About

Tanya Atanasova

Since her graduation from the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Tanya Atanasova has worked in several different media: painting, ceramics, sculptures and installations… She grew up in an environment where different artistic disciplines were in constant interaction. But although she has been drawing and painting all her life (her secondary and BAA educations were art related), she has only discovered her great passion for oil painting in 2016. Inspired, after visiting the studios/taking master classes by some of her most favorite contemporary artists - she decided to become a full time painter. Dedicated to big size non-traditional portraits, she started weaving her way through contemporary realism. She is now working from her own studio in Antwerp – one of Europe’s most important cities for art and culture. In 2018 she is preparing a solo exposition of portraits (to be completed in 2019) and she was pre-selected for some of world’s most remarkable competition such as MEAM Museum’s in Barcelona.

In her artistic practice Tanya uses a lot of old and modern painting techniques to create the different “layers” of a personality, character, spirit, presence… Each of her paintings tells a story and she devotes a lot of attention to the construction of her character’s personalities. Being interested in the psychology of her models, the artist wants to become an intermediary between subject and viewer – building a connection that goes beyond painted realism. Her gaze is directed deep into the story of every personage she creates, his/her identity and unique complexity. Looking at the paintings should be like taking a glimpse into the character’s diary or reading a page out of his/her biography.

Personal info:

Date of birth: 04/07/1978
Place of birth: Pirdop, Bulgaria
Nationality: Belgian, Bulgarian
Place of residence: Antwerp, Belgium

Education:

2001 - 2005 National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
Major: Applied Arts - Ceramics
2003 - 2004 Hogeschool Voor Wetenschap & Kunst / Sint - Lucas / Beeldende Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
1993 - 1998 Vocational School of ceramics and Glass, Elin-Pelin, Bulgaria
Major: Design in Silicate Production

Exhibitions & Contests:

2018 Exhibition of the finalists in "Ongezien #3" - competition / Group exhibition / Painting / BP-building, Antwerp, Belgium / www.expoongezien.be
www.museumnacht.be

2018  "Carolyn Spaenjaers & Tanya Atanasova"  / Duo-Exhibition / Paintings / Gallery Jean, Antwerp, Belgium / www.jeangallery.be/

2018 "Living Room" / LandArt Installation / Open Sites, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France / www.entre-lacs.eu

2018 "Goed bezig " - Art & Music Festival / Paintings / Meatpack aan de Dam, Antwerp, Belgium / www.facebook.com/meatpackantwerp

2018 "Kunstroute Essen" / Group Exhibition / Paintings / Sint-Antoniusplein 1, Essen, Belgium / www.tatteljee.be

2018 "You my dear" / Solo Exhibition / Portraits / Design Center De Winkelhaak / Antwerp, Belgium / www.winkelhaak.be

2017 Exhibition of the finalists in "Grote Prijs Piet Staut"- competition / Painting / Castle Cortewalle, Beveren - Waas, Belgium / www.kpsk.be

2017 Preselected for Figurativas MEAM Barcelona / Barcelona, Spain

2016 "My soul is a landscape" / LandArt Instalation / La Fête de May, Haut-Bois (Gesves), Belgium / www.lafetedemai.org

2016 "Golden (F)oil" / Instalation / P(ART)cours - Par(KUNST), Woluwe Park, Brussels, Belgium / www.partcours-parkunst.com

2016 Painting with Eloy Morales / Master Workshop / Painting / Madrid, Spain / www.eloymorales.es

2015 "DecemberWinkel" - ArtFair / Paintings / Kalmthout, Belgium / www.decemberwinkel.be

2015 "Kunst @ IJsfabriek" - Group Exposition / Paintings / Antwerp, Belgium / www.deijsfabriek.be

2015 "40 Jaar de Meesters" - Group Exhibition / Paintings / Sint Antoniusplein 1, Essen, Belgium / www.tatteljee.be

2015 "Painting of the year - Belgium 2014" - Group Exhibition of the finalist's works / Painting / CODA Museum / Apeldoorn, The Netherlands / www.schilderijvanhetjaar.be

2015 "Kunstroute Essen" / Paintings / Sint-Antoniusplein 1, Essen, Belgium / www.tatteljee.be

2015 "ArtEindhoven" - Art fair / Paintings / The Klokgebouw (former Philips factory) / Eindhoven, The Netherlands / www.arteindhoven.nl

2014 "Painting of the year - Belgium 2014 " / www.schilderijvanhetjaar.be/schilderij/277

2014 "Art & Music in the SkyBar" - Solo Exhibition / Paintings / SkyBar, Antwerp, Belgium / www.facebook.com/pages/Tanya-Atanasova-Visual-Arts

2014 "Painting of the year - Belgium 2013" - Group Exhibition of the finalist's works / Painting / Kunstforum Würth, Turnhout, Belgium / www.schilderijvanhetjaar.be

2013 "Painting of the year - Belgium 2013" - www.schilderijvanhetjaar.be/schilderij/455

2013 "Tanya Atanasova - Ivo Nijs - Duo-exhibition" / Paintings / Tracé - Cultuur Station Ekeren, Belgium / www.vzwtrace.be

2013 "Golden Rocks" / LandArt Installation / Landart am Bruchhof, Stadthagen, Germany / www.landart-bruchhof.de

2012 "Kunstroute Essen" / Paintings / Essen, Belgium / www.tatteljee.be

2008 "Canvascollection" / Paintings / Antwerp, Belgium / http://labo.canvas.be/content/de-appel

2005 "Nieuwe Oogst" / Ceramics / Sint Lievens Esse, Belgium

2005 "The Sea Misses You" / Installation / Balkan Exhibition, Academy Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2005 "Hanging experiment" / Performance / Little season, Theatre - Laboratory Sfumato, Sofia, Bulgaria

2005 The Sea Misses You / Installation / Little Season, Theatre - Laboratory Sfumato, Sofia, Bulgaria

2000 Individual Exibition / Paintings & Drawings / Koprivshtica, Bulgaria

1999 Group Exhibition / Ceramics / Elin - Pelin, Bulgaria

1999 Regional Exhibition / Painings & Drawings / Koprivshtica, Bulgaria

Publications

Juryrapport / Exhibition "Ongezien #3" / Frank Vlayen & Bart Debaere / Belgium / 2018

"Atanasova is niet enkel technisch onderlegd, maar voert ook een boeiend en ambitieus artistiek onderzoek om vanuit een interessante invalshoek portretten te maken. Daarbij worden lichaam, persoonlijkheid en historiek samengebracht in één krachtig beeld."
Keuze van Frank Vlayen (Waterland) / Bart Debaere (Directeur M HKA)

10 Questions For Tanya Atanasova / PoetsArtists / Jay Menendez / USA / 2018

Personal Portraits of Friends by Tanya Atanasova / BOOOOOOOM / Didi Menendez / USA / 2018

Painting the figure now - Preview / PoetsArtists / Didi Menedez / USA / 2018

100 Facebook portraits / PoetsArtists / Didi Menendez / USA / 2017

50 Badass figurative painters to follow on instagram / PoetsArtists / Didi Menendez / USA 2017

One to watch / Fine Art Connoisseur newsletter / Andrew Webster / USA 2017

Arte y LIbertad XII / Artelibre catalogus /Spain 2017
http://www.artelibre.net/en/autor

The Portrait Issue / PoetsArtists / Didi Menendez / USA 2017
www.cargocollective.com/menendez/The-Portrait-Issue