Bulgarian artist Iva Troj’s first UK solo show, My Dear Foe, opens this week at London’s Imitate Modern gallery. The exhibition, running from  23 – 28 September 2014 sees the 2013 Towry National Open Art Prize winner seamlessly incorporate Troj’s vast experience of traditional painting techniques with postmodern elements to create engaging, Renaissance-style works that challenge the notion of societal conformity.

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Born in Bulgaria, Iva Troj creates work originating fundamentally in the crossing of two major paths, confounded in a physical movement from her homeland. Knowledge of traditional art techniques were first inspired by the necessity to fit within Cold War aesthetics of social realism.

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Introduced to digital technology in the early ’90s, her use of computer-based tools and techniques has allowed her to sketch and test concepts before painting, resulting in the surprising – at times startling – compositions and juxtapositions that make up her final canvases. From this intersection of old and new Iva Troj’s technique has evolved into something very personal.

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 Images courtesy of Iva Troj

My Dear Foe runs from 23 – 28 September 2014 at Imitate Modern, 27A Devonshire St, Marylebone, London W1G 6PN.