Art, // August 26, 2017
ALBENA — ARTIST
Interview with artist ALBENA —
2. Why art?
l started when I was a little girl, I dreamed of being an artist painter or a writer and make people experience deep emotions while interacting with my work. As I was interested in many other subjects, I did long studies, published a book of poems and finally became an architect; I worked for 5 years in that sphere, mainly for bank offices. When I changed my country at the age of 29, I left all behind and started a new life in France, I became gradually a self–employed, self-taught artist.
3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
At about age of 3 .
4. What are your favorite subject(s) and media(s)
My work is all about capturing love, tenderness and beauty in life. My favorite media is oil. I have worked a lot to create my own special technique oil on canvas by several layers, I use about ten successive layers for most of the paintings. I try to capture the magic of life, thus bright vibrant colors are absolutely necessary for me. I started reading at the age of 3; my inspirations come from all the wonderful fairy tales’ books with illustrations by Bulgarian or international painters that I read in my childhood – and all my life experiences afterwords; the world mythologies and cultures. That is why people of very different origins find themselves in my paintings and this is the greatest reward for an artist.
5. How do you work and approach your subject?
My inspirations are the positive and very intimate relationships between people, people and living creatures, people and music, meditation, memories of that magical time called childhood…
As I wrote already, I was an architect in my “first life” and I will always be interested in that; at the same time I keep deep inside the magical villages of my childhood the way I remember them, more like mirages than reality. I also paint many self portraits in different moments of my life.
7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
When somebody byes a piece of my art, this is the best compliment ever.
8. What do you like about your work?
I have a unique style and a very interesting technique. The final result is really very appealing to the eyes and I hope, intriguing for the mind.
9. What advice would you give to other artists?
Nowadays with internet, an artist has so many opportunities! Work work work and be extremely curious. Try to create art that survive over the years.
10. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
Now I explore a very contemporary approach using new paints, I try to use a mixed, oil based media, with pastels, markers, and somehow in a very distant way, inspired by graffiti art . I really do not know where I will be in ten years, life is a fabulous and unpredictable adventure.
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