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Off the Wall Gallery
News Release
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Prodigal Painter, Alexandra Nechita, Returns to Houston
World-Renowned Romanian Artist Debuts New Work and Sculpture at Off the Wall Gallery

HOUSTON – Off the Wall Gallery will offer for sale the works of masterful and internationally acclaimed artist, Alexandra Nechita, on May 22, 2010, 6 to 8 pm and May 23, 1 – 3 pm. The uncrating event will be held on May 15, 6 to 8 pm and a special children’s art project will take place on May 22, from 11 am to noon. Children ages two through 12 are welcome to create art along side Alexandra Nechita. She was recognized for her artistic ability in early childhood, but the recent graduate of UCLA Fine Arts Program has evolved into a world-class artist and an international ambassador of peace. Alexandra Nechita will be present to greet guests and personalize collected works at all events except the uncrating event on May 15.

In addition to the large-scale paintings, Nechita’s work has expanded into glass, bronze and aluminum painted sculpture. The latter, aluminum “cut-out” sculpture, was born out of Nechita’s struggle between painting and sculpting and her goal to take art out of the gallery and into the public arena.   “I believe that public art empowers urban geography, the city and the people who live there. These animated, bright colors and creatures are meant to surprise and entertain the passer by and hopefully evoke some kind of emotional response,” remarks Nechita. The artist also recently installed a 13-foot bronze sculpture, Let There be Peace, at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Singapore, on which she worked for three years. Her plans to adorn cityscapes throughout the world with the “cut-out” and bronze sculptures will generate these pieces for years to come or, “as long as my hands, brain and heart hold out,” adds Nechita. 

Created purposefully for the Houston event, a new Houston Cityscape graphic will be released for sale, which contains local elements including the Armadillo Palace sculpture, Houston’s downtown skyline, summer tomatoes and Texas wildflowers. Several versions of the 19.5" x 26" graphic will be available for sale at the event.  

The mark of a true artist, she is constantly pushing herself to learn new skills and mediums with which to express her visions. The recently created glass sculptures were the artist’s solution to connecting with her audience in a tactile manner. Recognizing that audiences wanted to touch her paintings, she created art that is interactive, sensual, with no edges or end, to create that connective experience. Describes Nechita, “These sculptures are lyrical and graceful. The transparent and opaque forms transfer into shadows on the wall to create a never-ending experience. All forms of Nechita’s work will be offered for sale at Off the Wall Gallery.

America fell in love with Alexandra Nechita after her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show when she was just nine years old, dubbed “Petite Picasso.” Only one year earlier, her first exhibition at the Los Angeles public library caused quite a stir in the community and it was clear that she would have a bright future as an artist. As she was asked to exhibit at galleries throughout Los Angeles, she became instantly recognizable by art critics and was compared to the likes of Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Mark Chagall and of course, Pablo Picasso. Picasso said that it took him an entire lifetime to learn how to paint like a child, but she instinctively understood cubism, to which she added her own unique perspective. By age 11, she had surpassed the million dollar mark in earnings for her artwork.

She has been named by CNN.com as one of the “Young People Who Rock.” Teen People named her “One of the 20 Teens Who Will Change the World.” In 2004, she was named the official artist of the World Peace Music Awards. In 2005, Nechita’s designs were personally chosen by Queen Elizabeth II for commemorative coins entitled, “Peace is the Only Option.” She dedicated a 16-foot tall bronze sculpture entitled, Let There be Peace, to the people of Singapore. This is one of seven monuments she will dedicate in the name of peace, one for each continent. In November of 1999, Nechita was selected by the World Federation of United Nations to lead a Global Arts Initiative involving more than 100 nations. She was given the honorary title of Ambassador of Peace and Goodwill through the Arts from the UN. Recently, Nechita received the “PeaceBuilders Award” from the Western Justice Center and was asked to speak at TEDxBucharest, a one day conference designed to gather leaders to discuss “Ideas Worth Sharing” for innovation and reinventing our future. Now at the young age of 24, Nechita strives to maximize her artistic expression to bring peace to the world. 

Nechita’s work has been displayed globally, including exhibitions in Romania, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, France, England, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand. Her art is in the collections of dozens of museums worldwide, including the Vatican Collection in Rome and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Nechita’s work is also in the private collections of many celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Debra Messing, Calvin Klein, Whoopi Goldberg and David Letterman. In Whoopi Goldberg's opinion, "The thumbprint of the Great One is on her."

To keep current with all things Alexandra Nechita, visit http://ww.alexandranechita.com/blog  and Alexandra Nechita – Official Page on Facebook (www.facebook.com)




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