The artistic biography of Larisa Ilieva is a perfect image of her staunchness, devotion and persistent searches in her chosen manner of creative thinking. After finishing the Faculty of Fine Arts in Veliko Turnovo University “St. St. Ciril and Methodius” in 1996 Larisa participated in national exhibitions with the group of “Turnovo” painters. She has six individual exhibitions. Since 2001 she has been presenting her paintings abroad – in Portugal, Italy, Russia.
During 2003 she was awarded by the association „Art du Pastel en France” in the international pastel saloon, which was held in Vernon, France.
Her favorite technique is the dry pastel. Through it she unveils inexhaustible possibilities for expressing her feelings. The colors she uses in her paintings, the way she places the them, their freshness and expressiveness reveal the power and depth of their emotional impact. Larisa combines perfectly this contemporary plastic expression with a creatively contemplated approach towards the classical art. Her style shows through the simple composition on the canvas, the power of the imaginative suggestions and the general harmony of the colors. The painter dives with great interest into the mythological and biblical themes, she paints still lives, portraits, landscapes, the naked body.
Larisa’s works reveal how charmed she is in life, in the energy of youth and her eagerness to share her feelings. Her paintings show bright, inexhaustible talent and our souls flicker from the sensation of something true and unsophisticated, filled with the confessional force of true art.
Irina Kolbasova – art critic