Silvia took her first art class when she was twelve years old in her native Bulgaria. From that time she knew where her destiny would lead and she never wavered. "After my first lesson, there was no doubt about what I wanted to do. It felt like a curtain was lifted and from that moment I could see shapes, shades and color as I had never seen them before". Silvia pursued her love of art at the Academy of Fine Art in Sofia, where she attained her bachelor's and master's degrees. Then she spent six years painting and exhibiting her work in Japan, before moving to California where she has lived since 1996. Currently her original artwork is represented in several galleries and her prints are published and distributed world wide by Wild Apple Graphics.
Influenced by Japanese wood block prints, renaissance masters, French impressionists, and Pablo Picasso, Silvia describes her style as very free and bold. "I love contrast, sudden changes of color, unusual color palettes: everything that makes a painting ALIVE". The result is an irresistible sense of exuberance and joie de vivre in her work.
Her paintings are part of the permanent collections of galleries, corporate buildings and residencies worldwide.
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An Interview with Silvia Vassileva
Silviaâ€™s home studio - which she designed herself - is bright, contemporary and minimalist. Vibrantly painted images abound, and Silviaâ€™s seemingly limitless energy radiates throughout the room.
It is here, to the melodies of Mozart and Vivaldi, that this prolific artist transforms blank canvases into vivid still lifes, street scenes, interiors and landscapes.