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.?
I don't question my desire to paint, I am thankful that it exists and gives my life direction. Leonardo’s words, that painting is a poetry seen rather than heart, reflected in my attitude towards painting. I put the continuity of the idea and the transformation of reality in to a new world at the start of every work. Shagall, Van Gogh, Dali and Klimt, are the artists who have a major influence on me. I can say that admiration of the great artists is the first step on the road to art. I couldn't separate poetry from painting and this is the duality that brings to existence cerise of works like Haiku moments ,Ice House and Garden of Wish. I have been drown to the beauty of the minimal but exact expression in the form of art and for me this is the key to say a lot if not everything.
I am located in Rowlett, TX.