ABOUT THE ARTIST
“Our need to create is driven by the desire to manifest our subconscious and to give our soul tangible form. Art is nothing but a means to explore and catch a glimpse of our inner space.”
Neve Di Fiori debuted her art during Boston Fashion Week 2012. Since then, she has participated in a number of collaborative projects and exhibitions.
Born in Bulgaria, she is a graduate of the French-language high school "L. Stoyanov", where she was introduced to French literature, including feminist writer Simone De Beauvoir who was influential in Neve's search for artistic identity. She found inspiration in the lives and work of Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois and Camille Claudel; she read Rimbaud, Verlaine, and Jacques Prevert and copied the art of Chagall, Klimt, and Modigliani.
Nevena went on to study law in both France and the United States. She practiced law in Texas and lectured at the American University’s campus in Bulgaria before reconnecting with her artistic side in 2012. While working on her mixed media female portraits, she experimented with sculptural jewelry and later launched a fine jewelry line. One creative pursuit led to another. In 2017, she published her first book of poetry: Vol Vers l’Inconnu, (Flight into the Unknown) – an anthology of older writings and newer texts that relayed her more recent experiences.
Neve Di Fiori's artistic journey is an exploration of female identity. “It seems to me that women today, more than ever before, are defined by their physical appearance and relationship to the material world. Women have fallen into the trap of seeking an identity in the marketplace,” she explains. Neve's uses female fragments and distortion as a means to expose women’s inner contradictions, struggles, and unease. "Fragmented Perspectives" - Neve's first collection is an attempt to reinvent female identity by tearing into the imagery of magazine-perfect models, disrupting order, and breaking the fragile illusion of perfection women strive to achieve. “Ordering the chaos of our fragmented selves is a starting point in our quest for purpose, yearning for wholeness, and our need to make sense of our isolated and seemingly unrelated experiences.” The broken parts coalesce into a whole that is beautifully imperfect and projects strength.
Neve Di Fiori's subsequent series were driven by the desire to use her ever-evolving visual vocabulary as a new means to relate the same core ideas. This holds true even when it comes to shifting between representation and abstraction. As Picasso has said "
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward, you can remove all traces of reality."
Neve Di Fiori's work is a quest to reinforce the contrast between the real and the imaginary by juxtaposing elements of each, so as to reconfigure reality in unexpected ways and blur the line of what is normal. Frequently, her ideas materialize in the process of tearing up the whole, creating chaos, or exploring the space that results. “The minute something begins to look predictable, I take a turn and give it an unexpected new twist. I like to surprise myself constantly, and that invariably happens by distorting the obvious and deviating from conventions.” Neve Di Fiori believes that our need to create is driven by the desire to bring tangible proof of the soul’s existence and give a voice to our subconscious. Her art is a tribute to freedom, strength, authenticity, and beauty, concepts that she has chosen to communicate both with her work’s themes and with the process of creation. She strives for her art to speak for itself and for the viewer to have freedom in interpreting and perceiving it in the same way she has freedom in creating it.