Tsvetomir Iliev, born in Bulgaria in 1982, is an emerging artist whose work captures the beauty in the hidden complexity of nature. His fascination with art began by chance in 2010 when he first started experimenting with small pieces of fallen tree bark. He found it incredibly interesting with a great potential for composing organic, nearly three-dimensional acrylic paintings.
Since then, through continuous exploration and persistent effort, art became his real passion.
A self-taught artist, he slowly made his first steps in the art world in the last few years and is now passionately exploring galleries, reading the history of art and learning new techniques. Tsvetomir has completed the course at The Working Artist online business school for creative professionals. In 2018 he became member of The Abundant Artists Association.
Currently, Tsvetomir is working on a new body of work exploring the very changeable nature of northern lights and his objective is to capture its beauty, majesty, and playfulness through the unique shapes and curves of the tree bark.
Driven by my passion for Nature and seeing its diversity I was captured by the immense beauty of Swedish Lapland, where I encountered the vibrant movement of The Northern Lights for the first time.
My fascination combined with my curiosity and experience in working with tree bark, as the main material for my paintings, led me to see a connection between Aurora Borealis and the unique shapes and curves of the bark.
This understanding inspired me to start a new body of work exploring the very changeable nature of the northern lights.
My objective was to capture its majestic beauty and playfulness. In my work I express this colorful phenomenon in a unique way by following the natural curves of the tree bark with fluorescent colors. The gentle three-dimensional surface combined with fluorescent paint under UV black light results in a painting that unveils fully at night.
I will transform the hotel room by simulating a complete blackout, while the paintings are illuminated with UV black lights.
When observers experience my art, I want them to feel the presence of color and movement in the night sky, quiet and captivating: a tiny piece of Aurora hanging on the wall.