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Daniela Raytchev: Art that Sparks Healing and Recovery

By Sujany Baleswaran

Intertwining the human psyche and the feminine body, Daniela Raytchev touches on her personal experiences, projecting them into creative masterpieces. With the doors finally opening in the art world, the Global Woman team had the honour of visiting S&P Gallery in South Kensington, London, to view the work of Daniela Raytchev in all its glory. The solo exhibition, in support of Safeline charity, for who she has been an ambassador since August 2020, was met with an immense appreciation for the awareness it raises on sexual assault, mental health, eating disorders and trauma. As well as work from her most recent project on sexual abuse, we also had the opportunity to view never seen before, older works and got a glimpse into different stages of the artist’s career. By using her voice and collaborating with Safeline, a charity with a mission to provide tailored support for anyone affected by or at risk of sexual abuse and rape, Raytchev hopes to reach out to people who are seeking help and empower them to live the life they want.

At first glance, you notice her signature fluid colours and the figurative paintings, then you slowly notice numerous other faces and bodies within her work. One can easily get lost in the colours and the stories behind each face, depicting the emotions that arise during and after a conflict. The Slovakian/Bulgarian artist captures the psychological and physiological effects of conflict, celebrating the human strength and the individual potential to face adversities. Raytchev’s talents are not limited to one medium, as she experiments beyond paint on canvas, using techniques such as charcoal, ink, acrylics and sculptures.Whilst her work has a strong autobiographical touch, Raytchev also works closely with the participants in her projects, who she interviews, sketches and creates studies of, before creating large abstract portraits that we now see on renowned gallery walls.

With a background in fashion and having attended the London College of Fashion, Raytchev chose the path of art, describing it as her space for ‘conceptual freedom’. She highlights the importance of honesty in her work and touches upon Frida Kahlo as one of her inspirations, showing appreciation for Kahlo’s tool of expression. The artist describes her work to be inspired by relationships, the impact of honesty in everyday conversations and the significance of sharing a part of yourself with another person. There’s so much more to Raytchev’s art than the outer layer of paint, and when we questioned which artists inspire her, she states ‘I don’t get inspired visually by other artists’ and instead, her inspiration comes from within, starting with a feeling or an emotion.  

A process that is often forgotten, that Raytchev talks passionately about, is ‘healing and recovery’ within the human psyche, and how every individual heals in a way that is unique to them. Her understanding of emotions, as well as the human body, is beautifully portrayed in the art she creates, encouraging the empowering message that change is possible.

Mirela Sula is the CEO and Founder of Global Woman Magazine and Global Woman Club. Mirela has worked in media and education for the last 20 years and has a speaking experience from all around the world. Her background is in psychology and counseling, journalism, teaching, coaching, women’s rights, and media training. Mirela is also the organiser of the Global Woman Summit and Global Woman Awards. She has appeared on Channel 5, London Live TV, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, Sky TV and has also been featured in the 'Evening Standard', 'The Guardian', “Marie Claire” etc. She is best selling author and has helped more than 100 women to publish their books. It was in 2014 Mirela created Migrant Woman Talks, a platform for women to share their stories and experience of life in a new country. By the end of 2019 Mirela had created more than 25 Global Woman Clubs for women all over the world, and she has helped hundreds of women to unlock their potential, start their business and take it Global! Mirela has received many awards for her work, including the ‘Inspirational Award for Women 2015’ for Human Rights, the ‘Best Up-And-Coming Inspirational Influencer’ Award from The Best You, in 2017 and the Universum Donna Award 2017 from the Universum Academy of Switzerland. Mirela is passionate about empowering women worldwide and always stands up for inclusion, diversity, gender balance and supporting the next generation. Her mission is to create a global movement to improve the future for women, by economically empowering each woman.

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