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Iva Gueorguieva

Los Angeles, California

Artist Statement

I am a Bulgarian painter and mother living and working in Los Angeles. I construct large scale spatially and texturally dense paintings, sculptures and installations, at a midpoint between abstraction and figuration. The body is my subject and materiality my medium as I explore perception and the limits of painting through line, color, and collage. My paintings are about everything as filtered through memory and emotional and visual sensitivity framed by my philosophical training in phenomenology and critical theory.

The paintings I submitted are all from the last two years and part of the Pompeii Gray body of work. In late December 2020 and during the lockdown I was working on large scale tapestry paintings that covered every inch of floor and wall space in my studio. I had been working off the stretcher for two years. I was suddenly possessed by the desire to pull out the largest colorful abstract painting I had in the rack and proceeded to feverishly cover the entire surface with white gesso. As soon as I was finished, I started painting with a thin translucent gray leaving the surface feeling dry and parched like a rock face. The figures emerged from the terrain as though they were fragments already present in the debris inside a sieve being shaken by the hands of an archeologist. The first painting was the massive work called "And she cried for the weekend".

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Artist Biography

I was born in 1974 and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria. My parents fled Bulgaria after the collapse of the communist regime in 1990 and settled in Baltimore, MD. I studied philosophy in college and received my MFA in 2000 from Tyler School of Art.

I currently live and work in Los Angeles and teach at Claremont Graduate University.

I have a solo show at Gavlak gallery in Palm Beach, Florida, currently on view and I am working on a solo show for Night Gallery, Los Angeles scheduled to open in March 2024. I am collaborating with LA Nomadic Division on a presentation of my project “Intersection” at the MAK Center in Los Angeles in the spring of 2023 and an outdoor installation and live performance in Elysian Park, near downtown Los Angeles.

My work is included in many public and private collections including: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Minneapolis Institute of Art; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego; and others.

I have had many solo shows at galleries including: Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe, New York; ACME, Los Angeles; Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles; Frederic Snitzer, Miami; Angles Gallery, Los Angeles; Galerie Stefan Roepke, Cologne, Germany. A number of these shows have been reviewed in the LA Times, Artforum, Art Ltd., Boston Globe, and the San Diego Tribune. In 2013 I had a solo show of my prints and works on paper at the Luther Brady Gallery, Washington DC which was reviewed in the Washington Post.



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