Meet the Artist

Maggie Romanovici (Magdalena Mateescu) was born in Romania, under the communist dictatorship. In this closed society, the arts and culture were the only possible escape route. Maggie showed a natural inclination towards drawing and colored pencils early on. In elementary school, her teachers noticed that she was very talented. Her father, also having had a penchant for painting, represented an important influence on the artistic development of his daughter.

So, Maggie started attending art school. For six years, she formally learned drawing, watercolor, oil painting, and whatever else the school curriculum contained. Then she continued to perfect her skills in private lessons with renowned local painters. Her first participation in an exhibition was at 12, with an oil painting. Others followed.

As the communist regime in her native Romania did not favor artistic careers, Maggie chose to teach languages. The contact with art never left her, but it was just later in her life and in Canada that she returned to painting full time. The first years are dedicated to figurative painting, but little by little Maggie discovers the freedom of expression offered by abstract painting. She continued to take art classes on techniques and new materials to enrich and perfect her way of expressing herself. Her curiosity and her desire to progress remain constant.

To date, she has participated in more than 30 group exhibitions with associations and various organizations, at Galerie Ambigu and Galerie Lenoir. She lives in Montreal and is represented by Galerie Lenoir.