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  -    -  Simonida Filipova Kitanovska

Simonida Filipova Kitanovska

Simonida was born in 1965 in Skopje, North Macedonia.

She has been professional artist all her life. Right after graduation from National Art Academy in her
native Republic of Macedonia (than Yugoslavia) her work was featured at the National
Art Gallery as she was recognized as one of the leading artist in the country. Her thirty
years career was marked by numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Asia and
U.S.A. Mrs. Filipova Kitanovska was awarded in many occasions for her artistic

In 1991-1997 she lived in U.S.A. and exhibited at Boston and Agora Gallery in Soho,
New York City. As a painter and visual artist she expressed herself in different media –
oil, acrylic, installation, combined techniques and video. However, last seven years her
work is almost exclusively dedicated to exploration of watercolor. Her very first
watercolor paintings early on in her career earned her a special prize at prestigious
national competition. Years later she found that this technique that is fast drying, often
full with unpredictability yet precise and unmerciful to mistakes or corrections, match her
own character, explosive expression and gesture, drawing using color and unquenched
thirst for realizing ideas to the inviting white surface instantly.

Simonidas paintings are a part of private collections in countries all over the world.

1988 – Academy of Fine Arts in Skopje, former Yugoslavia

2021 – Galleri Zest, Stockholm, Sweden

2018 –  MKC Galler, Skopje, Macedonia

         – Cultural Center, Novi Sad, Serbia

         – Gallery “Balkan Bridges”, Kragujevac, Serbia

         – House of Culture, Demir Hisar, Macedonia

2016 –  Contemplor Art Gallery, Vienna, Austria
        –  Palais Esterhazy, Vienna, Austria
2015 –  Gallery “Do Bob” , Ljubljana ,Slovenia
        –  Gallery “Kult” , Gostivar, Macedonia 

2014 –  National Gallery, Mala Stanica, Skopje, Macedonia

2013 –  Prima Center Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2012 –  Cultural Informative Center of Macedonia in Sofia, Bulgaria

2011 –  Army Hall, Skopje, Macedonia
        –  Gallery ”Tugad Munga”, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2010 –  Gallery “Oko”, Skopje, Macedonia

          – Gallery “Fontikus”, Groznjan, Croatia
          –  Mali Likovni Salon, Novi Sad, Serbia

2008 – Cultural Information Center, Skopje, Macedonia

2000 – Craon, France 

1999 – Uranija, Ohrid, Macedonia

1998 – National Gallery “Daut-Pashin Amam”, Skopje, Macedonia

1994 – Gallery “Trident”, Boston, USA

1993 – Gallery “Agora”, New York – Soho, USA

1992 – Gallery “224“, Boston, USA

1991 – Gallery “Most”, Belgrade, Serbia

1990 – National Gallery “Daut-Pashin Amam”, Skopje, Macedonia

1989 – Gallery “Top”, Karlovac, Croatia

Simonida Filipova-Kitanovska’s works have been exhibited at more than one hundred group exhibitions in Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, France, USA, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Australia, Romania, Albania, Armenia, Greece, India, Italy and Thailand.

2019 – Best Watercolor (Nominated), Watercolor Biennale, Varna, Bulgaria

2018 – Best Abstraction, Watercolor Biennale Costa Rica, San Joan, Costa Rica

2017 –  Osten Award –Artist of the Year

2014 – Vangel Kodzoman Award, small format painting, Skopje

2013 – Grand Prix, International competition for watercolors, Skopje

2012 – Prize for watercolors; International competition, Skopje

2008 – Dimitar Pandilov, miniature painting, Association of Artists of Macedonia

1997 – Dimitar Pandilov, miniature painting, Association of Artists of Macedonia

1989 – Yugoslav Biennial of Watercolor, BAJ, Karlovac


Special Projects (selection)

2019 – Acquarello in Fabriano, ten masters group show, Fabriano, Italy

2014 – Rotterdam Art Fair, Holland

2009 –  Action painting performance with National Symphony Orchestra, Skopje, Macedonia

2002 – Elmhurst Park Art Project, Boston, USA