artist / illustrator/ graphic designer

About me

Svilena Babukchieva (Lena) is an artist and illustrator working predominantly in the realm of realism and semi-realism. She devotes her time to experimenting with various techniques and intertwining symbolism into her work. Her goal is to provoke people's imagination and make them comfortable to immerse themselves in their feelings while studying her works. Her favorite subjects to explore are the inner world of people, the soulfulness of nature, and ordinary-looking, everyday objects, in the core of which extraordinary stories are hidden. The artist likes to take a “picture” of the essence of the object of her contemplations and pour it on paper. She interlocks with great care and patience the small pieces of the universe of everyone she touches and turns them into full-blooded and breathing paintings.

She attended master classes dedicated to watercolor led by Atanas Matsoureff and Andrian Bekyarov. This led to her fascination with the magic of watercolor as a technique.

If you want Lena to draw something cool for you, or you just want to write her something nice, or you want to talk to her about art – send your owl to lenababukchieva@yahoo.com or fill out the contact form on the site.

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JOINT EXHIBITIONS:

2023 – “Emotions 2023” online exhibition

2023 – The 4th International Master of Watercolour Youth Exhibition

2023 – The second edition of the “Watercolor without border” exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey

2023 – The 5th International Watercolor Festival Castra 2023, Ajdovščina, Slovenia

AWARDS:

2023 – “Top Rated” in Watercolor Wonders online competition in collaboration with IWS Portugal, May 2023

PICTURE BOOKS ILLUSTRATED:

2023 – An anthology “The Thread That Connect Us” Volume 2, Bulgaria

2023 – Annual almanac “Touch of Castalia” of the literary club “Castalia” part of Municipal Children Complex – Varna, Bulgaria

2023 – Collection of short stories “With the bare feet of childhood” by Margarita Shishkova, Bulgaria

2023 – A poetry book “The world of the mirror” by Danica Kostova, Bulgaria

2022 – An anthology “The Thread That Connect Us”, Bulgaria

2022 – A poetry book “Tints” by Radoslav Karaulanov, Bulgaria

2022 – Annual almanac “Touch of Castalia” of the literary club “Castalia” part of Municipal Children Complex – Varna, Bulgaria

2021 – A poetry book “I dedicated a short verse to you” by Daniel Lukanov, Bulgaria

2021 – A poetry book “Ink Worlds” by Katerina Plamenova, Bulgaria

2021 – Annual almanac “Touch of Castalia” of the literary club “Castalia” part of Municipal Children Complex – Varna, Bulgaria

2020 – Annual almanac “Touch of Castalia” of the literary club “Castalia” part of Municipal Children Complex – Varna, Bulgaria

2019 – A poetry book “A Tale for Dreamers” by Denitsa Ruseva, Bulgaria

2019 – A poetry book “Where the sea touches the shore” by Monika Zhelyazkova, Bulgaria

2019 – Annual almanac “Touch of Castalia” of the literary club “Castalia” part of Municipal Children Complex – Varna, Bulgaria

2018 – A poetry book “Seasons” by Kristiana Kirilova, Bulgaria

2018 – Annual almanac “Touch of Castalia” of the literary club “Castalia” part of Municipal Children Complex – Varna, Bulgaria

2017 – Short Story book “Nostalgia” by Panayot Markov, Bulgaria

2017 – Annual almanac “Touch of Castalia” of the literary club “Castalia” part of Municipal Children Complex – Varna, Bulgaria

2016 – Annual almanac “Touch of Castalia” of the literary club “Castalia” part of Municipal Children Complex – Varna, Bulgaria

2012 – Collection of short stories “Empathy” by Gabriela Kozhuharova, Bulgaria

2011 – A poetry book “I've already seen you” by Petilina Petrova, Bulgaria

 

My illustration “All for one” was chosen to be part of Fine Acts' global Reimagining Human Rights campaign, and I, along with hundreds of artists, contributed to building a collection of positive, hopeful illustrations for sharing, using and adapting for non-commercial purposes. You can see my artwork in Fine Acts's site here:

 

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