Rumi Vesselinova  Photography

Rumi Vesselinova  Photography

A picture is worth a thousand words, goes the adage. A great photograph is worth 17 syllables. It is strong, serene and clear like a haiku. It feels like a recollection of a pure visual emotion that is new and recognized at the same time. I have taken pictures around the world, but the places closest to my heart have always been the American Southwest and my native Bulgaria. Different and distant as they are, they both speak to me in a profound, visceral voice. They both are beautiful in their own ways, but photographing them is not about beauty, composition or technical precision. It is about a level of closeness that does not allow for the separation of fascination and existential pain. Some pictures hopefully convey this most complex emotion, and viewers recognize it aesthetically. I have degrees in Photography, Philology, English & Bulgarian Language and Literature. My photography work has been shown at various art venues and galleries in the USA and Bulgaria. Currently, I work and live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Rumi Vesselinova is exclusively represented by Catenary Art Gallery in Santa Fe, NM (email: ).


Recent & Upcoming Exhibits

Berlin Foto Biennale 2016 and 4th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography (Oct 6-30, 2016)
A collection of 446 contemporary artists from 41 countries: Palazzo Italia, Unter den Linden 10, Berlin, Germany.​
20 New Mexico Photographers (Sep 1-23, 2016)
A collection of significant imagery by 20 iconic and emerging New Mexico photographers: Edition One Gallery, 1036 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
Rumi Vessenova: Overwrite (Jul 8-Oct 6, 2016)
The photography portfolio reimagines familiar storylines staged in contemporary settings. As the future is always an unknowable moment away, we recycle old plots and ideas in an effort to make sense of our present: Catenary Art Gallery, 616 1/2 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
Rumi Vessenova: Sketches in Charcoal & Fire (Jul 24-Oct 15, 2015)
The exhibition examines the transformation of the Southwest landscape under the conditions of drought and related natural disasters: Catenary Art Gallery, 616 1/2 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
Rumi Vessenova: The Southwest – An Endless Now (Aug 22-Oct 23, 2014)
Large-scale landscape photography of the Southwest, in all its drama and splendor: Catenary Art Gallery, 616 1/2 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
Rumi Vessenova: Ever After (Mar 28-Jul 24, 2014)
The afterlife of a moment as reflected in a photographic body of work that spans years and genres. Selected portraits, landscapes, abstractions, and still lifes created 2005 to present: Catenary Art Gallery, 616 1/2 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
Red Dot Gallery's Holiday 2012 exhibit (Dec 12, 2012 - Feb 17, 2013)
Juried art exhibition of Santa Fe contemporary artists: Red Dot Gallery, 826 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501.



Santa Fean, June/July, 2016 --- Rumi Vesselinova, Featured artist in "Must-know Asrtists" by Srephanie Love

Visual Art Source, August, 2015 --- Rumi Vesselinova, Scketches in Charcoal and Fire

"Such a beautiful-untouched lonely feeling place," wrote Georgia O’Keeffe of New Mexico in 1943. "Such a fine part of what I call the ‘faraway.’" O’Keeffe’s New Mexico landscape paintings conjure a somber, solitary feeling, but her expanses are also serene, like deep yogic breaths. In contrast, photographer Rumi Vesselinova’s exhibition "Sketches in Charcoal and Fire" offers a dark twist on the "faraway." ...

Pasatiempo, July 24, 2015 --- Scortched Earth

Santa Fean Now, July 9, 2015 --- Scketches in Charcoal and Fire


FYI Los Alamos, July 28, 2015 --- Scketches in Charcoal and Fire

Los Alamos Daily Post, July 25, 2015 --- Art, Wind and Fire

Santa Fe Reporter, July 22, 2015 --- Scketches in Charcoal and Fire

THE magazine, August, 2015 --- Architectural Details

THE magazine, July, 2015 --- Crosshatching

Los Alamos Monitor, June 26, 2015 --- Art, Wind And Fire at PEEC

Fine Lifestyles, June, 2015 --- Spiral, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Fine Lifestyles, June, 2015 --- Crosshatching

Pasatiempo, September 05, 2014 --- Horseshoe Band

Pasatiempo, April 11, 2014 --- Spiral, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Pasatiempo, March 28, 2014 --- Ever After

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Catenary Art Gallery is the exclusive representative of Rumi's artwork in Santa Fe, NM (email: )