Biography

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“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 earned a Master's degree in international law at the Université de Bourgogne, France in 1998 as well as a J.D from Texas Tech University in 2003. She practiced law in Texas and lectured at the campus of the American University in Bulgaria for several years before reconnecting with her artistic side. In 2012, she launched a fine jewelry line 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.

Nevena’s current series, “One,” continues the quest for understanding the human condition but widens the aperture from the individual to the collective level. The series examines the unprecedented role of humanity today, as a geological force with planetary impact. As in her earlier work, she continues to play with the notions of fragmentation and duality. She uses mixed media in a process that is uniquely hers and creates an aesthetic that vacillates between the abstract and the figurative. Her work seeks to achieve a harmonious aesthetics where the human form dissolves into Nature’s rich textures and patterns, and the notion of separation gives way to the idea of oneness.


Since her first solo exhibition during Boston Fashion Week in 2012, Nevena has participated in numerous pop-up and gallery shows. Most recently, she introduced her series “One” at a solo exhibit at the Ao5 Gallery in Austin. Her work is part of many private collections in the United States and around the world.

 

“Ordering the chaos of our fragmented selves is a starting point in our quest for purpose, yearning for wholeness, and our need to make sense of our isolated and seemingly unrelated experiences.”

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GALLERY REPRESENTATION

A05 Gallery - Austin, Texas 

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

Context Art Gallery, Treviso, Italy 

 

EXHIBITIONS

"One" - Ao5 Gallery, Austin (2021)

Featured atxGALS Artist - The Cathedral, Austin, Texas (2020)

“Serendipity” – solo exhibit, Artworks Gallery, Austin, Texas (2020)

EAST Art Tour – group exhibit, The Cathedral, Austin, Texas (2019)

“Mystique” – group exhibit, Mystique Salon, Austin, Texas (2019)

WEST Austin Art tour, Blue Genie Bazaar, Austin, Texas (2019)

The 3rd Annual Galentine’s Show, Fair Market, Austin, TX (2019)

International Women’s Day SXSW Kickoff Party, Austin, TX (2019)

Bloom Group Show, Austin, Texas (2018)

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

WEST tour, Art for the People Gallery, Austin, Texas (2017)

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

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

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

AFFILIATIONS

atxGALS - Austin, Texas

Espace Artistes Femmes - Lucerne, Switzerland

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Instagram: nevenabentz

Facebook: Nevena Bentz Art

Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/artist/nevena-bentz