1. Inner Voices – mixed media on paper; 28 x 20 in.
2. Kukery (Pagan Rituals) – acrylic on canvas; 40 x 30 in.
My artwork is a reflection of my life. I have projected frozen moments-good and bad-onto the canvas. As my style and personality matured, I traveled the world. My artwork tells a story-my story, of the different periods in my personal and creative life.
I was born and grew up in Bulgaria, where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Velico Tarnovo University of Fine Art. My free spirit, and lust for discovery and exploration fueled a worldwide journey. From Bulgaria, I moved with my family to Czechoslovakia and again to Germany in 1991. Uprooting our lives with two children proved both adventurous and challenging for me. Once we arrived in Germany, I found myself eased and inspired by many traditions, culture and good friends there. I kept painting and managed to put on a couple of shows in Germany while trying to explore different parts of Europe too. My paintings hung in galleries in Paris as well as different international shows in France.
When we moved to the United States in 1994, I discovered another world-the world of electronics and computers. I became a graphic designer for a couple of years and then a clay modeler for General Motors, where I have been for the past 5 years. Here I found the opportunity to show my artwork at many national and international shows, where I received most recognition and awards.
Today my portfolio reflects a variety of mediums and style. My paintings from Bulgaria differ greatly from what I produced in Germany or America. I spent many years as an abstract artist, but the human figure has always persisted in the creative process. Now the human expression and relationship are the leading thoughts when I take a brush or pencil. One thing I am trying to achieve is creating a work in which life and painting blend in a perfect existential poem. I will present the viewer with a harmonious, contemplative image, which speaks to the spiritual complexities of our existence.
© Lidia Simeonova