Bio

ISKRA BLAGOEVA
b. 02.03.1978, lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria

EDUCATION
2000 – 2007 Master’s Degree in Painting at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria
1997 – 2000 Degree in Textile at the University of Art and Design, Linz, Austria
1991 – 1996 National High School for Applied Arts “St. Luka”, Sofia, Bulgaria (professional course: Textile)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 “Cars, Beasts and Landscapes”, collaboration with Mihail Novakov, Plus359 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2017 “The Last Suffer”, cite-specific project, Sofia, Bulgaria
2017 “White Exhibition”, Gallery CU29, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2017 “White Exhibition”, Contemporary Space, Varna, Bulgaria
2015 “En Passant”, curated by Galina Lardeva, National Autumn Exhibitions, Old Town, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2015 “Never Forever”, curated by Iara Boubnova, Gallery of the Institute of Contemporary Art- Sofia, Bulgaria
2012 “After the Apple in the Grass”, cutared by Vladiya Mihailova, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, branch of Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2011 “Still Life”, Video art project, Pistolet Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2010 Solo exhibition at the European Center for Culture and Debate “Grad”, Belgrade, Serbia
2009 “THUMB”, Ex-garaza Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia
2009 “1”, Varna City Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

“Join the Dots – Connect the Distances”, 2018, Imago Mundi Collection, Salone degli Incanti, Trieste, Italy
“Synergy” (24 January – 28 June), 2018, European Parliament, Brussels. An exhibition on the occasion of the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Union, curator Nadezhda Dzhakova
“Shifting Layers. Young Art at the Museum”, 2017, cutared by Vladiya Mihailova, Sofia City Art Gallery, Bulgaria
“Sex Appeal”, 2017, curated by Ivana Nencheva, Daniela Radeva and Stefka Tsaneva, One Night Stand Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
“Contemporary Art from the National Art Gallery Collection”, 2017, curated by Nadezhda Dzhakova, Contemporary Art Spring Festival, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
“Red”, 2016, curated by Kiril Vassilev, National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
“They Will Remember Us in the Future”, 2015, cutared by Vladiya Mihailova, Sofia Queer Forum- Sweet Union, Academy Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
“Focus Bulgaria” at Viennacontemporary, 2015, curated by Vessela Nozharova and Iara Boubnova, Vienna, Austria
“Imago Mundi”, 2015, Fondazione Cini, Venice, Italy
“Caution: Wet Paint”, 2015, curated by Maria Vassileva, Daniela Radeva, Vladiya Mihaylova, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
“Contamporary Painting”, 2015, curated by Nadezhda Dzhakova, Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
“Disconsent”, 2014, curated by Iara Boubnova, Center for Contemporary Art- The Ancient Bath, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
“Grad Salon”, 2014, European Center for Culture and Debate – ”Grad”, Belgrade, Serbia
“Unusual Evidences”, 2014, Sofia Underground Performance Art Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria
“International Women’s Day, artworks from the collection of Slava Nakovska and Nedko Solakov”, 2014, curated by Iara Boubnova, Gallery of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia, Bulgaria
Baza Award, 2013, Sofia City Art Gallery, Bulgaria
“The Usual Suspects”, 2013, curated by Olivier Boissier, Un Cabinet D’amateur, Sofia, Bulgaria
“On the Suspense or How to Hide a Bomb Under the Table”, 2013, cutared by Vladiya Mihailova, Vaska Emanuilova Gallery, branch of Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
“Near, Closer, Together”, 2013, curated by Övül Durmusoglu, Sofia Contemporary, Sofia, Bulgaria
“Randezvous”, 2012, International Art Haus – Villa Waldberta, Munich, Germany
“Group Show”, 2012, 0gms drawer, Gallery of the Institute of Contemporary Art , Sofia, Bulgaria
“Re-production”, 2011, curated by Alla Georgieva and Nadezhda Dzhakova, Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art , Sofia, Bulgaria
“Tierisch”, 2011, anual exhibition, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
“Breathe in- Breath out. Culture Migration Today”, 2010, curated by Nadezhda Dzhakova, Goethe Institute- Sofia, Bulgaria

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2013 Baza Award nominee
2012 Artist in residence, International Art House “Villa Waldberta”, Munich
2011 Finalist at the competition for the annual exhibition of Munich’s artist association
2010 Winner of the competition for young artists at the European Center for Culture and Debate – ‘’Grad’’, Belgrade
2009 Winner at the national competition for young Bulgarian artists, sculptors and art critics ‘’St. St. Cyril and Methodius’’ international foundation Bulgaria

COLLECTIONS
Bulgarian National Art Gallery
Sofia City Art Gallery
City Art Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Save the Dreams, Contemporary Artists from Bulgaria, Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection
Center for Culture and Debate “Grad”, Belgrade, Serbia
City Gallery, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Plus 359 Gallery Collection