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Madalina Nicola
( United States )



Madalina Nicola

Originally described as "a consummate Color Field painter ... of an almost Turner-esque radiance", Madalina Nicola added in her recent large canvas work yet another dimension, that of the emotionally charged abstract landscaping.
Madalina Nicola was born in 1970 in Eastern Europe. After graduating college in 1994, she married and immigrated to the United States. She currently lives with her husband Lee in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Since childhood, Madalina suffered of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Asthma, all conditions with no known medical cure. Instead of giving up, Madalina started her own research and, after years of struggle and with the help of alternative treatments, she completely overcame her illnesses.

2007 scheduled exhibitions:
2007 Art Expo New York - SOLO Exhibit (booth # 367) March 1 - 5, 2007
SOLO Exhibit with Expression Gallery of Fine Art - Chicago IL (starting March 2007)
SOLO Exhibit with Exquisite Art Gallery - Ann Arbor MI (ongoing)
Ongoing Exhibit with Alex Gallery - Washington D.C.
Ongoing Exhibit with Expression Gallery of Fine Art - Chicago IL
Ongoing Exhibit with Expression Gallery of Fine Art - Hinsdale IL
2006 exhibitions:
SOLO Exhibit with Exquisite Art Gallery - Cook Creek Court, Ann Arbor, MI (January - December 2006)
Ongoing Exhibit with Alex Gallery - Washington D.C. (January - December 2006)
Ongoing Exhibit with Expression Gallery of Fine Art - Chicago IL (June - December 2006)
Ongoing Exhibit with Expression Gallery of Fine Art - Hinsdale IL (July - December 2006)

2005 exhibitions:
SOLO Exhibit with Alex Gallery - Washington D.C. (October 2005)
SOLO Exhibit with Chelsea Gallery - New York City (January - May 2005)
Second SOLO Exhibit with Alex Gallery - Washington D.C. (November - December 2005)
Abstract Lyricism Exhibit with SoHo Gallery - New York City (April - May 2005)

Madalina Nicola's art is currently represented in the following states:
Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware by Alex Gallery
Illinois, Iowa, Indiana by Expression Gallery of Fine Art
Michigan by Exquisite Art Gallery

Madalina Nicola’s paintings can be found in private collections in New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C. as well as in Michigan, Russia and Switzerland. They continue to impress and seduce art critics and collectors alike.


I loved to paint for as far as I can remember; ever since, painting has been a great part of my life. To me, it is a fantasy world in which I surround myself in my quest for freedom and inner peace; a beautiful world without limits where hopes and dreams become reality.

I get inspired by powerful emotions, which I see as virtual images in my mind. Once I see them, I can visualize them again if I want to, as if they were a previous memory. I then feel the uncontrollable urge to capture these images on canvas.

First, I need to discover which colors I need to use in my new painting. They always tend to be colors that I have to invent by mixing various basic pigments from the jar. I always study the result on a blank canvas for the right hue, transparency and intensity.

Once I like the result, I use it to create my new background.

The next step in my process is usually building up layers upon layers of glazes. In doing that, I sometimes use the same color, sometimes I use layers of different colors.

I always like to study the transparency and opacity of new colors, the intensity of glazes that I could use and if and how they can be combined in harmony. I am always fascinated by the complexity and beauty of this process.

Some paintings require rich texture. I use for that gel medium, paste or gesso, depending on the desired outcome. I usually add sand to the mixture before it dries out. Once dry, I build layers of glazes as if with all other projects.

It is on canvas that I merge together color, glazes and texture to create the illusion of translucency and immateriality. The whole process comes natural to me. I always trust my instincts and I don’t feel the need to “think” my next step. I always feel I am in total control of the process, without any inhibitions or fears. I lose the sense of time, as I feel totally submerged in the process. I never feel afraid to make mistakes and I feel no inhibitions as I paint.

I love painting on large canvases. I feel it is completely liberating, giving me the feeling of complete freedom.

I always listen to music when I paint. I use classical music, as well as contemporary mood music. I feel it gives me inner peace and harmony.Once I start a new work, I usually get excited and I can’t rest until I finish it. I work until I am exhausted, late at night, only to wake up next day and start over again. This passion seems to get worse as I approach the final stages; I feel more and more euphoric as I can’t wait to give birth to my new work.

I love to work on several ideas at the same time. As a layer of color or glaze dries out on a canvas in one studio, I go to the other studio and start working on another idea.
I started to look at painting as spiritual strength and emotional healing at a time of great physical illness. When illness took away from me the ability to communicate, painting helped me express what I have found too hard to say in words; it gave me a way to make an escape from sadness, yet at the same time a way to prove myself how strong I am. It is the illness however, from which I learned a higher sense of spirituality, patience, and commitment and to never give up fighting for my dreams. This is why my paintings are not about sorrow and pain, but about hope, courage and a strong belief in miracles.
Today I feel very blessed for being healthy; painting continues to heal my soul, to be a way of expressing my deepest feelings and sharing them with others. It is a message to never lose hope in the continued search for happiness.
I feel compelled to paint as a result of an inner need to express myself. I feel an unstoppable passionate urge to capture on canvas my visualization as filtered through my emotions and feelings. I feel, in return, I receive freedom, happiness and joy. I feel fascinated by the whole process and I perceive every paining as a new journey, a new adventure and a new challenge.
- Madalina Nicola


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