© Nevena Bentz 2019

Biography

“Our need to create is driven by the desire to manifest our subconscious and to give our soul tangible form. Art is nothing but a means to explore and catch a glimpse of our inner space.”


Nevena Bentz was born in 1976, in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. She spent a year in a French school in Algeria at age ten, which proved to be a life-changing experience. After returning to Bulgaria, she studied at the local French-language high school. There, she was introduced to feminist writers like Simone De Beauvoir and fascinated with the lives of female artists, like Frida Kahlo and Camille Claudel. She read Rimbaud, Verlaine, and Jacques Prevert and copied Chagall, Klimt and Modigliani.


Nevena went on to study law in both France and the United States. She practiced law in Texas and lectured at the American University’s campus in Bulgaria before reconnecting with her artistic side. In 2012, Nevena launched a line of original fine jewelry (www.nevenabentzjewelry.com), while experimenting with mixed media art and ornamental sculpture. One creative pursuit led to another. In 2017, she published her first book of poetry: Vol Vers l’Inconnu, (Flight into the Unknown) – an anthology of older writings and newer texts that relayed more recent experiences.


Her artistic journey is an exploration of female identity. “It seems to me that women today, more than ever before, are defined by their physical appearance and relationship to products. Women have fallen into the trap of seeking identity in the marketplace,” she explains. Nevena chooses female fragments and distortion as a means to expose women’s inner contradictions, struggles, and unease. Tearing pieces of magazine-perfect models, she alters the fragile illusion  of perfection they strive to achieve. The broken parts coalesce into a
beautifully imperfect whole. 


Since her first solo exhibition during Boston Fashion Week 2012, Nevena has participated in numerous pop-up and gallery shows. Most recently, her series “Serendipity” debuted as a solo exhibit at Artworks Gallery in Austin. Nevena’s work is a tribute to freedom, strength, authenticity and beauty.

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GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Austin Galleries – Austin, Texas (www.austingalleries.com)

 

EXHIBITIONS

Current and upcoming exhibitions:

September 21, 2019 – November 20, 2019

“Serendipity” – solo exhibit, Arworks Gallery, Austin, Texas

November 16-17 and 23-24

EAST Art Tour – group exhibit, The Cathedral, 2304 East 16th Street, Austin, Texas

 

2019

 “Serendipity” – solo exhibit, Artworks Gallery, Austin, Texas

“Mystique” – group exhibit, Mystique Salon, Austin, Texas

WEST Austin Art tour, Blue Genie Bazaar, Austin, Texas

The 3rd Annual Galentine’s Show, Fair Market, Austin, TX

International Women’s Day SXSW Kickoff Party, Austin, TX

 

Other

2018 – Bloom Group Show, Austin, Texas

2017 – Discover Group Show, Austin Film Society

2017 – Abstract Absolutely, Art for the People Gallery

2017 – Flower Power, Art for the People Gallery

2017 – The Mighty Vignettes, Art for the People Gallery

2017 – Celebrate Her, Austin, Texas

2017 – Dripping Springs Art Studio Tour 2017

2017 – WEST tour, Art for the People Gallery, Austin, Texas

2017 – The Galantine’s Show, Austin, Texas 2009 – City Fine Art Gallery, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

2014 – Winter Market 2014 – Arena Terrace Studio, Concord, Massachusetts

2013 – “Beauty and the fashion beast” – a Boston Fashion Week event, Boston, Massachusetts

 

EDUCATION

Self-thought artist

2003 – J.D. Texas Tech School of Law, magna cum laude

1998 – Masters in International and European Law, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France, with honors

1997 – Bachelors , Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France, with honors

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2011-present – Artist, creative director and founder of Nevena Bentz Fine Jewelry (www.nevenabentz.com), writer (Vol vers l’inconnu; French poetry ©2016); curator of commercial and office space

2009-2011 – Adjunct professor of International and European Law, American University in Bulgaria

2003-2007 – Assistant Attorney General, Austin, Texas

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Instagram: nevenabentzart

Facebook: Nevena Bentz Art