Lyudmila Tomova is originally from Sofia, Bulgaria where she studied illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts and the five-year Special School of Fine Arts with an emphasis on classical realism. In 1990 a grant of political asylum enabled her to immigrate to the US where she received a BFA in illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City with high honors.
Today, Tomova is a well-established painter, illustrator and designer exploring a wide range of media, subjects and styles. Her art has gradually shifted from realistic to abstract and conceptual imagery. Her recent artwork doesn’t reference recognizable form and has come to a true evolution and maturity of style. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By using abstraction, she reveals intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
Her work can be found in myriad of public and private art collections both nationally and abroad, and has been part of numerous exhibitions worldwide, including at the National Arts Club, the Limelight, World Trade Center, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Macy Gallery, Golding Gallery in NYC, Acme ArtWorks in Chicago, Bond Park Community Center and the FALC in Cary, NC, among others. Lyudmila Tomova currently lives and works in Cary, NC.