Diana Savova (b. 1978 Chepelare, Bulgaria) lives and works in Edinburgh since 2011. She has been
pursuing her professional artistic practice ranging from painting and fine art conservation to large-scale murals and book illustrations for over 20 years now.
In February 2020, Diana received a Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award through Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council towards the curatorial mentorship of Iliyana Nedkova as part of Diana’s second major solo exhibition in Scotland at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. Initially scheduled as part of Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in August 2020, this second solo show was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. With the provisional title Contemporary Fairy-Tale Magic this new exhibition follows Colours 1-30 July 2016 at North Edinburgh Arts – Diana’s first solo show in Scotland.
Painting has been Diana’s passion and her medium of choice ever since 1995 when she has started exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions across Bulgaria and since 2011 across Scotland and Europe with over 30 shows to date. Diana holds a MA Degree in Fine Art Conservation and Restoration awarded by the National Academy of Art and Design, Sofia in 2003.
Her works and commissions are part of private collections across the world. Her public art
commissions include murals and frescos in Istanbul and Pamporovo, as well as illustrations of a
children book commissioned by Zhar Publishing House, Sofia.
Diana was the Senior Conservator at the Regional Museum of History, Smolyan and most recently the Volunteer Conservator at St Cecilia’s Hall Music Museum, Edinburgh while undertaking a Pathway Accreditation at ICON (International Institute of Conservation).
Additionally, she has a wealth of experience as Set Designer and Art Director for international film and TV series productions at Bulgarian National Television and Film Studios including the BBC production Roman Mysteries.
Light, colour and magic realism is where I often draw inspiration for my current painting and drawing projects employing watercolour, ink, oil and acrylic. I focus on landscapes, cityscapes and dreamscapes as I feel compelled to mix reality and fantasy in compositions which juxtapose uncommon imagery as if in a dream. This new lineage of works with surreal motifs now seem to strongly resonate with the strange surrealism of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
Recently, I also discovered the rarely practised acrylic pouring technique and have been exploring it since. Combining accidental pouring with hyper-realistic surreal details in both acrylic and oil paints has come to define my current practice.
Currently, I am working on paintings which revolve around the idea of retelling classic fairy tales through magic realism. I revisit some of the classic fairy tales I grew up with in the South of Europe and try to contrast them with the stories my young child is now growing up in the North of Europe. With the provisional title Contemporary Fairy-Tale Magic, this new body of paintings looks at the impact of fairy tales on our shared European contemporary cultures with special emphasis on how we can re-imagine the global climate, ecological and health emergencies for new audiences.
1997 – 2003: National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
Master Degree in Restoration and Conservation.
2019 Participation with image of the painting: “Balmoral Clock Tower” in the edition of “The Edinburgh Art Book-The City Through the Eyes of its Artists” published by UIT Cambridge Ltd by Emma Benett!
2019 September- Participating in Colony of artist exhibition-Edinburgh
2019 May-June, Group exhibition “Human Condition” at Art Gallery 37, – Torino, Italy
2019 March “Threads” Group exhibition, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
2018 August-September , “All can be Frida” Group exhibition, Ecpasio Gallery, London
2018 August, Participation at Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show, Edinburgh, UK
2018 June-July Summer exhibition, Dancing Light Gallery, West Linton, UK
2018 March, “The threads”, Group Exhibition, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
2017 August, Participating at the Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show, Edinburgh, UK
August 2016, Participating at the Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show, Edinburgh, UK
August 2016, “Capture Scotland” Group exhibition, Morningside, Edinburgh, UK
June 2016, Solo painting exhibition, North Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh, UK
May 2014: Group painting exhibition at Hangar Gallery at Fenton Barns Retail Village, North Berwick, UK.
November 2013-January 2014: Christmas Painting Exhibition, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh, UK.
September 2013-5 October 2013: Painting exhibition, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh, UK.
2011, Group Christmas Exhibition, Culture Club Gallery, Smolyan, Bulgaria
2010, Participation Regional Art Biennial at Art Gallery “Iliya Beshkov”, Pleven, Bulgaria
2010, Sumer Group Exhibition, Culture Club Gallery, Smolyan, Bulgaria
2009, Solo exhibition, The Municipality of Chepelare town, Bulgaria
2009: Solo exhibition, Culture Club Gallery, Smolyan, Bulgaria
2009, Solo exhibition,‘’Plastelin’’ Studio Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2008 – 2009, Participation in the Annual Group Exhibition, Culture Club Gallery, Smolyan, Bulgaria
2008, Solo exhibition at the “Blue Margarita-Gallery Club”, Sofia, Bulgaria
2007, Participation at Group Exhibition, Art Gallery of Smolyan, Bulgaria
2001, Painted icons of St. John the Baptist and of Jesus Christ for the main altar of St.Petka , Bulgarian Chapel in the town of Chepelare, BG
1999 – Participation at a family traveling exhibition in Sofia, Tryavna, Chepelare.
1995 Participation Family exhibition, Chepelare, Smolyan and Tryavna, BG.