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Boryana Petkova

© Deyan Paruchev, 
FRAC Picardie 2022

Boryana Petkova

Born on June 06, 1985

Lives and works in Paris

Boryana Petkova (1985) is a Bulgarian artist who lives and works in Paris.

She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia and ESAD Valenciennes. Since 2020, she has been a resident in Poush.

She is represented by Structura Galerie (Bulgaria)

His work is shown at the FRAC Picardie in Amiens, FRAC Limousin in Limoges; KAI 10 Arthena Foundation in Dusseldorf, Nosbaum Reding Galerie in Luxembourg, Brigitte March in Stuttgart, Galerie Christian Berst in Paris, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Mulhouse, Musée National Adrien Débouché in Limoges, Centre Less Good Idea in Johannesburg or at the National Gallery of Bulgaria.

Boryana Petkova is co-winner of the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Mulhouse (2017) and received the Pierre David Weills Drawing Prize from the Académie de Beaux Arts, Institut de France (2015) and the Gaudenz Ruf Prize for Bulgarian Contemporary Art (2019).

“Boryana Petkova has put drawing at the heart of her practice, but a drawing intimately linked to the body. It takes into account the possibility of accident, that of failure. But in these possible ruins, there is no melancholy, because the action is stronger than the risk it presents.”

Anael Pigeat art critic, journalist

Boryana Petkova has put the body at the centre of this research. She uses it both as a tool and a measure to create situations that destabilize, that provoke failure to question this moment when we lose control of our being. Through different media (drawing, sculpture, performance, video and sound installation), she explores constraint (which passes through the senses rather than physical shock), control, limits, prejudices, desire by questioning the poetics of endurance.

His work is guided by the desire to overcome the lethargy caused by self-imposed limitations.

Boryana tries to create a symbiosis, between the elements that reject each other. It puts them in struggle or synchrony to analyze the space of the limit – the line of contact that separates two different parts. She imagines and creates links, in asymmetry and dissimilarity.


2022 : HYPERDRAWING group show, Drawing now Art Fair, Carreau de Temple, Paris

2022 : HYPERDRAWING un dialogue (duo show) with Katrin Strobel, 25 march – 21 may 2022, FRAC Picardie, Amiens

2022 : Can you see the black cloud? duo show with Olga Sabko, Ilian Rebei gallery, Paris

2022 : Gulliver’s sketchbook, March 11 – june 26 KAI 10 Arthena Foundation

2021: Les rhausses 25 Nov – 16 Jan gallery Christian Berst, Paris

2021 : Inter section, Poush, Clichy


2022 : Pinned dreams, 28Nov -7 Jan , gallery Brigitte March, Stuttgart

2021: Moving images, moving bodies, ICA Sofia, Sofia


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