Presentation
“I started drawing when I was one year old. Later I began to study at the College of Arts. Then at the college I realized that fine art would be the greatest passion in my life. I am happy to create art because it gives you the freedom to be different and constantly curious about everything in the world. My goal in my art is to learn and to try, to try and to learn, to look for the unique, proprietary means of expression for each object, to overcome all limits as a joke (because if you take the process seriously, you will not succeed). I try to make my paintings enchanting and free.”
Curriculum:
Sylvia Stratieva was born in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. There she completed her primary education. In 1985 she graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She participated in all the group exhibitions of the Society of Artists in Pazardzhik. She did 3 solo exhibitions in the same city. In 1986 she took part in the “National Youth Plainer of the Drawing”. Since 1988 she has been living in Sofia. She has solo exhibitions in 1989 and 1990 in Sofia at “Club 81” Gallery.
Sylvia Stratieva studied at the Technical University of Sofia in “Computer Engineering” and “Industrial Design” and graduated in 1993. She worked for several years in the field of applied graphics and design. 
15.02.-06.03.2000 – Solo exhibition of paintings in “Seasons” Gallery, Sofia;
10.04.-07.05.2000 – “Irida” Gallery, “Interpred” Hall, participation in group exhibition “Sofia perspectives”, Sofia;
May, 2000 – Participation in a group exhibition – “Irida” Gallery, Sofia;
07.07.2000 participations in group exhibitions – Swedish hotel – Varna, gallery “Navalart” – Varna, Artea Gallery – Varna;
January 12, 2000 – “Irida” Gallery, “Interpred” Hall, participation in a group art exhibition, Sofia;
08.08.2002 – “Seasons” Gallery, participation in a group exhibition, Sofia;
14.11.-11.12.2002 – Solo exhibition of paintings and drawings “Windows to …” – “Seasons” Gallery, Sofia;
12.12.-05.01.2003 – “Seasons” Gallery, participation in a group exhibition, Sofia;
03.09.-08.10.2003 – “Seasons” Gallery, participation in the Anniversary Exhibition “Seasons” – Painting, Sofia;
Since the beginning of 2004 she has been working with the publishing house “Litera Prima”, creating the layout and illustrations of a poetic book as well as a series of graphic illustrations for science-fiction stories by Bulgarian and foreign authors.
02.09.-12.09.2004 – “Seasons Gallery”, participation in painting exhibition “10 artists for Sofia”, Interpred Hall, Sofia;
13.07.-25.07.2005 – Solo Exhibition – “Maxim” Gallery, Sofia;
28.06.-30.09.2007 – “Maxim” Gallery, participation in a group painting exhibition, Sofia;
10.05.-31.05.2016 – Solo exhibition – “Pentimento” Gallery, Sofia;
15.11.-30.11.2016 – Participation in Jubilee Exhibition – 40 years College of Fine Arts, Plovdiv;
07.12.16-07.01.2017 – “Pentimento Gallery”, participation in group exhibition “Solstice” II, Sofia;
04.04.-27.04.2017 – Participation in the General Exhibition “Landscape” of the Painting Section of the Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia;
11.05.-17.05.2018 – Participation as a finalist in MODERN ART COMPETITION  “Portrait – The image of the soul” in Sala Consiliare del Primo Municipio of Roma Capital, Rome, Italy. The exhibition is organized by Association for Culture “Arts in Rome”;
Participating in the “Leonardo 2018” art guide;
Participation in the international traveling project  “Painting by Many” 2018;
Participation in “Arte y Libertad XIII” art guide;
05.03.-12.04.2019 – Participation in National Exhibition “Spring Salon of Women Artists” – Gabrovo 2019;
23.05.-01.10.2019 – Participation in National Exhibition “Ludogorie” – Razgrad 2019;
Participating in the “Leonardo 2019” art guide;
07.06.-29.06.2019 – Participation in Internacional Exhibition “Artelibre, en formato pequeño”/”Artelibre, in small format”, Galeria Artelibre, Zaragoza, Spain;
06.03.-31.05.2020 г. – Participation in the National Exhibition “Spring Salon of Women Artists” – Gabrovo 2020;
Participating in the “Leonardo 2020” representative art guide for figurative art;
17.04.-28.05.2020 – Participation in the exhibition of the finalists in the international portrait competition „ModPortrait 2019“ – Exhibition in Bantierra Palace, Zaragoza, Spain /online exhibition/;
02.05.-05.06.2020 – Participation in the Internacional Exhibition  “Artelibre – 20 years, in 20X20” – 200 International Masters of Contemporary Realism – Enaudi Palace Chivasso, Turin, Italy /rescheduled for April 2021/;
05.06.-26.07.2020 – Participation in the exhibition of the finalists in the international portrait competition „ModPortrait 2019“ – MEAM · Museu Europeu d’Art Modern, Barcelona, Spain /online exhibition/;
16.06.- 30.07.2020 – “PORTRAIT” – GENERAL EXHIBITION OF SECTIONS “PAINTING” AND “SCULPTURE” of the Union of Bulgarian Artists, Exhibition Center “Shipka” 6, Sofia, Bulgariа;
Participating in the “Tu mejor pintura” – “Your best painting” 2020, representative art guide for figurative-realistic art, edition of Galeria Artelibre, Zaragoza and MEAM · Museu Europeu d’Art Modern, Barcelona, Spain;
23.10.-23.12.2020 – Participation in the NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF FINE ARTS – SLIVEN 2020, Sliven, Bulgaria;
05.11.-05.12.2020 – Participation in the International Exhibition “More Than Realism …XIV”/”Algo más que realismo…XIV”, Exhibition Hall Aragonesa Artistic Group of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain. Organized by Artelibre Gallery. Collaborate the MEAM Museum;
16.04.-11.06.2021 – Participation in the exhibition of the finalists in the international portrait competition „ModPortrait 2020“ – The Caja Rural de Aragón exhibition hall, Zaragoza, Spain;
21.05.-01.10.2021 – Participation in National Exhibition “Ludogorie” – Razgrad 2021, Razgrad, Bulgaria
Participating in the “Leonardo 2021” representative art guide for figurative art.
18.06.-03.09.2021 – Participation in the exhibition of the finalists in the international portrait competition „ModPortrait 2020“ – MEAM – Museu Europeu d’Art Modern, Barcelona, Spain 
19.07.-04.09.2021 – Participation in the International Exhibition“Artelibre 20х20”, Gallery „Arte Roma“, Zaragoza, Spain; 
08.10.-12.12.2021 – Participation in the Exhibition of the finalists in the international competition for contemporary figurative art „FIGURATIVAS 2021“ – MEAM – Museu Europeu d’Art Modern, Barcelona, Spain;
04.12.2021-05.01.2022 – Participation in the Exhibition “Great painters of international realism in 20×20” at the Einaudi Palace in Chivasso (Turin), Italy.
Participating in the “Leonardo 2022” art guide;
04.05.2022 – 30.05.2022 – Participation in the National Exhibition “Biographical: Places of Experience. Shadows of the Past, Shadows of the Future” of the “Painting” section of the Union of Bulgarian Artists. Sofia, In the halls of the Union of Bulgarian Artists;
08.2022 – Winner of the “INTERNATIONAL ART AWARD” of THE II VELAZQUEZ PAINTING AND SCULPTURE CONTEST 2022
11.2022 – Finalist in the 16th International ARC Salon Competition in the categories of Portraiture and Figurative.
24.11.2022-29.01.2023 – Participation in 21st Annual Painting Exhibition „THE COLLECTION“, ASTRY Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria; 
01.2023 – Winner of the 2nd Place in the category “Figurative” at 16th International ARC Salon.
03.2023  – Winner of the 1st Place in the January 2023 BoldBrush Painting Competition
22.05.-01.10.2023 – Participation in National Exhibition “Ludogorie” – Razgrad 2021, Razgrad, Bulgaria
06.2023  – Winner of The honor The BoldBrush Award in the June 2023 BoldBrush Painting Competition
14.07.2023 – 24.07.2023 – Participation in the Exhibition of the Awarded Paintings in the 16th International ARC Salon at Sotheby’s NY, Sotheby’s flagship New York City location, USA
07.2023-03.2024 – Participation in the online еxhibition “25 years of Artelibre gallery”
09.2023 – Honorable Mention in The 2023 Almenara Art Prize
29.09.-31.10.2023 – Participation in the exhibition of the finalists in the international competition „The Almenara Art Prize 2023“,  Real Circulo de la Amistad de Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain
24.11.2023 -27.01.2023 г. – Participation in 22nd Annual Painting Exhibition „THE COLLECTION“, ASTRY Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;
21.02.2024 – ∞ – The images of two paintings, laser-engraved on encapsulated nickel microfiche, are included in The Lunar Codex, “The Polaris Collection” and placed on the moon forever as part of earth’s cultural heritage.
 
She works in the field of painting, drawing, graphic design and watercolor. Currently Sylvia Stratieva lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has paintings and drawings in private collections in Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Canada and the USA. 
Member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists.