Rada Tzankova

Bulgaria 1975

Painting, Drawing


Rada Tzankova
Rada Tzankova
May 12, 2016
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All of us walk through life differently. Some with ease, others face frequent difficulties. What is common for all, though, is that life, in the end, is nothing more than a sum of memories we have. Rada Tzankova is a Bulgarian artist whose memories, dreams, and experiences are depicted through her oeuvre. In a way, it’s a form of a diary, but a visual one, and rather beautiful. She speaks of her life through the images, those everyday situations that catch her eye, attitudes of strange and new people, and places she went and love. All that is a part of her life finds its place in her artworks.

Rada Tzankova - Diptych White Mountains I, 2014
Rada Tzankova – Diptych White Mountains I, 2014

The Betrayal

She works in painting, drawing and other mediums that involve paper and canvas, such as rondo. In fact, drawing was her original choice and love, but as she sadly admitted, it has betrayed her. Instead of devoting her entire life to that specific field of art, it turned out that when she draws, she is trapped, not able to move or participate in ordinary life, and that is what feeds her inspiration. So, the drawing had to be reduced, and now she predominantly works as a painter. Everything she sees and hears can be turned into a painting, with those senses being inexorably connected. In addition to the painting and drawing, she has also illustrated several books of poetry and recipes.

Life around her provides inspiration

Rada Tzankova - Août, 2012 (Left) / Mars, 2012 (Right)
Rada Tzankova – Août, 2012 (Left) / Mars, 2012 (Right)

Choosing Paris

Tzankova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria but has lived in Paris since 1995. She earned MA in Fine Art from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and has also attended Post-graduate studies at the Jean-Michel Alberola’s studio, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Among the many awards she’s won, the Jules Verne’s Engraving Prize in 1995 and Pierre David-Weill Drawing Prize in 1999 stand out. Her pieces have been frequently exhibited throughout France and Bulgaria, both in solo shows and as part of group exhibitions. Tzankova’s artworks are included in many public and private collections, including the Asilah Foundation, Plage Foundation for Art, and Colas Foundation.

Her work is blurring the borders between reality and imagination

Rada Tzankova - Eau de l’âme 6 (Left) / Eau de l’âme 9 (Right)
Rada Tzankova – Eau de l’âme 6 (Left) / Eau de l’âme 9 (Right)

Accessing the Creativity

Rada Tzankova meditates on life, and that provides an endless inspiration for her art. Her characters, whether real or imagined, are blurring the borders between reality and imagination. The opposites have marked her career, as she constantly switches from painting to drawing, from abstract art to more narrative one, from canvas to paper. Cleaning the house, listening to music, walking in the park, or simply observing the nature from a quiet place – it is enough for Tzankova to get inspired and access her creativity.

She is represented by Green Flowers Art Gallery in Boulogne-Billancourt.

Rada Tzankova lives and work in Paris.

Featured image: Rada Tzankova – portrait

All images © Rada Tzankova

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Eau de l’âmeSaint Gabriel de BrécySolo
2015Save the dreamImago Mundi Project, Fondation Giorgio Cini, VeniceGroup
2015Collective paperGreen Flowers Art Gallery, Boulogne-BillancourtGroup
2015Self-portraitCentre Culturel Bulgare, ParisGroup
2014Moving paintingsThe Bulgarian Culture Center, ParisSolo
2014The crossingGreen Flowers Art Gallery, Boulogne-BillancourtSolo
2014Penelope is goneGrand Eternat GalleryGroup
2014Projektraum Ventilator 24BerlinGroup
2014All are guestsGreen Flowers Art Gallery, Boulogne-BillancourtGroup
2014Figure libreGalerie Nathalie Fiks, Espace Commines, ParisGroup
2013Salon DDessinParisGroup
2013UnknownEspace Al Maqam, MarocGroup
2013HumanicitéFoundation Plage, LilleGroup
2012The great figuresLes Salaisons, RomainvilleGroup
2012Free figuresNathalie Fiks Gallery, ParisGroup
2011Confessions of RadaGreen Flowers Art Gallery, Boulogne-BillancourtSolo
2011Art and Book Fair BeylikduzuIstambulGroup
2011UnknownGreen Flowers Art Gallery, Boulogne-BillancourtGroup
2011UnknownTristan Bernard Space, ParisGroup
2010Waltz in two timesFontaine Henry Castle, NormandieSolo
2010Waltz for twoRakursy Gallery, SofiaGroup
2010WonderlandEllinon Archipelagos Gallery, Skiathos GreeceGroup
2009PelekapinaBulgarian Cultural Institute, BerlinSolo
2009Smalls paintingsGreen Flowers Art Gallery, PiriacSolo
2009UnknownNathalie Fiks Gallery, ParisGroup
2008Gone with the timeRakursy Gallery, SofiaSolo
2008Gone with the timeBulgarian Embassy, Berne, SwizerlandSolo
2008UnknownToshina Gallery, LiepzigGroup
2007Think, Walking, Meet, Dreaming…Rakursy Gallery, SofiaSolo
2007Think, Walking, Meet, Dreaming…Green Flowers Art Gallery, Boulogne-BillancourtSolo
2007UnknownEspace Commine, Assosiation Florence, ParisGroup
2006Sofia-Paris-SofiaGallery of Academie of Fine Art, SofiaGroup
2005The fifth seasonSeasons Gallery, SofiaSolo
2005The fifth seasonArthé Gallery, Moret-sur-LoingSolo
2005UnknownArtpluriel Gallery, Saint-Germain des Prés, ParisGroup
2004ParabelumIragui Gallery, ParisGroup
2004MusephèreSpace-Carnot 34, Montreuil, FranceGroup
2004DialogueIvan Vazov National Theater, SofiaGroup
2003Rada TzankovaOriahovitza “ART” Gallery, SofiaSolo
2002ApocalypseFrench Institut, SofiaSolo
2002ApocalypseAlliance France-Bulgaria, Association, Hôtel des InvalidesSolo
2002ApocalypseMinko Balkanski Fondation, Culture Center, Nova Zagora, BulgariaSolo
2002UnknownPhilomuses Gallery, ParisGroup
2001AurigeAlliance Française, BarcelonaSolo
2001AurigeCité Internationale des Arts, Gallery, ParisSolo
2001Proces-Space Festival of Contemporary ArtVarnaGroup
2000Jour de la FrancophonieEuropean Center, Ministry of Culture, SofiaSolo
1999UnknownStudio de l’Image Gallery, ParisGroup
1998UnknownAcadémie des Beaux-Arts, Gallery, ParisGroup
1998OleumAcademia Italiana, LondonGroup
1998UnknownArtexit Gallery,VillejuifGroup
1996Jour de la jeunesseCity Hall, ParisGroup