I make art and write to turn pain into power.
What I do:
I make bold art and use visual story telling and writing to start empowering conversations on difficult subjects.
I immerse myself in agenda-free creative exploration and play with various canvases, materials, and art supplies to tell thought-provoking stories about the experience of being human and learn to thrive with mental illness.
My creative supplies include food, markers, acrylic paint, body paint, make-up, and many more. Some of the canvases I use include paper, fabric, dishware, and the human body.
I have a unique, colorful, bleeding-off-the-page, psychedelic style, which was inspired by early interactions with my parents. The repetitive utilization of elements and shapes in my works is often compared to Kusama’s signature use of polka dots. Collectors have likened my technique for depicting the human body to Gazdov’s graphicatures.
I was born and raised in Bulgaria. I split my time between Sofia, Bulgaria, and Eindhoven, the Netherlands, but travel around the globe for art shows, to facilitate masterclasses, and organize exhibitions.
I make art with a child-like curiosity and honesty.
How I create:
My approach to art-making is child-like, open-ended, and agenda-free. It captures my current inspiration, personal struggles, needs, and curiosities. It allows me to process difficult emotions, navigate difficult experiences, and immortalize moments I want to remember.
Making art is an act of dynamic meditation for me. It’s my favorite way to re-connect with my inner child, relax, and have fun. I use bright colors and often abandon the page to explore unexpected corners of my psyche and imagination.
I choose courage over comfort, curiosity over certainty, and creativity over conformity.
Why I make art:
I was an artist in denial until my early 30s. I was born and raised in Bulgaria, but always felt like an alien there.
I spent my 20s climbing up corporate ladders and chasing entrepreneurship. My mental health began to deteriorate in my mid-20s and forced me to change the game I was playing. Making art saved my life at the edge of suicide.
After I got diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 2 and borderline personality disorder at 32, I embraced the artistic path and turned art into a self-care practice and strategy for self-empowerment and healing.