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 Southeast of England.
MA Fine Arts -Painting Department of the Fine Arts faculty, obtained teacher’s training ,”St.St Cyril and Methodius”, University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
Awarded Certificate of Competence for independent trainer in business and career related matters for visual artists, the ABC Bulgarian-Netherland project (2003-2004)
Solo and two- person exhibitions (2010 – )
Every Story Tells a Story / 2018, August-September/, The Brock 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-)
Transitions – /2020/ – Espacio Gallery, London
The Great Leveller – /2020/ – virtual, Sweet’Art, London
Hastings Open – /2020/ – Hastings Museum&Art Gallery, longlisted
Women:inspiring quotes & artistic responses- /2020/ – selected with text and artwork
Quotes: inspirational quotations/creative responses – /2019/ – writing and painting