State of Apparition, 2019, mirror surfaces, wood, 25 x 23 x 35 cm.
Stela Vasileva (b.1983) lives and works in Sofia. She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia with a major in Mural Painting. She won the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award (2010), Nominations for the BAZA Award for Contemporary Art (2013-2015) as well as various residences including KulturKontakt, Vienna, Austria (2012), Krinzinger Projekte, Petomihalyfa, Hungary – Vienna (2012), Cité Internationale des arts Paris, France (2014). Stela Vasileva participated in numerous group exhibitions and projects some of which: ‘‘State of Apparition’’ Aether Gallery, Hague, Holland (2019); Shifting Layers / Young Art at the Museum, Sofia City Art Gallery (2017); Process in Progress, Bäckerstrasse4 – plattform für junge kunst, Vienna, AT (2015); ViennaContemporary, Focus Bulgaria, Vienna, AT (2015) and others. Among her solo appearances are: “Signs of Sound”, +359 Gallery, Sofia and The Cultural Center – Palace Balchik (2018/2017); ”Tunnel”, underpass of metro station Vardar (urban environment intervention, 2017); “Under Construction”, Contemporary Space Gallery, Varna (2015); “5 Boxes”, The fridge, Sofia (2015); “Work and Leisure”, Un Cabinet D’Amateur Gallery, Sofia (2014) and others.
Stela Vasileva works in the area of the object, the installation and the drawing. She explores the form, the objects in space, with the main attempt to unload the objects of any superfluous elements, while also putting it out of the context of its concrete (ordinary) environment. In doing so, she often erases the boundaries of real space.