Alexandra Nechita returns to Houston with her abstract creations

Just in time for Women’s History Month, Alexandra Nechita returns to Houston. The Romanian-born artist and mother of two was a child prodigy at the age of 6. At 36, the former “Little Picasso” has made a worldwide mark with her Cubist compositions and sculptures. His personal exhibition, Stagingis currently on view at Off the Wall Gallery on Westheimer Road until this weekend.

In the late 1980s, Nechita and her family fled communist rule in Romania to settle in Los Angeles, where her parents worked long hours to ensure a stable life. It was under the care of his grandmother, whose encouragement allowed him to express his emotions through art, that the artist developed a deep connection with painting.

“I didn’t speak English until I got to kindergarten, so I felt isolated about my cultural differences,” Nechita says. Houstonia by phone from Los Angeles “But I found great comfort in doing things and expressing my feelings on paper.”

As she grew up, the small West Coast apartment where Nechita and her family lived was overflowing with a sea of ​​webs. Her parents placed the furniture in the center of the living room to make room for her murals. Nechita describes her younger self as “strange and precocious”, always wanting to stand out from others.

Her work has a distinctly feminine approach to the European modernist style of art, Cubism. (Think Picasso, but with a much warmer, brighter palette.) Throughout her career, she has maintained a deep obsession with color and strives to inspire conversations that lead to lasting change, to hope and peace in the world.

“I’ve always felt a certain level of responsibility in my work,” she says. “Whether my audience is my ninth grade or the readers of vanity loungeI understood what it meant to have people’s ears and eyes on you, and it was an honor and something to be taken very seriously.

Nechita’s exhibition at Houston’s Off the Wall Gallery takes its title from a painting-become-public piece of art which is located at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, a busy entertainment center in Los Angeles. The signature painting and its expanded wall form depict an abstract tiered scene: a mother and child embrace, close to a female figure, stretch out of a window holding a dove in the center of the composition, a blue hand emerges holding a mirror that reflects the character’s face. This image, like many of Nechita’s other works, emphasizes themes of community, freedom, and self-reflection.

Three decades after her days as a young, up-and-coming artist, Nechita has welcomed motherhood into her daily routine. Although she can no longer spend her days and nights in the studio working spontaneously, she still manages to devote two or three uninterrupted days a month to focusing on new work.

“There’s something about being a creative now having to plan those times. It’s important to me,” she says. “I am a painter and artist above all; it is the truest and most authentic side of me. I always want to honor that.

Setting the Stage takes viewers through the final three years of Nechita’s life.

“I’m excited to show this work because I think it does something different,” she says. “It’s a great summary of my personal evolution and the growth I’ve experienced over the past few years…. It’s my way of saying something to people, teaching and finding ways to become better.

Setting the Stage is on view at Off the Wall Gallery until March 12. For more information on the gallery’s opening hours, visit here.

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