Ekaterina Stoyanova

Ekaterina painting at the gallery

Passion and patience are the building blocks of my art. Since childhood, I have always been attentive to shapes and colors, curious to learn about the world and fascinated with the human subject. I love to observe people, noticing the beauty in their features and movements, hypothesizing about their character and temperament, imagining the stories of their lives. My attention to form and detail, and my desire to penetrate the human soul through its window—the face—have led me to focus my artistry on the expressive capacities of the portrait and to cultivate an interest in the customs, celebrations and material production of different cultures.

I have a degree in Fine Arts from Veliko Tarnovo University, Bulgaria. In my native country, I developed a decorative, stylized artistic approach to correspond to the atemporal nature of my subject—people in traditional folk costumes and mythological characters. Similarly, in the United States, where I have been living since the 1990s, I am inspired by the history of the diverse cultural ethnicities, and in particular the Native Americans populations from North and South America. My style has grown to be more realistic and dynamic: I combine my patient attention to decorative detail and contour with the expressive and passionate nature of the people I paint, which is manifest in the bold prime colors of their costumes. Art is my path for probing the depths of the human spirit and I hope my customers will discover mine through my paintings.

Selected Juried Art Show Participation

Arizona Fine Art Expo, Scottsdale, AZ

Fine Art & Wine Festival, Carefree, AZ

Fountain Hills Fine Art Affaire, AZ

Scottsdale Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ

Beverly Hills Art Festival in the Park, Beverly Hills, CA

The Southwest Arts Festival, Indio, CA

Aspen Fine Art Festival, Aspen, CO

Avon Festival of Fine Arts, Avon, CO

Edwards Fine Art & Sculpture, Edwards, CO

Aquatennial Art Festival, Minneapolis, MN

Excelsior Art Festival, Excelsior, MN

Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN

20+ juried exhibitions in galleries and museums in Bulgaria and other European countries.