About The Artist
Award-winning contemporary artist Iva Troj creates fine art pieces which seamlessly merge Renaissance aesthetics and techniques with postmodern praxis. Her intensely detailed images achieve astonishing tricks of light and shade, as practiced by the great masters while incorporating dreamlike scenes which challenge cultural norms.
About Iva Troj
“A Balkan mountain child and a young arts protege who grew up to become a world renown contemporary artist with a PhD in art history. Iva Troj grew up in the outskirts of Bulgaria’s Romani slums in the last decade of communism – a world full of sexual predators, communist propaganda, censorship and no path to artistic livelihood other than what she could imagine in her wildest dreams. Today, she is a Gerety Award winner and 3 times Cannes Lions nominee for her Halo Masterpiece [biggest ever launch in the Halo franchise’s history, with more than 20M players, 520M reach], Towry Best of England Award winner, and 2 times Contemporary Art Excellence Artist of the Year award winner. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and her work is in collections in the UK, France, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, China, United States and Japan. In 2021, her epic painting Halo Infinite Masterpiece was exhibited at Saatchi Gallery and The Louvre. In 2020, her paintings were included in a number of permanent museum exhibitions in South Asia, among them Haegeumgang Museum 해금강테마박물관 in South Korea. And in Sept 2022, she was invited to exhibit a body of work at The Louvre in Paris.
Troj obtained her first fine arts degree when she was just 17 years old. After completing two BA degrees and a master’s degree from the United States and Sweden, she was awarded an art history PhD title.
She is widely known for her fine art pieces which seamlessly merge Renaissance aesthetics and techniques with postmodern praxis. Her intensely detailed oil paintings achieve astonishing tricks of light and shade, as practiced by the great masters. Exhausted by a society in which women often feel vulnerable, threatened, or powerless, Troj recasts the fairer sex as powerful creatures, freed from the oppressive male gaze and placed within Edenic settings where they can revel in their own beauty and potential. Blending abstraction with figuration, the natural world with the urban landscape, dream with reality, Troj’s breathtakingly beautiful artworks achieve something truly unique, both in terms of aesthetics and concept.”
As a child, I was taught to question one-dimensional narratives, this instinct evolved from mere survival into a transformative foundation for my artistic identity. Much like my fellow creators, my works delve into personal experiences; yet, I’m driven to transcend the confines of the self, a compulsion ignited during my experiences traversing Cold War borders. Enduring the cultural scarcity of my Eastern European upbringing kindled an insatiable hunger for unadulterated creativity, infusing my work with an ever-restless spirit. Consequently, the subjects I explore extend beyond the realm of the personal, though my unique vantage point injects them with a distinct perspective. The art perpetually evolves, shedding old skins and defying its own conventions.
Every artist reaches a juncture where the allure of the tried and true beckons. I steadfastly combat this allure by channeling my explorations into series that encapsulate various paths, ensuring the motifs and themes remain under scrutiny without succumbing to a single visual style.
While rooted in tradition, my body of work employs traditional elements not to uphold an archaic sensibility, but as an intrinsic part of my artistic language. My origins in a communist nation, where hymns to machinery superseded humanity and nature fell victim to progress, contrast vividly with summers spent beside my grandmother, amidst hanging gardens and timeless narratives. These dichotomous realities have irreversibly merged in my psyche.
Inspired by the techniques of Old Masters, both from Western and Eastern Europe, particularly the Russian tradition, my style finds its roots. A childhood fascination with art books spanning the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Modernism instilled in me a perplexity: the portrayal of passive, powerless women with vacant gazes. This, in turn, ignited a fervent ambition to master painting, with the intent of reshaping classical motifs’ narratives—a goal I’ve fervently pursued, constantly rekindling my sense of awe.
Drawing from the Flemish methodology of layering delicate coats of paint beneath varnish, my technique mirrors a process that emphasizes the allure of beautiful imperfections and the perpetual cycle of renewal. These themes flow seamlessly through my artworks, becoming intrinsic threads woven into each canvas.
3 x nominee for Cannes Lions Award for Halo Infinite Masterpiece 2022
Art Excellence Award 2020 해금강테마박물관] Haegeumgang Museum South Korea.
CAF Artist Of The Year 2019 (2d)
Contemporary Art Excellence Artist of The Year 2016
2016 Palm Award Winner
2013 Towry Best of England Award Winner
‘VANGUARD’ EXHIBIT at OUTRÈ GALLERY Melbourne, Australia 22 Sept 2023
New York Collectors Event – TBA Fall 2023
Current & Recent Exhibitions
THE VOICE ARTS ASSOCIATION, New York, USA
Dec 2022 – Jan 2023
ZEBRA ONE GALLERY in London, UK Dec 2022
ZEBRA ONE GALLERY in London, UK
Feb 2023 [Women Empowering Women Project]
THE LOUVRE, Paris, France, 1-4 September 2022
DYNAMITE ARTFAIR, Brixton, London, UK – Sept 2022
THE TRINITY BUOY WHARF Drawing Prize 2021 Exhibition & Tour
DYNAMITE ARTFAIR BRIXTON in London UK, March 2022
HALO MASTERPIECE SAATCHI GALLERY LONDON
HALO MASTERPIECE LOUVRE
SHIBUYA ART EXPO at CONTEMPORARY ART STATION TOKYO, Japan May 2021
‘FALL’ EXHIBIT GAME STUDIO
London, UK 2020
‘VANGUARD’ EXHIBIT at OUTRÈ GALLERY Melbourne, Australia 2020
DAE GALLERY, LA, CA, USA, Sept 2019
MODERN EDEN GALLERY
San Francisco, CA, USA
Representational Modern: Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize Exhibition, Jan 2019
DAE GALLERY Long Beach
Dakuato – LA, California, USA, Feb 2019
FLUX Exhibition at The National Army Museum, March 2019
TOKYO International Art Fair
TIAF 18 | TOKYO, Japan, May 2018
THE ARTBOX New York 1.0
Armory Artweeks in New York, USA. March 2018
FLUX Exhibition at The Chelsea College of Art, London, April 2018
Modern Masters Exhibit at Art Republic Brighton, UK, July 2018
COREY HELFORD GALLERY, LA, USA.
THE NEW ROMANTICS July 2018
COREY HELFORD GALLERY, LA, USA. May-June 2017.
IVA TROJ 4 FRIENDSHIP –
Friendship Vegan Apparel / Permanent Exhibit in Shoreditch, London, UK
THE CHIMERA GALLERY, Mullingar, Ireland, 2018-2019
COREY HELFORD GALLERY, CA, LA, USA
Beneath The Waves Group Exhibit, Jan-Feb 2017
RANDOM ART GALLERY
Contemporary Beast Exhibit, Brighton, UK, 2016
FED THE LIONS – DYNAMITE GALLERY
Solo Show at DYNAMITE GALLERY, Brighton, UK, April 2016.
MAYFAIR with Roberta Moore Contemporary in London, UK, May 2015
Exhibition with John Paul Bichard at ROYAL CASTLE, Stockholm, Sweden, Sept-Dec 2015