Hristi Wilbur is a visual artist born in Bulgaria and residing in Arizona. She graduated from The National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria earning a Master in Fine Arts and a Minor in Art Education. Upon receiving a Green Card by lottery, she moved to New York City in 2001 continuing her artistic career with mural projects and experimentations in acrylic. Her recent works include acrylics, pencil drawings, murals, and mixed media. In 2006, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she currently resides creating and teaching art. Her paintings have been displayed in multiple juried art shows. In the last year, her work was recognized as Best of Show in the City of Glendale Plein Air competition as well as winning 1st place in an Arizona Art Supplies contest.
Experimentation and curiosity are driving forces in my creative process. Each of my works capture the thoughts, mood, and energy of the moment it was made. At any given point, I have a maddening amount of ideas in the form of memories, impressions and sketched images that I use in my art. I don’t intend to fit into a creative mold or apply forced limitations. As a hopeless idealist, I believe that “beauty will save the world” (thank you Chekov for the quote). From the time I can remember, I’m drawn to painting, and practicing art has been one of the few consistent things in my life on my journey from Bulgaria to NYC and Phoenix.
Like many artists these days, I’m an obsessive visual consumer, inspired by actual and virtual imagery. In my art, representational and abstract elements often blend to create a playful and intricate mix that reflect my life experiences. No matter what theme I’m exploring, my work is fundamentally rooted in classical drawing and my love of detail. I’m drawn to the expressive quality of the line. After decades working on representational art with oil, I switched to acrylics, enjoying their incredible versatility that matches my desire for constant experimentation. I love layering- in both the actual with acrylic skins and mediums, as well as the conceptual.
Living in Arizona for the last eleven years has slowly changed my color palette. The earthy, subtle, burned rust and sand hues of the desert landscape, have influenced me and transformed the coloristic qualities of my drawings and acrylic paintings. I’m absorbed in this work yet equally intrigued by where it will take me next.
National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria Master of Fine Arts, June 1998
National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria Bachelor of Fine Arts, June 1997
Major: Theory of Art, Minor: Art Education
2017 - “Celebration of Artists 2017”, West Valley Art Museum, Peoria AZ
2017 - “Interpretations”, Arizona Artist Alliance, Surprise AZ
2017 - “Flight”- International show, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac AZ
2017 - “Tiny Art”, Herberger Theater, Phoenix AZ
2015 - “Seasons and Cycles”, Herberger Theater, Phoenix AZ
2015 - “All Art Arizona”, Art Intersection, Gilbert AZ
NONE JURIED SHOWS:
2016 - “Summer Show”, Beatitudes Exhibit of Phoenix Artist Guild, Phoenix AZ
2015 - “Current Drawings” – solo exhibition, Film Bar, Phoenix AZ
2017 - City of Glendale Portable Art Collection
2017 - Works held in private collections in the US and Bulgaria
2017 - Best of Show Award, Glendale Plain Air Art Competition
2017 - Phoenix Artist Guild, Artist of the Month
2016 - First Place in “Tools of the trade” Art competition, Arizona Art Supplies
1997 - Winner, Open Society Foundation Award- Received scholarship for highest achievement in Fine Arts
2013 - Featured in Artist Portfolio Magazine - Southwest vs. Northeast edition
2017 - Adult acrylic course, Thunderbird Center for the Arts, Phoenix AZ
2006 – 2016 - Art teaching in private and charter schools, Phoenix AZ
2017 - Arizona Artist Guild