Born in Lovech.
Lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria
2006BA in Mural Painting, National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
20155 Boxes, the fridge, Sofia, Bulgaria
2014Work and Leisure, Un Cabinet d’amateur, Sofia, Bulgaria
2012July, The Mission Gallery, State Institute for Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria
2011As a Soup, Pistolet Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;
2010Formal, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015Caution: Wet Paint! Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
Art for Change 1985-2015, Sofia City Art Gallery, Bulgaria
2014To be continued... Collection of Contemporary Bulgarian Art of Gaudenz B. Ruf, Sofia City Art Gallery, Bulgaria;
2013The Third Finger, (An annual group exhibition), Contemporary Space, Varna, Bulgaria;
Awards and Artist Residencies
2014Cité Internationale des arts, Paris, France
2012Krinzinger Projekte, Petomihalyfa, Hungary;
2010Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for New Bulgаrian Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
2009First Award for Painting, 'St. St. Cyril and Methodius' Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria
Photo courtesy the artist.
24.06 - 5.07.2015, the fridge, Sofia
The boxes presented in this show are conceived before and apart from the texts and all of their knowledge and terms gathered from the internet. This actually binds them even better and introduces the viewer to a particular state of predetermination, state where one remains a mere reflection of another self. These reflective voids retain the function of an inner light. As it slides over the form, this hidden light emerges from the deepest, endless darkness. It produces shape, and consequently image, one and the same and permanently different.
Several highlighted phrases from the attached text (based on Wikipedia) serve as a “legend”, which could serve, if necessary, for a more literal reading of the effects that can be monitored in the discrete objects of the exhibition.
The other text is an interview with Nicola Tesla, the Bulgarian translation of which was also recently published in the internet. The presentation of these two texts in reference to the work of Stela Vasileva can be interpreted widely. As it may seem, again, in a very eloquently gracious way things look the way you see them only because of the qualities of light listed here. But let’s stop using text explaining all that, when we don’t need to.
- Yovo Panchev
The project is realized with the kind support of Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for New Bulgarian Art.
With great thanks to Nikolay Krustanov and ArtExspress 2000.