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.
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.
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
AWARDS AND GRANTS
2022 Creative grant. National Cultural Fund, Bulgaria;
2021 Creative grant. National Cultural Fund, Bulgaria;
2020 Creative grant. National Cultural Fund, Bulgaria;