ABOUT SEBI

Sebastian Stoici is an 18-year-old artist born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Raised by parents who are both doctors, Sebi’s family eventually moved to St. Petersburg, Florida.

His first exposure in the world of art started at a young age of three when he attended a program at the Carnegie Art Museum in Pittsburgh. Showing a real interest in art, Sebi started honing his innate painting skills at the age of 10. With a great support system from his parents, he started learning the basics of art theory while taking private art lessons from established artists in Pittsburgh.

It wasn’t long when Sebi found his immense love and longing for painting. It became his outlet in expressing how he sees the world in vivid colors on a canvas. Upon entering high school, his style of painting slowly transformed into his own ‘brand’, making his art pieces genuinely remarkable and unique. This can be attributed to his high school art teachers, Jenny Trewin and Brian Gates, who helped, encouraged, and pushed him to see the world of art in a whole new light. Another person who guided Sebi when it comes to laying down a foundation of techniques and color placement was Debbie Prigon. Taking inspiration from Henri Matisse and his expertise in manipulating colors in ways that evoke emotions, Sebi’s painting techniques slowly molded into something that is more ‘him’.

A Break That Started Early

From getting a mural painting commission in Pittsburg to having his artworks displayed at Rustico Gallery and Woodfield Fine Art Gallery, Sebi started building his name in the world of art. Although he is still studying at St. Petersburg High School, he makes sure that his passion stays active and is continuing to provide high-quality output for art enthusiasts like him. Sebi is planning to attend college at the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Moreover, Sebi also received multiple Scholastic Art awards and have won an art grant by the Halos Arts Project.

An Art That Warps You Decades Back

Sebi’s paintings take you back to a much older era because of the painting technique he used—a massive influence of Impressionism with a little mixture of fauvist qualities such as bold coloring, expressive brush strokes, and peculiar subject poses. The longer you look at the artwork, the more you are immersed and taken into a surreal world where everything is vibrantly dreamy. He mostly works in oil paints, watercolor paints, and mixed media arts.

His sketches comprise of the same technique, but even with the simple strokes of pen and colors, depth and meaning are evident. Sebi’s paintings are often inspired by real people and random moments, which he interprets into a more dramatic and artistic output.

Aside from painting, Sebi also spends time honing his skill in sculpting. Currently interested in the destructive architectural style that exhibits buildings floating in a crumbling state and a dark void, he can put together raw materials and transform them into aesthetically presentable works of art.

“The style I sculpt in is similar to the archaic destructive architectural style that I paint in. In the sense that my pieces take the form of crumbling, overgrown buildings that are taken back by nature. These are mostly built out of raku clay and glazed with high fire glazes that are bold in color.”

Inspired by his Romanian ethnicity, Sebi is currently working on a series of large scale paintings of the same destructive architecture portrayals of communist buildings throughout Romania. He is also interested in painting subjects in either gracious sitting or standing poses. These works of art are done in oils.

“I want to be able to express the world as I see it to the fullest extent that I can possibly do and beyond. For the people that do not have the ability to realize the world in other views.”

Artist Statement

Being born in the United States and having Romanian be my first language was always an odd problem for me. It was hard for me to fit into most groups, especially in school. My only outlet to express how I felt about this was through drawing and painting. I’ve always enjoyed doing it. Since I was a little kid, I’ve always had a fascination with the arts. As a child, I fondly recall going to a museum or a gallery and seeing all of the masterful works done by others or taking classes at school and private ones as well. The arts have always been a part of me. My father, who is musically inclined, taught me the basics in drawing when I was the age of four: perspective, the human form, and how to draw wheels properly. He was and still is a big inspiration of mine: helping me come up with new ways to strengthen the messages I want to convey with my pieces.

Recently I have been inspired by the Fauvist movement by artists like Matisse and Chagall. They have influenced most of my recent paintings, which comprise of nude figures positioned in graceful sedentary poses, lounging in the lush, velveteen depths of my mind. I have also been greatly inspired by the new movement of Metamodernism, which prompted me to work on a series of large-scale paintings. These paintings depict the old decrepit communist buildings in Romania floating away in a still crumbling state of reassurance that time has passed on to become history and is now a mere memory.

I’ve always loved museums. When I lived in Pittsburgh, my birth city where my family and I lived in the neighborhood of Oakland, the preschool I attended would take the group of us children to the Carnegie Museum of Fine Arts every week, and every time I was just so amazed. Being that little and having such a wonderful chance of seeing all the works at the museum left a profound impact on me. I could say that the preschool had the greatest impact on developing my artistic interests.

Art is something—no, more than something—it is a way of realizing the world, and I want to have the chance of strengthening my ability to see. And with this strengthed vision, I want to help others see the world in new ways through the publication of books on the topic of art theory and through my own pieces.” –  Sebastian Stoici