Manuela Vintilescu, born in Stockholm, Sweden.

My first major art experience was at the age of 7, when visiting the gigantic and overwhelming sculpture "She" by Niki de St. Phalle at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, 1966. She has always been a great inspiration to me, as well as many other artists in different areas, that I met from all over the world.

I graduated from the French School in Stockholm. Then I studied public relations, graphics, silk screen and painting in France, England and Sweden.

For many years I worked within these different fields. In recent years I have focused my own work on mainly vinyl-paintings on canvas.These paintings are a combination of all my different experiences. I call them "Popicons", because there is always a person portrayed in a pop-art way.

Old woodcuts with motifs of women with amazing haristyles, red mouths and dressed in kimonos with beautiful patterns give me some of my inspiration. Now interpreted in my work, where I want to unite the modern woman and the modern expression with traditional form and composition. With the women in my paintings I want to convey Ultra femininity as well as the strong and courageous woman, breaking with old tradition and setting her own path.

In my paintings I often use motifs symbolizing the four different seasons, and some also have haiku-poems painted in calligraphy.

To continue the motive with pattern or flowers around the edges of the paintings, is to finish them completely and also a way to communicate thorough fullness and aesthetics. Something I apprehend as a common expression in Japan, in gift packages as well as in everyday objects. To make a surface seem printed or associated with Japanese lacquer, I paint with vinyl on canvas with thin colour in many layers.

I started to paint Popicons in 1998 and showed "Angels" in a group exhibition, that year, in Stockholm.

IN 1999 I started to paint paint Japanes Popicons, and the first painting was "Flower year", an installation of 12 pictures of girls, each with a different flower name and representative of the 4 seasons. This installation and some other Japanese Popicons were shown at the Stockholm Spring Show 2000 at Liljevalchs Museum.

My father, Jan Vintilescu was the first author to introduce Haiku poems in Sweden. In 1959 his interpretations in Swedish were published. I was always fascinated by the complexity and immediacy of these poems.

I´m happy to be able to use some of the material from my fathers interpretations, now put together in the "Flower Year" book with my paintings, published in September 2001, on the occasion of my first visit in Tokyo.