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ICONOGRAPHY by Petya Evtimova-Ivanova

For her solo Offsite Gallery exhibition, Evtimova-Ivanova combines two oil painting series inspired by the old Dobarsko Church in Bulgaria, housing 460 frescoes of the human figure and more than 30 women saints. Themes do not address religion, but instead pay tribute to contemporary women among us – powerful and striving to improve the world, yet feminine and fragile at their core.

Reminiscent of old Orthodox icons, Iconography integrates gold leaf accents into portraits on wood. Black and white portraits on canvas are adorned with decorative elements and saints nimbus, like those found in old church frescoes in Potential Saints.

Petya received her MFA from St. Cyril and St. Methodius University, Bulgaria with a specialization in Fine Arts.

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