Evelina Dobranova spent most of her childhood in North Africa. Until her final return to Bulgaria (at the age of 16), she did not attend school, but took exams as a private student in Rabat, Morocco. Her stay in Algeria and Morocco has a great influence on her as a person, and later on her creativity. The lack of contact with peers, constant moving from city to city, from country to country, develop in her a rich imagination and intuition.

Her creative journey begins with private drawing lessons and icon painting. She is a graduate of Assoc. Prof. Emanuel Mutafov (BAS) with a profile in Ancient Greek and Greek History and Culture. In 2012 she graduated from New Bulgarian University in the class of Assoc. Prof. Elena Ivanova with a degree in Scenography and Costume Design. She attended the classes of: Assoc. Prof. Rumen Laptev in Painting and Color Studies, Arch. Zarko Uzunov and Desislava Morozova – Technology of Formation of Thematic Environments and Assoc. Prof. Valentin Savchev – Sculpture. In the meantime, she did an Erasmus program in Helsinki. She enrolled in Fashion with elective programs Drawing by Perth Olavi Sum and Modern Painting Techniques by Anna-Leena Vilhunen.

Since 2013 she lives in Denmark and spends half a year in Copenhagen and the other half in Odense. She has participated in two collective exhibitions on the island of Fyn, Denmark. Since 2015 she works as a set designer and freelance stylist.


Evelina Dobranova's works are intuitive, but also very well thought out as a message, technique and execution. They combine the set designer, artist and designer. These are fragmented personal experiences and memories with universal themes, namely the eternal struggle between mother and daughter, disagreements and differences between female family members: mother - daughter - grandmother - aunt - cousin - sister.

The mother appears as an ideal and an anti-ideal, the child as a princess, dressed and modeled according to her mother's taste. Her disagreement and rebellion are depicted with thin sarcasm and specific references: the stripe of the infamous industrial English band – Throbbing Gristle, the blood on Beethoven's notes, the tattered family portrait, the broken tea set, the torn curtains.

The works remind us of the transient nature of time and life. Moments that will never reappear beyond the memories and images left behind that one day will also disappear. Each of these works carries its own story and message.