BIO CENTER – Exhibition of Kaliya Kalacheva

04.03 – 28.03.2022
Opening – 04.03.2022 – 5:00 – 9:00 pm
“Why bio and why center? “Bio” means life and life processes, something natural, organic, useful. A center is a point equidistant from all points of a circle or sphere, a relative, approximate middle of a place, focus and/or coordination of activity.
The bio-center in the current exhibition became synonymous with duality. Both a vitally vibrant world and a made up own space. A typical double standard – superimposing images with a common meaning and different aesthetics. On the other hand, through the word-universe “center” I discover the circle, the personification of the Earth and the Sun, of the emergence and the life force. The center of the circle is the landscape theme, closed by an infinite line. The Bio Center has become a laboratory for my research. These are pieces of the everyday, waves of life, imaginary spaces, real shapes, abstract realities or just a sense of forest. And so, the terms bio and center became synonyms, because they indirectly and directly mean life, activity, scope, plot, appearance.”
K. Kalacheva, 2022
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Kaliya Kalacheva is an MA graduate from the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2011 she won the Prize for Promising Young Artist of the Edmond Demirdjian Foundation. She was nominated for the 2012 MOST Award. In 2017 Kaliya won the International Artist Recognition at the Women in the Arts Awards as part of the Celebrating the Genius of Women Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, USA. In 2021 Kaliya wins the Award of the participants for painting in the National Exhibition – competition for painting and sculpture. 2020 brings her the Prize for an emerging artist at the Burgas Biennale for Contemporary art, Burgas, Bulgaria. Her paintings are part of the collections of the Hugo Voeten Art Centre, Belgium; the Luciano Benetton Collection, Italy; the National Art Gallery and the Sofia City Art Gallery, Bulgaria. Kaliya Kalacheva was a resident artist in the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France in 2014 and in the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany in 2016.

Selected solo exhibitions:

2021 Zen/Kitsch, Credo Box part of Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia

2020 Change the Scenery!, Little Bird Place Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2020 Imaginary Constructions, Rakursi Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2018 Light, A+ Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2017 Air on Wood, Nuance Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2017 Tandem, [A]cube contemporary, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2016 Pieces, Yuzina Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2015 Close/Open, Rakursi Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2013 Where Do You Go?, Modern Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2012 Wait!, Rakursi Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria.


Selected group exhibitions:

2021 The Pric/ze Is Right – NEXT Balkan: Bulgarian Contemporary Art in Belgrade, U10 Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia;

2020-21 Kontinuum Moderne, NKI and BKI – Berlin, Germany;

2019 Natural Forms, Little Bird Place Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2017 Re-forget Your Past, project by Nikola Mihov, Photosynthesis Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2017 Alter Ego, curated by Tsvetelina Anastasova, Nirvana Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2016 Accessible Art Fair, Musee Juif de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium;

2015 Male Nudes, Hugo Voeten Art Centre, Herentals, Belgium;

2015 Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art, Luciano Benetton Collection, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy;

2015 Image and Likeness, National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2015 Caution: Wet Paint!, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2014 My Name Is Artist, curated by Vesela Nozharova, Hugo Voeten Art Centre, Herentals, Belgium;

2014 Eurasia Art Express Project, MBC Gallery, Daejeon, South Korea;

2014 Space SSee Gallery, Daejeon, South Korea;

2013 Forcing up the Choice, curated by Galina Lardeva, Plovdiv, Bulgaria;

2013 Cotroceni National Museum, Bucharest, Romania;

2013 International Painting Biennial, Chisinau, Moldova;

2012 Chances Choices Changes, organised by the World Bank, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2012 Love – Idea for Home Project, curated by Maria Vassileva, Raiko Aleksiev Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2010 Transform, Tophane Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey.

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