The Artist of the Month: Gina Ster

The Lobby Contemporary Art Space is showing at its premises the artist of this month (April 2011): Gina Ster. She presents her project “Signs in Shadows” until the end of the month.

You can also check out the interview which she gave the curator of the exhibit Matei Enric.


MATEI ENRIC: When did you discover your passion for art?

GINA STER: I don’t know exactly where to begin. In kindergarden I took part in a drawing contest. We were supposed to draw some pictures from a book. I liked the experience very much. I don’t know if I won, but I like to think that I did.  Then, in school, I was very enthusiastic when we had to draw maps for the geography class, and I always had 10s in chemistry class because I always offered to design Mendeleev’s table at a large scale and also different chemical reactions.  Then during the history classes I wrote the lessons using different colors for every line in the notebook and so was the only one in the class full of colors. My enthusiasm for coloring everything gave me a great force to become as good at it as I could. I continued with the walls in my room because I needed to touch everything around me. I drew a big capricorn and I had the luck to make it quite nice, so my parents didn’t get upset, then I made the portraits of my neighbors and I was very happy when I was 12 years old and I made the portrait of my childhood best friend, a 3 year old boy called Alin. I think that my passion for this appeared during childhood. It took a while for me to become fully involved in this.

Alin / Gina Ster / 1993

M.E.: You finished the faculty of Political Sciences. How did this influence your art?

G.S.: Let’s say I was completely bored during my faculty classes and the thing I loved most was going to the library to research things. I always got stuck in the art section. A couple of steps away form the library was the Art Museum, where I liked to sit and watch Grigorescu’s gipsy lady.  I felt very confused during the years I spent at the faculty and was often depressed for not doing what I wanted. And my greatest moments of pleasure were when I was drawing or painting. Before choosing this faculty I had a long talk with my parents about me going to the Art Faculty but because I lacked the studies at a fine art high school and any preparation, we decided it was a very bad idea for my future, so I went with Political Sciences. Years after, I realized that I wasn’t that much into politics, so I just continued drawing and painting. I noticed that when I choose a wrong road it becomes even more clear what I actually want to do. So, I am not sorry for having tried this faculty because by enthusiasm  and my will to become a painter got even stronger.

M.E.: How can you shortly define your artistic vision?

G.S.: It is pretty simple. I paint everything I see around me and about all experiences that impress me. I like people and their problems and their way of thinking and I get fascinated when I find them in different situations I experience. This is the main reason why my “Signs in Shadows” project was made this way. I think that in most part we are formed by the prints of the people we interact with and by the things that happen to us. When you interact with someone, you cannot really tell who that someone is, but you only remember the impression he or she left you and you eventually identify emotions which you already lived. This is why I believe we are formed by small parts of the others and by most of the experiences we went through. And how do I see this now? Like a sign in a shadow put on canvas.

M.E.: What artistic current or artist most influenced you ?

G.S.: I like very much Van Gogh, just like millions of people on this planet, of course. I like the fact that painting simple things in a very complex way, shows actually that every part, which forms a special thing, matters very much, no matter how small it is.

M.E.: You are a multivalent artist which uses a large gamma of technical procedures to express yourself, starting from the digital art, photography, painting and collage. How do you opt for a certain technique when you start a project ?

G.S.: I don’t like to use the same style even if the project is different because it gives me a sensation of monotony. I like to come up with something new every time, first of all for myself, to indulge in my joy of experiencing the unknown. How do I choose a certain technique ? It’s simple. It just has to be different from the last one used.

M.E.: What do you think about the relation of a young artist with the national and international cultural scene ?

G.S.: I believe every artist tries to find his or her place in the national and international cultural scene and is trying to come up with something new so that his or her message would be clear, well understood and appreciated. It’s like in every field of activity. We all want to evolve and to make things better and be as good as we can at what we do.

M.E. Which are the next artistic projects that you plan ?

G.S.: I plan some surprises. But in the near future I can brag about the exhibit in Washington, USA, for the Open Gates Event and the exhibit in Bologna, Italy.

M.E.: How do you spend your spare time, outside your professional sphere ?

G.S. I always have the feeling that my whole time is my spare time. Mostly, I do what attracts me. I am a very curious person and I like to discover and explore “unknown worlds”, as I call them. And I obviously use this way of life as inspiration for my paintings. But in general I am open to everything: going to the mountains, diving, fishing, sailing, visiting foreign countries, bike riding, piano playing.


The exhibit will be open from the 14th of April until the 30th of April 2011. The place is open from Monday to Saturday: 09:00 – 18:00 and on Sunday from 09:00 – 12:00. You can find a map of the location here.