Silvia Haralambova

  • Bulgaria
Silvia Haralambova

Biography & exhibitions:

I am a contemporary Bulgarian artist working in the field of fine and applied art. I create acrylic and oil paintings and hand-woven tapestries.I have inherited the love to art from my grandfather who was a textile designer at the textile factories all around the country. Since my childhood and school years I loved to create different art works like dolls from a variety of natural materials. 

I have painted aquarelles, pastels and sketches too. Then I began to do woven sweaters, jackets and woven wall hangings made of natural materials, some of them combined with carved wood.As an artist and a person, acting with senses and feelings, I would say that art works speak more than words. I let my creations talk about themselves. They alone can show the ways and things which inspire and give me a fillip to do the works.Part of the roots of my inspiration can be found in the traditional Bulgarian folklore and ancient cultures - all of them having left a trace after their presence. I am trying to unite all this multicultural and ethnical diversity in my works reconstituting them through my vision.I like to embed in my creations, both paintings and textiles, various natural materials, be it stones, cracked sea shells, straw, wool, plant fibres etc.

Music has always been taking part in my life, be it Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classical or traditional folklore from all around the world. So, the beautiful music has a major influence on my creative process and I have given birth to many of my works while listening my lovely and favourite pieces. Presently, my husband and I are very fond of the Greek Rebetiko music, which we also play and sing with enthusiasm and desire. Some videos can be seen on my Silvia Hara Youtube channel.

Further, Nature plays a great importance in my art as well. Being convinced that every artist needs a wide variety of new and interesting places on earth in order to provoke, enrich and develop their art life, I am constantly aiming to broaden my artistic horizon and to develop myself farther as an artist.In that connection I have participated in Artist-in-Residence Programs in different countries like Spain, Austria, Ukraine and Ireland. My works have been exposed in galleries, fairs and other artistic events in USA, Canada, Ireland, The Netherland, Turkey, Germany, Austria, France, Luxembourg.


Participations in exhibitions:

1998                                                            Art Gallery “Dea”, Sofia, Bulgaria

1999                                                            Private Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2000                                                            Old Lyme Gallery, Connecticut, USA

2002                                                            New Westminster Public Library, Vancouver, Canada during Convergence 2002

2002                                                            International Art Exhibition “Man and Nature”, 

                                                                    Nationalpark Harz, Sankt Andreasberg, Germany

2003                                                            Triad Gallery, Oregon, USA

2005                                                            Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA

2009                                                           Heartland Gallery, Urbana, Illinois, USA

2011                                                            International Art Expo Istanbul 2011, Turkey

2011                                                            Atelier 24 Lexington, Asheville, NC, USA

2012                                                          Galerie Pinna, Berlin, Germany

2012                                                          Coenraad Art Gallery, Zandvoort, The Netherlands

2014                                                          Ross Fine Art Gallery, Letterkenny, Co.  Donegal, Ireland

2016                                                         Textile Fair NADELWELT, Karlsruhe, Germany    

2017                                                         Die Galerie 10er-Haus, Gmunden, Austria

2019                                                         Konscht am Gronn, Luxembourg-ville, Luxemboug

2019                                                         Salon d’Automne International de Lunéville, France


Grants and Artist in Residence Programs:

2001                                                        Valparaiso Foundation, Mojácar, Spain


2002                                                        Krems, Austria – Grant from Department for Culture and Science of Provincial Government of Lower Austria 


2009                                                       International Art Project “Palette of Freedom 2009”, Open Air Symposium in Yalta, Ukraine


2009                                                       Cill Rialaig Artist’s Village, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Ireland



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