"I found this huge part of a street foam poster in the building's basement. Very happy about my treasure, I opened my best paint from Home Depot. Being in that store so often, I had some discoveries like sometimes people order paint but don't pick it up. It is left to be sold for almost nothing! Excellent quality paint, not much selection of colors but very interesting ones. In my head I had that pink and grey geometrical project , wanted to be simple. I imagined a spacious airy home with light colors. I can say this is my favorite style. It gives me sense of organisation and it comes easy to me. I did paint my mom's balcony with symmetrical figures when I was 8, I have to ask her if she painted over it. I haven't been home 14 years ...."
- Aneliya Kostova
Prints are produced on demand on either acrylic plexi, mounted canvas, or giclee fine art paper in a variety of sizes here in the United States. High quality print reproductions for your home or office designed by artists living with homelessness or disabilities.Contact ArtLifting for larger size options.
New York City
“We all need art in our lives. Art is how we dress. Art is how we apply makeup or make our hair, nails. Art is how we move; art is everywhere. I dream of world with harmony and peace, kindness and compassion. A perfect world where people love and respect each other. No hunger or poverty, kids growing without knowing lack, in loving environment, lifting their little spirits up. My art is little piece of that dream.”
Aneliya Kostova was born in a small town in Bulgaria. She moved to New York City as a young adult and currently lives in the Bronx. She describes, “I moved to New York from another continent, just with a bag of clothes. I had to leave it all: my successful company, my family and friends, my education which didn’t matter here. I came to chase my dreams." Aneliya was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression soon after she moved. Since moving to New York, she has embraced art as a way to cope with her feelings. She says, “I love drawing and have dreams about paintings. Sometimes verbal communication is not enough to express your feelings; art is the best way for me to do so."
Aneliya has three children and holds a PhD in health care administration, which she describes as her most significant life accomplishment. She works as a Community Liaison in North Central Bronx Hospital and feels rewarded that she gets to give back to her community. She loves to swim, garden, walk, run, and explore the neighborhoods of New York City.
“Being part of ArtLifting is a life-changing event for me. It gives me sense of belonging somewhere where I am accepted as who I am. Being approved made me so happy, I did some new drawing just to express that overwhelming feeling. I hope our viewers take some of that inner peace I am trying to give.” - Aneliya
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