Tanya Atanasova is a contemporary realist artist born in Pirdop, Bulgaria in 1978. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts from National Academy of Art (Sofia, Bulgaria). Tanya graduated with maximum score for final work and complemented her studies with one year Erasmus-stay at Sint-Lucas Art Academy in Ghent, Belgium and a Master Class by artist Eloy Morales (Madrid, 2016).
Dedicated to big size non-traditional portraits, Tanya started weaving her way through contemporary realism. She is now working from her own studio in Antwerp (Belgium) – one of Europe’s most important cities for art and culture.
In 2019 she’s preparing a large solo exposition called “You my dear”, which will open in November in Antwerp (Edegem, Huis Hellemans) as well as several group exhibitions including “Painting Today/ Pintando Hoy”(curated by Didi Menendez for MEAM Barcelona, Spain) and “Adorn me” excusive online project(curated by Carol Hodes).
In the past few years Tanya has been a finalist in several Belgian national competitions such as "Painting of the Year - Belgium" 2013 and 2014, "Grote Prijs Piet Staut" 2017, "Ongezien" 2018 and has been selected for some of the most prestigious contests in the world, such as "Figurativas" at MEAM in Barcelona in 2017.
She has been published in art magazines and blogs: Fine Art Connoisseur (USA), PoetsArtists (USA), BOOOOOOOM (USA), The Guide Artists (Spain), Artelibre (Spain), Clatia (China), Beautiful Bizarre (Australia)… Her works have been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in galleries, museums and art fairs in Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands.
In addition to her artistic career, Tanya has worked as an illustrator and a painting and sculpting teacher in Belgium.
Date of birth: 04/07/1978
Place of birth: Pirdop, Bulgaria
Nationality: Bulgarian, Belgian
Place of residence: Antwerp, Belgium
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
2019 "The Art Of The Nude" / An exclusive, online show of PoetsArtists curated by Didi Menedez / Paintings / Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, USA / ARTSY-Link for collectors: www.artsy.net/artist/tanya-atanasova
2019 "Ongezien #4" / Group Exhibition / Paintings / Havenhuis - Port of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium / www.expoongezien.be/