Veronika Desova is an emerging multimedia creative born in Varna, Bulgaria and currently based in Glasgow, UK. She is predominantly engaged in the field of architecture, painting and photography. Her artistic practice began in 2018 when she received the RSA John Kinross Travel Scholarship to Florence. There, she developed a body of work consisting of pastel paintings and double exposure analog photographs which served as a tool to interpret and distort the city’s urban fabric through the process of layering, over-exposing and blurring. This method of representation gradually got translated into her developing painting and photography practice. Veronika’s works are informed by the tactile nature of fabrics she uses for her paintings where the medium becomes the message. Alongside these modes of expression, Veronika is also an architect at Stallan-Brand Architects. Designing buildings involves the frequent use of tracing paper on a daily basis and this layering of form onto semi translucent paper is a method she also translates in her paintings and multiple exposure photography.

Veronika’s recent shows include Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture 195th Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh (2022), Danube Contemporary Biennale ‘Shapes and Personality’, Kunsthaus 7B, Sibiu, Romania where she represented Bulgaria (2022), ‘We break: Re-Create’ Co-Interest Tea House and Gallery, Shenzhen, China (2022) and the her solo show at the Stallan-Brand Gallery ‘Sudden Densities’ (2021).

Exhibitions 

Solo

2022

'I See Your Voice, There Was a Silence'

12-28th Aug at The Alchemy Experiment, Glasgow

2021

2019

'Sudden Densities' 

Stallan Brand Gallery, Glasgow 

'Florence: Portrait of a City' (Part of ArchiFringe Festival)

New Glasgow Society, Glasgow 

2019

'Florence: Portrait of a City' 

The Vic Project Space Two, Glasgow

Group

2022

'Re-Spirit, Trans-Spirit' SAW (Sofia and Varna Art Week), Oct - Nov
Group Exhibitions at Various Locations, Bulgaria

2022

'Tangible / Intangible' 07 Oct - 28 Oct 2022 (Artist and Curator)

The Haberdashery, Glasgow

2022

'We break: Re-Create'

Co-Interest Tea House and Gallery, Shenzhen, China

2022

Danube Contemporary Biennale 'Shapes and Personality',

Kunsthaus 7B, Sibiu, Romania

2022

Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture

195th Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

2021

Elements  at The Soane Museum, London 

Collaborative Research Project on Gillespie Kidd and Coia and Sir John Soane

2020

New Beginnings

Bedroom Artists, London (digital exhibition)

2020

Love in the Time of Covid

The Alchemy Experiment, Glasgow

2020

Inner World 

Boomer Gallery, London 

2020

40th Anniversary of Royal Scottish Academy 

(Sir John Kinross Scholarship), Edinburgh

2020

Soane's Bank of England’s Disappeared Body Parts (Master's Project)

Grace and Clark Fyfe Gallery, Glasgow

2019

Antwerp: Myth, Modernity and Metamorphosis

Final Year Thesis Degree Show at the MSA, Glasgow

2015

Fundraising Exhibition for the Mackintosh Building

The Old Hairdresser's, Glasgow

Education 

2021 - 2022

Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture, Glasgow

2019 - 2020

Masters by Conversion,

Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow

2017 - 2019

Architecture (Dip Arch), RIBA Part II

Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow

2016

Study exchange at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette, Paris

2013 - 2017

Architecture Studies, RIBA Part 1

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Awards 

2019

Landscape Prize for Thesis Project

2019

GSA Sustainability Prize (High Commendation) for Thesis Project

2018

RSA Sir John Kinross Florence Travel Scholarship Award 

2018

 RIAS Stage 4 Masterplan Shortlisted

2016

 Glasgow Institute of Architects Student Awards 

Third Year Commendation 

2015

 Glasgow Institute of Architects Student Awards

Second Year Commendation

2015

 Finalist in International START Competition - Rome Architecture and Cinema - with Marco Zaccaria (for a Cinematic Museum in Rome).