To paint is my way of analysing and understanding the world. My themes are always derived from everyday experiences and impressions. In my paintings I explore topics like movement, energy, contrast and the mystery of emotions. I am interested in how they interconnect into body language as the true expression of the individual.

Paola Minekov, Artist. Get in touch with me
To paint is my way of analysing and understanding the world. My themes are always derived from everyday experiences and impressions. In my paintings I explore topics like movement, energy, contrast and the mystery of emotions. I am interested in how they interconnect into body language as the true expression of the individual.

Paola Minekov, Artist. Get in touch with me
Abstract Bloom

Abstract Bloom

Blossoming nature is deconstructed to essential forms and illuminated by a delicate ensemble of deep blue shades. The excitement of a new beginning is projected with elegant spiral shapes and the brighter tones of the colours surrounding the petals.
I’m Inside, Ring The Bell!

I’m Inside, Ring The Bell!

I’m Inside, Ring The Bell! is a collaborative work celebrating women of importance, and a contemporary interpretation of Judy Chicago’s The...
Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

Maze. A conversation in my mind. Artist Statement: What is a pillow talk? There is a constant chatter in my...
Dancers

Dancers

The movement of ballet dancers is something I have always found fascinating. I see it as the supreme picture of...
Dancers I

Dancers I

I have always been fascinated with dance, with dancers and their flexible and strong bodies and with the lines their...
Dancers III

Dancers III

As I started exploring dance as one of my biggest sources of inspiration, it was a natural step to start...
Dancers IV

Dancers IV

At times centralised and easily understood, ballet formations sometimes become very complex. To an observer they might even appear a...
Ballet Black

Ballet Black

Every move in this painting comes from a dance, called Da Gamba, performed by the Ballet Black Dance Company. Based...
Dancers in White

Dancers in White

At the same time while exploring the art of ballet as an inspiration, I saw an opportunity to express myself...
Dancers in Blue

Dancers in Blue

Great bold strokes uncover composite figures, enveloped in the soft light of the stage. The figure here is just a...
Dancers II

Dancers II

The elegant movement of ballet dancers was one of the greatest inspirations for me at the beginning of my career....
Dancers V

Dancers V

In this painting, I allowed myself to explore the depths of blue, a colour I prefer and see as very...
Dancers VI

Dancers VI

Size: 20×30″ Original: Private Collection
Midnight Dancers

Midnight Dancers

I selected a triangular ballet formation for my exploration of the colour violet. My goal was to explore the full...
Celisa

Celisa

I painted this painting for the Honeypot Ballet Gala. It is based on life drawings of the dancer Celisa Diuana...
Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

Size: 80x60cm Original: Private Collection  
Torn

Torn

Size: 80x80cm Original: Private Collection
Circus

Circus

Circus is a form of performance, almost a dance. It’s full of movement and colours. I found it inspiring in...
Flirt

Flirt

Size: 50x70cm Original: Private Collection
Acrobats

Acrobats

Size: 80x80cm Original: Private Collection Limited Edition Print: N/A
Circus I

Circus I

Size: 50x70cm Original: Private Collection
Dancers VII

Dancers VII

Size: 50x70cm Original: Private Collection
Celisa Rehearsing

Celisa Rehearsing

I painted this painting for the Honeypot Ballet Gala. It is based on life drawings of the dancer Celisa Diuana Size:...
Gaslight London

Gaslight London

For me, London has the appeal of a powerful ancient city, which is still making the transition to the ultra...
Dancing Houses of Amsterdam

Dancing Houses of Amsterdam

Found along a canal behind Rembrandtplein, the Dancing Houses of Amsterdam offer one of the most picturesque views of this...
Lloyds, on a Sunny Day

Lloyds, on a Sunny Day

In 2012 I was commissioned to paint two versions of The Lloyds Building for the Going for Gold Ball. Right...
Lloyds, In the Evening

Lloyds, In the Evening

In 2012 I was commissioned to paint two versions of The Lloyds Building for the Going for Gold Ball. Right...
The Gherkin

The Gherkin

The Gherkin is an iconic symbol of London’s skyline. It has fascinated me since the moment I first saw it....
Summer in Mountain View

Summer in Mountain View

I loved my time in California – the land of sea and sun and my favourite colours. This work is...
Memories from San Francisco

Memories from San Francisco

My life has been blessed with many travels and one of my favourite places is definitely California. I have spent...
Impressions of Barcelona

Impressions of Barcelona

It’s impossible to go to Barcelona and not see works conceived by the wonderful Antoni Gaudi, who has been a...
View to Frishman Beach

View to Frishman Beach

Painted from memory, this is an impression of bright, sunny Tel Aviv. This artwork offers a glimpse of the city’s...
Still Life in White

Still Life in White

It was a perfectly natural thing for me to explore a more monochrome, pastel theme through still life. I was...
Plovdiv

Plovdiv

Red is a symbol of vitality and I wanted to show its power and contrast with my favourite blues and...
Battersea in Transition

Battersea in Transition

In 2013 the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, an iconic London building, began. Prior to that, this used to be...
Ballet Repose

Ballet Repose

A common scene in the early modern art, a portrait of a resting ballerina can be traced to Impressionism and...
Undercurrents

Undercurrents

Undercurrents explores the invisible, but detectable energies, both positive and negative, that constantly flow between two people in a  relationship....
DAUGHTER, LOVER, MOTHER

DAUGHTER, LOVER, MOTHER

This abstract work depicts the stages of a woman’s life from an innocent young girl through a vibrant sexual being...
Vanga

Vanga

I have always been inspired by my heritage. This work is named after Baba Vanga – Grandmother Vanga – one...
Kode

Kode

This piece is inspired by an African mask and a representation of the duality of human nature. The black is...
COCOON I

COCOON I

Cocoon I, Oil on Canvas, Ribbon, Size: 60x80cm
COCOON II

COCOON II

  Cocoon II, Oil on Canvas, Ribbon, Size: 80x80cm
COCOON III

COCOON III

Cocoon III, Oil on Canvas, Ribbon, Size: 60x80cm
THE SEDUCER

THE SEDUCER

Deep reds contrasting with a play of light capture the menacing yet alluring figure of the seducer and the woman’s...
MOTHER

MOTHER

The use of space and positioning and stance of the subject within it emphasises the mother as a figure of...
EMBRACE

EMBRACE

A moment of deep intimacy is captured by this painting of two lovers embracing cheek to cheek in their own...
NAISSANCE

NAISSANCE

An elegant composition of pale pastel tones captures the simple beauty of the universal image of a mother and her...
CONTEMPLATION

CONTEMPLATION

Inspired by The Thinker, this is a study in retreating and reenergising, as the subject withdraws from a stressful world...
EVERYWOMAN

EVERYWOMAN

The strength of mutual support between two contrasting women is explored in this painting, which was inspired by my close...
ECHOES OF ROMANCE

ECHOES OF ROMANCE

Lack of communication between lovers leads to power-play, manipulation and pain. What interests me is the roles people then assume,...
KISS IN BLUE

KISS IN BLUE

Kiss in Blue captures that long moment of anticipation when a man and a woman gaze into each other’s eyes...
THE OUTSIDER

THE OUTSIDER

Featured in The Resident Magazine, March 2012. In this painting I explore the tension between desire and inhibition. The sexual...
Still Life with a Bonsai

Still Life with a Bonsai

This is a very classical still life with a drape, a vase, and a bonsai I executed in oil. The...
Dutch Tulips

Dutch Tulips

Still life compositions are something I enjoy working on. They are a painterly exercise, a subject that allows me to...
Spring Still Life

Spring Still Life

Spring Still Life is probably the most abstract of my works on the subject. Everything is reduced to pure form,...
Still Life with Orchids

Still Life with Orchids

There is something visceral and geometric in orchid flowers, a quality I attempted to capture in a still life painting....
Wonderland

Wonderland

In this work, I used a still life to escape to Wonderland! I explored the contrasts and harmonies of colour,...
Still Life in Blue

Still Life in Blue

It was a perfectly natural thing for me to explore the colour blue through still life. I was searching for...
Still Life with Lilies

Still Life with Lilies

This is a classical representation of still life dressed in a cool, lightly contrasting palette. I played with the theme...
Ikebana

Ikebana

Japanese art is inherently abstract and I found inspiration in the traditional Japanese flower arrangement. My idea was to show...
Still Life in Yellow

Still Life in Yellow

Yellow, the colour we often use to depict light, has been an inspiration for me since the beginning. I conducted...
Four Seasons

Four Seasons

Colour is my visual language, it is tangible and it is brilliant. Its mood altering abilities fascinate me. Yet colour...
Diva

Diva

This work is my way of exploring the idea of a Diva, the hidden woman behind the glamour and the...
Tohato

Tohato

After exploring the graphic and emotional potential of the black and white, I decided to add the deep red nuance...
Nel

Nel

This study of facial expression was inspired by the tribal art and the masks of Africa. I tried to incorporate...
Kerisa & Zind

Kerisa & Zind

My fascination with African masks and tribal art is something I built into this image. The piece is resemblant of...
Yatna

Yatna

When read in sanskrit, yatna is defined as effort, exertion, energy, zeal, trouble, pains, care, endeavour. My goal was to...
Tiroro

Tiroro

“Tiroro” is a tumultuous fight with an inner monster, a mystical swirl of conflicting emotions. Also inspired by the art...
Menorah

Menorah

The Jewish festival Hanukkah is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched menorah (or...
Goraya

Goraya

The image of “Goraya” is resemblant of a woodblock, but it’s executed in digital technique. Strong black, red and white...
Michael

Michael

Oil on Canvas, 80x60cm, NFS
Oma

Oma

Due to the high levels of sentimental value in this painting, this artwork is Not for Sale Oil on Canvas,...
Breno

Breno

Breno, Oil on Canvas Breno is a great guy, talented musician and the founder of Lost Gravity. I got to chat...
Jan

Jan

This portrait of Jan is the first in my series, exploring buskers on the tube. While this version is still...
James

James

  The Second piece of The Buskers Series, Oil on Canvas.
Yardena

Yardena

I drew this small portrait on the back of a Hebrew language exercise, while studying together with my friend. As...
Violet Shadows

Violet Shadows

Size: 50x80cm This oil painting represents a classical object, a vase with orchids, but the moody colour scheme and the...
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