About

Tanya Atanasova
"When observing Tanya’s artwork, there is no need for explanations. You simply delve into the moment and somehow, really unknowingly, just partake in that experience. What is painted, suddenly becomes what is lived. What is felt. What is experienced… even if just vicariously. In a very subtle manner, through her artwork, Tanya personally delivers to you the keys to freedom. In a peculiar way, she is able to depict a sort of liberation that is of the type not confined to a structure, but more so, a liberation of the soul."
Efrat Cybulkiewicz I Writer & Founder of Ar(t)moir
Tanya Atanasova is a Bulgarian born (1978), Belgium based realist artist. 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, design and culture.
In 2019 / 2020 she took part in several group exhibitions including “Painting Today / Pintando Hoy” (curated by Didi Menendez for MEAM Barcelona, Spain), "WOMAN" at James Baird Gallery (Newfoundland, Canada), “Adorn me”, "The Art Of The Nude" and "Shelter" - excusive online projects (curated by Carol Hodes, Didi Menendez and Dr. Samuel Peralta)...
She is also preparing a large solo show, that will open in February 2021 at Cultuurhuis De Bijl, Zoersel (near Antwerp, Belgium) and several group exhibitions including “International Women's Day 2021 Exhibition” at Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM, Barcelona, Spain) and "Homo Sum" - a duo-exhibition at Timmermans-Opsomersmuseum (Lier, Belgium).
Her works have been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in museums, galleries & art fairs in Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, USA and Canada.
Her work has been published in: Fine Art Connoisseur (USA), American Art Collector (USA), PoetsArtists (USA), BOOOOOOOM (USA), The Guide Artists (Spain), Artelibre (Spain), Clatia (China), Beautiful Bizarre (Australia), Ophelia Magazine (Argentina), 100% EXPO (Belgium), KunstWerkt (Belgium), Marike (Russia), Ar(t)moir (Italy), Hyperrealism Magazine (Italy), All about hyperrealism and hyperrealist painters (France)...
In addition to her artistic career, Tanya has worked as an illustrator and a painting and sculpting teacher in Belgium.

Personal info

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

Recognition & Awards

2020 Semi-finalist at Art Renewal Center with "Boudoir portrait of Alessandro Tomassetti" / USA
2020 Prize winner at Global Pride Day 2020 by Ello and Superfine / USA
2020 First Prize with “Lou” at Boynes Emerging Artist Award / Australia

2019 Finalist in “Ongezien #4” – competition / Port of Antwerp / Antwerp, Belgium
2018 Finalist in “Ongezien #3” – competition / BP-building / Antwerp, Belgium
2017 Finalist in "Grote Prijs Piet Staut"-competition / Castle Cortewalle, Beveren-Waas, Belgium

2017 Preselected for "Figurativas" MEAM Barcelona / Barcelona, Spain

2014 Finalist in “Painting of the year Belgium 2014” / Belgium

2013 Finalist in “Painting of the year Belgium 2013” / Belgium

2008 Preselected for "Canvascollection" / Antwerp, Belgium

 

Solo Exhibitions

2019 "You my dear" / Solo exhibition / Paintings / Huis Hellemans, Edegem, Belgium
2018 "You my dear" / Solo Exhibition / Portraits / Design Center De Winkelhaak / Antwerp, Belgium / www.winkelhaak.be
2014 "Art & Music in the SkyBar" - Solo Exhibition / Paintings / SkyBar, Antwerp, Belgium / www.facebook.com/pages/Tanya-Atanasova-Visual-Arts
2000  "Paintings & Drawings" / Solo Exibition / Koprivshtica, Bulgaria

Group Exhibitions & Contests

2020 "Global Pride Day" - Art Fair, Digital Feature & Artist E-Learning  / Painting / Ello & Superfine / USA
2020 "Shelter" - online exclusive show curated by Dr. Samuel Peralta / Painting / Artsy / USA
www.artsy.net/artwork/tanya-atanasova-philip
2020 "Kom uit uw kot" / Triple exhibition / Pintings / New Jorg Gallery / Kalmthout, Belgium
2020 "Lou" / 1st prize at Boynes Emerging Artists Award Australia / Painting / Australia
www.boynesartistaward.com
2019 "You my dear" / Solo exhibition / Paintings / Huis Hellemans, Edegem, Belgium
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/
2019 "Painting Today / Pintando Hoy - International Women's Day" / Group Exhibition / Paintings / Museu Europeu d'Art Modern / Barcelona, Spain / www.meam.es/es/exhibitions/84/painting-today
2019 "Adorn me" / An exclusive, online show of PoetsArtists curated by Carol Hodes / Paintings / Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, USA / ARTSY-Link for collectors: www.artsy.net/artist/tanya-atanasova
2018 "L’Abstrait Réel" / Group Exhibition / Paintings / La Salle Royale de la Madeleine, Paris, France
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
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 "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
1999 Group Exhibition / Ceramics / Elin - Pelin, Bulgaria
1999 Regional Exhibition / Painings & Drawings / Koprivshtica, Bulgaria