Antonia Gurkovska

Bulgaria 1984

Installation, Murals

Antonia Gurkovska
Antonia Gurkovska
January 21, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Antonia Gurkovska is a contemporary artist  born in 1984, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Influenced by the detail and richness of European Renaissance painting, her early works were largely figurative. During her time at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gurkovska began to expand beyond the conventional framework of painting, removing figures and transforming the material itself into the subject of her works, an approach that developed with a conscious awareness of the body itself. This evolution positions materiality as both object and narrative, and as an extension of the artist’s physical and intimate relationship to material in the process of mark-making.

Reminiscent of artists Lucio Fontana, Gustav Metzger and Rudolf Stingel, the works of Gurkovska are deliberate in their rough hewn state and almost always involve a cutting or puncturing of the pictorial plane. Works like the Index or Holes Of Steel are epitomic of Gurkovska’s use of negative space or the absence of material as a primary subject in a work’s composition. However, unlike the Arte Povera approach of Fontana, her work often presents this canvas cutting only to unveil a secondary plane beneath, suggesting that the aesthetic structure that gives a work its form is never singular, but multiple and fractal.

Gurkovska received her MFA degree in Painting from The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago in 2011 and a BFA degree in Painting from the National Academy Of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2008. She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and fellowships including the George and Anne Siegel Fellowship, 2011, Fulbright Scholarship, 2009, and an Erasmus Student Exchange Grant, 2005. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and America.

Gurkovska currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Troubled Ground Center for Contemporary Art Bania Starinna, Plovdov, Bulgaria solo
2014Art on Paper Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC group
2013The Skin I Live In Kavi Gupta BERLIN solo
2013VOIDANDCOMPENSATION The Fridge, Sofia, Bulgaria solo
2012Appendix TPP, Puerto Ricosolo
2012Index Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL solo
2012Did You See Heaven: WYSIWYG Peregrine Program, Chicago, IL group
2012Changing States of Matter Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy group
2012Re-Invention ARC Gallery, Chicago IL group
2012Changing states of matter Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy group
2012Unknown Zolla Lieberman, Chicago group
2011Summer Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL group
2011Experience Is Never Unattached Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL group
2011Manifest Exhibitions Chicago, IL group
2011Union League Chicago, IL group
2011Art Chicago New Insight, Chicago, IL group
2011MFA Show Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL group
2011Irritable Abstraction Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL group
2011Collect Carrousel Space Project, Chicago, IL group
2010Untitled Autumn Gallery Space, Chicago, IL solo
2010Midnight Snacks 1366 Space. Chicago, IL group
2009Alter Egos Siragusa Gallery, Chicago, IL group
2008Dante Alighieri Mural, Wall to Wall Project Sofia, Bulgariagroup
2008No Place Like Home Red House Center for Contemporary Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria group
2008Graduation Exhibition Shipka 6 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria group
2008Syngenta, Mural Painting comission Sofia, Bulgaria group
2007Cultural Identity exhibition Sofia Press Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria group
2007Mural commission Tzaritza Joanna Hospital, Sofia Bulgaria group
2006Mural co- projects D.C. Maryland, USA group
2006Painting co-project Canakkale, Turkey group
2005Summer Painting Project Arbanassy, Bulgaria group
2004Art Exchange Exhibition between Sofia and Bath Sofia, Bulgaria group
2003Summer Painting Exhibition Yellow Barn Studio, Maryland, USA group
2003Selected Paintings Exhibition Gainsborough Building, City of bath College, Bath, England group
2002You are Here Cultural Center in Sofia, Bulgaria group
2002Unknown Shipka 6 Gallery, High School for Fine Arts Exhibitiongroup