Yana Petkova – Karakashova
“The ARTE gallery has organised a solo exhibition of Yana Petkova. The artist is being represented in a broader light with works in a variety of techniques: acrylic paintings, China ink landscapes and collages.
I often think how difficult it is nowadays, amidst a whirlwind of visual diversity, bombarded by ever-changing trends, genuine or fake, to listen to your own voice and to find your own unique expression. Such thoughts are coming to my mind as I stand before Yana Petkova’s works. I remember her first creations while she was still in college, then her contributions to many exhibitions, mainly collages, as well as the ARTE gallery-organised exhibition of the family she belongs to, a family we associate with the unforgettable and illustrious Prof. Nayden Petkov.
A fusion of natural talent and creative energy, this exhibition’s selection reveals a world with distinctive personal characteristics: unmistakable emotionality expressed in subtle nuances, a sense for the pulse of colours and textures, and in some cases a not entirely outgrown decorativism in the form, possibly a trace of her academic background. This is precisely where I see Yana Petkova’s future: in expanding these artistic and spiritual horisons and leaving her own unique mark there.
I wholeheartedly wish this young artist integrity and openness for the challenges of the twenty-first century!”
Ass. Prof. Ruža Marinska, January 2021
Yana Petkova was born in 1982 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Special interests & fields of work:
Unique hand-made paper; monotipy; printing, stamping, various graphics & painting techniques.
Members of the Union of Bulgarian Artists – sections Textile
2006 – 2008 – MA in textile, Applied Arts Department, ”National Academy of Arts” (NAA) Sofia, Bulgaria.
2001 – 2005 – BA in textile, Prof. Anna Boyadjieva’s Workshop, Applied Arts Department, “National Academy of Arts” (NAA), Sofia, Bulgaria.
1996 – 2001- National High School for Applied Arts , Sofia – Graduated as a Toy Designer
2006 November – “In November” Solo exhibition of hand-made paper, “Noema” Gallery, Sofia.
2006 August – “On A Wall” Exhibition, “ENA” Gallery, Sofia.
2008 April– Exhibition in “Marmara University”, Turkey – selected works of professors and students of all departments of “National Academy of Arts” (NAA), Sofia.
2008 February – Exhibition of selected student works of all departments of “National Academy of Arts” (NAA), Sofia – in “The Academy of Fine Arts”, Warsaw, Poland.
2005 June –“Youth Festival & Paper exhibition”, Skopje, Makedonia.
Latest Artistic activities:
2020 November – “Textile – artistic and avant-garde” at National Gallery, Kvadrat 500, Sofia.
2018 November – Family Petkovi – 100 years since the birth of Naiden Petkov, “Arte” gallery, Sofia.
2018 November – Amateras Foundation, ‘Messages in paper”, Sofia Paper Art Fest , National Palace of Culture( NDK), Sofia.
2017 June – “Directions” The textile after the 90`s – Textile Department at the “Union of Bulgarian Artists“ (UBA) in Burgas Art Gallery, “ Petko Zadgorski”.
2016 December – Mini-Textile Exhibition – department of textile -at the “Union of Bulgarian Artists” (UBA) in “Sofia Press” Gallery, Sofia.
2015 December – Christmas exhibition painting, ceramics, handmade paper, textiles and more …”Evrika” Gallery, Sofia.
2015 May – Exhibition -“Point”- The Night of the Museums and Galleries in the Art Gallery “Vladimir Dimitrov – The Master” in Kyustendil, Bulgaria.
And many others…