Vania Dimitrova

Award Category: 
Arts and Culture Award
Recipient Year: 
2015

Vania Dimitrova is an internationally recognized artist who has resided in Calgary for the last 16 years. Her artwork has been displayed over the years in many public and private art galleries in Bulgaria, Malta, New York, and Canada. Her inspiration is often drawn from her life experience as an immigrant as well from the books she reads.

Originally from Bulgaria, she began studying art and playing piano from a very young age. At the age of 14, she was selected as a top student in the admission competition at the art school Tcanko Lavernov, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She then went on to complete her Master’s degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Vania’s gift is her ability to pass down her experience as an artist to the younger generations, thus encouraging them to develop their imaginations and sense of creativity. She has been working as a volunteer at the Earl Grey and Sunalta schools, helping to foster a sense of art among the students there. For the last four years, she has organized private art programs for both schools as well as for Elbow Park Elementary School. Between 2005 and 2010, she was the founder/organizer of the Christmas fund-raising event at St. Peter the Aleut Orthodox Church, the proceeds of which were donated to the church building fund.