Iva Troj - Profile

ArtistIva TrojResidesUnited Kingdom
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MaxArt Productions
Nevada, USA

Contemporary Beast
United Kingdom

Galerie MixArt
ThemesClassic Contemporary
Legacy vs. Art
Gender and Sexuality
Cultural Heritage
Political Climate
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About the artist

A Balkan mountain child and a young arts protege who grew up to become a world renown contemporary artist with a PhD in art history. Iva Troj grew up in the outskirts of Bulgaria’s Romani slums in the last decade of communism – a world full of sexual predators, communist propaganda, censorship and no path to artistic livelihood other than what she could imagine in her wildest dreams. Today, she is a Gerety Award winner and 3 times Cannes Lions nominee for her Halo Masterpiece [biggest ever launch in the Halo franchise’s history, with more than 20M players, 520M reach], Towry Best of England Award winner, and 2 times Contemporary Art Excellence Artist of the Year award winner. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and her work is in collections in the UK, France, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, China, United States and Japan. In 2021, her epic painting Halo Infinite Masterpiece was exhibited at Saatchi Gallery and The Louvre. In 2020, her paintings were included in a number of permanent museum exhibitions in South Asia, among them Haegeumgang Museum 해금강테마박물관 in South Korea. And in Sept 2022, she was invited to exhibit a body of work at The Louvre in Paris.

Iva obtained her first fine arts degree when she was just 17 years old. After completing two BA degrees and a master’s degree from the United States and Sweden, she was awarded an art history PhD title.

Iva Troj is widely known for her fine art pieces which seamlessly merge Renaissance aesthetics and techniques with postmodern praxis. Her intensely detailed oil paintings achieve astonishing tricks of light and shade, as practiced by the great masters. Exhausted by a society in which women often feel vulnerable, threatened, or powerless, Iva recasts the fairer sex as powerful creatures, freed from the oppressive male gaze and placed within Edenic settings where they can revel in their own beauty and potential. Blending abstraction with figuration, the natural world with the urban landscape, dream with reality, Troj’s breathtakingly beautiful artworks achieve something truly unique, both in terms of aesthetics and concept.

Artwork Themes & Subject Matter

As a child, Iva Troj was taught to question one-dimensional narratives, this instinct evolved from mere survival into a transformative foundation for my artistic identity. Much like fellow creators, her works delve into personal experiences; yet, she’s driven to transcend the confines of the self, a compulsion ignited during her experiences traversing Cold War borders. Enduring the cultural scarcity of her Eastern European upbringing kindled an insatiable hunger for unadulterated creativity, infusing her work with an ever-restless spirit. Consequently, the subjects she explores extend beyond the realm of the personal, though Iva’s unique vantage point injects them with a distinct perspective. The art perpetually evolves, shedding old skins and defying its own conventions.

Every artist reaches a juncture where the allure of the tried-and-true beckons. Iva steadfastly combat this allure by channeling her explorations into series that encapsulate various paths, ensuring the motifs and themes remain under scrutiny without succumbing to a single visual style.

While rooted in tradition, her body of work employs traditional elements not to uphold an archaic sensibility, but as an intrinsic part of my artistic language. Her origins in a communist nation, where hymns to machinery superseded humanity and nature fell victim to progress, contrast vividly with summers spent beside her grandmother, amidst hanging gardens and timeless narratives. These dichotomous realities have irreversibly merged in Iva’s psyche.

Inspired by the techniques of Old Masters, both from Western and Eastern Europe, particularly the Russian tradition, my style finds its roots. A childhood fascination with art books spanning the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Modernism instilled in her a perplexity: the portrayal of passive, powerless women with vacant gazes. This, in turn, ignited a fervent ambition to master painting, with the intent of reshaping classical motifs’ narratives—a goal I’ve fervently pursued, constantly rekindling my sense of awe.

Drawing from the Flemish methodology of layering delicate coats of paint beneath varnish, Iva’s technique mirrors a process that emphasizes the allure of beautiful imperfections and the perpetual cycle of renewal. These themes flow seamlessly through my artworks, becoming intrinsic threads woven into each canvas.


Iva Troj’s paintings have been featured in notable magazine, online sources and books including Hello Troj. You Can Leave Now. Autobiographical Novel, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Halo Infinite Mastepiece – XBox Global Campaign, Saatchi Gallery, The Guide Artist Magazine, Creative Folk, Flock Literary Magazine, Jackson Art Magazine, and PhD Dissertation.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Group exhibition: “Contemporary”Collectors Association
Group exhibition: “New York Collectors Event”NY Armory Week



Selinus University, London/Luxembourg
PhD in Art History. Thesis: The Art Of Not Dying From The Truth

University Of Kristianstad, Kristianstad, Sweden. Comp. MA courses in Cognitive Science and Psychology, Art History and Aesthetic Learning.

University Of Borås, Borås, Sweden. Master degree in Media, Communication, Strategy & Analysis – 2012-2014;

University Of Södertörn, Stockholm, Sweden. Line of education: Media Studies, 3D modelling and animation – 2010-2013;

University Of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden. Line of education: Culture Studies, Learning, E-learning – 2009-2010; 

CCAC (California College of Arts and Crafts) in Berkeley, CA, USA. Line of education: Graphics, Printmaking and Illustration – 1990-1992;

T.L. School of the Arts – five-year program. Line of education: Art History, Design, Theater, Traditional Arts and Design, Painting and Illustration. College Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration – 1983-1988.


3 times Cannes Lions Nominee 2021

Silver Gerety Award 2021 [for Halo Infinite Masterpiece]

Art Excellence Award 2020 Haegeumgang Museum

CAF Artist Of The Year 2019

Contemporary Art Excellence Artist of The Year 2016

Palm Award Winner 2013 Towry Best of England Award Winner

Selected Solo Exhibitions


My Dear Foe, Contemporary Beast, United Kingdom


Halo Masterpiece, Saatchi Gallery, London


Fall, Game Studio, London, United Kingdom


Fallow & Fire Exhibit, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. United States


My Dear Foe, Mayfair Gallery, London, United Kingdom


My Dear Foe, Dover St Contemporary Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Selected Group Exhibitions


Vanguard,  Outrè Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


The Voice Arts Association, New York, NY. United States


The Louvre, Paris, France

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 Exhibition & Tour Around United Kingdom and Europe

Halo Masterpiece, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom


Shibuya Art Expo, Contemporary Art Station Tokyo, Japan


Representational Modern, curated by Beautiful Bizarre, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA. United States


Tiaf 18, Japan

Beneath The Waves Exhibit, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. United States.

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