Alexandra Nechita is back on the road again.
The Los Angeles-based artist took a hiatus from the the business and promotional side of being an artist.
“I had still been producing a tremendous amount of work that I hadn’t had exhibitions in the (United) States,” Nechita said. “I took time off from the chaos I’ve been a part of for so many years. It suited me well. It’s a good thing for everyone to do. Sometimes slowing down is the best way to propel yourself forward. It gave me a chance to spend time in my studio that wasn’t dictated by deadlines or expectations from dealers. It gave me an opportunity to be with myself and re-evaluate the things I wanted to talk about in my work.”
Nechita’s “Re: Imagined,” a new collection, will be on exhibition and available for acquisition June 21 to June 30 at CV Art & Frame, 110 S. Main St., Zionsville. The exhibition begins with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. June 21. There will be meet-the-artist opportunities from 6 to 8 p.m. June 29 and from 1 to 3 p.m. June 30. There will be a children’s event June 29 from 11 a.m. to noon with Nechita.
“During the time, I made a lot of work and also had a child and I’ve gotten the gift of hanging out with her that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy if I had maintained before,” said Nechita, who has a 4-year-old daughter. “With all the hard work I had done before, it was gifts I was able to give myself. But the artist’s blood I have flowing through me is the need to be curious and live in the chaos.”
So, Nechita decided it was time for her to display her work again.
“I wanted to get in a gallery space and get people to see my work and see this new side of me that has come out because I’ve delved into this experience of me being a mother and this femininity that overcomes me — femininity, in terms of a tenderness, or softness,” she said.
Nechita, 33, was born in Romania before moving to the U.S. when she was 1 1/2 years old. Nechita, regarded as a child prodigy nicknamed “Petite Picasso,” had her first solo exhibition at age 9 at the Los Angeles Library. At 11, some of her paintings were selling for more than $100,000. Eventually, one of her paintings sold for nearly $400,000. Her work is in the private collections of Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman and Calvin Klein, among celebrities.
During her hiatus, Nechita completed an important public art project in Romania, which she was commissioned for two summers ago.
Nechita said she never felt pressure from her parents.
“My parents always said, ‘Let’s shut this operation down if you are too tired, exhausted or burned out,’” Nechita said. “I always had these conversations when I felt I was too exhausted or missing out on social things.”
Nechita said because she had such a great experience she “never got lost in the quicksand.”
“We’ve worked out a (tour) system that will keep me happy and grounded enough but still give me an opportunity to showcase my work and give me the opportunity to see how people respond to it,” Nechita said. “I’m incredibly curious to see how it will be received.”
Nechita decided several years ago to craft an event for children to make art more approachable.
“I wanted to create an atmosphere where kids felt comfortable to look at art,” she said. “Observe it, like it, not like it, say what they like. It’s one of my favorite events I did. It’s not malicious. Kids say what they think and say what they feel. I look forward to those sessions more than anything because it fills me with a new energy and new life.”