Vivid Beauty
Agora Gallery
New York,NY
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Vivid Beauty
February 5 - February 26, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7, 2008, 6-8 pm

Yellow Dog   Pastel on Paper   24" x 18"
About the Artist
Bulgarian-born Daniela Vasileva incorporates principles from the graphic arts into her symbolist works in such a way that, especially in her pencil and pastel canvases, subjects simultaneously seem hyper-realistic and stylized. Vasileva thereby offers highly subjective renderings of her models, but also a kind of universal meaning identifiable in each artwork. Her ability to interpret her subjects in a manner that suggests broad emotional states and experiences gives an incredible depth to her rounded and sensual shapes. 

This tendency to evoke mythic character traits and provoke emotions is most evident in Vasileva’s compositions featuring supernatural figures. Using expressive colors and a sort of stylized realism in these works, she announces the mythic nature of their content. However, much of her art applies this same aesthetic to apparently mundane subjects. In these works, her aesthetic elevates a relatively commonplace image to something universal. By doing so, Vasileva wields the ability to transform the everyday into the mythic through artistic representation.
 Her work has appeared in exhibitions in Europe, China and the United States. She currently lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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