For me, painting is a search for visual representation of a world inhabited by characters beautiful and appealing, comical and at times repulsive. My work has always contained hybrid shapes and personages existing either in reality or my imagination. As long as I can remember, creatures both terrifying and humorous have been a part of my life and work. Monsters, ghost stories, horror movies and dreams have fascinated me since childhood and now serve as reference points. Other resources include mythologies, folklore, fairy tales and sci-fi movies filled with hybrid creatures and shape shifters.
About the Artist
Boriana Kantcheva draws on memories and imagination to create compelling narrative images in print and gouache. Kantcheva received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University joint degree program. For several years she was an assistant teacher at the Carpenter Center for Visual and Environmental Studies and is now on the faculty of Maud Morgan Arts, both in Cambridge. Kantcheva is the recipient of several Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching awards. She has exhibited her work in Boston and New York.