Mishel Valcheva

I define myself an expansive person which is a positive characteristic of my artistic outbursts, projects and explorations. It happened so that since my teenage years, when I was still a student at Tsanko Lavrenov Art School in Plovdiv, graphic art drew my attention.

My attitude towards graphic art gradually developed during the next stages of my artistic education and my teachers contributed a great deal to that. At the beginning, I found inspiration in reproductions of Renaissance painings which amazed me with their elegance and the skillful creation of volume, shape and space.

Strange as it may seem, the art of painting didn’t interest me. On the contrary, I felt a certain level of disstisfaction towards it. In this period I drew lots of graphic compositions in which I alternated fantasy motives provoked by Salvador Dali. His painings impressed me a lot though I didn’t entirely understand the messages he conveyed. In any case, his strange visions had impact on my not so mature artistic thinking. I am very fond of this graphic world in which I am able to express emotions, transient conditions and feelings.

While growing and learning, I started to understand the profound links of graphic art with the interaction of colours and the state of my mind. Hot and cold lines, erupting flamboyant colours, decorative composition of elements in friezes, realizing the synthesis and ballance in the composition beteween graphic design, graphic art and paining of a given work be it on a canvas, mural or even bodyart – all that seems to formulate my attitude towards art.

My style is being built step by step. It is blended with my positive standpoint to life by reflecting on the moments of motion and moments of stillness, in the state of progression. I find provocation in the surrounding world and my explorations are diverse. However, the main messages my works carry are the joy that life brings me, the seized moments of happiness, and my puisuits to keep the ballance between reality and fantasy.

I strive my works to convey the romantic spirit of old fairy tails, the song tradition of our folklore, and to chatch the rich colourful cobninations in the traditional fabrics of my people. All these characteristics are situated in the context of modern art offering many challenges in which I find new temporal and spacial dimensions.

I hope to discover and create every day because the process of art itself through which I pass is a guarantee for my sense of belonging to art and its infinity.