Dilka Bear


Dilyara Nassyrova, better known as Dilka Bear (born 1977 in Almaty, Kazakhstan), is a Kazakh artist, illustrator and painter.

Dilka Bear studied Architecture at the Almaty University of Arts, in Kazakhstan. After working as an illustrator and a graphic designer for companies such as Cosmopolitan Kazakhstan, Grey Central Asia, Saatchi & Saatchi Kazakhstan, she devoted herself to painting. In 2005 she moved to Trieste, where she currently lives.

Her work has been shown in galleries in Rome, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and Melbourne.

Influenced by the great masters of the past, such as Bruegel and Bosch, the Italian Renaissance, but also by contemporary artists such as Marion Peck and Ray Caesar, and by Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Dilka Bear mainly paints with acrylics on table and “creates beautiful […] illustrations of young girls and their frank expressions that mirrors the worlds around them”.

Her “dreamy” works – to use her own words – is often categorized as belonging to the Pop surrealism visual art movement.