Iskra Blagoeva was born in 1978 in Sofia. She obtained her Master's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna in 2007. Her artistic works include paintings, objects and installations. Iskra took part in group shows in Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Serbia and Bulgaria. Iskra Blagoeva received the award of the National Competition for Young Artists, Critics and Curators of “St. Cyril and St. Methodius International Foundation” (Sofia). She is also a winner of the competition for young artists at the “European Center for Culture and Debate GRAD” (Belgrade). BAZA Award (Sofia) and Lingen Art Award (Lingen, Germany) nominee.
Oedipus was a cheater, 2020
edition of 3, stone, 90x75x44cm
In her work Iskra Blagoeva uses painting as the main medium of expression, although she also creates objects, installations, performances. She endeavours to select the appropriate medium and materials for each particular idea. Part of her paintings are series of works, such as Black Paintings of Cheerful Events, in which she depicts female images on the verge of the horrible, scary and repulsive. The works are continuation of her long lasting interest in the religious-mythological content and images that are deeply embedded in the western cultural perception.
Iskra is interested in the point of intersection of the myth and the present day, how the myth turns into a stereotype and how to change the perception of it. In most of her works she elaborates on the image of the woman, her roles in society and the dominating concepts of femininity. Her attempt is to find the exceptions, to highlight possible paths of development and apprehension of women outside the cultural cliché. In such a way she discloses the invisible aspects of the feminine world, commenting on the freedom of self-perception and self-evaluation.
She is inspired by the ideas of feminism, focusing on the creative power of the women that goes far beyond the (re)productive chain of the society.
Lilith and Eve Gamble over Adam, 2020
Acrylic on canvas, 120x120cm
Covering Your Genitals With Leaves Is Not Enough, 2019
Acrylic on canvas, 30x30cm
I want to know what love is, I want you to show me, 2019, edition of 15
Object, silver, zirconium, 13x5cm
EMMA, DON'T JUMP IN NEVA!, 2015
collaboration with Neva Balnikova