Born 1965, Bulgaria

Lives in: Msida, Malta

Describe your art in 3 words: Sound of colours

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"From ancient times to this day, people have used various signs and symbols to convey ideas, communicate with each other, and express their thoughts, feelings and emotions. Emotions are the foundation of art. Artists use colours and form to create their own language and that language sometimes tells us stories but other times just makes us happy without stories and lessons."

What themes does your work involve?
Most of my artworks are abstract and they are not related to specific themes or ideas. In the past, I have worked on themes that have been interesting to me but currently, I am fully dedicated to abstract art. Abstract painting gives me unlimited freedom to create my own language of symbolic forms. I perceive myself as a jazz musician during improvisation. I let my hands and imagination compose on the top of the canvas until it reverberates with beautiful music.
Describe your creative process.
It is a kind of a stream of information that passes through me as if through a portal. When the portal is open for me, I start to create. The information flows, time is not enough, and I often paint several pictures simultaneously. I never force the moment or the nature of the process. I let the pictures happen and resonate. When I work I aim to combine colours and nuances which ''love each other'' in such a way that the painting would echo beautifully. Another feature of my creative process is the unlimited freedom that abstract painting gives me. There are various techniques and materials I use to create my own world of forms and colours without any restrictions. I like that my canvas is rich in layers and textures. I love multi-layered painting filled with texture.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I wouldn't say that an artist or a style has influenced me. I am an intuitive artist and for me, the discovery of abstract art turned out on it's own. Why do I make art? My feeling is that I was born to do that.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I believe that art is all about love and emotions. I have always been very happy the audience at my exhibitions makes associations and comments on what they see in my works. The fact that my work evokes emotions and imaginations of the audience means that my paintings are alife, influential and filled with energy.
What is the role of the artist today?
The role of the artist is to give people those emotions they need. My desire is for my audience to feel the positive energies and emotions in my paintings and to feel entertained as I was feeling when I was working on them. I know that not everyone is familiar with abstract art, so I just simply explain how my paintings ''come to life''. When I give the people an example of composing music I think they begin to understand the essence of the abstract painting better. I wish my artworks meet a wider audience. Each of my art pieces has its own life and the artist's studio is just the beginning. I have always been very happy when a work of mine finds the right person to love it and it reciprocates this love.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist