Stefania Batoeva(b. 1981) is an artist from Sofia, Bulgaria that lives and works in London, where she graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2014.
Batoeva’s canvases and installations are adorned with broad gestural brushwork. The artist allows form to dominate, as brushstrokes emerge as protagonists in her paintings rather than secondary to their meaning.
Batoeva's paintings wander between the realms of abstraction and figuration, and are occasionally enriched with unexpected sculptural elements. She has used plaster as the base and background of some of her works, on top of which oil paint is applied in watery brushstrokes of shading colours. Sometimes the work spills out of the confines of the canvas area filling a wall or an empty swimming pool.
The vitality of Batoeva’s large and rapid brushstrokes is imbued with a concise, directed energy, providing the work with a natural spontaneity. The inner dynamism of her pieces is telling of the artist’s creative process, of its gestural coming-into-being.
Stefania Batoeva’s art sometimes spills out of the confines of the canvas area, filling a wall or an empty swimming pool. Her recent exhibitions have seen a turn towards the use of more vibrant hues of colour. Batoeva’s firm and vigorous sign-making returned to figuration in her Club series, a stylised yet potent account of a fictionalised nightlife.