Andalusian Stallion, Pastel on Paper
As her life-like animal portraits demonstrate, Daniela Vasileva is a master of figurative depiction. Her subjects—whether domesticated dogs or wild wolves—are gracefully rendered in graphite, ranging in shade from shadowy black to snowy white. Vasileva adds nothing superfluous to her compositions; every line, every shadow, every erasure forms an integral part of the beings she portrays. The resulting figures communicate through frozen gesture and directed gaze. The protective pose and frightened eyes of the small dog in “Alone” emits an aura of trepidation. As the animal quivers in fear, we long to calm and comfort him. Alternatively, as the wolves in “Dawn” stare menacingly ahead, we feel almost as if, upon approach, we had angered these beautiful and dangerous creatures. Such visceral reactions attest to the strength of Vasileva’s realist work and relate to the artist’s intent. Vasileva asserts that, through the power of form, shadow, and light, she hopes “to make [us] hear, to make [us] feel, and above all to make [us] see.” Daniela Vasileva was born in Bulgaria and studied in Sofia at the Academy of Fine Arts. Vasileva’s work has appeared in shows in Brussels, Beijing, and Milan. She currently lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada.
To view Vasileva’s work, please visit http://www.agora-gallery.com/ArtistI..._Vasileva.aspx
The Persistence of Form runs from December 7 - December 27 in Agora Gallery's Chelsea location at 530 West 25th Street. The reception takes place Thursday, December 7, 6-8 PM. The exhibition is free and open to the public.