Antoaneta Melnikova-Hillman Is a self-taught artist. She consider her self Half-Bulgarian, Half- Russian and 36% American. Her grandparents lost everything in the Revolution, and being Beluie/Waits/ where saving there lives emigrating to Turkey,and lately to Bulgaria. She was born in Pleven- Bulgaria, where she began her career in the arts writing poetry, like her father influenced by the beauty of the Russian literature and language. She published two books on poetry and her poems and stories appeared in various newspapers and magazines throughout Bulgaria.? Antoaneta began to experiment with oils at the age of eighteen. Her works first appeared in group exhibitions and later individually. More recently she exhibited her works in Cyprus with a series of paintings dedicated to women and love. Her paintings are in private collections in Bulgaria, Italy , Cyprus,and USA.? In 2001 Melnikova -Hillman become accustomed to a new home and culture here in America where she continues her career asan artist.?
My paintings are abstract emotional landscapes. They are reflections of the path I chose to be on. Predominantly white and minimal, they are executed in encaustic, the medium which suits my temperament completely- it is fast,hot and durable.
I like to limit the use of tools and colors when painting as a way to increase my creativity. To sacrifice colorful and eye catching images for the minimal but essential ones requires a lot of strength and focus. I see the color white, the sum of all colors, the connection of all the things existing in harmony, to be the foundation of my resent work..