Iva Gueorguieva is known for her complex, abstract, large scale paintings that feature a frenetic mix of overlapping collage, line, shape, and color. Influenced by the materialism of Art Povera, the physicality of Gutai, the playfulness of Cubist collage, and the political satire of George Grosz, she is a painter of energy, bringing together an emotional intensity and physical passion.

Iva Gueorguieva abstract paintings and sculptures investigate notions of space, illusion and movement. Drawing on the legacy of Abstract Expressionism, the artist’s paintings are driven by a sense of urgency, a desire to orchestrate chaos and recreate the complexity of life on canvas. Composed of intricate arrangements of painted paper and fabric collaged on the canvas with a feverish energy and dynamism, her paintings seek to investigate the fine line between the intrinsic illusion of the painting’s plane and the physicality of its surface.


The artist’s sculptures echo her painting practice in their exploration of the spatial properties of materials. By combining simple elements such as metal scraps, fabric and stone to create intricate sculptural assemblages, the artist draws her inspiration from the Californian landscape where she resides, whilst referencing the legacy of Neo-Dada and Russian Constructivism.


Iva Gueorguieva (b. 1974, Bulgaria) received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 2000. Based in Los Angeles, Gueorguieva had a two-person show with New York-based painter, Dona

Nelson at Sophia Contemporary, London in 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include Frederic Snitzer, Miami, FL; Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe, New York, NY; ACME, Los Angeles, CA; Samson Projects, Boston, MA; Galerie Stefan Roepke, Cologne, Germany ; Stichting outLINE, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2008); and Pomona Museum of Art, Claremont, CA (2007).

Her work is held in public collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA; Art, Design and Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA; and Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA.


Iva Gueorguieva was a finalist for the Howard Foundation Grant in 2019 and was nominated for the Anonymous is a Woman grant in 2017. She is the recipient of the Orange County Contemporary Art Collectors Fellowship for 2012, the California Community Foundation mid-career fellowship for 2010, and the Pollock-Krasner Grant for 2006.

selected works