With more than fifteen years of artistic carrer, M.M. Ciciovan is one of the leading figures of Contemporary Canadian art. She has staged many solo and group exhibitions and her paintings can be found in public and private collections throughout Canada and abroad, especially in New York, Washington, Boston, Miami, Paris, Madrid, Singapore, Nassau, Bucharest and Cluj.
Born in 1970, in a small Romanian village, M.M. Ciciovan has been drawing and painting since childhood. After the fall of the communist regime, she moved to Montreal to pursue an artistic career. She holds a minor in Fine Arts from the University of Montreal, and a Bachelor degree in Visual and Media Arts (B.F.A.) from the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). For over 15 years, M.M. Ciciovan dedicated herself entirely to artistic creation.
M.M. Ciciovan’s art is based on memory: “more specifically her memories and perceptions of the places from her life, said the Montreal editor and publisher, Wah Keung Chan. She explores an aesthetic and is in search of its beauty and harmony. She challenges her own universe, pushing it to the ideal. The color palette mixes earth tones with light to create a world in orange with hints of blue, yellow and green.”
The Montreal journalist, Dorota Kozinska, praised the art of M.M. Ciciovan in the magazine Vie des Arts: “The pleasure of viewing Ciciovan’s urban magic is purely aesthetic. It is not even emotional, but rather reflective, a brief glimpse before gently receding back into the memory. […] Ciciovan’s roots are Romanian, her creative inspiration universal, and her style all her own.”
Somewhere in between abstraction and the figuration, realism and imagination, M. M. Ciciovan’s paintings give a metaphorical and poetic meaning to the urban landscape. Her artwork is characterized by great freedom of execution, through improvisation and spontaneity. The balance and structure remain however very present: the vertical and horizontal geometry, the architectural elements, the game of mirrors and double images, or the effect of juxtaposition of various perspectives in one same image, are a constant in her work, regardless of the technique used. The color and light do not only evoke the shape, but primarily arise the energy and vibration of the image. Those are the words of professor and mentor, the late Antoine Pentsch, who knew best how to describe the essence of M.M. Ciciovan’s art.
Bachelor in Visual and Media Arts (B.F.A)
University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)
2000 – 2003
Minor in Fine Arts
University of Montreal
1999 – 2000
Member of Honour Committee
100th Anniversary of the Prix d’Europe Competition
The Canada-Romania Medal
Awarded by the Canadian Ambassador in Bucharest
2015 – 2016, Untitled Exhibition, Artblend Gallery, Ft Lauderdale (Florida) (permanent exhibition)
2014 – 2015, « The Land of the Elders», Galerie Images Boréales, Montréal (Québec)
2011, « In Search of Time Lost », Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur, Montreal (Quebec) (solo exhibition)
2009, « Contemplations », The Contemporary Arts Gallery, Montreal (Quebec) (solo exhibition)
2008, « The Great Travelling », Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur, Montreal (Quebec) (solo exhibition)
2007, « Dialogues of the Memory », Montreal Art Gallery, Montreal (Quebec) (solo exhibition)
2006, « Mirages », Scotia Bank ScotiaMcLeod, Montreal (Quebec) (solo exhibition)
2005, « Beyond the Horizon (II) », Olivieri Bookstore/Bistro, Montreal (Quebec) (solo exhibition)
2004, « Beyond the Horizon », Brigitte Desroches Gallery, Montreal (Quebec) (solo exhibition)
2003, « Souvenirs of the Earth », National Theater, Bucharest (Romania) (solo exhibition)
2002, « Variations », Romanian Embassy, Ottawa (Ontario) (solo exhibition)
2002, « My Childhood – Roumanie en Rose », Pierre Peladeau Center, Montreal (Quebec) (thematic exhibition with the filmmaker Jean-Claude Labrecque)
2001, « Parameter », UQAM Gallery, Montreal (Quebec) (group exhibition)
2001, « Leaving the Nest », Inter Palace Gallery, Montreal (Quebec) (solo exhibition)
2001, « Wavering », C. Brancusi Exhibition Center, Montreal (Quebec) (group exhibition)
April 05, 2018 – All Day
Join Emillion Art’s newest online exclusive show on Artsy. From April 5 – May 5, Emillions Art showcases the curated works of six artists for URBAN RENEWAL. This show features the captivating works of photographers and painters who’ve been compelled and spellbound by cities and places of their own choosing. See the works of Ricardo Jorge Reis, MM Ciciovan, Dennis Sabo, Phong Trinh, Nicholas Broughton and Lori Dubois in a whole new perspective.
January 25, 2018 – All Day
Emillions Art, in association with Salomon Arts presents six artists who delve into the space between hesitation and effect, giving this moment form. French Neo-Cubist Alain Beraud, abstractionist MM Ciciovan, illusionist Barbara Rachko, sculptor and painter Shray, minimalist Lynn Charveriat and humorist Christopher Charveriat share their vision of the mystical forces that compel us to motion.
November 30, 2016 –7pm to 9pm
X-Contemporary At Nobu
Emillions Art will be showing at X-Contemporary (Hotel Nobu at the Eden Roc) during Art Basel from November 30- December 4, 2016