Famous Romanians: Alexandra Nechita (Little Picasso)

Alexandra Nechita is a famous young Romanian cubist painter and one of the most famous contemporary artists worldwide. Her paintings are often compared to those of Picasso, Matisse and other great artists. The media gave her nicknames such as the “petite Picasso” and the “Mozart with a paintbrush”.

By Alexandra Fodor

Alexandra Nechita was born in 1985 in Vaslui, Romania but moved with her family to the United States, two years later. She began drawing at the age of two and at the age of eight, she had her first art exhibit at a Los Angeles public library.

In 1995, Alexandra Nechita traveled to Paris to work at the Mourlot Press. (Only the great artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Miró have been invited to work there.). The same year she became the youngest artist to sign with International Art Publishers.

Alexandra paints in oil, on large canvases, and she paints quickly and spontaneously, often completing several large paintings in one week. Her work is compared to the Cubist work of Picasso because she breaks things up into geometric shapes and to Chagall because her paintings are imaginative and dreamlike.

She created themed logos for events such as the 1997 Grammy Awards, Polaroid’s 50th anniversary and made a series of paintings entitled “Winning Together” for the Special Olympics.

Her portfolio includes paintings such as Blueberry Man, The Conductor, Buckets of Detangler, Captain Nechita, True Love, Peace Collector, Angels Glow in the Dark, Kaleidoscope, Hearts of Peace, Sun Flower Morning, The Best Place to Be and sculptures such as Garden Angel, Victorious Spirit or Beginning of Us.

Her paintings have been displayed in UK, France, Switzerland, Japan, the Netherlands, Italy, New Zealand and Australia.

In 1998, she appeared in the sitcom “Boy Meets World”, as herself in the episode “Better than the Average Cory”. In 1999, Alexandra Nechita was chosen by the World Federation of the United Nations to lead a Global Arts Initiative involving more than one hundred nations worldwide.

Alexandra has appeared on countless programs around the world, including CBS Sunday Morning, NBC’s Today, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.

Among many awards, she was named Outstanding Artist of the Year: Painting by NuBreed Synergy of the Arts at the Lincoln Center in New York; one of the Most Fascinating Women of the Year by CBS-TV, New York; and she was named one of the 100 Most Interesting People in a list compiled by People Magazine.

In 2001, she was named Ambassador of Peace by the United Nations. In 2003, “Alexandra Nechita Center for the Arts” was inaugurated in US and in 2005 Nechita’s United Nations Peace Monuments for Asia was presented in Singapore.

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