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Catenary Art Gallery represents local and international contemporary artists who work in various genres and media. Our collection brings together the vibrant palette of the Southwest, the classic black and white format of graphics and photography, the earthy form of ceramics, and the eclectic mix of upcycled media. The Southwest and Santa Fe have a strong presence in the gallery, but the scope of the artwork encompasses global aesthetic visions and ideas.

Catenary Art Gallery is located in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico on the historic Canyon Road – one of the top art destinations in the world. The gallery’s space is modern and airy, providing a simple yet sophisticated setting for our artwork.

Visit us at 616 1/2 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501, and spend some time surrounded by the transcendent beauty of art.

Catenary Art Gallery is a member of Santa Fe Gallery Association.   

       

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616 1/2 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

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Margarita Mileva

Statement/Bio

The ever-changing character of the contemporary architectural office, where standard tools become obsolete replaced by digital technology, inspires my work on a collection of necklaces as well as on other art projects and installations. For my collection "Recycling of the Architectural Office" I began reusing paperclips, punched business cards, rubber bands, mosaic stones, presentation wire binding elements and ribbons. I find joy in creating new experiences in this unique way of working with color rich, nontraditional materials and textures. Gradually, the rubber bands have become my material of choice. When creating rubber-band dresses, jewelry and accessories, I have the feeling of drawing and painting using the rubber bands as my media of choice and color palette. It is very inspiring for me to observe the reaction of the people viewing my wearable art as they try to figure out the unusual material with its unique texture and feel. My work is featured in design, eco and fashion online magazines and blogs in USA, France, UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, China and other countries.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS / FASHION SHOWS:
2012-2018 Hidden Heroes. The Genius of Everyday Things Vitra Design Museum, Germany + "la Caixa" Foundation, Spain Traveling Exhibition, Various Cities, Spain
2013 6x13 Indianapolis Museum of Art Representing Design Art Society, IMA
2012 Project IMA: IN:spired Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
2012 WOW, World of Wearable Art Wearable Art &anp; Classic Cars Museum, Nelson, New Zealand
2011 Seventh Annual Small Works Show 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 SHOP: Like you Mean It Underline Gallery, Meatpacking District, New York, NY
2011 WOW, World of Wearable Art Wellington, New Zealand
2011 Wear is Art Dam Stuhltrager, Berlin, Germany
2010 Sixth Annual Small Works Show 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010 FNO: Fashion Night Out, NY Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Celebrate Design, 2010 Cooper Classic Cars, event space, New York, NY
2010 Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fibers Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Project IMA: Fashion Unbound Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
2010 a.Dot, exhibit by CWA AJ Kane Gallery, Chicago IL
2009 DFT: Designers Find Time 255 Canal, New York, NY

AWARDS:
2013 6x13 Indianapolis Museum of Art Representing Design Art Society, IMA
2012 Bell, Top Award: Elizabeth and Stephen Taylor Fashion Design Award. Black rubber bands, industrial felt scraps Project IMA: IN:spired Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
2011 RB Dress III – Finalist Open Section Various colors and sizes rubber bands WOW, World of Wearable Art Wellington, New Zealand
2011 RB Dress II - Finalist Various colors and sizes rubber bands Wear is Art Dam Stuhltrager, Berlin, Germany
2010 RB Dress I - Finalist Various colors and sizes rubber bands In team with Iva Mileva Project IMA: Fashion Unbound Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

PUBLICATIONS:
2012 Educational Dossier Hidden Heroes. The Genius of Everyday Things Vitra Design Museum, Germany + "la Caixa" Foundation, Spain
2011 Love Earth: 100 Eco Ideas + 100 Eco Designs Book Published by Victionary, Hong Kong

IN THE PRESS / TV:
2013 NBC Today Show National TV, USA, January11, 2013
2013 The Sun UK, January 7, 2013
2013 NY1 TV Channel, New York, USA, January 8 2013
2013 NY Post, New York, USA, January 8, 2013
2013 Daily Mail UK, January 7, 2013
2011 BG Magazine, 063:Toys Ecuador, 12/2011
2011 EDNO Bulgaria. 4/2011
2011 Eigenhuis &anp; Interieur The Netherlands, 3/2011
2011 Rouge Bulgaria, 3/2011
2011 The Telegraph – Picture of the Day UK, January 6, 2011
2011 Chic Magazine Mexico, 2/2011
2011 את At Magazine Israel, 2/2011
2011 Form:The Making of Design Germany, Issue # 236 1/2011
2010 Homee Art and Design Turkey, 8/2010
2010 TimeOutNY, Editors Obsessions New York, 2/2010

Scott Swezy

Statement/Bio

Scott Swezy came to New Mexico in 1974 to study art at the University of New Mexico. Having grown up on the east coast, the contrast could not be more striking when confronted with the open spaces of the desert, the majesty of the mountains and the spectacular sunsets. His work was instantly influenced by this landscape and after school he travelled extensively throughout New Mexico, Arizona, and southern Utah sketching and painting along the way.

In 1988 Scott opened the Scott Swezy Fine Art printmaking studio where he taught privately and created colorful monotypes and screenprints. The following decade found him on a new journey, into the world of abstraction. He began exploring new materials, acrylic over large textured canvases, often incorporating found objects into these large­scale works. During this time he began traveling the country exhibiting in some of the most prestigious art fairs in the United States, including Cherry Creek (Denver), St. Louis Artfair, Coconut Grove (Miami), Sausalito Art Festival, and many more. At many of these shows Scott was selected to create the events' limited edition poster.

Recently Scott has begun working with some select galleries, and has again returned to the landscape which was the source of his inspiration on his initial journey west. These new works are done using soft pastel, a medium perfect for reflecting the rich, brilliant colors of the desert southwest. Working on heavy paper or board he applies a special "sanded" paint which creates a rough surface on which to draw.

Vassia Alaykova

Statement/Bio

Vassia who currently resides and works in Boston, MA is an illustrious artist. Her work has been displayed in numerous galleries and is in the property of private collectors around the World. Her first exhibition was held in Berkeley, CA when she was only 14 years old. She Graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a Communication Arts degree and School of the Museum of Fine with BFA.

Her interest in the Arts started when she was 10. After unsuccessful attempt to get into the National Ballet School in her native country Bulgaria, she decided to pursue her passion in the arts flowing the Fine Art path. Vassia’s talent comes from her father, who is a prominent artist in Eastern Europe. Even though he never encouraged her to go into the arts, he was influential in her life as the one who introduced her to classical music, philosophy, poetry, fine, art, film, theater, dance. All this stored somewhere in Vassia’s mind, radiated through her work later throughout the years.

"I try to find a correlation between the present day and history, between reality and imagination, simplicity and complexity, order and chaos, science and art. On the canvas inside of the story, geometric shapes dance with organic ones creating a chaotic harmony. Simplicity turns complex on the other hand complexity morphs into an infinite simplicity thus reaching an ultimate sophistication. Creativity is the process of discovering and connecting to the dark side of one’s spirit, where there is a constant struggle to find the light hidden behind the idea of life. Life as a metaphor for happiness. One can only express the complexity and deepness of human emotions and feelings through color, that’s why I use a lot of it. Color is like music, like poetry, it get’s into your soul, washing away the monotony of every day life."

In 2012 Vassia started working on new series of paintings "Deities", inspired by yoga, spirituality and her travels to India, Indian traditional dance and dance/movement in general, fairytales, encounters with different people.

Yanick Lapuh

Statement/Bio

I make sculptural paintings using wood cut-outs set at different angles on a wooden base; the relief becomes a canvas on which I paint. My work derives from a dynamic internal dialogue between opposing elements: geometric vs. organic, logical vs. emotional, abstract vs. recognizable forms; the ethereal/spiritual vs. concrete reality.

In my geometric works, I investigate 3-dimensionality, both real and illusory, in the visual interaction between the constructed relief and the design I paint on it. Subtle gradations of color are used to give the illusion of form and shape while the cutouts provide the reality of it.

The organic pieces, both wall-hanging and free-standing, incorporate imagery I've developed over time and reflect my interest in, and investigation of, a universal symbology, which I see as a means of communicating of what can not be put into words. I texture some of these paintings and sculptures to simulate a type of muted patina.

My most recent paintings extend my search for universal symbols and meaning into surrealism. What was once abstracted imagery is now embodied in cartoon-like forms that might spring from dreams or nightmares.

Bio:

Born in Mont Saint Martin, France, Lapuh moved to the USA after a short stint working with a stone cutter in Zurich, Switzerland. He began his art studies in sculpture at the Massachusetts College of Art.

While traveling overland from France to India and on to Australia, Lapuh's emphasis shifted to drawing and painting. Coming back to the United States he spent two years living in Florida. His first public show, featuring surrealistic figurative works on canvas, was in West Palm Beach.

After his return to Boston, Lapuh enrolled at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. His paintings became progressively more abstract; texture and form taking precedence over narration. Sculpture reappeared in his work as he began to build out his canvases, and he began to focus on the contrast between flat and 3-dimensional forms and between the real and the illusory.

Around this time, Lapuh developed a series on prison. The idea of being imprisoned within a cube gave birth to the 'corner', the point at which walls meet. Highly textured, geometric canvases and muted colors were characteristic. Now even more abstract in its form, the 'corner' is still a prevalent image in his work.

Lapuh received his Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1989, completing the Fifth Year Program there in 1990. After his first public showings in Boston, Lapuh began to move away from formal, almost rigid forms, to more organic and emotionally charged shaped-paintings. He moved the sculptural element to the edges of the canvas and experimented with vivid colors on the flat surface in between. Brilliant red, yellow, orange and blue were new to his work.

Solo Exhibitions:

2011 - Yanick Lapuh: Your Ladder is on Fire, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
2010 - Sculptural Paintings, Newton Free Library, Newton, MA
2008 - Yanick Lapuh, Hynes Convention Center, Boston
2007 - Abstract Paintings, French Library \& Cultural Center, Boston
2005 - New Work, Boston Center for the Arts
1996 - Illusions, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston
1992 - New Work, Alpha Gallery, Boston
1991 - Recent Work, Alpha Gallery, Boston

Selected Group Shows:

2011 - Massachusetts Cultural Council 2010 Award Recipients in Painting & Drawing, Tufts University Art Gallery, Somerville, MA
2011 - Massachusetts Artists, Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA
2010 - Eye Spy, Playing with Perception, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
2010 - South Asia Initiative at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2010 - Painted Visions: Artist Fellows of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, S. Yarmouth, MA
2009 - Northeast Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2009 - Off the Wall, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
2009 - Edge, ArtSpace Gallery, Maynard, MA
2008 - Art of the North East, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
2008 - Members' Juried Show, Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA
2007 - 14th Juried Show, Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA
2008 - Massachusetts Artists, Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA
2006 - Summer Street Solstice, Boston Convention Center
2002 - Abstraction, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston
2000 - Expressions, Federal Reserve Bank, Boston
1999 - Sleeping Beauty, New England School of Art \& Design, Boston
1994 - Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston
1993 - Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston
1992 - Alpha Gallery, Boston
1992 - Chicago International Art Exposition
1992 - The Art Show, New York City
1992 - Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston
1991 - Alpha Gallery, Boston
1991 - Bank of Boston, Boston
1990 - New Talent Show, Alpha Gallery, Boston

Awards:

2010 - Painting Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council
2008 - 2nd place, Members' Juried Show, Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA
2007 - 1st place, 14th Juried Show, Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA

Rumi Vesselinova

Statement/Bio

A picture is worth a thousand words, goes the adage. A great photograph is worth 17 syllables. It is strong, serene and clear like a haiku. It feels like a recollection of a pure visual emotion that is new and recognized at the same time. I have taken pictures around the world, but the places closest to my heart have always been the American Southwest and my native Bulgaria. Different and distant as they are, they both speak to me in a profound, visceral voice. They both are beautiful in their own ways, but photographing them is not about beauty, composition or technical precision. It is about a level of closeness that does not allow for the separation of fascination and existential pain. Some pictures hopefully convey this most complex emotion, and viewers recognize it aesthetically.

I have degrees in Photography, Philology, English & Bulgarian Language and Literature. My photography work has been shown at various art venues and galleries in the USA and Bulgaria. Currently, I work and live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Rumi Vesselinova is exclusively represented by Catenary Art Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

Larisa Ilieva

Statement/Bio

I begin my work like a nonsensical game of chaotic patterns that appear by chance on the surface of the canvas. Then step by step, day after day, new patterns appear, like the events of my life appear over the past. Some have real forms, others are fluid and unstable. The colors are either in vivid contrast or in subtle flux. Things develop like they do in life -- clear and strong in the foreground, or dissipating and disappearing in the ever-fading haze of distant memory.

Larisa Ilieva lives and works in Paris, France and Sofia, Bulgaria

Solo exhibitions:

2014 - Gallery Arte Viva, Paris, France
2014 - Dada Project Studio, Sofia, Bulgaria
2013 - 1+1=1 Public instalation, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
2013 - Dada cultural Bar, Sofia, Bulgaria
2012 - Gallery Art Center Stokite, Bulgaria
2012 - "Larisa in Wonderland" , Fondation Velmar, Sofia, Bulgaria
2012 - Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, USA
2011 - Gallery Edition88, Luxembourg
2010 - Gallery Art Center Stokite, Bulgaria
2009 - Gallery Art Center Stokite, Bulgaria
2009 - Gallery Varosha, Lovech, Bulgaria
2009 - Gallery Municipal Sevlievo, Bulgaria
2008 - Gallery Art Center Stokite, Bulgaria
2007 - Gallery Greencat, Sofia, Bulgaria
2004 - Gallery Vidima, Sevlievo, Bulgaria
2002 - Gallery Nessy, Bourgass, Bulgaria
1999 - Gallery M, Russe, Bulgaria
1998 - Gallery Ehterna, Varna, Bulgaria
1997 - Gallery Nessy, Burgass, Bulgaria
1997 - Gallery Cyrakov, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

Group exhibitions:

2014 - M-art gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2013 - "Spring 2013", exhibition hall "Rafael Mihcailov", Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
2012 - Project "Idea for home", Exhibition "Love", Gallery "Raiko Alexiev", Sofia, Bulgaria
2012 - Galerie Arte Viva, Paris, France
2012 - Allianz Bulgaria 2012, Sofia, Bulgaria
2012 - "Spring 2012", exhibition hall "Rafael Mihcailov", Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
2009 - International Pastel Exhibiton in Taiwan
2003 - 2008 Salon International de Pastel, Normandie, France
2004 - International Pastel Exhibition, New York, USA
2003 - Europastel, St. Petersburg, Russia
2002 - Europastello, Italy

George Alaykov

Statement/Bio

George Alaykov was born on July 6, 1950 in a small village near the old town of Kiustendyl in southwestern region of Bulgaria. Kiustendyl is a place rich in well-preserved Thracian artifacts, Roman era ruins and stone mosaics, and Byzantine style frescos. Having spent the first 13 years of his life in Kiustendyl, Alaykov was deeply influenced by these classical artistic traditions to develop his love for visual arts. Even as a 9-year old, his talent did not go unnoticed; his free-hand illustrations were so exact that he was often accused of copying them using transfer paper.

In 1964 after a difficult nation-wide competition Alaykov was accepted into a special school for the visual arts in Sofia, the Capitol of Bulgaria. In his four years of study he strived hard to develop his own artistic language through classical painting, drawing, sculpture and art history.

Later he began his MFA at the prestigious Bulgarian Academy of the Arts in Sofia. But this is where Alaykov encountered his first struggles towards artistic freedom. His tendency to take on contemporary western themes in his work and break from classical conventions did not go well with a dry academic institution that strictly followed the dogmatic rules of so called "socialist realism." With most of the arts faculty being members of the communist party (which was the only way to secure professorship), the school atmosphere was politically repressed and creativity highly controlled and censored in many ways.

"I didn’t learn anything more (at the Academy) then I did in the previous school. I think I lost five important years of my life struggling to express myself freely".

Alaykov was often on the verge of dismissal from the Academy for not following its dry aesthetic standards; he even refused his diploma for 16 years until his eventual departure to America. Prior to that, traveling abroad was almost impossible; the country was like a big prison with only a few individuals closely related to the Totalitarian regime allowed to travel.

Alaykov had left behind all of his artwork at a small gallery in Munich, Germany. Working many jobs to survive and support his family didn’t leave him much time to focus on his artwork. Even so he managed to create up a small collection of paintings and in 1992 he did his first solo show at the Harriet Giorgi gallery in Berkeley, California. Over the following two to three years until he moved to Massachusetts he had several solo shows and group exhibitions in California as well at galleries abroad. Alaykov finally moved with his family to Boston with a small role of canvasses struggling to sustain his artistic career.

Despite his struggles over the years, Alaykov has continued to develop a rich body of authentic artwork drawing from his Eastern European roots and gradual integration to the West; his work for long been underexposed in the contemporary art world and appreciated only by a small group of collectors, friends and artists. Having painted over one thousand oil paintings on canvas over the past two decades, Alaykov believes that it is finally time to share this body of original, unseen work in the public sphere.

Nikolay Sardamov

Statement/Bio

Public Collections:

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Solo exhibitions:

2013 - "BRAND NEW", Testa Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2013 - "Constructions", Isabella Hund Gallery, Munich, Germany
2013 - "Intersections", Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, UK
2012 - "Intersections", Barbara Weinberger Gallery, Nurnberg, Germany
2012 - "OPUS", with Tsvetelina Alexieva, Reverso Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
2012 - "Intersections", V & V Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2012 - "3 from Sofia", with Tsvetelina Alexieva and Dimitar Delchev, Galeriehaus Grosche, Castrop - Rauxel, Germany
2012 - "Intersections", Testa Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2012 - "Selected works", Altronics Light & Suspacious, architectural lighting studio, Sofia, Bulgaria
2010 - "3x2=Schmuck" with Tsvetelina Alexieva and Dimitar Delchev, Mangold Gallery, Leipzig, Germany
2010 - "Continuum", Metalab Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2010 - "Be-Re-Cycle", V & V Gallery, , Vienna, Austria
2009 - "The secret of the garden", Testa Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2007 - "New work", Jungbluth Gallery, Luxemburg
2007 - "Taste", with Tsvetelina Alexieva and Dimitar Delchev, Galeriehaus Grosche, Castrop - Rauxel, Germany
2006 - "Nostalgia", with Tsvetelina Alexieva and Liliana Ploskova, V&V Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2004 - "All Roads Lead to… Glasgow", Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, UK
2003 - "Wee treasures", V & V Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2001 - "Sweet Nothingness", V & V Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2001 - "High Coutur ", Bluecoat Display Center, Liverpool, UK

Group exhibitions:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, Portugal, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA.

Awards:

2000 - Grand Prix in New Technologies Competition, Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia, Bulgaria

Current Exhibitions

Vassia Alaykova, Poems of Divine Color
Watercolor paintings infused with spirituality and meditative lyricism. The exhibit showcases Vassia Alaykova's older work inspired by Eastern European folklore, as well as her newest collection which reflects her spiritual journey through the complex world of Hindu deities and the Buddha.

Rumi Vesselinova, The Southwest – An Endless Now
Large-scale landscape photography of the Southwest, in all its drama and splendor.

Yanick Lapuh, Sculptural paintings
The internationally acclaimed artist Yanick Lapuh from Mont Saint Martin, France, now living in Boston, MA, presents sculptural paintings using wood cut-outs set at different angles on a wooden base; the relief becomes a canvas on which he paints.

Margarita Mileva, Upcycled

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Openings

September 19th, 2014; 5 - 7 pm
Larisa Ilieva, Personal Winds
Larisa Ilieva mixes acrylic, soft pastel, pen-china ink, and collage to create hybrid narratives of intricate floral interlace with rich color palette. As a Paris-based artist, Larisa has had numerous exhibitions in Europe; Personal Winds is her first show in Santa Fe.

August 29th, 2014; 5 - 7 pm
Vassia Alaykova, Poems of Divine Color
Watercolor paintings infused with spirituality and meditative lyricism. The exhibit showcases Vassia Alaykova's older work inspired by Eastern European folklore, as well as her newest collection which reflects her spiritual journey through the complex world of Hindu deities and the Buddha.

August 22th, 2014; 5 - 7 pm
Rumi Vesselinova, The Southwest – An Endless Now
Large-scale landscape photography of the Southwest, in all its drama and splendor.

July 4th, 2014; 5 - 7 pm
Yanick Lapuh, Sculptural paintings
The internationally acclaimed artist Yanick Lapuh from Mont Saint Martin, France, now living in Boston, MA, presents sculptural paintings using wood cut-outs set at different angles on a wooden base; the relief becomes a canvas on which he paints.

March 28th, 2014; 5 - 7 pm
Rumi Vesselinova, Ever After
The afterlife of a moment as reflected in a photographic body of work that spans years and genres. Selected portraits, landscapes, abstractions, and still lifes created 2005 to present.
Margarita Mileva, Upcycled

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