October 14, 2023 | Cosmina Marcela OLTEAN ArtPage

Dessislava Deneva is a guest artist of the Blue Biennale 2023, taking place in Brașov between September 30 - October 21. For this event the artist proposes the project „THE OXYMORON: MY METAPHOR OF IMMERSING YOURSELF IN SOMETHING”, curated by Victoria Țăroi.
The opening of her exhibition took place in the preview of the Blue Biennale at Casa Muresenilor Museum Brasov.

Dessislava Denava, a Bulgarian painter, began studying art at the Beaux-Arts high school in Sofia, and then joined the National Academy of Arts in the Bulgarian capital, she specialized in mural painting.

In her paintings, Dessislava treats almost organic matter. Of course, her training in mural painting has a lot to do with this. Her works seem to present a piece of a wall, a facade which is marked due to time. Dessislava Denava's works is present in several public and private institutions like Bulgaria, Argentina, Turkey, Belgium, U.S.A, Chili, Egypt, Hungary and Cyprus”, we learn from Artsper.

She was awarded at many art competitions for the best graphics and painting, and holds awards from national biennials and the Academic Mural Painting Award in Bulgaria.

Her art in her own words

This is what the artist conveys about her artistic approach:

<<I think, without being too literal, that through my work I would like to immerse myself in our time, a time of exponential development of the technical revolution. Interesting processes in artistic practices are also observed. The modern horizons of visual culture are based on dialogue and juxtaposition between divergent, often paradoxical at first glance, ideas, but ultimately united through a metaphorical language. The dynamics of modern times have also set the hectic rhythm of the author's reactions - seething, rift and transformations populate the works. We live in a perpetually changing and inconstant world woven of contradictions and untruths.

Photos by Blue Biennale

The point of view of believing in "absolute truth" (read reality) seems to be inapplicable today. New meanings are generated, based on the negation of reality and the views of the so-called "situational ethics" (A.T. Robinson). Our consciousness is constantly attacked by various sensory provocations, the situation is brought to the point of absurdity. It comes to a union of real antitheses, in the sense of a modern reflection of the world as a set of oxymorons, in the theoretical and practical field of visual arts. They are virtually directly related to modern media, without which our life is already unthinkable.

This initial paradox has provoked me to experiment, both in my ideas and in terms of their realization. I look for my truth, in situational, meaningful connections and juxtapositions, within the limits of a rich toolbox. I express my author's will, both in metaphorical figurative distinctiveness, and in the use of diverse materials such as: canvas, paper, plastic, oil and acrylic paints, pigments, pastels, etc. Here, congruence with reality is subject to my subjective observation and opinion. On the one hand, images from reality, on the other hand others, as if digitally decomposed images, are united in new, paradoxical artistic facts. Often, the figurative concepts used contain what by definition would be called oxymorons – they combine opposite ideas. 

Household objects and human figures intertwine with abstract patterns, united in a single view oxymoron, as my overall creative concept. Semantic unity, is not so directly influenced by the materials themselves, but by the symbolic expression of my ideas. This multi-layered imagery and contrasting expressiveness are my reaction to the paradoxical times in which we live.>>
(Dessislava Denava)

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