(foto Teodora Pica – lucrarea Black Cloud a artistului Carlos Amorales expusă la Power Plant)
Teodora Pica – artist vizual între Canada și Romania
Născută la Brașov în anul 1964, Teodora Pica a urmat Școala și Liceul de Arte din Brașov, dupa care a studiat trei ani arhitectura la Facultatea de Arhitectură și Urbanism Ion Mincu din București.
În anul 1985 ajunge în Canada, unde a rămas și trăiește până în present.
În 1992 obține diploma de arhitect la J. H. D.Facilty of Architecture University of Architecture in Toronto, Canada.
Între anii 1992 -1996 și-a continuat studiile de pictură și desen la OCAD University în Toronto, iar în 2014 a absolvit programul Master in Arts and Arts Administration la Facultatea Goucher din Baltimore, MD, SUA.
Din anul 2000 revine anual în România, unde continuă activitatea creatoare de artist visual, la atelierul său din Brașov.
În prezent este memebră a asociației artiștilor CARFAC, din Ontario și Canada.
A avut numeroase expoziții personale și de grup în Canada, USA, Mexic, Belgia, Anglia, Venetia, dar și în România la Cluj-Napoca, Bcurești, Brasov, Jibou și Zalău. PICA a expus la Muzeul Național de Artă din Cluj-Napoca, Muzeul de Artă din Brașov, Centrul de expoziții din Râșnov, Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in Pennsylvania, Museum of Fine Art, Durango, Mexico, Arte Contemporane Museum in Montreal, Hart House gallery, University of Toronto and Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Minden, Ontario.
Teodora Pica iși desfășoară activitatea profesională în atelierul său din Brașov, dar și în cel din Toronto, coordonează și organizează expoziții de arta contemporană atât în România, căt și în Canada.
Momentan prezintă expoziția personală PICA: From the insubordinate Gardens, în perioada 14 – 28 Octombrie, 2015. Este o expoziție cu lucrări pe hârtie executate în atelierul din Toronto și inspirate de magia Grădinii Botanice din Jibou, județul Sălaj, unde artista Teodora Pica a participat vara trecută la Simpozionul de Arte Visuale 2015. Expoziția are loc la TeodoraART Gallery în Toronto, Canada.
Imagini din atelierul din Brașov
Teodora Pica is a senior Romanian Canadian visual artist living in Toronto who maintains her practice in Toronto and in the historic village of Brasov in Transylvania, Romania. She works in painting, sculpture, experimental printmaking and photography. The third generation of a family of artists, she first studied at the Ion Mincu University of Architecture in Bucharest. She obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto, and later, she studied painting and drawing at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. In August 2014 she graduated from Goucher College, in Baltimore, MD with a Master of Arts and Arts Administration diploma. Pica has exhibited her work together with other independent artists internationally, collaborating with commercial and public galleries, as well as museums, in Canada, USA, Belgium, Italy, Romania and Mexico.
She works onsite at the T-ART Studio while she directs the T-ART Gallery in Toronto. An extension of the gallery, the studio is a creative “laboratory” where Pica initiates collaborative experimental art projects.
Recent activities include Head Representative of the Visual Arts at Arts Buster Club, Upper Canada College, and, volunteer artist at the Toronto School of Art, Toronto.
Pica is a Toronto member of CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation, Le Front des Artistes Canadienes), a federally incorporated non-profit corporation operating as the sole national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists.
2014 MAAA Diploma from Goucher College, University of Baltimore Master of Arts and Arts Administration
1992- 1997 Ontario College of Art,
Painting and Drawing Department
1992 B.Arch Diploma from John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
Bachelor of Architecture
1983 -1985 University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ion Mincu, Bucuresti
2015 From the Insuboedinate Gardens – T-ART Gallery
2014 Colonizing – T-ART Gallery, Toronto
2013 Collectives -T-ART Gallery, Toronto
2012 Comoara Esentiala – OKIAN Gallery, Brasov, Romania
2011 Hydroponics – T-ART Gallery, Toronto
2010 Core Estate – T-ART Gallery
2009 Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2009 Galeria Frezia, Dej, Transylvania
2008 Galerie d’art Le Royer
2005, 2006 Galerie d’art Le Royer
2004, 2005 Canadian Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2002, 2006 Galerie d’art Michel Bigue, Saint Sauveur des Monts, QC
1998, 2000, 2003 Teodora Art Gallery Yorkville, Toronto, ON
1994, 1996 Della Scala Fine Art, Toronto, ON
1994, 1996 Della Scala Fine Art, Toronto
Group Exhibitions 2005-2013
2015 Visual Arts Symposium Exhibition, Zalau, Romania
2013 New Sculptures – Galerie Van Der Planken, Antwerp, Belgium
2012 WATER at Todmorden Mills Gallery
2010 LOOP Gallery, Toronto
2010 Nuit Blanche, Toronto
2009 Moos Gallery –April
“ 50 years anniversary”
Pica, Chadwick, Etrog, Appel,
Chandra, Scott, McEwen,
Galerie d’Art Le Royer,Montreal, QC
Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Jasondeanart Gallery, London, England
Therymer Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
Forest Gallery Fine Art, Guildford, England
Berengo Fine, Venice, Italy
Whistler Village Art Galleries, Whistler, BC
Koyman Art Galleries, Ottawa, Canada
Art At Five Gallery, Brighton, England
Canadian Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art, Manchester, England
John Scott Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
Ken Segal Gallery, Winnipeg MB
Middlebrook Gallery, Staunton, VA
Arton5, “Hot and Cold” Austin, TX
Mensi and Rioux, Montreal, ON
Las Olas Fine Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Galerie D’art Yvon Desgagnes, Baie Saint Paul, QC
Gallery Gevik, Toronto, ON
Alon Zakaim Fine Art, Cork Street, London, England
2013 April PAN, Amsterdam – Galerie Van Der Planken
2012 October Toronto International Art Fair – Galerie Van Der Planken
2012 April PAN, Amsterdam – Galerie Van Der Planken
2010 October Toronto International Art Fair
2010 April Glasgow Art Far, England
2009 October Toronto International Art Fair
2009 April Glasgow Art Fair, England
2006 to2008 New York International Art Fair
2000 to 2003 Toronto International Art Fair
1999 to 2003 New York International Art Fair
1996 Miami Art Fair
2009, 2011 Meeting Point, Arad, Transylvania
2013 Sculptor Nica Petre Prize, Toronto
Artist Rezidence Participation
2015 July Visual Arts Symposium at Botanical Gardens Jibou, Salaj, Romania
2013 Observatorul, Februarie 2013
2009 Observatorul 11, December14,2009, article, page16
2006-2008 Biennial Guide
Canadian Artist in Galleries, MAGAZIN’ART
09-2005 Parcours, magazine de arte, article
09-2006 MAGAZIN’ART, articles
2006 Catalog of National Museum of Fine Arts of Brasov, Romania
2006- June “The finance” Romanian paper, see: www.zf.ro/articol_88385
2007 – UC Berkley Library
Main Stock: N7232.M543 2006
Series: Colectia Aristi Contemporani; 31
Museums and Public Gallery Exhibitions
2012 Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle PA – Teodora Pica solo exhibition, March
2010 Agnes Jamieson Gallery – Canadian Landscape Exhibition, Minden, Ontrio
– Juried Exhibition
2010 Museum of Fine Arts, Durango, Mexico – Xilo Project
2009 National Museum of Fine Arts, Cluj- Napoca, Cluj, Romania
“Core Estate” – solo exhibition
2007 Community Center Art Gallery, Rasnov, Romania – Sacred Art Exhibition, group show
2006 National Museum of Fine Arts of Brasov, Romania
Special Invitation -“Three Romanian Diaspora Artists” Brasov, Romania,
Hoyt Institute of fine Arts , New Castle, PA
Museum of Fine Art, Durango, Mexico
National Museum of Art in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
National Museum of Fine Arts of Brasov, Romania
Arte Contemporane Museum, Montreal
Hart House Gallery, University of Toronto
Born: Brasov, Romania
Live/Work: Toronto, Canada
T-ART Gallery and Studio
214 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON Canada
Imagini din atelierul din Toronto
Lucrări de sculptură ale Teodorei Pica
PICA Exhibition: From the insubordinate Gardens
Insubordiante Gardens – Introduction:
Amidst the rolling green hills and fields of Transylvania, dotted with terra cotta-coloured roofs and the sun-bleached white brick houses they top, stands a former castle now serving as the artist-in-residency where Teodora Pica completed a two-week stay. Surrounding the castle is the Jibou Botanical Garden – an exotic oasis of flora ranging from a bed of cacti, to a herbarium, to a Japanese garden. Imported as well as local plant species growing freely outside and in greenhouses juxtapose the wild and the manicured.
This natural versus cultivated contrast, which Pica deems “insubordinate” versus “subordinate,” serves as the conceptual anchor for a new series of acrylic and mixed-media paintings she created back in her Toronto studio. The artworks depict mysterious flora and seeds bursting with “insubordinate” painterly energy. Displayed like herbaria (preserved plant specimens), that is, as central images on white paper, her fantastical collection of plants and seeds stands equally as a testament of the flora’s “subordination” to orderly display and of the artist’s memory of the gardens. In other words Pica interprets her theme both literally and abstractedly; while she directly illustrates contrast, she grants equal focus to evoking the essential mood of the Jibou gardens.
Take for one instance a series of four small paintings in which bold, jagged outlines render seeds that sprout wings. The wings symbolize nascent unbridled growth, as stressed by the loose painting and scratched over delineations that render them. Simultaneously, their clean, spare compositions reflect the conscious, careful organization of a garden. As Pica wryly observes, plants “become subordinate when put in artworks.”
Here the artist implies that gardener and garden work together as a metaphor for the artist and the dilemma she faces in attaining that elusive ideal image: whether she should carefully, consciously control it, or whether she should let it take its own spontaneous course. The image, confined by the shape of the paper, the limitations of the media, and the standard rules of composition, struggles for its freedom. Ultimately, “insubordination” allows the image to bloom to its highest potential of beauty, as these splendidly uninhibited paintings perfectly demonstrate.
– Earl Miller
The paradoxical nature of gardens – that they are both wild and cultivated, or in the artist’s words, “insubordinate” and “subordinate” – is the central concept behind Teodora Pica’s new series of acrylic and mixed-media paintings. Not only does she focus on this contrast though, she also evokes the mysterious mood of what inspired her paintings: the exotic Jibou Botanical Garden in Transylvania, Romania.
– Earl Miller