B. 1982, Horezu
Sabina Elena Legănaru is an artist born in Horezu, she has been living and creating in Bucharest for 20 years.
Sabina graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Bucharest, the National University of Arts where she completed both the undergraduate and master's courses in the painting department. She studied and created for 2 years in Florence and Rome. She is a member of the Union of Plastic Artists, Bucharest Branch - Painting Section.
Sabina has had exhibitions of drawing, painting, photography, and installation in Bucharest, Paris, Rome, Florence, London, Montreux, Nice, Frankfurt, and New York.
The participation of her works at the Paris Painting Salon as well as the Florence Biennale of Art represent important moments in her career as an artist.
Her works can be found in private collections in Romania, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and the USA.
My work is the cause and effect of the intrinsic relationship between my roots, my environment, and of how complex I can be and feel.
I am persistently trying to discover myself, to get to my essence - and the viewer has a direct channel. The most sincere of what I have to offer is there. I often observe that nature is always at its essence. It is a pure source which gives me everything. It makes me feel the same truthfulness and invokes a desire to reciprocate.
I admire the sincerity of working in an innate and impulsive way; the emphasis on spontaneous, automatic or subconscious creation that stems from an original position. I approach the subject from various perspectives and combine different tools and techniques to articulate this intention. I add color, reduce, scrape, rip, rub and am in a constant search to dissolve matter and decipher the fluidity of movement. This is why I define myself as a two-fold artist. I use both my analytical skills and my emotions to deconstruct various concepts, objects and realities and realign them in a different way in order to create a new perspective.
As a Romanian, everything I have done, I have achieved by working hard. This is my definition of evolution. I never want to remain at the same level. I don’t want things to be static, and this is evident in my work. Working hard also means I get tired and I simply don’t want to give so much. I am more superficial when I am tired. Interestingly, low energy can help my practice. High energy can produce results that I find too sure and is not necessarily constructive.
I don’t think too much, using only the resources and mental state at that moment - jumping between alpha or beta (dreamlike) states, using less rationale and letting things be. The result doesn’t have to be what I want it to be. Rather, what I want to see in my work, is the result of painting when I am happy, or tired, or enthusiastic, a clear action of my desire to communicate, to let people know I exist, to let them know I am here.