Evgeniya Vodenicharova

Main building

15.12.2023 — 11.2.2024

Krasimir Iliev

After the presentation of Evgenia Vodenicharova’s exhibition at SGHH, she will be a guest at the Kazanlak Art Gallery, where more than 40 works – paintings and drawings – will be shown.

Evgenia Vodenicharova’s style is unique and completely different – unexpected, expressive and powerful, at the same time strangely delicate, atypical for the 70s of the last century. This is the time when most of her works were created. She mainly paints portraits, landscapes and still lifes. The most common opinion about her is that this is not a Bulgarian artist.

Evgenia Vodenicharova learned to paint in the 1960s and early 1970s, the time preceding the ideological agony of the canons of socialist realism, which began in the late 1970s and lasted until the mid-1980s. Then the clichés are more and more boldly attacked by individual artists, but these manifestations of the “decadent”, read as “Western influence”, are unreservedly punished. He chooses a topic for his diploma thesis Bullfighting, which was rejected several times because it was clearly “heretical” in the time of labor-struggle plots. Only the advocacy of her professor Nenko Balkanski allowed her to graduate. Corrida is a theme of otherness, of the unexperienced but dreamy encounter with truth, with the real encounter between life and death.

Evgenia Vodenicharova teaches at the Kazanlak art high school, she mostly makes portraits of her colleagues. She participated in an exhibition of high school teachers in 1986 and two of her paintings, Bullfighting and Portrait of Dimitar Vodenicharov, were bought by Stara Zagora High School. Only in the landmark 1989, the gallery in the City of Roses acquired two still lifes, and four years later an experimental landscape.

Until 2010, most of her works were not shown. A little later, a painting from the Corrida series participated in the exhibition Haiku Spaces in the Circle+ gallery, and then her works were presented in the project 10x5x3 in the Shipka gallery 6 and caused surprise among specialists and connoisseurs.