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Vera Alexandrov’s acrylic and watercolor paintings reveal the graceful beauty found in all natural and human forms. Vera sources inspiration from her garden in Queens, but also takes photos of flowers at the Brooklyn and Bronx botanical gardens, which she uses as references for her paintings. Hydrangeas, azaleas, peonies, roses, and lilacs in lively tones of pink, lavender, and blue dominate the canvas, celebrating the triumph of nature.
The multitude of colors and textures in the local flora lies at the basis of Vera’s art, fostering appreciation for the clever uniqueness of our natural environment. An admirer of French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas and a former rhythmic gymnast, Vera is equally drawn to the elegant pas of ballerinas. By capturing subjects in motion, she notes and records the gentle rhythms of life, whether expressed in botanical or human form. “The organic elements in nature preceded all cultures,” she explains. “Long after our cultural and political issues are debated, the unique and everlasting beauty of nature will continue.”
Vera attended art school in Bulgaria. After completing her education, she was selected, along with a few of her fellow art students, to pursue her art education under the mentorship of Ivan Manoilov, a prominent Bulgarian artist, with whom she studied for two years. In addition to art, as a child Vera trained as a rhythmic gymnast for six years.