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Svetlana Zhelyazkova

I come from a family of Doctors of Dental Medicine, who eagerly and wholeheartedly support my artistic endeavors from my very early years, when I participated in different children artistic programs.

I earned top honors with my high school diploma from the National Vocational Secondary School for Stage Personnel in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (majoring in Makeup and Wigs). During my studies there, I participated in numerous joint exhibitions, as well as a solo exhibition in honor the Day for Heroes of National and Cultural Advancement. I won full scholarship from the “Stramna” Gallery; my works have been acquired at charity auctions by the Open Society Fund and local chapters of the Rotary Club.

I earned top honors with my BA and MA degrees in Costume and Stage Designs for Music and Stage Performances from the Academy of Music, Dance, and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
There I was a recipient of a merit scholarship by the Round Table Club, and took part in many joint student exhibitions, including the Academy’s participation in the 10th (2003) and 11th (2007) Prague Quadrennials of Scenography and Theater Architecture in the Czech Republic. I worked on the stage and costume design for Aristophanes’s “Lysistrata”, Stravinsky’s “The Firebird”, Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” and “The Magic Flute”, Bogdan Chaly’s children’s fairy tale “How the Small Camas Became a Hero”, Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie”, Prokofiev’s “The Love for Three Oranges”, and Bellini’s “Norma”.

I have worked as an applied image designer for infant and toddler clothing for “Vis Vitalis” – a Plovdiv, Bulgaria company.

I have been a freelance artist in New York, USA, where I presented my solo exhibition "The Magic of Woman" in 2009 and I have participated in numerous joint exhibitions.

I have become a member of The Union of Plovdiv Artists in 2010. I have participated in joint exhibitions of the union: "Annual Exhibition of the Union of Plovdiv Artists - 2010", "Ladies Invite II - 2011", "Colors - 2011", "Annual Exhibition of the Union of Plovdiv Artists - 2011", "100th Anniversary of the Union of South Bulgarian Artists - 2012", "Annual Exhibition of the Union of Plovdiv Artists - 2012", "Colors - 2013", "15x5 - 2013", "Annual Exhibition of the Union of Plovdiv Artists - 2013".

I presented my fourth solo exhibition "Unfinished Dreams" in 2013 in "Plovdiv" Gallery. It included works from the artistic cycles "Garden of Dreams', "Secrets of the Sea" and "Whisper of Wings".

2014: "Toast to Love - Asenovgrad Town", "Toast to Love - Hisarya Town", "Ladies Invite III - 2014", "Colors - 2014", "Nedko and Friends", "7th Biennial of Small Forms in Art - Pleven", "Mini Art", "Annual Exhibition of the Union of Plovdiv Artists - 2014".

2015: "Scent of a Woman - 2015" - "Plovdiv" Gallery, "Colors - 2015", Youth Curatorial Exhibition "Ritual", "Youth Planer - Plovdiv 2015-2019", International Biennial "Art of Miniature" - "Theme: Pentimento. The Ability to Correct Yourself" - Ruse, "Christmas Exhibition 2015" - "Zagreb" Gallery, "Annual Exhibition of the Union of Plovdiv Artists - 2015".

2016: "With the Scent of a Woman and Fascinated by Her" - "Plodiv" Gallery, "Water" - "Romfeia" Gallery, fifth solo exhibition "Whisper of Wings" in "Zagreb" Gallery, "Colors - 2016", Youth Curatorial Exhibition "Temptation", "Joint Summer Exhibition" - "Zagreb" Gallery, sixth solo exhibition "Cherished Moments" in "Signa" Gallery, "Summer Prominences" - Union of Plovdiv Artists, "Let It Be Summer" - "Signa" Gallery, "Annual Exhibition of the Union of Plovdiv Artists - 2016", "Christmas Exhibition 2016" - "Zagreb" Gallery.


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