Moments and Moods

27 March - 11 April 2023



Painting Exhibition by Velislava Gecheva


March 27 – April 11, 2023


On March 27, Velislava Gecheva’s eighth solo exhibition opens in Stubel Gallery. The exposition is comprised of paintings created over the last year.

The artist shares:

Through these works, I look at fleeting experiences in everyday life. The paintingshouse seemingly banal, minor and unimpressive situations – incidents from summer days, scenes of the monotony of existence. At first look – static and unamusing. But art infuses them with dynamism, breathes life into them. “It transforms this fleeting, unrepeatable moment – the only one of flesh and blood – into a supposedly eternal one,” as Nikos Kazantzakis writes in his novel “Zorba The Greek”.

I try to animate the objects and experiences that have left a mark on my memory.

An important thread through many of my paintings is water. I am tempted to harness its element, to seal its currents – be they quiet or hectic, on the shore or in the pool. I make an oar out of the brush,and where it will take me (or has already taken me) – I leave to the perception of the viewers.

Velislava Gecheva was born in 1986 in Sofia, where she still lives and works. She graduated from the National Academy of Arts in 2010 with a degree in Painting. In 2009, the artist studied at the Macerata Academy of Fine Arts, Italy, under the Erasmus Program.

Velislava Gecheva’s solo exhibitions include “I Left Myself in All Places”, Nuance Gallery, Sofia (2016); “Sport”, Société Générale Express Bank, Varna (2014); “Before and After, but Not Now”, La Machina di San Cresci Gallery, Greve in Chianti, Italy (2012); and “Painting”, Debut Gallery, Sofia (2005). The artist has also participated in multiple group exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad.

In 2015, Velislava Gecheva was awarded the first prize at the Nuance Gallery Contemporary Art Competition. She is also the recipient of an Edmond Demirdjian Painting Award for a promising young artist (2012). In 2011, the artist was nominated by Essl Art for an ECC Award. In 2010, she received an award for achievements in art and design from Société Générale Express Bank and the National Academy of Arts.

The author

Velislava Gecheva