Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
About Stefan Georgiev
Beauty in our lives seems to be fading away more and more. What prevails is the ugly, the destructive, the horrible, the kitsch and the deliberate attempt to draw people's attention by means of a trick, a provocative cynicism and pretence. That is why when people find themselves in front of the art works of Stefan Georgiev, which radiate authenticity, pure beauty and natural and innocent simplicity, they can't do anything but admire them silently and inwardly surprised at first and later express their joy verbally over their rarer and rarer encounters with true art. Some of the key and constant feelings that his paintings inspire are the ones of warmth, naturalness, optimism and love of life. The predominant colours are those of read, yellow, orange, golden, green, turquoise -colours which dispel anything icy, cold and unnatural. In many of the paintings a light centre can be noticed- that could be in the form of the familiar solar sphere or else accentuated by the very colours used in the painting. As if after every vicissitude of fortune in anybody's life, you are always met by the good, happy and bright light. The artist places the act and experience of living in its most natural and implicit environment- nature, present everywhere with its amazing flowers, leaves, trees, colours and with the sun, a source of life and a reason for its existence.
Optimism and faith in life generate another key idea which runs through Stefan's works- the initial and intransient value of creativity. Without it life is inconceivable, loses its importance and purpose. The artist recreates that particular idea through the traditional imagery of fertility- fruits like the apple and the pomegranate, the sunflower, the fish that lays an infinite number of eggs but most notably through the image of the woman. As it is the case with every classical and intransient art, the woman is a central image in Stefan's paintings. Although she wears different mythological, religious and legendary masks (Europe, Eva, the Virgin Mary, the Muses, the Slavonic wood-nymphs, etc), she is real and authentic because it is represented in its true life roles: a mother, a beloved, a protectress, a saint.
Along these ones, other images and symbols can be identified and they render a historical and diachronic perspective to the compositions: antique columns, crosses, keys, ancient heroes and mythological creatures and personalities (Adam, Icarus, Heracles, Athena's owl, the lovers from the Song of Songs of Solomon). As we move from one painting to another before our eyes unfolds a feast of beauty, of the joy of life and the deep reverence to the eternal and invulnerable human values. All that represented through the decorative expressive media of the secession tradition which the artist has mastered to perfection, enriching it with his personal experience of the his native tradition, with his own wisdom and sensitivity. Tradition and personality, beuty and authenticity, attractiveness and warmth, masterful skills and naturalness- all that gathered in a couple of square metres of canvas and paper...
PhD Evelina Mineva,
Byzantinist and translator
Graduated in 1974 the Secondary school of Arts of Kazanlak city. From 1976 student in the St.Cyril and St. Merodius University of Veliko Turnovo
Born on June 24-th in the Town of Veliko Tarnovo , Bulgaria
In 1974 he graduates from Arts school in the Town of Kazanlak.
He then continues his education in „St Cyril and St Methodius“ University of Veliko Tarnovo in the Faculty of fine arts.
2013 - Art gallery „LARGO“ – Varna City
2013 - Art gallery „NESI“ – Burgas City
2013 - Art gallery „TANDRA“ – Bankya Town
2012 - Art gallery „MINERVA“ – „Grand hotel Sofia“, Sofia
2012 - Art gallery „VIDIMA“ – Sevlievo Town
2010 - Center for Culture and Art
„PALEO FALIROU“ – Athens, Greece
2010 - „Bulgarian cultural Institute“ – Berlin, Germany
2009 - Art gallery „Gordg Papazov“ – Plovdiv City
2009 - „TEHNOPOLIS GAZI“ – General Art Exhibition of EETE, Athens, Greece 2008 - „Center for Culture and Art“
MIHAIL VODA – Athens, Greece
2008 - „TEHNOPOLIS GAZI“ – General Art Exhibition of EETE, Athens, Greece 2008 - Art gallery „VAPROSI“ – Sofia
2007 - Art gallery „GORDGIA“ – Amsterdam, Holland
2007 - CHEMICAL BLOND ART GALLERY & MATZUMATZU ART & DESIGN – Amsterdam, Holland
2006 - Art gallery „TOPART“ – Town of Veliko Tarnovo
2005 - Center for Culture and Art
„PARNASOS“ – Athens, Greece
2004 - Center for Culture and Art
„PALEO FALIROU“ – Athens, Greece
2003 - General Exhibition - Center for Culture and Arts – AGIOS STEFANOS, Athens
2000 - Art gallery „DAR“ – Town of Kardzhali
1999 - Art gallery „KREDO“ – Town of Haskovo
1999 - Club of the Artists – Town of Dimitrovgrad
1998 - Art gallery „JANET“ – City of Plovdiv
1997 - Club of the Artists – Town of Dimitrovgrad
1996 - Art gallery „ARETA“ – City of Varna
1995 - Art gallery „ARETA“ – City of Varna
1994 - Center for Culture and Art – Krasno selo, Sofia
1994 - Club of the Artists – Town of Dimitrovgrad
1993 - Hotel „Sankt Peterburg“ – City of Plovdiv
1987 - International exhibition, – Town of Holfeld, Germany
1983 - General exhibition
„Picture and Small sculpture “ – 6, Shipka str., Sofia
1982 - Exhibition
„Picture of the month “ – 6, Shipka str., Sofia
His paintings are represented in many galleries and private collections in Europe, USA, Canada and Hong Kong.
He’s a member of the Artists’ Union in Greece – EETE.