Ivilina Kouneva’s work is based on events and places which have emotionally marked her journey. They express the fragility and the search for safety in a complex environment of forking paths and colourful narratives. Kouneva is interested in the endurance of the image on different surfaces  – from luxury and fine, to disused, dismissed and abandoned. With major interest in painting, in her recent body of work, she has rather been looking to “record” and experience the process than to settle for the finished product.
Kouneva takes on wide range of legends, works of Art and books, using themes and pin up images, stored in our collective memory. She aims to create fresh stories with contemporary meaning.



Born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Lives and works in the Southeast of  England.
MA Fine Arts -Painting, Fine Arts faculty, Fine arts Teacher, ”St.St Cyril and Methodius”, University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
a-n Artists Bursary 2022-2023 (a-n The artists Publishing company)
Awarded Certificate of Competence –  ABC project for visual artists,galleries and culturAL POLICIES,EXECUTED BY stoep AND SPONSORED BY matra,tHE NetherlandS
founder of Dear Darling by the sea compaign, in collaboration with Wayfinderwoman Trust Charity, Eastbourne, /february-march,2022/ 

Solo and two- person exhibitions (2010 –  )

 EDen revisited @onetotengallery, Member of the Guild of micro galleries, Instagram /October, 2022/
AGP Center of The Arts, Toronto islands, Toronto, Canada -final exhibition event, /July,2022/
Every Story Tells a Story / 2018, August-September/,571 Oxford RD. Gallery, The Keep, OHOS,Reading, UK
Paintings and works on paper /2015, March -April/ Fleet Gallery, St.Leonards-on-sea, E.Sussex,UK
Faces Places Spaces /2013,June/ More Arts, Wokingham, Berkshire, UK
Different /2012, June/ – Art-house galerie & Kunstforum, Thun, Switzerland
The Crusade -In-between Realities- /2011, March/- Museum House of Humour and Satire, Bulgaria

Selected group projects and open competitions (2010-)

Open plan studios closing event exhibition, towner gallery, eastbourne, /august,2022/
inspirational women, ‘a space art, The God’s Tower, Southhamton, /march, 2022/
Transitions – /2020/ – Espacio Gallery, London
The Great Leveller – /2020/ – virtual, Sweet’Art, London
Hastings Open – /2022, 2020/ – Hastings Museum&Art Gallery, shortlisted
Women:inspiring quotes & artistic responses- /2020/ – selected with text and artwork
Quotes: inspirational quotations/creative responses – /2019/ – writing and painting
Chameleon: Contemporary Colour Exhibition – /2019/ – Serface Gallery, Nottingham, UK
Rituals and Rites – /2018/- Artcore Art Gallery, Derby, England
Imago – /2018/- The Brock Keep, OHOS, Reading, England
Painting Open – /2017/ – Noformat Gallery, London
Abundant Muted Unrefined – /2017/ – Hundred Years Gallery, London
Talented Art Fair – /2017/ – Elly’s Yard, Bricklane, London
Fire&Water- /2016,May/ – OHOS members open studio’s exhibition, Reading
Perspectives of the figurative-/2016, May/-5th Base Gallery, Heneage St, London
Transitions -/2016,April/ – Menier Gallery, Southwark, London
In-between Out there & Beyond – /2015,July/ – final exhibition of Soto Voce arts festival, England
New grounds-/ 2014, May -September /-REME Museum of Technology, Arborfield, Berkshire
Test Pieces -/ 2014, April/, The Keep, OHOS, Reading, linked with New Grounds exhibition
The Yellow Suitcase Exhibition –/2013, October/, Reading 
Outlook Changeable – /2013, May/- OpenSpace, The Keep, Reading
INSIGHT 2013 – /2013, May/-  New Greenham Arts, Newbury,UK
Constanta, Romania-/2012, December/ – exchange project
Group exhibition at the Swiss council -/2011/ Sofia, Bulgaria 


Open plan studios, Towner Gallery, /August, 2022/
Val David Writers and Artists Residency, Val david , quebec, Canada, /july, 2022/
Artscape Gibraltar Point center of the arts – Toronto islands,Toronto, Canada, /June-July, 2022/
The modern inhabitant – queens park,glasgow, self-initiated, /october,2020/
Sotto Voce Arts festival – /2015, July/- cultural exchange South EastEngland- South East of Italy,  Hastings,England
Different -/2012, May-June/ – cultural exchange Switzerland -Bulgaria, Thun, Switzerland
Borderless -/2011, September/ – Arts near the border foundation,Switzerland- Bulgaria, Surnino, Bulgaria

Selected shows and projects 

2006 – ‘Eden–Adam and Eve ‘- /Solo exhibition/ ,House of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo
2004 – ‘The things we never say’-/Solo exhibition/,House of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo.
2001 – ‘Fragile balances’- /Solo exhibition/, Matea Art Gallery, Veliko Tarnovo.
2000 – “The towers”-/Solo exhibition/ -Stalbata Art Gallery, Sofia.
1997 – 2011 –INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE IN THE ARTS /IBHSA/ Gabrovo; Painting and Drawing categories.
2000 – 2011– Annual National Art Teachers’ exhibition, Veliko Turnovo.
2004 – Balkan Quadrennial of Painting- “Myths and Legends of my People”, St.Zagora, Bulgaria
2004 – Exhibition at Sofia Art Gallery, Sofia (Completion of ABC Project for Visual Artists).
2003 – National exhibition Water techniques, Shipka 6 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria.
2003 – National Exhibition Drawings and small sculptures, Shipka 6 Gallery, Sofia
2000- The towers – solo show – “Stalbata” Gallery, Sofia,Bulgaria
Awards and recognitions
The best visual artist in the region – awarded in 2001 and 2011 , Bulgaria, the region of Gabrovo
Selected for the Saatchi Art  online curated collection “One of a kind”
2013, October and March, 2018


Open Society Foundation, Gabrovo branch, Bulgaria
Council of Switzerland, Sofia,Bulgaria
Museum House of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Art Delft Gallery, Delft, The Netherlands
Fleet Gallery, St. Leonard -on-sea, England
Art near the border foundation, Switzerland-Bulgaria
Studio practice – 18 Sea Rd, Bexhill, East Sussex,

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