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Paola’s unique style reveals influences of early Modernist traditions, blending abstraction with figuration to depict lyrical, yet dynamic scenes. Inspired by her personal experiences, her art conjures contemplation and focus on the human condition.
 
Born in Bulgaria, Paola was encouraged to pursue an artistic career from an early age. Her life path has led her through different countries and continents. Today Paola lives in South London and is a mother of two young kids. She balances her personal life and work in the studio with her work as a tutor at the Dulwich Art Group, where she teaches The Elements of Drawing - A Foundation in visual art after Ruskin and an Introduction to Oil Painting Course.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014, IOESU Centenary Exhibition, Institute of Education, University of London
International Education and Culture Week

2012, The Cityscape Series, Institute of Education, University of London 
International Education and Culture Week

2011, Undercurrents, City Tower, London
2011, The Dancers Series, The Apothecary, London
2010 Hearhbeat: The Rhythm of Paola Minekov’s Art, The Gallery at Carnegie Library, London
2010 The Dancers Series, City Tower, London

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

2016, Artists in Conversation, MTArt Conference, Artrooms, London UK
2016, Dot to Dot, Digital Initiative by .London
2016, Engagement and Entrapment III, Gallery Gaia, South Korea

2015, Engagement and Entrapment II, Zmart Gallery of the Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum, Nicosia, Cyprus

2014, Elephant Parade National Tour, presented by intu; Created the intu elephant Twiggie on Tour
2014, Colourswatch, 
SLWA Group Exhibition
2014, Engagement and Entrapment I, Tel Aviv, Israel

2013, Home: Contemporary Female Masters, Sofia Gallery, Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Bulgarian Embassy, South Kensington, London Read more

2012 Power and Passion, Sofia Gallery, Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Bulgarian Embassy, South Kensington, London together with Ivan Minekov
2012 Going for Gold Charity Ball London, Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, Auction and Exhibition 
2012 SNAP, 2012 Bankside Gallery, London
 SLWA, Group exhibition
2012 The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, London Elephant Family and Action for Children

2011 Lambeth Open, Portico Gallery, London
2011 Symbiose, City Gallery, Breda, The Netherlands
2011 Dulwich Festival, Blackwater Court, London
2011 Women and Books, SLWA in Dulwich, London

2010 Ballet Gala, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London – 07.11. 2010 
Ballet Gala in aid of the Honeypot charity, featuring an art exhibition of the Dancers Series and performances by dancers from the Royal Ballet, Ballet Black, Ballet Riviera, English National Ballet and independent dancers, incl. a special appearance from violinist Bradley Creswick who will be performing with the ballerina Antonia Franceschi. The exhibition featured 3 new paintings based on performances of the participating dancers. Posed: Celisa Diuana from the Royal Ballet and Sarah Kundi from Ballet Black. In the audience were Dame Vivienne Westwood, Clemency Burton-Hill, Monica Mason & Maina Gielgud.

2010 Summer Exhibition, Bigger Picture Gallery, London Group exhibition
2010 Worcester Open, PITT/WAW, Worcester Group exhibition
2010 ‘After the End…’, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales Group exhibition
2010 ‘Artist Open House’, Dulwich Festival, London
2010 SLWA at Bankside, Bankside Gallery, London Group exhibition
2010 SLWA Celebrating Women Artists, Dulwich, London Group exhibition
2010 ‘Dialogues: A Fake Romance?’, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales Group exhibition

2009 Annual Open Exhibition – CGP, London Group exhibition

2008 Ballet exhibition – Alpha Art Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria
together with the sculptor Ivan Minekov and Svetlin Nenov.
The exhibition was part of the official program of the International Ballet Competition – Varna 2008, the oldest ballet competition in the world. The competition which originated in the Bulgarian coastal city in 1964 currently takes place in Jackson and New York (USA), Varna (Bulgaria), Helsinki (Finland) and Shanghai (China).

2007 Kunst Event – Ahoy Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2001 Mural in Blue and Yellow, Tel Aviv, Israel
Participated in an award-winning interior design project

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 University of Roehampton, London UK -The painting ‘Everywoman’ became a symbol of the International Meaning Conference
2016, How to sell art online, webinar with Susan Mumford, Be Smart About Art – View video summary
May 2012 – Google Art Project Curator
, Google Cultural Institute, Zeitgeist Conference, UK
November 2010 – Lead the Organization team, of the SLWA group exhibition in Dulwich, with curator Emily Druiff, director of Peckham Space.
November 2010 – Gave an Educational Workshop, SLWA event with students from JAGS
May 2010 – Artist Talk and Presentation in front of the Women in Business Network, Dulwich
May 2010 – Artist Open House, Dulwich Festival
April 2010 – Gave an Educational Workshop, SLWA event at the Dulwich Library with students from the Harris Academy, during Southwark’s Celebrating Women Month
January 2010 – South London Dance Studio, Open Day Exhibition
2007 Leiden University, The Netherlands
The painting ‘Everywoman’ 
 became a symbol of a research into the psychological impact of genetic breast and ovarian cancer by the Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum.