Lilian Shtereva, born and raised in Bulgaria, is a New York City – based artist. Her work investigates the simultaneous impermanence and tenacity of the natural world, while referencing her personal history and interest in the tradition of embroidery and textile work in Bulgaria. Sewing and embroidery act to transfer the artist’s intention and energy into the cloth in prayers of “well-wishes” and “protection”, honouring the reliance on and reverence for nature. Quilting technique called “trapunto” is applied throughout the work, constructing padded, soft volumes that resemble body limbs to create a “structure of comfort”.


2023 BA Studio Art Hunter College, CUNY, New York City, New York

2015 AA Studio Art St. Cyril and St. Methodius Faculty of Fine Arts,

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria



2020   The Artists + Activist Grant, The Soze Foundation

2019 Define American Immigrant Artist Fellowship, Define American, California

2019  International Artist Workshop, Mana Contemporary, led by Antonio Murado, Video reportage 


Artist Residencies

2023 Winslow House, Artist Residency Program, Vallejo, California, USA

2022  Noce Fresca International Artist Residency Program, Sardinia, Italy

2022  Walkaway House Artist Residency Program, North Adams, Massachusetts



2022  Group exhibition, Did you too see it, Drifting, All night, on the Black River, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

2022  Group exhibition, Terrarium, Ice Cream Social, Port Chester, NY

2021  Group exhibition, Invoking the Amphibian, ZXY Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2021  Group exhibition, Fragments, Milcon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2021  Group exhibition, Markings, Isadore & Dunn, Brooklyn, NY

2020  Group exhibition, If You Like This, You’ll Love That, Collar Works,Troy, NY

2019  Group show, No Voice Hush’d, Womxn Art and Punk Festival, Brooklyn, NY



2021  Bri Bruce Productions, Humana Obscura (Spring/Summer 2021)

2020  Bri Bruce Productions, Humana Obscura (Fall/Winter 2020)

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