BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA) – Alexandra Nechita waited patiently during the pandemic, to unveil her public art piece here in Los Angeles.
FILE — Alexandra Nechita at a London media event on April 24, 1996. (Gail Fisher/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images)
“I’m trying to behave like a civilized away and not like run,” Nechita told CBS2 News This Morning’s Suzanne Marques. “I run screaming like a mad woman.
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Nechita’s stylized, beautiful bronze sculpture titled “Love Anatomy” was just unveiled at North Burton Way and Rexford Drive in Beverly Hills.
“I hope that anybody who takes the time to look out their window snap a picture, not while you’re driving,” she said. “Feels better after looking at her.”
Nechita exploded to fame when she was just a child. Her art was compared to the likes of Picasso. Now she’s grown up and continuing to break barriers. Her work is exhibited in museums around the globe, despite the fact that women make up just a fraction of the artists on display.
The feel good message is a signature of her work. Her art is hopeful, infused with the spirit of peace, like the dove in the center of “Love Anatomy.”
It’s like her life, filled with promise. She immigrated to the U.S. from Romania when she was two. By the age of 10 she had an international publishing contract, with paintings selling for six figures.
“I had never even heard about Picasso, I just started painting this way because I wanted to be different,” Nechita said.
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Nechita studied fine art at UCLA. Her work is now showcased in museums in the U.S. and around the world.
A recent study looking at the past decade revealed that only 11% of museum acquisitions in the U.S. are works by women.
“I’m still here and that’s all I have to say,” Nechita said. “It’s interesting because when you grow up in the limelight from a young age, there’s this constant cloud of doubt and doom that people tend to place on you.”
Not that it would keep her down. She even broke barriers on this project, in the city she calls home.
“She’s the only artist in the city who is an actual resident, and she’s from Romania and she’s female,” said Deborah Frank with the Beverly Hills Arts and Culture Commission.
Instead of trying to fit in with the men, Nechita’s art embraces femininity and celebrates women, from a woman’s point of view.
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“I’ve always really used the power of the woman in my work, and it was important for me in discussing a message like love,” Nechita said. “They can actually stop for a second and be like, Oh, giving a little love goes a long way.”