Mihaela Krasteva- Sakayan

b 1983 Sofia, Bulgaria. Lives and works in Sofia.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Art is not the right volume in space, it is not even the exact expression, it’s not a color or shape. Art is a way of thinking, which excludes logic. It is something like meta space existing in the continuum, space that you create, a space where you can live by yourself. You can save yourself there, experiencing the comfort of your own fantasies and necessary needs, while at the same time agonizing after frank confrontation with yourself.

Vita

Education:
  • 2003-2007: New Bulgarian University, Department “Cinema, Advertising and Show Business”, Specialty “Graphic Design” (bachelor)
  • 2009-2010: New Bulgarian University, Department “Fine Arts” (masters)
  • 2012-now: New Bulgarian University, Department “Visual and plastic arts” (PhD scholarship)

EXHIBITIONS/ACTIVITITES:
  • 2005: Participation with ceramic in “plastics” exhibition in “altera gallery”, 36 DRAGAN CANKOV BLVD., SOFIA, Bulgaria Participation with ceramic in “MY SHOE” EXHIBITION, irida gallery, sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2006: Organization and participation with ceramics in exhibition of clay plastics in Pleven, Bulgaria
  • 2007: pROJECT “EARTH” – is a project representing the nature combined with bulgarian folklore. My responsibility in the project was the creation of a plastic decor to the video clip of Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankulov 'Earth'. Participation with ceramics in exhibition of paintings and plastics in The “Red House” gallery, luben karavelov str.,sofia, Bulgaria Interior design of “Glizalka” - art shop in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2008: Participation with ceramic in”GRAPHICS AND PLASTICS” exhibition, lUBEN KARAVELOV STR., SOFIA, Bulgaria
  • 2009: “VIP DANCE” – Inventing and producing a variety of costumes from different eras for all participants in the show. Personal stylist of the jury. Very dynamic television project related to continuous operation, communication with the huge number of people. The project helped me extremely in improving my work with demanding people. Participation WITN painting in the "Art Center Ilindentsi", a joint project of the National Cultural Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of "Fine Arts" New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2010: Autobiographical novel "correct" - Overall design and look of the paper body. The project creates a unique book published only in triplicate. PARTICIPATION WITH CERAMICS in "Altera" gallery, 36 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2011; “4:24h waiting for the sunrise” - Solo ceramic in Bulgaria Hall, Aksakov 1, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2012: participation with ceramics at “KERAMIKA@NBU.BG”, “art alea” gallery, wiliam gladston 51a str., sofia, Bulgaria participation with ceramic at “krakra” gallery, krakra 1 str., sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2013 participation with ceramics in “Festival of Contemporary Ceramics” at “debut” gallery, vasil levski 62 blvd., sofia, Bulgaria participation with ceramics in international plein Air competition “no limits art”, nessebar, Bulgaria common exhibition “closed” with mihail chomakov painter at green art zone in villa list hotel during apolonia days, sozopol – old town, Bulgaria participation with ceramics at palace of culture exhibition hall, pernik, Bulgaria participation with ceramics in “exterior plastics” exhibition in new bulgarian university, montevideo 21 str.,sofia, Bulgaria Design and layout of promotional materials representing major "Pottery & Glass" at New Bulgarian University, sofia, Bulgaria “fest 2012” - Design and layout of promotional materials describing the results of art training at the New Bulgarian University, sofia, Bulgaria participation with ceramics in the building of the Metropolitan Library, Hall Sofia Square "Slavejkov" 4 square., Sofia, Bulgaria participation with ceramics in Christmas exhibition “no limits arts” at festa hotel, bulgaria blvd., sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2014 participation with ceramics in “SECTION 13” exhibition ORGANIZED BY bulgarian artist union,sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2015 “undergorund” solo ceramic exhibition presenting 16 monumental ceramic sculptures at 6 metrostations in sofia, Bulgaria participation with ceramics in “Festival of Contemporary Ceramics”, rakovski 125 str., sofia, Bulgaria participation with ceramics in national palace of culture, 1 Bulgaria Square. sofia, Bulgaria participation with ceramics in sofia press gallery, Slavianska 29 str., sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2016 participation with ceramics in “Projection of fire”, William Gladstone 51a str, sofia, Bulgaria Participation in internatiolan sculpture and painting simposium “the now inscribed within us”, samokov, Bulgaria participation with ceramics in keramik panorama, murten, switzerland participation with ceramic installation & vinil paintings in “fusion art fest ii”, sofia, Bulgaria participation with ceramics in “international day of mental health, sofia, Bulgaria participation with ceramics in charity for “german christmass market”, sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2017 participation with ceramics in international CERAMIC EXHIBITION AND concours “37CICA 2017, VALENCIA, SPAIN participation with ceramics IN “INTERNATIONAL Festival of Contemporary Ceramics 2017”, SOFIA, BULGARIA participation in Art basel 2017 – artbox project, basel, switzerland participation with ceramics in berlin art weeks, berlin, germany
Awards
    first place award in “no limits arts”, sector scultpture, nessebar city, september 2013 “young artist” award in “Festival of Contemporary Ceramics”, sofia city, november 2013 second place award in “Festival of Contemporary Ceramics”, sofia city, september 2015 sponsor’s award in “Festival of Contemporary Ceramics”, sofia city, september 2015 “guest of honor” award,Samokov city, AUgust 2016

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