Kamelia S. Tomanova

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Artist Statement

“After many journeys in my life, I came to Chicago, which is where I live and work right now. As an artist I am interested in different cultures and their collaborations and connections, but in my heart I’ve always kept a special place for my native Bulgarian traditions, holidays and folklore. The inspiration behind most of my paintings comes from the desire to express something within myself and usually associated with the things I like about life or have experienced. Some of my works are metaphoric, others more realistic. The creativity is the most important thing for me. I really enjoy all aspects of the creating process from ordinary things. For some reason, though, the world always seems a better place afterwards. I often work without prior planning of any details, so the creativity and the impulsivity helps me to deliver my emotions to the canvas by experimenting with different materials, techniques and colors.You are more than welcome to visit my website www.kamystyle.com where you can see my paintings which are mostly on canvas- acrylic, oil, watercolor or pastels and also you can get experience with my other works or send an e-mail to me!”


2004  Web Design Certification – College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
1999  Bachelor Degree in Pedagogy of the Pictorial Art – Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria
1992  Fashion Design & Marketing Certification – College of Marketing, Advertising and Design, Sofia, Bulgaria


2004  Best Poster Design, College of DuPage, Studio Theater


2006 – Present  Art Teacher, ”Saint Sophia” School, Des Plaines, IL
2003 – Present  Freelance Graphic Designer
2000 – 2008  Art Teacher, Knowledge Learning Corporation, Lombard, IL
1995 – 1997  General Manager, Kodak Express Photo Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria
1994 – 1995  Graphic Designer, Kodak Express Photo Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria
1992 – 1994  Fashion Designer, Fashion House “ La Moda”, Sofia, Bulgaria


2009  ArtWalkRavenswood – group show (acrylic, oil, watercolor), Chicago, IL
2008  Fragmented Reflections, ARC Gallery – group show (acrylic), Chicago, IL
2008  ArtWalkRavenswood – group show (acrylic, oil, watercolor), Chicago, IL
2008  Beyond Borders 2 – group exhibition (oil paintings) Richard J. Daley Center
2007  Trade show (banner) – Hoffman Estates, IL
2004  Group exhibition (computer designs, illustrations) College of Du Page, IL
2000  “Our world” – group exhibition (oil paintings) – Sofia, Bulgaria
1999  Group exhibition (oil paintings), Sofia University “St. Clement Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria
1992  Individual Presentation (fashion show and exhibition of oil paintings), Sofia, Bulgaria
1992  Spring collection- Fashion week “La moda” – solo show, Sofia, Bulgaria
1992  Winter apparel collection – group show, Sofia, Bulgaria

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