Lyudmila Tomova is an award-winning artist originally from Sofia, Bulgaria. At the age of 13, she formally began to study art at the five-year Special School of Fine Arts, and later - Illustration at the Sofia’s Academy of Fine Arts with an emphasis on Classical realism. In 1990 she was able to escape the communist regime in Bulgaria and immigrate to the U.S. She received a B.F.A. in 1994 in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City with high honors. In her junior year in college, she was selected out of 3,000 candidates to work for Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios in Orlando. She's been a full time illustrator –children’s book and editorial, designer and a fine artist ever since, always pursuing her true passion –painting. She merges abstract and realistic elements together to create mood, movement and an impression of the world around or within us. The ever-changing states in man and nature are a constant source of inspiration for her work. A fleeting moment is captured and transformed by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles. The brush strokes are moving, pushing, emerging and overwhelming, but never still and quiet. Watercolor is the medium she’s been working with recently alla prima style adding spontaneity, boldness and elegance all at once.
Her work can be found in many public and private art collections and has been part of numerous exhibitions both, in the United States and abroad. She currently lives and works in Cary, North Carolina and is a member of the Village Art Circle Gallery in Cary.