Albena Vatcheva and her Romantic paintings
I am a French artist born in the city of Sofia, Bulgaria. I am also an architect, a poet, a graphic designer. I create mainly oil paintings on canvas or wood. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being an artist painter or a writer, I wanted to make people experience deep emotions while interacting with my work. As I was interested in many other subjects, I did long studies, published a book of poems and finally became an architect. For 5 years, I worked as an architect, mainly for bank offices.
When I changed my country at the age of 29, I left everything behind and started a new life in France. I gradually became a self–employed, self-taught artist.
My work is all about capturing love, tenderness and beauty in life.
My favorite media is oil. I have worked a lot to create my own special technique oil on canvas by several layers. I use about ten successive layers for most of the paintings. I try to capture the magic of life, thus bright vibrant colors are absolutely necessary for me. I started reading at the age of 3. My inspiration comes from all the wonderful fairy tales’ books with illustrations by Bulgarian or international painters that I read in my childhood – and all my life experiences afterwords, the world mythologies and cultures. That is why people of very different origins find themselves in my paintings and this is the greatest reward for me as an artist.
"ALBENA is a French artist of Bulgarian origin who advances in a spectacular way. Her painting has inherited various traditions, including that of masters of the icon. Using different oriental sources, she has created a world of troubling fairy, which is a real fascination for the eye, as her glowing colors create magic. Tender, loving, her characters live in a world of peace, harmony and mutual consolation. Let us not forget that poetry was her first passion. ALBENA lives in the parallel universe of tales, of big universal legends, of invincible childhood and enjoys an outstanding sensibility. The ease and the elegance she has acquired allow her to express a wide range of feelings. Spiritual and sensual, she is undoubtedly only at the dawn of more than a promising journey. We have here an authentic talent, especially considering her recent admission into the sphere of painting.
Like most people from the Eastern countries, ALBENA is intensely inward-focused, a soul searcher. Sensitive to the suffering of others, her childhood dream was to become a doctor - and art is another way of bringing gentleness and hope into the life of others. Using color in her 'organic and psychic' actions, to use Deunov's expression, ALBENA introduces us to a world free of violence, oneiric, luminous, filled with love and compassion, yet not empty of reality or fantasy. With ALBENA, light is omnipresent, making the characters transparent, as if filled with an invincible spiritual force that does not, however, eliminate sadness or introduction. Her works bring enchantment to the present. Maeterlinck said that 'what distinguishes us from one another is the relationship we have with the infinite.' Painting, like other forms of art, is in fact a metaphysical question, a pretext for excess in any form. It is about aesthetics. 'As artists, we cannot add pain to the world,' ALBENA likes to say. The marvelous part of her gift is this return to the lost paradise, the dimension where childhood lives side by side with the profane and cynical world."
Luis Porquet for "Les Affiches de Normandie", 2015
Albena is represented by galleries in France, Qatar, United States, Argentina. She resides in Rouen, France. Albena is the recipient of the Bronze Medal from the prestigious "Société des Artistes Français".
Her art was presented at the following international art fairs:
ART SAN DIEGO 2019
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR MILAN 2019
MUSEUM OF ART NINGBO, CHINA JUNE 2015
DOHA, QATAR 2015-2016-2017
CANADA MONTREAL 2014
NEW YORK MANHATTAN 2013-2014
ART MONACO'10 international art fair
ART SHANGHAI 2010 international art fair
SHANGHAI ART FAIR 2010
Superfine Art Fair, SF 2020San Francisco, here we come January 31, 2020Art House SF is super excited to exhibit at the debut Superfine Art Fair in SF on Feb 27th-Mar 1st.
Between East and WestAlbena's art from the crossroads of civilizations October 24, 2019Born at the crossroads of East and West, Albena's work is rich, sensual and romantic. She combines native folk Bulgarian theme, Byzantine techniques and even Middle Eastern patterns in her art.
Art San Diego 2019Out first major Art Show October 15, 2019Well, a lot of firsts for us lately. But this one was the real test. Art San Diego is an annual contemporary art show in...
KSP Music FestivalOn the road... again October 8, 2019Taking art on the road. KSP Music festival for the unsuspecting festival goers :)