I explore various subjects from Bulgarian folklore and heritage, using very traditional elements and objects, such as embroidery and pottery designs, with mythological themes and universal symbols. I implement and transform ideas from different rituals and fables to create a contemporary interpretation of my culture, emphasising on the mystical and esoteric aspect of it.
My name is Simona Ruscheva. I graduated Fine Art Painting in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. I am currently living and working in London, UK I had my first UK solo show “Transitions” in London, 2022 and my first international solo show “The source” at Keep Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe, USA in 2021. I have also participated in various international group shows and across London, including Royal Institute of British Artists Annual exhibition, where my work was Highly Commended by the De Laszlo Foundation, and Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition. I was shortlisted for Kate Bryan art prize in July 2021 and for Artrooms Awards in 2019. I was also longlisted in Jacksons Painting Prize 2023 and Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2022 in the Portraiture category. I am a member of Contemporary British Portrait Painters. My works are part of the global art collection of Standard Chartered Bank.