Maiden name: Pavlina Paraskova
"I have been passionate about drawing as far back as I remember. I saw a
curious bit of evidence in my medical records from age 2. The doctor’s comment
read: “The child’s favorite pastime is drawing”. There it was!
I am a classically trained artist, born and raised in Bulgaria. The main
force behind the choice of my career was my father, an architect, who noticed my
natural talent and encouraged me to study art since the age of 10. Along the
way, I attended the Fine Art magnet high school in Sofia, where the contact with
talented peers pushed my skills to new levels. I later attended The National
Academy of Art, the most prestigious higher education art school in Bulgaria. I
would later earn my MFA in Painting from that same Academy.
In 2002 I decided to further my studies in the United States. I moved to
Philadelphia, PA and was accepted to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Through my hard work and dedication, I became one of the most valuable
students in the Academy earning not only a full-tuition scholarship but also
Currently, I live in Atlanta, GA and I work as a full-time professional artist. I
exhibit my artworks in top rated art festivals around the country and I often travel
abroad in search of inspiration. I have completed monumental public art projects
in an artist team with my husband, Alfredo Alea.”
"I create original acrylic and oil paintings on canvas, using a
Life is too beautiful and deep to be captured in an artwork. I do however, recreate
certain moments of life that I perceive to be of utmost beauty. These are glimpses of bliss
that I would like to freeze in time.
I am fascinated by the unusual relationships between mundane objects in a stilllife,
the optic distortions caused by water and ice and the open and beautifully desolate
landscapes. As for the human figure; I explore the presence of man in the context of nature.
I use color schemes that are subtle and vibrant simultaneously. I would describe my artistic
style as a modernist realism with emphasis on visual communication.
An artist’s mind is sensitive and curious to the changes of her environment and
expresses these changes accordingly. We are not unique, inspite of what we have been
taught. Our skills, thoughts, ideas, and experiences have been recycled through
generations of humanity. Thus, I see art as a lifelong journey and an exhilarating mode of
Best in Acrylics - 2015 Old Saybrook Art & Craft Festival, CT
Award of Distinction - 2015 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, FL
Best in Painting - 2015 Carnaval on the Mile, Coral Gables, FL
Best in Painting - 2015 Pinecrest Gardens Art Festival, FL
Award of Excellence - 2008 Brevard Art Museum, FL
J. Henry Scheidt Memorial Travel Scholarship - 2006 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA
Katherine-Alexandra full-tuition Scholarship for Sculpture - 2005 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA
Katherine-Alexandra full-tuition Scholarship for Sculpture - 2004 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA
Merit based Full-tuition 4-year Scholarship for BFA degree - 1998-2002 National Academy of Art, Bulgaria