finalist for 2011, Xenia Stefanescu presents her first solo exhibition at Tacit Contemporary Art.

Decorative yet expressive, exuberant yet contemplative, Xenia’s works boast the colours of Matisse and fauvism yet the movement of Van Gogh and the primitive force of Gaugin to create a unique, innovative style.

A great lover of strong, bold colour, Xenia uses it generously in her works to stunning effect.

“My aim is to do fresh, crisp, exuberant, happy paintings. Colours have a therapeutic effect on us and, in a world of so many troubles, when you see something bright and beautiful, you feel better. That is why my exhibition is called Solace.”

Romanian-born, regional Victoria-based, Xenia Stefanescu migrated to Australia in 1980 with her family, originally settling in Tasmania. Trained as a sculptor and potter, she started to paint in 1988: her first solo exhibition was at the acclaimed Dick Bett Gallery in Hobart. Xenia has since shown her work in solo and group shows throughout Australia and Europe, including a solo exhibition at Galerie Miromesnil in Paris.

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