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In the Studio: Marija Pavlovska

August 10, 2010

Artist Marija Pavlovska is spending time at the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery Studio, working on new material for her next show.

Macedonian-born Pavlovska comes from a family of creatives.  Her father is an established artist and her sister a classically trained pianist.  Pavlovska herself has achieved international success.  After earning both her Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Fine Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje, Macedonia; Pavlovska took up residency in Paris and Vienna, employed as an artist-in-residence to develop her talent.  Afterwards, she moved around Europe until finally venturing to the United States, moving to New York City, where she lives, today.

Pavlovska creates works that display polar opposites: light and dark, full and empty, black and white.  Each piece is a meditation on creation, and each stroke of her brush is a gesture at conveying a beginning.  Her forms bridge a gap between dreaming and seeing that hypnotize its observer.  Each work is a story reverberating deep inside the artist.

Pavlovska absolutely embodies the image of the artist.  With her black clothing, swept-back hair, and makeup-less face, she looks exactly like a modern-day Georgia O’Keefe.  Like her painting, Pavlovska can be described as having two very distinct personalities.  In one moment, she is bursting with energy.  You feel the vibration within her as you watch her hands articulate what her words cannot.  Her voice is loud and confident as she talks about her paintings.  Then, there’s the quiet Maria.  Reserved and observant, eyes slightly cast-down and hands tucked into her chest, her stillness is riveting.

For the next several weeks, we are providing her the space to create.   Portions will be unveiled during our show this Thursday from 6 to 8pm.

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