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
ArtLifting champions artists impacted by homelessness or disabilities through the celebration and sale of their artwork. Learn more here.