Paola Minekov lives and works in London. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is an active member of the South London Women Artists.
“Paola’s paintings seem made for a Kafka novel. Angular yet fluid in form and deeply psychological, they combine several modern styles - including cubism, aspects of postimpressionism, and expressionism - to offer, quite literally, a multiple perspective on various themes important to our contemporary lives.” Claudia Moscovici, art critic
The Dancers Series
In 2008 Paola’s Dancers Series was exhibited for the first time as part of the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. The exhibition gained critical acclaim and attracted a positive review by Prof. Dr. V. V. Vanslov, Director of the Research Institute of Theory and History of Fine Art at The Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow, who stated: “Creating the illusion of movement, filled with rhythm and various emotional states, is a difficult task to achieve in a painting. Paola Minekov did just this, in a way which is both convincing and original. It is difficult to find an analogue to her work among other artists.” In 2010 Paola created 3 additional paintings for a Ballet Gala in the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music in London. The paintings were based on sketches of Celisa Diuana, a dancer from The Royal Ballet and dancers from the Ballet Black Dance Company. In the audience were Dame Vivienne Westwood, Clemency Burton-Hill, Monica Mason & Maina Gielgud.
The Undercurrents Series
The Undercurrents Series explores the feminine perspective of relationships between lovers, friends and family members. In 2007 the painting Everywoman became the symbol of research into the psychological impact of genetic breast and ovarian cancer at the Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands. In 2011 Everywoman was used on the cover of the research publication. In 2011-2012 Paola collaborated with the American art critic and author Claudia Moscovici, creating The Seducer painting, inspired by Moscovici's research and novel by the same name, to raise awareness of psychopathic seduction and domestic abuse of women.
The Faberge Big Egg Hunt
In 2012 Paola created Colourful World, one of the 200 giant fibreglass eggs hidden across London as part of The Big Egg Hunt, the largest public art project in th UK to date. She was inspired to paint the globe as an interlocking jigsaw, using primary colours to suggest a playful childlike simplicity which contrasts with the complex reality of geopolitics. The egg was featured in numerous publications in the UK. It sold at auction for £4350.
The Cityscape Series
Painted in the typical for Paola vibrant palette, the Cityscapes Series capture the atmosphere of contemporary cities the artist has lived in, in an imaginative abstract style.