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Iana Gaidarski

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Birthplace
Stanke Dimitrov, Bulgaria

Website

Schools
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, B.A. in Fine Art
Universitario Ortega y Gasset, Madrid, Spain

Representing galleries
TanKoi

Tags
conceptual, abstract, photography, landscape, mixed-media

Statement

website

http://www.RHAgallery.com/

artist statement

Time trumps space.

Time is expansive, universal, solar systemic, terrestrial, biological, individual, relative, philosophical, and religious; and yet, it is perceived as inexorably limiting. Time is the most precisely measured physical entity, and yet its fundamental existence is debatable. 

Through my work, I investigate a concept of all time, hypothesized as dance between presence and absence. I continue to explore the intricate formal and informal paradoxical qualities of time through studies of landscapes, light and movement. I paint timescapes, spaces with past and present events located together on one canvas.

Through mysterious color and composition, my timescapes absorb the viewer, recreating the sublime effect that nature deploys for many of us. My abstracted landscapes function as burning stars, distant mountains, or every sunset, reminding the viewer of his size, place, and time in the universe. My paintings penetrate, but are impenetrable. They push and pull, but demand stillness. They combine sky, land, and water, but often disappear along the edges.

background

Born in Stanke Dimitrov, Bulgaria, a town that no longer exists, and daughter to two doctors who escaped communism for opportunity in America, Iana observed early "to live is to change."

Today, Iana Gaidarski paints regionally, nationally and internationally in places such as Los Angeles, New York, New Mexico, Dallas, Florence, and Madrid. The experiences remind the artist that beauty is discovery, and that landscape is a powerful, global communicator.

"I paint because (like my relatives) I want to help people. But I want to help them from something different than mortality. I don't pretend to know how to achieve this, but I’m definitely going to try. I poet once told me, the key to living is knowing what to pay attention to.  I never forgot. This is the true reason I paint."

exhibitions

Known for her abstracted landscapes, Iana has been featured in various solo and group exhibitions in gallery and museum spaces, including Dallas Museum of Art.

Iana's most recent exhibition was in Jan & Feb 2012, 9 Powerful Artists in the Year of the Dragon, at TanKoi, Laguna Beach. The group exhibit included artists: Fitz Maurice, Negin Rod, Airom Bleicher, Iana Gaidarski, Susan Moss, Stuart Rapeort, Gloria Fickling, Marilynn Young and Joseph Scrofani.

education

Iana Gaidarski has a solid background in modern and contemporary art through formal classes and world travels, dealing with the philosophical and the practical to understand the nature of the art (and the life) that our society produces and values. Iana holds a Southern Methodist University, Meadows B.A. in Fine Art in Painting, cum laude. Her work demonstrates love for Impressionist ideals and Abstract Expressionist applications, yet the work is distinctly Iana's.

Ianas Hudson River sails us into the sublime.

donations

Iana has donated her art & exhibited work on behalf of public health, raising money for organizations such as Mental Health of America and the Diabetes Friendly Foundation. 

Iana Angelova Gaidarski

"Accidents are beautiful because they are honest and interesting. Accidents have a story."

"I was too young to remember the suffering, and the hope. But I feel it everyday. My family and I escaped Bulgarian communism in 1989. I was born in a tumultuous time, a turning point, and I continue to live that way."

"I am a natural explorer, eager to discover and adapt to new places, and ideas. I live happily in constant vuelta, which in Spanish means turn, sometimes in a dance." 

"I paint because it allows me to explore life and time freely in vuelta. I learned early to live is to change. And my canvas welcomes it."

"I want to save people from something more serious than mortality. I don't pretend to know how to achieve that, but I’m definitely going to try. The key to living well is knowing what to pay attention to... This is the true reason I paint."

"I paint timescapes, abstracted landscapes with past and present events located together in space."

 

award winner

        Hudson River IV (лодка) is pronounced lodka, bulgarian for boat.

        alternative international titles:

               Hudson River IV (Fisher of Men)

               Hudson River IV (Pescador de Hombres)

               Hudson River IV (Barka)

               Hudson River IV (Bateau)

               Hudson River IV (Pope John Paul II Favorite)


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