Lyubena Fox ( pronounced:

[Lju:bena] ) is born in 1994 in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2013 she graduated from the National school of fine arts Bulgaria, specializing in illustration.  The same year she moved to Florence, Italy to study painting with John M. Angel and in 2016 graduated from Angel Academy of Art Florence, after which she studied with Alessandro Dari.  In 2017 she has two solo exhibitions in Sofia.In 2018 Lyubena has three of her paintings qualified as ARC finalists and later in May studies painting with her favourite contemporary painter Roberto Ferri. In September she wins a scholarship from the Art Renewal Center and in 2018 is a teacher in Angel Academy of Art Florence. In 2019 she becomes part of the International Guild of Realism.

Artist statement

My goal as an artist is to build up on what we’ve learned from the past, so we can create to our fullest potential now. This applies to several aspects.

As an oil painter I stand for mastering one’s crafts, meaning knowing your materials, the different ways to use them and the chemical reactions towards their surroundings. This resulting in producing high quality works, which will last in time.

I value the importance of good design. So as to create visually pleasing paintings, they are created following the logic of how the eye perceives: seeing the details in the context of the form. The images are composed of places, full of detail for the eye to explore and places where the eye can rest.

I use a lot of symbolism, both old (accumulated throughout history) and new (emerged recently), to illustrate topics concerning one’s emotions towards life. By presenting my statement I strive to make the viewer better understand themselves: urging them to think about how they feel and what they stand for: discovering who they truly are.

Art is a tool to scratch beneath the surface and reach a deeper understanding of our existence.
With my art I strive to capture the transitory beauty and emotions of life.

The Painting’s Qualities
Lyubena Fox’s paintings are painted in several layers, using both the transparent and opaque qualities of oil paint. Each layer is applied after the previous has dried which makes the painting withstand time. It also creates a glowing, three-dimensional effect, which is due to the different layers showing though each other. These paintings are painted following the logic of how the eye perceives: seeing the details in the context of the form. To create a fulfilling experience, the images are composed of places, full of detail for the eye to explore and places where the eye can rest.

Awards

ARC Salon 2019-2020 – ARC Staff Award                                                              
ArtaVita finalist – 2019                                                                                              
ARC Scholarship winner
– second place 2018                                                       
International Artist magazine Challenge No. 105- Still Life award 2018          
3 paintings as ARC Salon 2017-2018 finalists                                                       

Inspiration
I want to draw attention to beauty that might otherwise go unnoticed and unappreciated in this hectic and stress-filled contemporary society. I get inspired by the seasons: each painting is typically a commemoration of a season. Seasons symbolize the passing of time, and I want to capture the transitory beauty that is unique to each one of them.

Other artists
My inspiration comes from several paintings and painters from the baroque all the way
to the romanticism, but the artists I would like to list here are the ones that are alive and will
feel the support of people.

Roberto Ferri
– love his style, my favourite contemporary painter
                       
Teagan White
– astonishing illustrator with amazing design and color sense   

Jacek Yerka
– surrealistic painter making worlds with mysterious atmosphere

It is also no secret that I am immensely inspired by Lana Del Rey‘s music.