From the Studio of… Larisa Ilieva

We are happy to share this glimpse into the life and studio of Paris-based Bulgarian artist Larisa Ilieva.

Check out Larisa’s portfolio

Favorite material to work with?
“Technique mixte”: acrylic, pen-china ink, collage, pastel on canvas, paper, board, stone, plastic… I love using all materials to make an art-play in the space.

What themes do you pursue?
Themes of the wind, the sea, the sun, the flowers, the birds, and everything more than that…

Larisa’s sketches and materials

How many years as an artist?
Around 20.

Where is your studio?
Paris, France, in the 13th arrondissement and Bulgaria, in the village of Stokite.

At work

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
“Be yourself.”

Art school or self-taught?
University of Veliko Turnovo in Bulgaria.

“Blue Desire” ($2,600)

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
Both. The music of the silence runs in my work…

What’s around the corner from your place?
In Paris, the river Seine. In Bulgaria, the Balkan mountains.

“Unknown Beauty” ($1,700)

Where can we find you outside the studio?
Dans le Louvre.

If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?
Architect or fashion designer.

“Constellation” ($12,000)

Day job?
No job other than art.

What do you collect?
Images on paper.

“Whispers” ($1,800)

Favorite contemporary artist?
James Rosenquist, Albert Oehlen, Frida Kahlo….

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Any work of Vermeer’s.

“Going Away” ($2,000)

Who are your favorite writers?
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pushkin, Chekov, Oscar Wilde…

Use anything other than paint?
Yes, anything but always together with paint.

“Sunrise and Paulo Uccello” ($2,250)

Is painting dead?
No, and it never will be.

Favorite brush?
Soft, clean and new.

At work on a large-scale painting.

Palette knives?
At times.

Monet or Manet?
Yesterday Monet, today Manet…

Click to see all of Larisa Ilieva’s paintings


  1. I was intrigued by the fact that you are inspired by wind, sea, sun and such. I have a similar inspiration for my work which I’d like to share with you on my website. I believe that Monet would have been a photographer today.

  2. Krasota,lepota,ubavina…

  3. Bojan says:

    es ist einfach schön, ohne Kommentar!
    ich wünsche dir alles gute und noch mehr Erfolg
    und Anerkennung bei deine kreative Arbeit!

  4. Gorgeous! The artist and the art. Bring this woman to America, again.

  5. gustavo says:

    Please donot forget to ask if the artist is self taught or not.

    Beautiful work, congratulations.


  6. Suneel Jain says:

    very beautiful work… i liked it

  7. Margo Schopf says:

    Beautiful work, beautiful colours. Your work has a Klee-like quality. Especially like ‘Going Away’

  8. jussray says:

    I love the colors and would love to have one of those hanging in my living room.

  9. The laird says:

    Love your work and look forward to seeing more of it
    keep up the nice work ;)



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