Born 1991 in Smolyan, Bulgaria
Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden

Desia • Ava (b.1991) is a Bulgarian-born visual artist based in Stockholm. Desia works with diverse artistic mediums-sculpture, installation, digital art, collectible design. Her material palette includes raw materials (wood, metal, stone), invisible and unsolid materials (water, sound, mist, scent), edibles (sugar, jelly, salt). Desia’s artistic research is focused on creating sensory, meditative and mindful experiences. Her work explores the element of scale, of the micro worlds and the way they are connected to the universal.

EXHIBITIONS (selected)

Solo shows

2022 INTANGIBLE - Una boccata d’arte / Galleria Continua. Fumone, Italy
2021 Water on Mars - Limestone quarry, Bulgaria.
2020 New Rituals - Konstfack degree project. Stockholm, Sweden
2020 New Rituals - Online exhibition Don’t Try This at Home, Antilia Gallery.
2019 Objects for Contemplation: Water rituals and exercises on being imperfect. Konstfack, Stockhokm, Sweden.

Group Shows

2023 ID:I Galleri, Materialities, Stockholm. 2023 Stockholm Art Week, På Segels Torg 2023 Stockholm Art Week Spökparken, Lusthuset 2022 Chealsea NYC, Galerie Philia.
2021 Transhumances, Chateau de Barjac, Galerie Philia, France. 2020 Atelier Sophie Cauvin, Galerie Philia, Bruxelles, Belgium.
2019 Young designers: Collectible Bruxelles, Belgium
2018 Walking on sugar: Performance, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden. 2017 Design Monat Graz: Selected, Creative Industries Styria 2013 Triennale di Milano; Casabella: Atelier Blumer


The Gram Ounce, Food & Art Alternative M.A. (Upcoming)

Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2023)
Post-master in Fine Art (Materialities;energies)

Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Sweden (2021) Sound design and Interaction

Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Sweden (2020) Master of Fine Arts in Spatial design

London Metropolitan Univerisity Sir John CASS Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design (2016) Master of Arts in Product Design

Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Università della Svizzera Italiana / ARCHIP (2014) Bachelor in Architecture


2023 Finalist Design Parade Hyères Villa Noailles.

2022 Creative grant. National Cultural Fund, Bulgaria;

2022 Selected artist for Lazio region for the 2022 edition of Una Boccata d'arte; Fondazione Elpis / Galleria Continua;

2021 Creative grant. National Cultural Fund, Bulgaria;

2020 Creative grant. National Cultural Fund, Bulgaria;

2017 Selected for a trial at Fabrica di Benetton Reserach Center, Treviso, Italy;


"Materialities; energies", 2023-Royal Institute of Art. “Una Boccata d’arte 2022”, 2022-Fondazione Elpis/Galleria Continua Don’t Try This At Home” 2021, Antilia Gallery. “Landscapes of Consumption”, 2019, Konstfack University press