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   Born in Granada, Emaus Miciu Nivolaevici came to Argentina before his first birthday. Third in a family of nine children, his earliest memories are of the nature and countryside in the Cordoba hills, and learning dedication to tasks through those assigned to himself and his siblings; bringing in wood for the stove, feeding the birds, sweeping the autumn leaves.  

   As a boy in primary school, Emaus didn’t receive any particular training in painting, but he Emaus Miciu in Argentinabegan taking a few oil paints from his father (without permission) for his own dubious works of art. His first little paintings in oil were made in the home of his grandfather, Konstantino Miciu. Already an old man at this point, they had a very deep, and magical relationship. Konstantino had graduated many years earlier from art school in Vienna, and his affectionate tutoring guided Emaus towards his vocation. 

   At the age of twelve, his father, Georg, took Emaus and his brothers traveling through Patagonia, where he painted his first landscapes; and where the family would soon relocate permanently in San Martin de los Andes. Emaus began secondary school here, but had already started performing exhibitions of his work in Cordoba. 

   His father, Georg, cultivated the individual talents in each of his children; using the lessons of life to guide them and bring value to their work. Georg himself is an accomplished artist; having traveled the world, and performed hundreds of exhibitions, he no longer seeks the world but rather, the world seeks him. Emaus saw other great artists admiring the work of his father, and witnessed how his pace, with the passage of time, gave birth to each masterpiece. He saw the essence and soul in his work; and it left deep impressions on him. 

 

 

   Another strong influence on Emaus, came from his association with Ivan Moricz Karl; a Hungarian immigrant, who completed his university education in Mexico and returned to Argentina to perfect his own art with hyperrealist, Axel Amuchastegui. Ivan was an artist of culture and exquisite composition, and known around the world for his talent. He generously allowed Emaus access to his studio, buried deep in the Patagonia forest next to a lake, and reachable only by boat. It was he who guided Emaus in drawing and composition. 

   Emaus never loved traveling, but his father wisely insisted that he visit the great museums and soak up the visions of other art forms. He spent about a year and a half over three trips through Europe, and though he preferred the smaller world of his studio, he was amazed at how much he learned. As he puts it, “My palette acquired Freedom and Amplitude with this proximity to the Great Masters”. He would have never thought that seeing these masterpieces could have taught him so much, so quickly. 

   After traveling and painting in different places, he realized that the atmosphere and culture can change his vision of the world. Even the same deep blue sea looks different from France, Spain, or Italy. He realized he was not just a painter of scenery, but of emotions. 

   Emaus’ wife, Yuki, is from a traditional Japanese family, and graduated from a piano conservatory. They first met many years ago, as her interest in art led her to pass through first Georg’s studio, and then Emaus’. Several years passed before they met once again at an art exhibit in Buenos Aires; and when the time was right, they fell in love. Yuki shares the same passion for the life of an artist, and as Emaus puts it, “…it had to be someone who could walk with me towards the same bright star.”  

   Emaus and Yuki now make their home in the hills surrounding the town of Merlo. It was my great pleasure to spend an afternoon with them; listening to the inspiring music from Yuki’s piano, and seeing the passion in Emaus’ eyes as he describes his art. To learn more about Emaus’ work, I hope you will visit his website here: www.impresionista.com.ar 

Emaus Miciu Nicolaevici

 

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Fall 2012 Issue of The Patagonia Journal

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