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As a painter devoted to modernism, Cezara Kolesnik draws on the most diverse creative sources. Hers is a universe full of symbols depicted in colours pure and bright mixed with the melancholy eyes of children lost, children asleep on hills or in the embrace of sympathetic dragons.
Kolesnik embarked on the path toward becoming a painter in her childhood.
Born into a family of two writers, she always had the chance to meditate on colours and lines. Freedom of choice and expression was given to her, as well, during her studies in Sergiu Badragan’s class at the Alexandru Plamadeala National College of Arts in Chisinau, Moldova’s capital, where she was living with her parents.
Kolesnik says she stared thinking about her individual style from the moment she began enjoying painting for herself in Moldova. Over the next decade, in France, she studied painting at ERBA in Besançon, the history of arts at Dijon University, the history of contemporary arts at Paris IV, Sorbonne University, as well as expertise in paintings of the 19th and 20th Centuries at the European Institute of Studies in Art.
After completing her studies, she went through a five-year period without painting, feeling unhappy and unsure about launching a fresh start in her career.
Once she finally re-approached her brushes, a series of children portraits was presented to the public. The child as an artistic form of expression developed slowly, Kolesnik says, even though the theme of childhood had always attracted her.
'In my childhood I knew that I was a child, and I knew that my childhood would end one day', the artist says. 'From childhood, I already experienced nostalgia for my childhood'.
No doubt, Kolesnik refers to her own childhood in her paintings of children. But she refers also to the childhood of so many children left at home alone by their mothers and fathers who departed Moldova after the collapse of the Soviet Union in search of better lives.
The artist sets a goal of advocating change for Moldova’s abandoned children.
The love for life and joy is depicted in the artist’s painted dreams. She likes to paint trees, flowers and hills.
'All my phantasmagorical paintings are linked to nature and my life. I am inserting my memories in my paintings because I believe they can trigger somebody else’s memories', Kolesnik says. 'The hills painted by me are the hills of my childhood when I was watching my grandparents’ village falling asleep'.
Kolesnik also paints dragons: red, blue, yellow, purple. A feeling of harmony is present in this mini-world. And there space, too, for hope -- the hope for a better world.