Lilyana Ger

First and foremost, please introduce yourself…

I am a Bulgarian artist currently based in Malta, having previously also lived in Amsterdam.


When and how did you get started?

I have always been a passionate appreciator of art, but I started producing art at a later age. My sister, Nadya Peovska, used to show me various techniques in painting during our summer holidays in Bulgaria. Later on I started taking art classes in Amsterdam where I used to live. Subsequently I did a diploma course in art at the School of Art in Valletta, Malta.


What genre do you consider your work to be?

Overall, I am very much influenced by pop art. This was more pronounced in my graduation exhibition ‘Objectification of the body’ at the School of Art, Valletta.


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

 Very often playful, sarcastic or with a sense of humour, generally very colourful, it can be also spiritual or sensual.


Where was your first exhibition held?

My first exhibition was my graduation exhibition dedicated on the topic ‘Objectification of the body’. It was held at the School of Art, Valletta.


Do you have a favourite from among your own artworks? If so, why?

My favourite artwork is ‘Bond in red’ since it expresses very well the warmth, comfort, and peace someone can find in a relationship or simply in a hug, something we were deprived from during the Covid 19 times. In this work it is given a special importance to the hands since we use them to make a physical connection which by itself is an expression of the emotional one.


What are you working on at the moment?

I am still very busy promoting the exhibition and meeting visitors almost every day in the late afternoon. I post the times I am at the exhibition premises on the Facebook page of the event so if people want to meet me to ask questions or for any explanations around the works they can come along at these times.


Which artist’s work are you most inspired by?

The most inspirational artists for me have been Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Marina Abramovic, Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinsky, Annie Leibovitz.


If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

Yoga Teacher


What is the epitome of happiness for you?

Sharing positive experience with the people you love.


What brought you to Malta?

The sun, the sea, the friendly people and Dione Borg’s trial class in model drawing at the School of Art, Valletta, Malta.


What do you love about Malta?

The climate, the friendly people, the fact that everyone speaks English


What do you hate about Malta?

The traffic congestion and the overbuilding of the island.


Favourite colour and what it means to you?

Purple which is a mixture of blue and red. Blue like the sea and red – a very emotional colour.


What is your favourite indulgence?

A piece of delicious cake at Foam and Fork

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Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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