Freelance based in Surrey, United Kingdom, Nina Pancheva-Kirkova works as an artist and illustrator for books, prints, press and other communications visuals. Her work is inspired by her education in fine art. She was drawing and doing paintings from an early age, prompting an interest in fine art in high school and in her education for Bachelor and Master degrees in University of Southampton, UK. 

  • 2011 - 2015 - PhD Fine Art, Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton)

  • 2010 - 2011 - MA of Fine Arts - distinction, Winchester School of Art, UK (University of Southampton)    

  • 2002 - 2006 - BA of Fine Arts - distinction, Academy of Fine Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

  • 1996 - 2002 - Specialized High School for Fine Arts 'Tsanko Lavrenov', Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Selected clients include: World by Shotlglass, USA; Creative Cushion, UK; Hotel Hilton, Bulgaria; Hotel Radisson, Bulgaria; 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (*solo shows marked by asterisk)
2017 - ArtPrize - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

2017 - Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize - Mall Galleries, London; Guildford House Gallery

2016 - So Close, So Far - National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria

2016 - Utopia:Dystopia - exhibition, part of FaB16 festival of contemporary art, Bath, UK

2014 - Portraits of the opera singer Boris Christoff as part of the event dedicated to his anniversary, Bulgarian Cultural Institute, London.  

2014 - "Image-Text-Object", exhibition of PhD students, Hartley Library, Southampton

2013 - RAW, exhibition of PhD students from Winchester School of Art, 5th Base Gallery, London

2013 - "Painting as Research", The Paint Club, Beaconsfield, London 

2013 - Postgraduate Research Exhibition, the Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art

2012 - *'Utopias', The Y, Leicester

2012 - 'Roy's Salon Tea Party', the Fountain, London

2012 - Winchester School of Art Graduate Research Exhibition

2012 - 'Mull It Over', Brighton

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