Nevena Niagolova

Nevena Niagolova


Nevena Niagolova is an artist and designer working with a variety of mediums. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, she now resides in Toronto.

Starting with drawing and painting lessons at the age of ten she continued her studies in the National Fine Arts School in Sofia. Since, she has received her BDes in graphic design from OCADU, has studied interaction design at the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab, and has finished her Masters of Architecture in University of Toronto.

After Niagolova’s classical training, she developed an interest in abstract art and interactivity, and in particular the internal conversations a work of art could trigger with a viewer. Her work focuses on the pure expression of emotions, fascinations, influences and the like, gathered through her experiences of the world—a way of an emotional release. In the case of her paintings—they are spontaneous bursts of energy with a dynamic, high contrast relationships; whether explosive or calm—there is always a purpose and balance. Though constantly evolving, there is a sense of determined exploration through intuition and excitement.


2021 Oct Mallo Coffe & Bar, Solo exhibition, Toronto, Canada


 Coming Up
2021 Nov Flow, Group exhibition, Ottawa, Canada


2021 Jun 


 Selected Exhibitions
2021  Queen West Art Craw, Toronto, Canada
2021 Riverdale Art Walk, Group exhibition, Toronto, Canada
2020  The Artist Project 2020 Feb.20-23rd, Toronto, Canada
2019  4×4 …and a Little More, Hashtag Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2019  The Artist Project 2019, Toronto, Canada
2018  Momentary Bursts, Solo Exhibition, The Toronto Heliconian Club,
 Toronto, Canada
2018  Salon Exhibit, The Toronto Heliconian Club,
 Toronto, Canada
2018  The Artist Project 2018, Toronto, Canada
2017  Messy Excitements, Solo Exhibition, Gramophone Club, Sofia, Bulgaria
2017  The Artist Project 2017, Toronto, Canada
2015  Toronto Outdoor Exhibition, Toronto, Canada
2010  Solo Exhibition at Hot Soup, Labspace Studio, Toronto, Canada
2009  Found Wanting, CFC Media Lab, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche,
 Toronto, Canada
2007  Monosaic, Labspace Studio, Toronto, Canada
2007  Night of the Living Artists, Florence, Italy
2007  Manifestation for Art in Malmo, Malmo, Sweden
2006  Montorontreal, Methinks Presents, Toronto, Canada


 Artist Residency
2017/8  The Toronto Heliconian Club, Toronto, Canada
2006    Ramazzoti 2006 Art Colony, Kavadarci, Macedonia


2013  Master of Architecture, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2010  Global Architecture 2010, University of Toronto & UBA,
 Buenos Aires, Argentina
2009  CFC Media Lab Interactive Art & Entertainment Program,
 Canadian Film Center, Toronto, Canada (full scholarship)
2008  Florence Off-Campus Advanced Studies, OCAD University,
 Florence, Italy (full scholarship)
2006  BDes in editorial Graphic design, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
2000  National School of Fine Arts Ilia Petrov, Sofia, Bulgaria


2021  Living Future Accreditation, International Living Future Institute


 Professional Experience
2017/P  Intern Architect / Artist in Residence, RED Studio Inc. Architects,
 Toronto, Canada
2005/P  Freelance Designer, Nevena Niagolova, Toronto, Canada
2018/P  Graphic Designer, Ratio.bg (NGO), Sofia, Bulgaria
2014/7  Architectural Designer / Project Coordinator, Fishtnk Design Factory,
 Toronto, Canada
2013  Accreditation Exhibition / Woodshop Support, University of Toronto,
 Toronto, Canada
2010/7  Background Artist, Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa, Canada
2007  Class Assistant, Principles of Interaction Design, OCAD University,
 Toronto, Canada
2006/7  Interface and Graphic Designer / Research Assistant,
 MDCN / Mobile Nation, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada


2019  Niagolova, Nevena, “The Abstract Fun Colouring Book”,
 Nevena Niagolova, 2019
2019  Niagolova, Nevena, “Doggy In A Bag”, Nevena Niagolova, 2019
2012  Bohlen, Marc; Maharika, Ilya; Sargent, Paul Lloyd; Zaianty, Silvia;
 Lee, Nicole; Delgado, Angelica Piedrahita; Niagolova, Nevena;
 Vogelsteller, Fabian.
“Prototyping Ubiquitous Biosensing Applications
  through Speculative Design”, 2012 8th International Conference on
 Intelligent Environments (IE). 2012
, pp: 198-205


 Extra Courses
2020/1  Revit Avanced Training, Red Cage, Toronto, Canada
2015/1  Unity 3D, Varios courses
2017/8  Danish I & II, Nordic Languages Initiative, Toronto, Canada
2017  Creative Writing Fiction, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2017  Creative Writing Non-Fiction, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2017  Design of Serious Games, Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia
2016  Science Communication in Theory and Practice,
 University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015/8  Argentine Tango, University of Toronto Tango Club, Toronto, Canada
2007/8  Italian, Florence, Italy
2007  Book Binding, Toronto, Canada
2002/6  Bronze Casting, Paper Casting, Photography 1&2,
 Colour Photography 1&2, Printmaking, Etching
 OCAD University, Toronto, Canada


 Featured & Mentions (aka Web Search)
2017/8The Artist Project, Toronto, Canada
2015  Canadiano
2015  Toronto Outdoor Exhibition Artists
2015  Photo Credit
2012  MArch Thesis Review. Project: “Conversations Between Strangers”
2012  Martha Ladly, Mobile Communities at Work and Play
2010  First Year MArch Presentations
2010  1000 x 10
2009  During TOJam #4, Nevena & Milan created the game Bloom
2009  Featured in Young Blood in Applied Arts Magazine
2009  Damaged Goods
2009  1000 x 10
2009  Monosaic Artist
2008  Per Aurim
2008  Our OCADU blog from Florence
2008  Amazing Project by Denica Sabeva
2008  Barbara Crow, Michael Longford, Kim Sawchuk, Andrea Zeffiro,
 “Voices from Beyond: Ephemeral Histories, Locative Media and the
 Volatile Interface”, Urban Informatics: Community Integration and
, ed., Marcus Foth, Hershey, PA: Information Science
 Reference, IGI Global, 2008.

2007  MDCN
2007  Mobile Nation
2007  Park Walk, MDCN
2007  Alter Audio, MDCN
2007  Mobile Nation


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