Albena Vatcheva, In her own words


‚ÄčI 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.