Pavlina Alea

The paintings I create are of realistic settings with naturally formed abstract and surreal elements. These images are inspired by the optical effects and distortions created by water reflections.

“I have been passionate about drawing as far back as I remember. I saw a curious bit of evidence in my medical records from age 2. The doctor’s comment read: “The child’s favorite pastime is drawing”. There it was!

I am a classically trained artist, born and raised in Bulgaria. The main force behind the choice of my career was my father, an architect, who noticed my natural talent and encouraged me to study art since the age of 10. Along the way, I attended the Fine Art magnet high school in Sofia, where the contact with talented peers pushed my skills to new levels. I later attended The National Academy of Art, the most prestigious higher education art school in Bulgaria. I would later earn my MFA in Painting from that same Academy.

In 2002 I decided to further my studies in the United States and I was accepted to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Through my hard work and dedication, I became one of the most valuable students in the Academy earning not only a full-tuition scholarship but also numerous awards.

Currently, I work as a full-time professional artist exhibiting my artworks in top rated art festivals and galleries around the US. I often travel abroad in search of inspiration and study classical and contemporary masterpieces in person. I have completed monumental public art projects in an artist team with my husband, Alfredo Alea.

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