Boryana Dragoeva (Rossa)

Department of Transmedia

Associate Professor, Art Video
Program Coordinator

Boryana Dragoeva

355 Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse, NY 13244-1210

Boryana Rossa is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works in the fields of electronic arts, film, video, performance, and photography. Rossa’s works have been shown internationally at such venues as Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, N.Y.; Feldman Gallery, N.Y.; Exit Art, N.Y., Kunstwerke and Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; the 1st and 2nd Moscow Biennial For Contemporary Art; Museum of Contemporary Art (MUMOK), Vienna; Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw; Sofia City Art Gallery; Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art (SAMCA), Sofia; National Gallery of Fine Arts, Sofia; 1st Balkan Biennale, Thesaloniki, Coreana Museum, Seoul etc.

In 2004, together with the Russian artist and filmmaker Oleg Mavromatti, Rossa established UTRAFUTURO, an international group of artists engaged with issues of technology, science, and their social implications. Works by ULTRAFUTURO have been included in the Biennial for Electronic Art, Perth (BEAP), and shown at Foundation for Art and Creative Technologies (FACT), Liverpool, and Society for Art and Technology (SAT), Montreal. Rossa and Mavromatti performed also as ULTRAFUTURO in Trickster Theatre, Exit Art, N.Y., between 2006-09.

In 2012, Rossa has finished her Ph.D. on post-Cold War gender performances–cross-cultural examination of gender representations viewed through Soviet, Russian, and Bulgarian film re-enactments–in the Department of Arts, at Rensselaer, Troy, N.Y. Her research was supported by the research grant by the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer (HASS). She also holds an M.A. in mural painting degree from the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Rossa is also a director of Sofia Queer Forum together with philosopher and activist Stanimir Panayotov. Recently she completed a residency for the research and development of the bio-art project “The Mirror or Faith” related to genetic predisposition of spirituality. This project is a collaboration with the biologist Dr. Michael Edel, University of Barcelona, as part of the Grid Spinoza program, funded by the European Commission.

Rossa’s performances and videos have been included in international art archives such as the performing art archive re.act.feminism and Transitland Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009 and in private and public collections such as Kontakt. Art Collection Erste Group/ERSTE Foundation, Brooklyn Museum, SAMCA, Sofia.

She also holds the prestigious award Essential Reading for Art Writers of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA, Sofia) for 2008. In 2014 she was awarded Ruf Award for contemporary art and the 2014 NYFA Fellowship Award for Digital/Electronic Arts together with Oleg Mavromatti.

Rossa publishes in the newspapers Kultura Weekly39 Graman.paradoxa and others.


  • Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • M.F.A., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • M.A., National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria


Bio-art, experimental film and video art, and performance art