Antoaneta Melnikova-Hillman is a self taught artist. She considers herself to be half Bulgarian, half Russian and 36 percent American. Her grandparents lost everything in the 1917 Russian Revolution, and being members of the White Russians were forced to emigrate to Turkey to survive the communist takeover. They later moved to Bulgaria.
Antoaneta was born in Pleven, Bulgaria, where she began her career in the arts writing poetry, like her father, influenced by the beauty of Russian literature and language. She published two books on poetry and her poems and stories appeared in various newspapers and magazines throughout Bulgaria.
At the age of eighteen Antoaneta began experimenting with oils. Her works first
appeared in group exhibitions, and later individually, in Bulgaria. 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 the USA.
In 2001 Melnikova-Hillman became accustomed to a new home and culture here in America, where she continues her career as an artist.
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