The artist photographer Zoia Krastanova was born August 12, 1955 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Twenty years later she emerged as a prominent Bulgarian photographer. She was awarded the title "Artist Photographer" and was the first photographer to be included in the Creative Fund of Bulgarian Artists.
• Golden Medal, Bulgaria International Photo show in Plovdiv
• Grand Prix, Third National Show of young photographers, Sliven, Bulgaria
• Special prize for originality, National competition for students, Sofia
• First prize for slide collection "Universiada '77"
• Second Prize,Third National Show of Color Photography, Troyan
• Two diplomas at the international competition "Young photographers Show Europe" (VDAV) in West Germany and was elected to advertise it
• Third Prize at the Competition for Students in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
• Special mention & 3rd place "The Kid and his World" Sofia, Bulgaria
• Third Prize, National Competition "Bulgaria, Ancient and Ever Young" Shumen, Bulgaria
• Third Prize from "Student Tribune" newspaper
• Third Prize at the International Salon, Sopot, Czechoslovakia
• Fifth Prize "Poland In My Eyes" organized by Orbis in Poland
• Participated in the International Salon in Romania
• National Exhibition "Pirinphoto", Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
• International show "Woman 77" Budapest, Hungary
• International show Bifota-Germany
- Solo Exhibition "The harm, caused by tobacco and liquor"
- One woman show for the centennial of Sofia as the capital of Bulgaria
- Solo Exhibition in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
- Several one-woman shows about Bulgarian towns
Irina presents works in collage and mixed media. In her collages she brings together disparate materials with their own past history, to integrate them to tell one joint story. She uses hand-made paper which she makes from different natural fibers, as well as photographs she takes and other found objects. She has studied collage and hand-made paper techniques at Montserrat College of Art. She has had exhibits of her work at Harvard University, Clark University and in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The rest of the time Irina is a health psychologist and research faculty at the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, Northeastern University. She is also past president of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) and EHPS representative to the United Nations. She founded the Health Psychology Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, and is on the Board of the Bulgarian School in Boston. She consults with individuals and organizations in health, well-being, personal and professional development. Her consulting and coaching practices use narrative approaches, including arts-based narrative forms.
Lyuba Sardanova - (click here for artist Bio)
Lyuba Sardanova was born on May 4, 1978, in Sofia, Bulgaria. She completed her studies at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria, obtaining a Masters Degree in Mural Painting. Ms. Sardanova has completed a number of works using various techniques and materials—e.g., fresco, vitrage, sculpture, illustrations, and design. She also has gained experience working in an art gallery. Ms. Sardanova regularly takes part in group artistic exhibitions in Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, and the USA. Her works are to be found in various Galleries and private collections in these countries.
Exhibitions and work
2010 – Group exhibition and participation in The International Plein air PLOVDIV 2010
2008 – Solo exhibition in Art café, Watertown, MA
2007 – Solo exhibition at The National Fall Exhibitions Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2006 – Solo exhibition In Art café, Boston
2005 – Solo exhibition in The Curb group for Arts Gallery in Midtown, NYC
2004 – Group Exhibition in Chelsea, NYC
2003 – Solo exhibition “Bulgarian Churches” in Bulgarian Consulate, NYC
2002 – Illustrations for the Bulgarian Book ”My Vacation Friend”, published 2002
2002 – Working in French animation company: 4 min handmade movie
2001– Solo exhibition at the Future for Bulgaria Foundation, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2001 – Participated in group exhibition at the State Savings Bank, Sofia, Bulgaria
2001 – Sole performance in “Artists Live” at “A & B” Workshop, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria
2001 – Group exhibition “ Nude” at the Vazrazhdane Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2000 – Solo exhibition at the Balabanov’s House in the Old Plovdiv, Bulgaria
1999 – Participation in a group exhibition in Germany
1998 – Group exhibition at the Military Club, Sofia, Bulgaria
1996 – Participated in a collective of the high school of Fine Arts, Plovdiv, Bulgaria; graduated from high school of Fine Arts, Plovdiv
1995 – Group exhibition at the Plovdiv Hall
Education: MFA Mural Painting, The National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
Graduation: January 2002;
MID Interior design Grad student current, New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University
Boriana Zaneva - (click here for artist Bio)
Boriana Zaneva combines interests bridging across disciplines to develop innovative endeavors. She is an emerging Boston based artist and an experienced children's educator.
Boriana currently coordinates a positive approach literacy program in Boston Public Schools through the non-profit organization Everybody Wins Metro Boston. She is also academic director for the Bulgarian School in Boston, where she has taught over eight years literature, language and cultural studies. In 2006 Boriana joined Jardin Galerie, a New York City gallery, in their efforts to showcase children's art from around the world. She believes in the importance of art in children's development, communication and education.
Boriana develops and teaches exclusive art and creativity classes, some of which at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and summer art camps in Bulgaria. She also develops creative initiatives that connect the Bulgarian youth abroad in a global network.
In her artistic endeavors she uses oil painting, photography, installation, and writing to explore social and cultural issues, along with the pure and playful joy of life. In the beginning of the decade Boriana worked as a creative director in the advertising field in Sofia, Bulgaria, edited for traditional media and creative writers in the United States and Bulgaria, and co-curated an independent project for exhibiting art in untraditional spaces in Frankfurt, Germany.
Boriana studied English Philology and Theatre at the Plovdiv University in Bulgaria (1997), followed by a B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communication, and Political Science/International Relations at the American University in Bulgaria (2000). Over the last four years she enriches her education with psychology classes at Harvard University and art classes the School of Museum of Fine Arts.
Plamen Hristov - (click here for artist Bio)
Plamen Hristov was born on May 17, 1956 in Kazanlak Bulgaria. The city is known for its ancient history and old traditions in art and music which has inspired his talent and growth as an artist. He holds a Master degree in Engineering and has worked for many years as a Mechanical Engineer. He has never stopped loving art and it has always been an important part of his life. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, owning more than 120 paintings.
Since 2001 he has lived and worked in the US. His current town is Billerica, MA. During the last ten years he has improved his technique and developed new skills that have made his paintings more colorful and impressing. His paintings portray a combination of color, imagination, and his philosophical vision of the world in an abstract way.
Nelly Tonchev-Nelinda (click here for artist Bio)
Nelly Tonchev-Nelinda lives and works near Boston, MA. She freelances as a graphic designer and is a co-owner of Graphic Design Studio. The studio provides graphic and web design solutions. Her work contains award winning designs and some of her paintings were selected for front cover on prestigious magazines. She finished School of Applied Arts Major: Woodcarving in Bulgaria and holds BS from UMASS and Master Degree from Suffolk University Boston.
Artist’s statement: “When I paint it is mostly from memories and feelings which are transformed expressively through color and line. Whether it is through abstract expressionism or figurative painting, I often return to my favorite subjects in order to explore the expressive possibilities of a theme. My artistic interests include the female figure, Bulgarian folklore tales, and the natural world interpreted trough my eyes.” Most recently, her medium of choice is acrylics on canvas. She has an innate ability to capture the expressive mood of the moment highlighted by her fine attention to detail and sensitive line and color.
Kremena Stephanova - (click here for artist Bio)
Kremena Stephanova is very talated young arist. She is 20 years old. Kremena was born in Bulgaria and moved to the US when she was 8th. She is currently a sophomore at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, majoring in printmaking.
Kremena received two honorable mention awards, one during my sophomore year in high school, and the other during junior year from the Boston Scholastics, a contest organized by the Boston Globe.
During the summer of 2008 she attended the Fine Art Pre-College program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh."
"PASSWORD LOVE" - Solo Exhibition of Bulgarian artist Georgi Petrov (July 9 - Sept 25, 2010 )
April, 2010 GEORGI PETROV
About the artist by Melissa Torro
Georgi Petrov was born in Dobrich, Bulgaria and currently
lives and works in Sofia. He graduated from the Technical University
of Forests, and he earned MA in Art Management from the Academy of Music,
Dance and Visual Arts in the town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He owns an art
gallery in the town of Dobrich.
With the help of internet technology, Georgi Petrov has
had the chance to share his artistic vision online with friends and
fans around the world “winning their admirations in a virtual space”.
His notoriety has now brought him to New Brunswick where viewers may
experience his paintings face to face. The “universal code of
Love” is the driving force behind this body of work, appealing to every
audience class. He explores the emotion through painterly gestures
and vibrant colors, using both abstract and representational methods
as a vehicle. His abstract pieces often utilize a limited palette
of warm tones and fast, energetic brushstrokes that lend themselves
to an overall sense of passion. His realist pieces, drawing inspiration
from images of his hometown in Bulgaria, communicate a true sense of
peace and belonging reflecting images from nature.