Zara Alexandrova was born in Bulgaria. She lives and works in Berlin.
She graduated with a MA degree in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. The artist has received several awards for her work, including the shareholder Art.Award Germany (2009) and the Gaudenz B.Ruf Award for New Bulgarian Art (2007). Since 2000 the artist has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions among which: 2018 – XX Cerveira International Biennial, Vila Plana De Cerveira, PO, 2018 – Trophy Hunters, curated by Sheena Malone, Kunstraum Dada Post, Berlin, DE; 2017 – Fragmented Stories, Artist Union Berlin, Germany; 2016 – Per Anhalter, curated by Julia Brodauf, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Plaz, Berlin, Germany; 2015 – Art For Change, curated by Maria Vassileva, Sofia City Art Gallery, Bulgaria; 2014 – ECCE HOMO Charlemagne’s Legacy to Contemporary Art, Atelierhaus Aachen, Germany; 2010 – QUI VIVE?, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, Russia, as well as in Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Denmark, Turkey, Serbia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.
Zara Alexandrova poses sincere questions about what it means to be a woman in contemporary society through an ironic, sometimes mocking prism which calls for a reconsideration of the role and phenomenology of femininity and female sexuality in a world dominated by symbols and images that strive to define it in their own strict terms. With works drawing their inspirations from various sources (social media, childhood memories, classical art history ), the artist takes a critical position towards the politics of attraction and the female sensuality as the subject of mere voyeuristic desire.