"Abstract acrylic and oil paintings and woven wallhangings"
I am a contemporary Bulgarian artist working in the field of fine and applied art. I create acrylic and oil paintings and hand-woven tapestries.
I have inherited the love to art from my grandfather who was a textile designer at the textile factories all around the country. Since my childhood and school years I loved to create different art works like dolls from a variety of natural materials. I have painted aquarelles, pastels and sketches too. Then I began to do woven sweaters, jackets and woven wall hangings made of natural materials, some of them combined with carved wood.
As an artist and a person, acting with senses and feelings, I would say that art works speak more than words. I let my creations talk about themselves. They alone can show the ways and things which inspire and give me a fillip to do the works.
Part of the roots of my inspiration can be found in the traditional Bulgarian folklore and ancient cultures - all of them having left a trace after their presence. I am trying to unite all this multicultural and ethnical diversity in my works reconstituting them through my vision.
Music has always been taking part in my life, be it Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classical or traditional folklore from all around the world. So, the beautiful music has a major influence on my creative process and I have given birth to many of my works while listening my lovely and favourite pieces. Presently, my husband and I are very fond of the Greek Rebetiko music, which we also play and sing with enthusiasm and desire. Some videos can be seen on my you tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/silviahara.
Further, Nature plays a great importance in my art as well. Being convinced that every artist needs a wide variety of new and interesting places on earth in order to provoke, enrich and develop their art life, I am constantly aiming to broaden my artistic horizon and to develop myself farther as an artist.
In that connection I have been participating in Artist-in-Residence Programs in different countries like Spain, Austria, Ukraine, Ireland and works of mine have been shown in galleries in USA, Canada and Europe.
Participations in exhibitions: 1998 Art Gallery “Dea”, Sofia, Bulgaria 1999 Private Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria 2000 Old Lyme Gallery, Connecticut, USA 2002 New Westminster Public Library, Vancouver, Canada during Convergence 2002 2002 International Art Exhibition “Man and Nature”, Nationalpark Harz, Sankt Andreasberg, Germany 2003 Triad Gallery, Oregon, USA 2005 Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA 2009 Heartland Gallery, Urbana, Illinois, USA 2011 International Art Expo Istanbul 2011, Turkey 2011 Atelier 24 Lexington, Asheville, NC, USA 2012 Galerie Pinna, Berlin, Germany 2012 Coenraad Art Gallery, Zandvoort, The Netherlands 2014 Ross Fine Art Gallery, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland 2016 Textile Fair NADELWELT, Karlsruhe, Germany 2017 Die Galerie 10er-Haus, Gmunden, Austria 2019 Konscht am Gronn, Luxembourg-ville, Luxemboug 2019 Salon d’Automne International de Lunéville, France
Grants and Artist in Residence Programs: 2001 Valparaiso Foundation, Mojácar, Spain 2002 Krems, Austria – Grant from Department for Culture and Science of Provincial Government of Lower Austria 2009 International Art Project “Palette of Freedom 2009”, Open Air Symposium in Yalta, Ukraine 2009 Cill Rialaig Artist’s Village, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Works in private Bulgaria, Spain, France, Austria, Belgium, Germany and public collections: Canada, Ukraine, USA