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Production of works for the BAZA Award Nominees Exhibition 2014

Zara Alexandrova, Sofia/Vienna

Born 03.05.1980 in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.

Lives and works in Sofia and Vienna.



2004MA in Painting at National Art Academy in Sofia;

2002BA in Painting at National Art Academy in Sofia.



2014Red Carpet Recognition Award for Young Art, Austria;

2007Award for Young Artist, Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for New Bulgarian Art;

2003Award for Painting of the International Foundation St.St. Cyril and Methodius.


Selected Solo Shows

2014You Take My Breath Away, Veliko Tarnovo Gallery, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria;

2013Things I Can’t Live Without, Hans Reh, Vienna, Austria;

2012Forbidden, Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.


Selected Group Shows

2014BAZA Award for Contemporary Art (Nominees), Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;
Sofia Queer Forum 2014 - Manifestations of the personal, Vaska Emanouilova;
Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;International Women’s Day, ICA Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2013 Bulgarian Artists in Vienna. Contemporary Practices at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;
Nomination Walter Koschatzky Preis, Hofstallungen/MUMOK, Vienna, Austria;

2012Who left What behind?, Pleven, Bulgaria / Ankara, Turkey;

2011Contemporary Istanbul, Sariev Gallery, Istanbul Congress Center / Exhibition Area (IKM) and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center / Rumeli Hall (K), Turkey;

2010Qui Vive? Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Exhibition Liberty/Freedom, Moscow, Russia;

2009Take Me to the River - Istanbul, Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern;
State University, Texas, USA.




Email: info@zara-alexandrova.com

Website: www.zara-alexandrova.com


Zara Alexandrova

Photo: Zoran Georgiev

Exhibition of the Nominees for BAZA Award

Sofia City Art Gallery, 12.06. - 06.07.2014


In 1990 Wendy W. Luers, founder and director of the Foundation for a Civil Society, together with Chalupecky Association established a prize for young visual artists up to 35 years of age in the Czech Republic. The Young Visual Artists Awards (YVAA) were established over several years as an international network of similar awards with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, a US foundation.


Today 10 European countries are part of this network: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Albania and Bulgaria.

Bulgaria joined this group in 2008. ICA-Sofia (http://ica.cult.bg) was chosen as a partner to organize the award.

The aim of the BAZA Award for contemporary art is to provide support to young creative artists through opening new possibilities for education, research and professional realization. The Award creates a positive context for the young contemporary art and builds a friendly milieu for its development.


The competition is opened for artists (up to 35 years), who work in all media in the field of contemporary art. Applicants may enter the competition themselves or they also may be nominated by an invited art professional active in the field of contemporary art. A candidate must be a Bulgarian citizen or a permanent resident of Bulgaria.


The award is a six-week fellowship in New York at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) and a solo exhibition in the gallery of the ICA-Sofia.