CONTEMPORARY BULGARIAN ART PRINTS IN JAPAN

  • BULGARIAN ARTISTS

    Contemporary Bulgarian Art Prints presented in Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art September 30th - October 13th 2003 in Tokushima Modern Art Museum November 8th - November 13th 2003

    Roumen Scorchev - 1932 (M)

    Rumen Skorchev, Pandora` s Box VI, 2000, Lithograph, 52 x 38 cm.

    Born October 7th 1932 in the town of Targovishte. 1950 – 1952 – Worked in the Pernik mines. 1952 – 1957 – Studied and graduated as a park-engineer. 1958 – 1964 – Studied and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia where he majored in book illustration and was later made professor in 1984. 1979 – Scholarship student of the Koryu Kikin Japanese Foundation. 1982 and 1994 – His illustrations were included in the ‘Who`s Who in Graphic Art’, dedicated to 330 contemporary graphic artists. 1990 – His works were included in the two-volume publication of 300 contemporary graphic artists, issued by the International Art Center in Kyoto, Japan.

    Holds over 40 international and national awards, the most important of which are:

    1970 Gold medal at the II International Print Biennale, Florence, Italy; 1972,1975 First Prize for the Best Childrens’ Illustration, Bulgaria; 1973 Gold medal, IV Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava, Slovakia; 1974 Grand Prix, IV Triennale of Drawing in Wroclaw, Poland; 1974,1987 Special Annual Award for Graphic Art in Bulgaria; 1978 Award of the Ministry of Culture of Romania at the II International Triennale of Balkan states, Bucharest; 1982 Award of the International Print Biennale in Listowel, Ireland; 1989 Silver Medal, International Book Fair, Leipzig, Germany.

    Solo Exhibitions

    Langsam Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; Losguardo Gallery, Torino, Italy; Bi Gallery, Biella, Italy; National Gallery for Fine Arts, Baghdad, Iraq; 2016 Gallery, Neuchatel, Switzerland; Edison Gallery, The Hague, the Netherlands; Alex Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Alfacs Gallery, New Delhi, India; Au Virage Gallery, Seprais, Switzerland; Kreditbank, Luxemburg; Dordrechtsmuseum, Dordrecht, The Netherlands; Curacao Museum, Curacao, Dutch Antilles; Standard Chartered Bank, Lusaka, Zambia; Windobona Gallery, Bad Kissingen, Germany; Bayerishe Handelsbank, Munich, Germany; Hefner Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia; Chirobe Gallery and UNIDO Gallery, Vienna, Austria; Sofia City Art Gallery, Alexander Gallery, Irida Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria.

    Since 1969 he has taken part in the following international biennials, triennials and exhibitions of printmaking, drawing and illustration: Ljubljana, Slovenia; Krakow, Poland; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Biella, Florence and Grado, Italy; Heidelberg and Frechen, Germany; Ibiza, Spain; Athens, Greece; Fredrikstad, Norway; Brno, Czech Republic; Listowel, Ireland; Intergrafica, Berlin, Germany; Balkan Biennale, Bucharest, Romania; Tokyo and Kochi, Japan; New Delhi, India; Milleuse and Strasbourg, France; Varna and Sofia, Bulgaria; Katowice, Poland; Juan Miro Drawing Biennale, Barcelona, Spain; Rieka and Pristina, Yugoslavia; Triennale of Drawing, Wroclaw, Poland; Triennale of Fine Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; International Biennale of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo, Bulgaria; XXI Prix international d`Art contemporain, Monte Carlo; FIERA International Book Fair, Bologna, Italy; Biennale of illustration BIB, Bratislava, Slovenia; International Book Fair, Leipzig, Germany; Triennale of drawing RACIBORZ – 2000, Poland; Maximo Ramos competition, Spain; Art `87, Basel, Switzerland; International Graphic Art Exhibition, Vienna, Austria.

    Group exhibitions: Gekaso Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Alzaia Gallery, Rome, Italy; ‘Bulgarian Graphics’ exhibition, Hoenefos, Norway; Edisson Gallery, Den Haag, Netherlands; The House of the Artists, Moscow, Russia; Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France; Gulbenkinyan Foundation Museum, Lisbon, Portugal; Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria; International Academy for Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy; Museum for Italian Art, Lima, Peru; Galerie der Kuenstler, Munich, Germany; Progress Gallery, Belgrade, Yugoslavia; House Wittgenstein, Vienna, Austria; Hefner Gallery and The National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia; Gallery of Venezuelan Artists, Caracas, Venezuela; Dresdner Bank, Bonn, Germany; Kuenstlerhaus, Ludwig Collection, Vienna, Austria; International Art Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany.

    His works are in the possession of museums, galleries and private collections, the more important of which being:

    Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy; Albertina Gallery, Vienna, Austria; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany; Art Dialogue Foundation, Paris, France; Biblioteque Nationale de France, Paris; City Museum, Goettingen, Germany; Dordrechtsmuseum, Dordrecht, The Netherlands; City Museum, Fredrikstad, Norway; City Museum, Moutier, Switzerland; The Art Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia; National Gallery, Washington, USA; Museum of Contemporary Graphic Art, Cairo, Egypt; National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria; Sofia City Art Gallery, all regional art galleries in Bulgaria.

    Rumen Skorchev, Pandora` s Box VIII, 2001, Lithograph, 38 x 54 cm.

    Katerina Moushanova - 1958 (F)

    Katya Mushanova, Rage II, 1999, Etching and Linocut, 60 x 49 cm.

    1958 Born November 4th in Sofia, Bulgaria;

    1985 Graduated from The National art Academy, Sofia, specializing in Illustration and Book Setting.

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 1997 Madrid, Spain - Graphics and Drawings; 1994 Ulft, Holland - Graphics and Drawings

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2001 Rhede, Germany - Graphics and Drawings; 1993 Happarande, Sweden - Graphic art; 1992 Sofia, Bulgaria - Drawings; 1990 Lulea, Sweden - Drawings

    INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS: 2001 International Art Print Triennial, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1998, 1995; Festival de gravure, Evora, Portugal; 1999 International Triennial of Graphic Art, Hooglede, Belgium; 1997 International Art Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria, 1993, 1991, 1989; 1998 International Mini Print Triennial, Tokyo, Japan; 1997 International Graphic Art Triennial, Krakow, Poland; 1996 2nd International Graphic Art Triennial, Bitola, Macedonia; International Graphic Art Triennial, Belgrade, Yugoslavia; 1993 International Graphic Art Biennial, Maastricht, Holland; 1992 International Exhibition Mini Print, Cadaques, Spain, 1991, 1990; Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Graphic Art, Toronto, Canada; 1990 Quatro Concurso Internacional de debuxo artisto "J.P.Villamil", Spain

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS OF BULGARIAN ART:Germany, Uruguay, India, USA, Kuwait, France, Mongolia, Russia.

    Katya Mushanova, Rage I, 1999, Etching and Linocut, 60 x 49 cm.

    Mihail Petkov - 1933 (M)

    Mihail Petkov, Opposition I, 2001, Lithograph, 65 x 48 cm.

    Born April 28, 1933 in the town of Dobrich.
    Graduated with top marks from the Academy of Art in Sofia, specializing in illustration and printmaking under Prof. Iliya Beshkov.
    Worked for 32 years as an artist at the Bulgarian National TV and is the creator of television graphics in Bulgaria.
    Has taken part in many Bulgarian representative exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Japan, India, USA, many countries of Latin America, Italy, Scandinavian countries, France, Poland, Russia, Hungary and others.
    In 1978 a monograph of his graphic works was published.

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS
    1969 Krakow, Poland;
    1994 Paris, France;
    1996 Dobrich, Bulgaria;
    1997 Sofia, Bulgaria.

    International exhibitions and print biennials:
    1967 Sao Paolo, Brazil;
    1970 Krakow, Poland;
    1971 Ljubljana, Slovenia;
    1972 Krakow, Poland;
    1973 Sao Paolo; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Biella, Italy;
    1974 Frechen, Germany; Frederikstad, Norway; Segovia, Spain; Mollieuses, France; Grenchen, Switzerland;
    1978 Sao Paolo, Brazil; Frederikstad, Norway;
    1980 Biella, Italy; Bari, Italy; Frechen, Germany; Frederikstad, Norway; Grenchen, Switzerland; San Francisco, USA;
    1981 Baden-Baden, Heidelberg, Germany; Varna, Bulgaria; Ljubljana, Slovenia;
    1982 Bradford, England; Krakow, Poland;
    1983 Biella, Italy; Yokohama, Japan; Grenchen, Switzerland; Frederikstad, Norway; Varna;
    1984 Autumn Salon, Paris, France;
    1985 Belgium; Varna; Intergrafica, Germany;
    1987 Monaco; Washington, USA; Varna;
    1989 Varna;
    1990 Expo ’90, Barcelona, Spain;
    1991 Varna;
    1993 European Parliament, Strasbourg; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Varna; Maastricht, Netherlands; Maribor, Slovenia; several towns in Portugal;
    1994 Krakow, Poland; Biella, Italy; Delhi, India; South Africa; Philadelphia, USA; Portugal; Germany;
    1995 Frederikstad, Norway; Varna; Sofia;
    1997 Varna;
    1998 European Parliament, Strasbourg; Brussels, Belgium; Sofia;
    1999 Frederikstad, Norway;
    2001 Sofia;

    AWARDS
    1959 Exhibition in Vienna;
    1985 Award, Biennale, Krakow, Poland;
    1985, 1991, 1995 Awards from the Varna Biennale and the competitive exhibitions in Bulgaria;
    1988 Annual Union of Bulgarian Artists print award;
    1993 Award of the Autumn Salon in Sofia;
    1997 Award from the Ministry of Culture for his contribution to Bulgarian culture;
    1999 Award of the Union of Bulgarian Artists for his life’s work.

    His works are in the collections of:
    The National Art Gallery, Sofia; Sofia City Art Gallery; many city galleries in Bulgaria; the Pushkin Museum in Moscow; the Museum of Modern Art in Norway; galleries in the USA, Brazil, Japan, Italy, France and in many private collections in Bulgaria and abroad.

    Mihail Petkov, Opposition II, 2001, Lithograph, 48 x 65 cm.

    Tihomir Manolov - 1959 (M)

    Tihomir Manolov, Water, 1996, Lithograph, 50 x 61 cm.


    Born 1959, Sredets, Bulgaria


    EDUCATION: 1986 Graduated The National Art Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria


    SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 1999 Gallery 517, Vancouver, Canada; 1998 Fines Gallery, Sofia; Farbertorle, Donauworth, Germany; 1997 Ata Ray Gallery, Sofia; 1996 Munich, Germany - 1995; 1995 Graphic Art Center, Zwalm, Belgium; 1994 Gisenroy Gallery, Geldrop, Holland; Donauwoert, Germany; 1993 Ata Ray Gallery, Sofia; 1992 Red Square Gallery, London; 1991 Art Gallery 188, West Berlin, Germany; 1988 Promproekt Gallery, Sofia


    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2002 Lila Europe, International Mini Print Exhibition, Sweden; 2001 Selected Graphics from Europe, Sweden; Darik Radio Collection, Sofia; 2000 Selected Bulgarian Prints, Prague, Czech Republic; Bratislava, Slovakia; Lila Europe, International Mini Print Exhibition, Sweden; 1999 Selected Print Collection from The Krakow Triennial, Contemporary Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 1998 Selected Print Collection, Fair Center, Nuernberg, Germany; Masters of The Graphic Art, Gyor, Hungary; Selected Print Collection from The Krakow Triennial, Cultural City Network, Graz, Austria; Group Eight, Belgrade, Museum of Contemporary Art; Group Eight, Nish, Yugoslavia; International Print Triennial, Sofia; 1997 International Print Biennial, Krakow, Poland; International Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria; Selected Graphics from Bulgaria, Nish, Yugoslavia; 1996 International Competition of Lithograph, Offenbach am Main, Germany; 1994 International Print Biennial, Maastricht, Holland; 1993 International Print Biennial Mini Print, Slovenia; 1991 International Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria; International Print Biennial, Wakayama, Japan; International Competition of Printing Maximo Ramos, Ferrol, Spain; 1990 International Biennial of Portrait, Tuzla, Yugoslavia; 1989 International Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria; 1988 International Print Biennial Mini Print, Lodz, Poland; 1987 International Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria


    AWARDS: 1996 Nomination. International Competition of Lithograph, Offenbach am Main, Germany; 1994 Nomination. International Print Biennial, Maastricht, Holland; 1991 First Prize. International Competition of Printing Maximo Ramos, Ferrol, Spain; 1990 Nomination. International Print Biennial Intergraphic, Berlin, Germany; 1989 First Prize. Art Colony, Gabrovo, Bulgaria; 1988 Second Prize. National Competition of Painting, Sofia, Bulgaria; 1987 Special Prize of the Mayor of the City of Targovishte, National Exhibition Ecology, Bulgaria; 1986 Third Prize. National Exhibition of Illustration, Sofia, Bulgaria; 1985 Second Prize. National Exhibition, Targovishte, Bulgaria; 1983 First Prize for Graphic. National Exhibition Targovishte, Bulgaria

    Tihomir Manolov, Fire, 1996, Lithograph, 50 61 cm.

    Ljuben Dimanov 1933 (M)

    Ljuben Dimanov, A Calendar, 1980, Etching, 65 x 50 cm.

    Born April 14, 1933 in the town of Knezha.
    Graduated from the Academy of Art in Sofia 1959.
    From 1960 to 1975, when he left for Paris, he took part in all general art exhibitions of the Union of Bulgarian Artists. He has been awarded many prizes by the Union of Bulgarian Artists for graphic and drawing, as well as for book illustration.
    His first solo exhibition was in his home town of Knezha and the second in Sofia in 1973.
    His first professional engagement abroad was with a solo exhibition in the Prote gallery in Paris in 1974, and the second in the Oster gallery in Sweden in 1975.
    After he left Bulgaria to live in Paris he held an exhibition in the Mc. Murray gallery in London in 1976. He signed a contract with the Regards gallery in Paris in 1975 and held his first exhibition there in 1977.

    Solo Exhibitions
    Konstgalleriet, Sweden;
    Alba-ronneby gallery, Sweden;
    Cantofta Ifs Konstklubb, Sweden;
    Telge Galleriet – Sodertlie, Sweden;
    Galleriet Oster, Sweden;
    Regards gallery, Paris;
    Vatterbigden gallery, Sweden;
    Hrl – Stafa, Switzerland;
    Fontana, Stockholm;
    La Cuvee gallery, Lyon, France;
    Bulovska gallery, Malmo, Sweden;
    Heden gallery, Sweden;
    M. Brissago gallery, Switzerland;
    Olga Est gallery, Stockholm, Sweden;
    Villefranche gallery, France;
    Kunstforemning gallery, Oslo, Norway;
    Tradition 3 Thousand, New York, USA;
    Nota Bene gallery, Oslo, Norway;
    Watermans gallery, London, UK;
    Finarts – Zug, Switzerland;
    And others.
    Luxury books of engravings

    Mark Aurelius ‘Pensee pour moi-meme’ – Book Club, Paris;
    Baudelaire ‘Flowers of Evil’ Dusseldorf;
    Selma Lagerloeuf ‘The saga of Joster Berliner’;
    Shakespeare ‘Sonnets’ – Stockholm;
    ‘Le Bestiaire’ – Book Club, Paris;
    ‘When the flame and the rose are one’, CG Edition – London;
    Mallarmee ‘Mytologie’ - Book Club, Paris

    Has taken part in the Biennales:
    Lugano, Switzerland; Sao Paolo; Ljubljana; Vienna; Krakow; Frechen; San Francisco; Ibiza; Segovia; Heidelberg; Barry; Bilbao; Kanagawa, Japan; Kochi International Triennial, Japan.

    His works are to be found in:
    Albertina Museum, Vienna;
    Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow;
    National Gallery, Tbilisi;
    National Art Gallery, Sofia;
    The Gallery in Skopje;
    Musee d’Art Sandria, Italy;
    Musee d`Art, Sicily.

    Private Collections
    USA; Brazil; Bulgaria; Sweden; Switzerland; France; England; Japan; Germany; Canada and others.

    Awards
    International FIAC Exhibition, Paris;
    The award for fine art and drawing, Danville, France.

    Ljuben Dimanov, Competition, 1995, Etching, 51 x 41 cm.

    Emil Mirazchiev - 1960 (M)

    Emil Mirazchiev, X5 - 98X138 cm - Etching, Dry point, Mezzotint, own technology

    Born: Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 1960
    Address: 6, Koprivkite Str., 4002 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
    e-mail: arttoday@plovdiv.techno-link.com

    Education: Academy of Fine Art, Sofia, 1986
    Member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists
    Member of the International Association of Art – AIAP (UNESCO)
    President of “Art Today” Foundation

    Prizes and grants:
    1997 Exhibition “Art on a paper”, Sofia'97 – Prize for graphic
    1997 8th International print biennial, Varna'97 – Awarded by the Union of Bulgarian Artists
    and the Fund “Support of the Art in Bulgaria”
    1996 Cite des'Arts, Paris – Studio, grant
    1996 ARTEST - Foundation “Binz 39”, Zurich – Studio, grant.

    More than 15 one man shows in Bulgaria and abroad.

    Curator and organizer:
    2000 “Communication front” – electronic and media art, Center for Contemporary Art – Plovdiv
    2000 “Four of Edge” exhibition at the Swiss Embassy Residence, Sofia
    International festival “Communication front” – Electronic Art, Center for Contemporary
    Art – Plovdiv
    1998 International exhibition “VIDEO ART ‘98” – Center for Contemporary Art – Plovdiv
    1995 First edition of “Week of contemporary art” – Center for Contemporary Art – Plovdiv


    1986 – 2000 General art exhibitions in Bulgaria

    Symposia : 1997 – Burgas – lithography ; 1998 – Kranevo – handmade paper; Ruse – video
    Installation , www. ecoart2000.org

    “Edge” art group - exhibitions & actions, performances, happenings, installations,
    photography, objects.
    He lives and works in Plovdiv

    Emil Mirazchiev, X9 - 70X300 cm - Etching, Dry point, Mezzotint, own technology

    Peter Chuklev - 1936 (M)

    Petar Chuklev, By the Wizard, 2002, Dry Point, 11,5 x 16,5 cm.

    Born 1936 in Sofia.

    Graduated from the Art Academy in Sofia in 1960, specializing in printmaking under Prof. Evtim Tomov and illustration in 1963 under Prof. Vesselin Staikov.

    Has been a teacher at the National Art Academy since 1964 and professor of printmaking since 1993.

    He works in the area of printmaking, illustration, and drawing.

    His works are in the possession of private collections in Bulgaria and abroad: Austria, Germany, France, England, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Russia, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Italy, USA, Ecuador, Canada, Brazil, Taiwan.

    He has received many awards for printmaking, illustration and drawing.

    Petar Chuklev, Autumnal Equinox, 2001, Dry Point, 9 x 11 cm.

    Yohan Yotov - 1960 (M)

    Yohan Yotov, The Walking will always meet, 2002, Etching, 49,5 x 39 cm.


    Born October 28th, 1960 in Pleven, Bulgaria;

    1980 Graduated from The National School for Fine Arts, Sofia;1982 - 1988 Study in The National Art Academy, Sofia, Department Graphic in the class of Prof. Petar Chuklev;Since 1992 he is an assistant in The National Art Academy, Graphic Department; Participation in many exhibitions and International Art Print biennials and triennials: Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, Yugoslavia, Japan, Egypt, Greece, Syria. In Bulgaria - International Art Print Biennial, Varna and International Art Print Triennial, Sofia; One Man Show Art Prints in Mexico and Ecuador;1997 Became a grant for Specialization in Graphic Art in The Academy for applied arts in Vienna. There he organized also 3 One Man Shows;1994 Became a member of The Union of Bulgarian Artists; He is working in the field of all drawing and graphic techniques.

    Yohan Yotov, Silently walking You shall arrive, 2001, Etching, 49,5 x 39 cm.

    Atanas Vassilev - 1942 (M)

    Children `s Toys IX, 2001, Lithograph, 49 x 63 cm.

    Born August 1, 1942 in Gorna Oriahovitsa.

    Graduated from the Art Academy in Sofia, specializing in illustration and book design under Prof. Vesselin Staikov.
    Has taken part in general exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad, in international print biennials and triennials in Ljubljana, Frederikstad, Sao Paolo, Baden-Baden, Integrafica Berlin, Bradford, Chamalieres, Banska Bistritsa, St Nicolas.

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS
    1975 – Gabrovo;
    1984 – Sofia;
    1987 – Veliko Turnovo;
    1994 – Sofia, Moscow;
    2000 – Sofia.

    Awards
    1978, 1982, 1984, 1988 – Prize for book design at the National Book Exhibition;
    1983, 1987 – International Biennale of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo;
    1987, 1989 and 1999 Prize from the IV, V and (?) International Print Biennale in Varna.
    1996 Took part in the Peter Lindner,Vienna, gallery’s project ‘Specific Art of the Danube. Geography - Geometry’.

    Works in the sphere of printmaking, drawing, illustration and book design.

    Children`s Toys V, 2001, Lithograph, 59 x 45 cm.

    Onnik Karanfilian - 1963 (M)

    Onnik Karanfilian, Spring, 2002, CAD and offset, 70 x 100 cm.


    BORN - 1963 Sliven, Bulgaria.


    EDUCATION -1994, MFA. The National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria.


    EXHIBITIONS
    1985 - 1988, Group exhibitions, The city Gallery, Sliven.
    1986 - 1987, Common exhibitions of art in Sofia.
    1986 The Dosev Gallery, Sofia.
    1986 The region’s exhibition in Yambol, Bulgaria.
    1988 The ”Ecology” show, The National Academy of Fine Art, Sofia.
    1989 International exhibition of undergraduates, Belgrade, Budapest, Vienna, Rome and Athens.
    1989 Undergraduates exhibition in New York and Washington, U. S. A..
    1991 International Graphics Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria.
    1991 Sapporo International Print Biennial, Japan.
    1991 11 Th. Mini Print International Cadaques, Spain.
    1991 International exhibition of EX - LIBRIS entitled ” EROS ”, Saint Niklaas, Belgium.
    1992 ” New Names ”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
    1992 1 st. Exhibition of Bulgarian Art in Seoul, South Korea.
    1993 International exhibition of EX - LIBRIS entitled ”G. Mercator and cartography”, Saint Niklaas, Belgium.
    1993 International Graphics Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria.
    1993 1 st. International Print Biennial in Maastricht, Nederland.
    1993 ”Bulgarian Art in Germany”, Germany.
    1994 ”33 Graphic Artists from Bulgaria” South Africa.
    1994 OSAKA Triennial, 5 th. International Contemporary Art Competition, Japan.
    1995 First International Graphic Triennial Sofia '95
    1995 International Graphics Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria.
    1995 International competition for EX - LIBRIS entitled ”ECOLOGY”, Saint Niklaas, Belgium.
    1995 Mini Print International Cadaques, Spain.
    1996 Sapporo International Print Biennial, Japan.
    1996 The 3-rd Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Japan.
    1997 Group Exhibition of Bulgarian Art in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
    1997 International Graphics Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria.
    1998 2nd International Graphic Triennial Sofia, Bulgaria.
    1999 International Graphics Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria.
    2000 6th International Biennial of Miniature Arts, Gornji Milanovac
    5th European Biennial of Engraving, Acqui Terme, Italy.
    2001 3th International Graphic Triennial, Sofia, Bulgaria.
    2001 International Graphics Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria.
    The 5th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Japan
    2002 The 12th SPACE INTERNATIONAL PRINT BIENNIAL, SEOUL, South KOREA


    ONE-MAN SHOW
    1993, Gallery ”Studio Spectar”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
    1993, Gallery ”Gijzenrooi”, Geldrop, Nederland.
    1996, Gallery ”Hotel Intercontinental”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
    1996, Gallery ”Interart”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
    1997, FEZ, Berlin, Germany.
    1998, Gallery ”Art Forum”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
    2000, Arthur Matossian Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon.
    2000, National Ethnographic Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria
    2001, Arthur Matossian Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon.
    2001, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria.
    2002, gallery “Tageia”, Varna, Bulgaria


    AWARDS
    1998, The ”Ecology” show, Second prize Winner, NA of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria.
    1993, Second Prize Winner of Gallery ”AU VIRAGE”, Swiss.
    1997, International Prize of ”ART DIALOGUE ”, Paris, France.
    1998, The 2-nd International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, awarded from”INTERART ” Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria.
    1999, International Prize Winner for Realistic Art at the International Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria from Dr. Philipp Maurer “KLEINE GALERIE”, Vienna, Austria.
    2001, Second Prize Winner of the section Ex libris at the Vth European Biennial of Engraving, Acqui Terme, Italy.
    2002, Awarded for competition of UBA, Sofia, “Cite International des Art”, Paris.


    MEMBER OF
    1994 - Union of Bulgarian Artists
    2000 – Association “Euro integration”, founder
    2001 – International Exlibris Center – Sofia, founder
    2002 – Association of Exlibris Friends in Bulgaria


    OTHER INFORMATION
    1988 - Gift to the Guilbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal of work devoted to the earthquake in Armenia.
    1992 - Donation to the found for the ill children in Kuklen, Bulgaria.
    1995 - Donation to the found for supporting the people of Kobe, Japan.
    1995 - 1996, 1997, Charitable Exhibitions for the International Red Cross, Sofia, Bulgaria.
    1998 - Donation to the found for the people suffered of earthquake in Turkey.
    1997 - 1998, teaching for a semester of computer design at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria.
    1997 - Teacher at the printing workshop in Berlin, Germany.
    Prints had been exhibited: Museu D’Art de Sabadell in Barcelona. Museu del Suro, Palafrugell in Girona.Capella de Sant Joan, Vilafranca del Penedes in Barcelona.Hankyu Department Store in Osaka. Gallery Oishi, Gallery Fukuda, Palus in Fukuoka.Daimaru Dept. Store in Kochi, etc.Works to be found in private collections in Japan, Canada, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom,Sweden, Norway, Finlandn’, Chesh Republik, South Afrika, Slovak Republik, Italy, Greece,Belgium, Denmark, Nederland, France, Hungary and United States.
    Also in The Schreiner Museum, Germany and National Museum of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria.

    Onnik Karanfilian, Harmony, 2002, CAD and offset, 70 x 100 cm.

    Nikolay Maistorov - 1943 (M)

    Nikolay Maystorov, A Cycle consisting from 23 works “Apocalypse now or for ever” after The Apocalypse of St. Joanna, The Bible,
    The Lord, Chapter 4, 2000,Lithograph, 76 x 56 cm.

    Born August 7, 1943 in Sofia.
    Graduated from the ‘N. Pavlovich’ National Art Academy in 1969, specializing in fine art under Prof. Nenko Balkanski.

    AWARDS:
    1980 1st prize for fine art, Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia;
    1982 1st prize for illustration, Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia;
    1984 Prize for critique of fine art, Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia;
    1986 The Vladimir Dimitrov Maistora prize for fine art, Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia;
    1987 1st prize for print at the International Biennale of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo;
    1995 The 34-volume Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Art devotes an article to him;
    1996 Grand Prix for fine art, Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia;
    1996 Prize for fine art at the International Triennale of Fine Art, Sofia;
    1998 Honorary award for his contribution to the development of Bulgarian culture from the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture;
    2001 – St. St. Cyril and Methodius award at the XI International Print Biennale, Varna.


    Exhibitions
    Solo: Bulgaria – 18;
    Germany – Dusseldorf, 1992, and Munich, 1993;
    Netherlands – 1987, 1998, 5 exhibitions;
    France – Paris, 1998;

    Group: Bulgaria, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, The Netherlands, Serbia,
    South Korea – at the 1st World Cultural Olympics in Seoul 1998.

    His works are in the possession of:
    Bulgaria
    National Art Gallery, Sofia;
    Sofia City Art Gallery
    Galleries and museums around the country – Plovdiv, Blagoevgrad, Varna, Dobrich, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Dimitrovgrad, Gabrovo, Tryavna, Turgovishte, Kurdzhali, Veliko Turnovo, private collections.
    Abroad: Germany
    Berlin, Museum of Modern Art
    Cologne, Ludwig Collection
    Dusseldorf, Graphic Collection
    South Korea, Seoul Museum of Modern Art
    Netherlands, Dordrecht, Mayor’s Collection
    Private collections in many countries

    Nikolay Maystorov, A Cycle consisting from 23 works “Apocalypse now or for ever” after The Apocalypse of St. Joanna, The Bible, Curse, Chapter 16, 2000,
    Lithograph, 56 x 76 cm.

    Dimo Kolibarov - 1965 (M)

    Dimo Kolibarov, Shadow of the Autumn, 2002, Etching, Aquatint, 64 x 49 cm.

    Born February 27th,

    1965 in Pomorie, Bulgaria.


    EDUCATION:

    1979 - 1984 National Art School "Tsanko Lavrenov", Plovdiv, Bulgaria;

    1990 - 1996 National Art Academy, Sofia
    PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS: Krakow, Lodz (Poland); Kochi, Kanagawa, Tokyo (Japan); Portland (USA); Ibiza (Spain); Frechen (Germany); Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Bristol (UK); Seoul (Korea); Cairo (Egypt); Toronto (Canada); Ljubljana (Slovenia); Belgrade (Yugoslavia).


    ONE MAN SHOWS: Scotland, Belgium, Germany, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria


    AWARDS: 2002 Grand Prix, International Triennial Mini Print, Tokyo, Japan; 2001 Art Dialogue Foundation Award on the International Art Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria; Award "Mini Print" - International Exhibition Nish, Serbia; 1997 Purchase Prize - Gulky Museum, Portland, USA; 1996 Second Prize, Mini Print Space Group, Seoul, Korea; 1995 Art Dialogue Foundation Award on the International Art Print Biennial, Varna,; 1994 Open Society Foundation Award for Art Prints; Honorary Mentioned, Orense, Spain; 1993 Medal on the International Mini Print Exhibition, Lodz, Poland; 1992 Second Prize for Art Prints, Au Virage Gallery, Switzerland; 1991 Honorary Mentioned for Collage Exhibition, Toronto, Canada

    Dimo Kolibarov, Two conditions, 2001, Etching, Aquatint, 49 x 64 cm.

    Ivan Dimov - 1943 (M)

    Ivan Dimov, Nostalgia III, 1993, Aquatint, 42 x 57 cm.

    Born February 19, 1943 in the village of Malomir, Yambol region.
    Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1970, specializing in illustration under Prof. Peter Chuklev. Regular participant in general art exhibitions and activities of the Union of Bulgarian Artists. His works include fine art, engravings and illustrations. He has taken part in general representative exhibitions of contemporary Bulgarian art in Washington, New York, Amsterdam, Mexico, Japan, Munich. He has participated in international print biennales in Krakow, Baden-Baden, Milleuse, Ljubljana, Sao Paolo, Berlin. His paintings have been purchased by The National Art Gallery in Sofia, Sofia City Art Gallery, Pushkin Museum Moscow, the print collection, Ludwig Collection Germany, as well as by private collectors in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, USA, Norway.

    Solo exhibitions
    1983Paris, Bulgarian Embassy;
    1984Switzerland, Au Virage Gallery;
    Yambol, Papazov Gallery; Vienna, Wittgenstein House;
    Sofia, Shipka 6 Gallery; Switzerland, Au Virage Gallery;
    1985Berlin, Bulgarian Cultural Centre; Warsaw, Bulgarian Cultural Centre;
    1989 Paris, Delonet Gallery; Switzerland, Point Gallery, Lausanne;
    1990 Moscow, Bulgarian Cultural Centre;
    1992 Sofia, St.St. Cyril and Methodius Foundation;
    1993 Sofia, National Palace of Culture, Hall 6;
    1996 Luxembourg, Gallery 88;
    1997 Sofia, National Palace of Culture;
    1998 Bourgas, Nessy Gallery;
    1999 Sofia, Stulbata Gallery; Bourgas, Bourgas Gallery.

    AWARDS
    The Zachary Zograf National Prize for Fine Art;
    International Print Prize, Intergrafica, Berlin;
    The Vladimir Dimitrov Maistora Prize for FineArt, Union of Bulgarian Artists;
    The Iliya Beshkov Prize for Drawing;
    The Zlatyo Boyadziev Prize for Fine Art;
    He is an associate professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia.

    Ivan Dimov, The Angel` s Flight III, 1998, Lithograph, Etching, 58,5 x 37 cm.

    Christophor Krustev - 1968 (M)

    Christopher Krastev, On the another Side, 2002, Lithograph, 76 x 56 cm.

    Personal:
    Date of Birth: June 2, 1968

    Education:

    1983–1988 – ‘Academician Ilia Petrov’ High School of Fine Arts, Sofia
    1991–1997 – National Academy of Arts, Sofia
    Graphic Design, Prof. Ivan Gazdov


    Exhibitions:

    2001 – Third International Triennial of Theater Poster, Sofia
    2001 – Eleventh International Biennale of Graphic Arts, Varna
    2001 – Third International Triennial of Graphic Arts, Sofia
    1999 – Tenth International Biennale of Graphic Arts, Varna
    1998 – Second International Triennial of Graphic Arts, Sofia
    1998 – Second International Triennial of Theater Poster, Sofia
    1997 – Ninth International Biennale of Graphic Arts, Varna
    1995 – Eight International Biennale of Graphic Arts, Varna
    1995 – Twelfth International Biennale of Humor and Satire, Gabrovo
    1994 – Third International Biennale of Graphic Arts, Belgrade

    1992 – present Participated in various National exhibitions of Graphic Arts, Graphic Design and Drawing


    Awards:

    2001 – Diploma, Eleventh International Bienalle of Graphic Arts, Varna
    1997 – “Best Student in Poster Design” at the National Academy of Arts, Sofia - a Prof. Wolfgang Schreiner award.

    Christopher Krastev, A Summer Day, 2002, Lithograph, 76 x 56 cm.

    Stoimen Stoilov 1944 (M)

    Stoimen Stoilov, Echoes IV, 2000, Etching, 39,5 x 23,5 cm.

    1982 Born in Varna, Bulgaria
    1972 Graduated from The National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria.
    1991 His studio in Varna is burnt to the ground. Numerous works are lost.
    Settles in Vienna, Austria.

    ONE MAN SHOWS
    Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, USA.

    BIENNALES AND SALONS
    Print Biennale, Varna (Bulgaria); Europe Art, Geneva (Switzerland); International Print Triennial, Chamallieres (France); Biennale des artistes jurassiens, Delemont (Switzerland); Print Biennale, Ljubljana (Slovenia); Salon d`automne, Paris (France), Print Biennale, Fredrikstad (Norway); Print Biennale, Krakow (Poland); International Print Exhibition, Biella (Italy); Art Expo, New York (USA); Salon du dessin et de la peinture a l`eau, Paris (France); Print Biennale, Sao Paolo (Brazil); Biennale, Brno (Czech Republic); Biennale, Bratislava (Slovakia).

    PRIZES
    1983 Gottfried von Herder Prize for his complete works, University of Vienna (Austria).
    Price at the 2nd Print triennial, Chamallieres (France).
    1984 Grand Pix for Bulgarian Participants at the 3rd Print Biennale, Varna (Bulgaria)
    1985 Vermeil Medal for Prints at Art Expo, New York (USA), granted by the Foundation Bilan de l`art contemporain.
    1986 The Iliya Perov Grand Prix for Mural Painting, awarded by the Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia (Bulgaria).
    Silver Medal at the International Exhibition in Leipzig (Germany).
    1987 Grand Prix of the Biennale, Brno (Czech Republic).
    He has been awarded many other national prizes for print and drawing.

    PRIVATE COLLECTIONS AND MUSEUMS
    Austria Museum of Graphic Art Albertina, Vienna
    Ministry of Foreign affairs, Vienna
    Bulgaria The National Art Gallery, Sofia
    Municipal Museum of Art, Varna
    Columbia The National Museum of Art, Bogota
    France Biblioteque nationale de France, Paris
    Fonds national d`art contemporain, Paris
    Art Dialogue Foundation, Paris
    Germany Museum of Art Villa Merkel, Esslingen
    Museum of Graphic Art of The Schreiner Foundation, Bad Steben
    Museum of the City of Wendlingen
    Ludwig Forum, Aachen
    Norway National Gallery of Art, Oslo
    Russia Pushkin Museum of Art, Moscow
    Switzerland Museum of Art, Moutier
    Tunisia National Library, Tunis
    USA Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
    New York Public Library
    University of Princeton
    University of Yale
    Strozier Library (Florida)
    Florida Atlantic University (Jaffe Collection)
    Middteburry College (Starr Library).

    Stoimen Stoiov, Echoes, 2000,Etching, 39,5 x 29,5 cm.

    Plamen Solomonski - 1970 (M)

    Plamen Solomonsky, Injured Surfaces I, 2002, Lithograph, 69 x 99,5 cm.


    Born November 11th, 1970, Targovishte, Bulgaria.
    Education: 2000 MA from Shoumen University "Ep. K. Preslavski", Graphic Department.
    Exhibitions:
    2002 - Solo exhibition, "Epsilon"
     Art Gallery, Shoumen;
    2002 - National Contest for Young Artists and Critics, organized by the International Foundation "St. Cyril and Methodius" - The Art Gallery Shipka 6, Sofia;
    2001 - Unique objects, handmade paper, The Varna City Art Gallery;
    2001 - Modern Bulgarian Art Project "E. Karamihailova", Art Gallery Shoumen;
    2000 - National Youth Art Exhibition - Art Gallery Shipka 6, Sofia.
     
    Awards:
    2002 - Award for Graphic from the National Contest for Young Artists and Critics, organized by the International Foundation "St. Cyril and Methodius", Sofia.
    2000 - Award for Graphic from the National Youth Art Exhibition.

    Plamen Solomonsky, Injured Surfaces II, 2002, Lithograph, 69 x 99,5 cm.

    Ralitsa Nikolova - 1945 (F)

    Ralitsa Nikolova, Two Figures, 1991, Wood Engraving, 41 x 48 cm.

    Born February 16, 1945 in Polski Senovets.
    Graduated from the Art Academy in Sofia in 1971.
    Has taken part in general exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad in Vienna, Tokyo, Prague, Mexico.
    Has taken part in book design exhibitions in Bologna, Barcelona, Bratislava, Belgrade.
    Has taken part in international print biennials and triennials in Ljubljana, Baden-Baden, Berlin, Heidelberg, Banska Bitritsa, St. Nicolas.

    Solo Exhibitions
    1980 International Arts Centre, Paris, France;
    1991 Munich;
    1980Sofia, Vitosha gallery;
    1981Art gallery, Radnevo;
    1982Museum de Koperen Knopp, Dordrecht, Netherlands.

    Awards
    1983Ex Aequo prize, International Print Biennale, Banska Bistritsa, Slovakia, 1986;
    Prizes from the National Exhibitions of Illustration and Book Design, 1981, 1986;
    Award of the Committee of Culture for the Book of the Year;
    1984The Vesselin Staikov Print Grand Prix;
    1985 Prize for Miniprint, Sofia;
    1986Award from the International Print Biennale, Varna.

    Member of the international jury of the Banska Bistritsa Print Biennale, Slovakia 1986 and 1988.

    Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Art in Sofia since 1986. Lives and works in Sofia.

    Ralitsa Nikolova, Procession, 2001, ood Engraving, 50 x 37 cm.

    Yavora Petrova - 1970 (F)

    Yavora Petrova, Cross, 1998, Etching, Aquatint, 55 x 70 cm.


    Petrova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. Residencies include: Cite International des Arts, Paris, France, 1997; Chirpan, Bulgaria, 1994; Shalgotarian, Hungary, 1989; and Zigov Chark, Bulgaria, 1986. The tension between black and white in its literal and emotional sense has always been a major force in her work. Petrova investigates the world as an entity of opposites-- all of her works represent the dual nature of our inner world and of the world surrounding us.
    Her selected solo exhibitions include: Ata-Ray Gallery, Sofia, 1995-'97; Art Gallery, Chirpan, Bulgaria, 1995; Graphic Art Center, Zwalm, Belgium, 1994; Titian Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany, 1993; Gisenroy Gallery, Geldrop, Holland, 1993; Red Square Gallery, London, England, 1992; Old Town of Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 1992; National Palace of Culture Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1991; Promproekt Gallery, Sofia, 1988; and Schipka 6 Gallery, Sofia, 1986.
    Her selected group exhibitions include:
    2002 Lessedra First World Art Print Annual;
    International Print Biennial, Krakow, Poland, 1997; Project Art Book, Center for the Arts Ata, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1997; Selected Graphics from Bulgaria, Nish, Yugoslavia, 1997; International Print Biennial, Belgrade, Serbia, 1996; International Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria, 1995; International Print Biennial, Maastricht, Holland, 1994; International Print Biennial, Gior, Hungary, 1994; International Print Biennial, Liubliana, Slovenia, 1993; International Biennial Mini Print , Slovenia, 1993; International Print Biennial, Wakayama, Japan, 1993; Sudwest LB Printed Graphic Art Prize, Stuttgart, Germany, 1991; International Competition of Printing "Maximo Ramos", Ferrol, Spain, 1991; International Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria, 1991; and International Triennial of Drawing, Wrozlav, Poland, 1988.

    Yavora Petrova, Act I, 1998, Etching, Aquatint, 51 x 61 cm.

    Ivan Ninov - 1946 (M)

    Ivan Ninov, Nature, 2001, Lithograph, 59 x 51 cm.

    Born on August 19,

    1946 in the village of Tsonevo, near Varna.
    Graduated from the Sofia Art School in 1969.
    Since 1970 has taken part in almost all art exhibitions in the country, as well as in representative exhibitions of Bulgarian graphic art abroad: USA, France, Norway, Germany, Argentina.
    Biennials and triennials: Print Triennale, Krakow, Poland - 1972, 1978, 1991;
    Miniprint Triennale, Lodz - 1996;
    Chamalieres, France – Miniprint Triennale – 1994;
    Ljubljana - Print Biennale – 1971, 1975, 1991, 1993;
    Frechen - Print Triennale – 1972, 1974, 1989;
    Fredrikstad - Print Triennale – 1980, 1995;
    Kanagawa, Japan - Print Biennale – 1992, 1995;
    Tokyo - Miniprint – 1995;
    Belgrade - Print Biennale – 1994, 1996;
    Stockholm – International Print Exhibition – 1997;
    Grabado, Spain – International Print Biennale – 1996;
    Gorni Milanovac - International Biennale of Miniature Art – 1996, 1998;
    Ibiza, Spain - International Biennial of Graphic Art – 1994, 1996, 1998;
    Cadaques, Spain - International Miniprint Exhibition - 1997;
    Budapest - International Miniprint Exhibition - 1998;
    Varna - International Print Exhibition – 1991, 1997;
    Quebec - International Exhibition of Miniature Art – 1998;
    Kuala Lumpur - International Print Exhibition – 1998;
    Sofia - Print Triennale – 1995, 1998, 2001;
    Belgium – Felix Ropps Namur International Exhibition/Competition – 1998;
    Ujice - International Print Biennale - 2001

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    Munchengladbach – 1991;
    Plovdiv – Starinna Gallery – 1996;
    Plovdiv – National Autumn Exhibitions – 1998;
    Prague – Gallery 2000 – 1996;
    Bratislava – Bulgarian Cultural Centre – 1997;
    Sofia – Krida art gallery – 1996; Shipka 6 gallery ‘Drawings’ – 1997; Sharon gallery – 2001;
    Vienna – Dom Wittgenstein – 1997;


    AWARDS

    1980 – Graphic Award of the Rome Academy for Foreign Art;
    1989 – First prize and silver plaque at the 5th Print Biennial, Varna;
    1993 – First prize for print – Autumn Salon, Sofia;
    1997 – First prize for drawing at the National Drawing Exhibition, Sofia;
    1997 – Gold medal at the International Print Exhibition, Stockholm ‘97;
    2001 – Silver Drypoint Plaque, International Drypoint Biennale, Uzice, Yugoslavia

    His works are in the possession of:
    Library of Congress, Washington;
    The Ludwig Collection, Cologne;
    Print rooms Sofia, Varna, Krakow, Kanagawa, Tokyo and others;
    Many private collections in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary.
    Lives and works in Sofia.

    Ivan Ninov, Steps II, 1995, Lithograph, Screen Print, 53,5 x 52 cm.

    Christina Tomova - 1975 (F)

    Christina Tomova, Calendar II, 2002, Mixed Media, 46 x 76 cm.

    2003 – graduated from The Veliko Tarnovo University, Branch Sofia, Department Art of The Book in the class of Prof. Rumen Skorchev

    EXHIBITIONS
    1997 Group Exhibition of College 51 in Sofia, Union of Bulgarian Artists

    Christina Tomova, Calendar I, 2002, Mixed Media, 46 x 76 cm.

    Stoyan Tsanev - 1946 (M)

    Stoyan Tzanev, The second day of the Carniaval, 1993, Lithograph, 60 x 45 cm.

    Born in Bourgas, Bulgaria in 1946.
    Graduated from The Academy of Art in Warsaw, Poland in 1973.

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS
    1979 Galerie du haut-pave, Paris, France;
    1981 Samuel Zax Gallery, Toronto, Canada;
    1982 Galerie Peinture Fraiche, Paris, France;
    1983 Au Virage Gallery, Seprais, Switzerland; Oslo – Kunstforening, Oslo, Norway;
    1984 Gallery 56 – 58, Dordrecht, Netherlands; Gallery Langegarden, Bergen, Norway;
    1985 Gallery Au Virage, Sepraias, Switzerland;
    1986 Gallery Vongremissen, Oslo, Norway;
    1987 Gallery Pictor, Goeteborg, Sweden;
    1988 Gallery Nichido, Tokyo, Japan; Gallery Kampen, Oslo, Norway.

    BIENNIALS AND SALONS: Art `78, Washington, USA; Krakow, Poland;
    Heidelberg and Darmstadt, Germany; Art 11 `80, Basel, Switzerland; Intergrafica, Berlin, Germany; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Fredrikstad, Norway; Frechen, Germany; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Varna, Bulgaria; Triennale of European Prints, Grado, Italy; Baden – Baden, Germany;
    1982 Art 13 `82, Basel, Switzerland; Balkan Biennale of Art, Bucharest, Romania; Premio Internazionale, Biella, Italy; Listowel, Ireland; III Premio de Grabado Maximo Ramos, Ferrol, Spain; Salon d`automne, Paris, France; International Independent Print Exhibition, Kanagawa `86 and The Hanga Annual, Tokyo, Japan; Print Biennale, Liege, Belgium.

    PRIZES
    1979 Prize of the Biennale of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo, Bulgaria;
    1980 Prize of Intergrafica, Berlin, Germany;
    1981 Prize of Biennale, Varna, Bulgaria;
    1983 First Prize of the Print Biennale Varna, Bulgaria, 1985;
    1984 Gold Medal for Graphics, Art Expo, New York, USA;
    1985 Honorable Mention, Print Biennale, Lostowel, Ireland; Prize of III Premio de Grabado Maximo Ramos, Ferrol, Spain;
    1986 Prize of The Jury, Norwegian International Print Biennale, Fredrikstad, Norway; Gold Medal of the International Triennale, Frechen `86, Germany;
    1987 Grand Prix for Bulgarian Participants of the 4th Print Biennale, Varna, Bulgaria.

    Stoyan Tzanev, The day of St. Anthony, 1997, Lithograph, 45 x 57 cm.

    Boryana Doncheva - 1978 (F)

    Boryana Doncheva, Faces in the Landscape, 2002, Etching, 42 x 28 cm.

    Born July 4th, 1978 in Sofia.
    2002 graduated from the National Art Academy, Sofia, major Graphic.

    SOLO EXHIBITION
    2002 Gallery Artemontsev, Sofia.

    Boryana Doncheva, Exhibits, 2002, Etching, 84 x 50 cm.

    Maria Duhteva - 1952 (F)

    Maria Duhteva, Transient and Everlasting I, 2002, Dry Point, 50 x 70 cm.

    Born on June 18, 1952 in the town of Kazanluk.
    Graduated from the Academy of Art in Sofia in 1976, specializing in printmaking under Prof. Evtim Tomov.

    Has taken part in representative exhibitions of Bulgarian graphics abroad: Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, The Netherlands, China, England, South Africa, Japan, Kazakhstan, Austria, Germany.

    Has taken part in collective exhibitions:
    1983 Print Biennale, Baden-Baden, Germany;
    1988 Biennale of Portrait Art, Toulouse, France;
    1990 Triennale of Portrait Art, Radom, Poland;
    1990 Quatronale, Bohut, Belgium;
    1993 Print Biennale, Maastricht, the Netherlands;
    1995 Miniprint, Belgrade, Yugoslavia;
    1996 Print Biennale, Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS
    1983 National Palace of Culture, Sofia;
    1983 Sofia Theatre, Sofia;
    1983 Samokov;
    1988 Union of Bulgarian Artists’ gallery, Sofia;
    1988 Kazanluk;
    1992 Tunis, Tunisia;
    1996 Union of Bulgarian Artists’ gallery, Sofia;
    1997 National Autumn Exhibition in Old Plovdiv;
    2000 Bulgarian Cultural Centre, Bratislava;
    2001 Art Café, Vienna.

    Has taken part in all print biennials in Varna and triennials in Sofia.

    AWARDS
    1983 Biennale of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo;
    1995 National Miniprint Exhibition, Sofia.

    Maria Duhteva, Transient and Everlasting II, 2002, Dry Point, 50 x 70 cm.

    Dimitar Vamporov - 1978 (M)

    Dimitar Vamporov, The Axe, 2002, Mixed Media, 59 x 36 cm.

    Born March 1st, 1978 in Sofia
    2002 – graduated from The Veliko Tarnovo University, Branch Sofia, Department Art of The Book in the class of Prof. Rumen Skorchev

    EXHIBITIONS
    2001 15th International Biennial of Humor and Satire, Gabrovo, Bulgaria

    Dimitar Vamporov, Cold and Sharp Form, 2002, Mixed Media, 37 x 60 cm.

    Christo Kardjilov - 1952 (M)

    Christo Kardjilov, The Water Dragon III, 2002, Dry Point, 100 x 70 cm.

    Born in Sofia, September 10, 1952.
    Graduated from the National Academy of Fine Art in Sofia in 1978, with a degree in book illustration and design.
    Until 1982 worked mainly in the field of book illustration and design.
    From 1982 to the present has been active mostly in the techniques of printmaking, watercolour, and drawing. Besides dry point, in which he is most prolific, he has also produced lithographic series.
    Since 1984 has been active in Bulgarian art and culture both at home and abroad. He has taken part in almost all prestigious print biennials and triennals in Europe and throughout the world.
    Many of his works are owned by public and private art galleries and collections in Bulgaria and abroad.

    Awards:
    2001 Second Prize, International Print Triennale, Sofia;
    1997 Grand Prix, IX International Print Biennale, Varna `97;
    1995 First Prize at the VIII International Print Biennale, Varna `95;
    1993 Second Prize at the II International Print Biennale in Dyor, Hungary;
    1993 Print Prize, Kyustendil, Bulgaria
    1991 Paris Art-Dialogue Association prize, VI International Biennale, Varna `91;
    1990 Prize of the Jury at the XVIII Salon, Ville de Villeneuve la Garrene, Paris;
    1989 Print Prize, Sofia;
    1988 Print Prize, Sofia;
    1988 Illustration Prize, Sofia;
    1985 Prize for Satirical Print, International Biennale of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo ` 85;
    1984 Illustration Prize, Sofia;
    1984 Print Prize, Sofia.

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    Christo Kardjilov, The Water Dragon V, 2002, Dry Point, 70 x 100 cm

    Ilko Krumov - 1978 (M)

    Ilko Krumov, Torso I, 2002, Mixed Media, 40 x 37 cm.

    Born December 15th, 1978 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

    EDUCATION
    1992 – 1997 National School for Arts “Iliya Petrov”, Sofia.
    2003 – graduated from The National Art Academy, Sofia, major in Graphic

    EXHIBITIONS
    2001 Participation in the International Art Print Biennial in Varna, Bulgaria
    1999 – 2002 Participation in 4 Group Exhibitions, organized by The Union of Bulgarian Artists
    1997 Participation in 2 Group Exhibitions

    Ilko Krumov, Torso III, 2002, Mixed Media, 44 x 30 cm.

    Milko Bozhkov - 1953 (M)

    Milko Bozhkov, Two Clouds of Crows, 2000, Lithograph, 45 x 56 cm.

    1953 Born, March 3, Bulgaria
    1978 Graduated at the Bulgarian National
    Academy of Art
    One-Man Exhibitions:
    1997, 95, 93, 91 - Gallery Edition 88, Luxembourg
    1997, 94 - Titan Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
    1993 - Pictor Gallery, Goeteborg, Sweden
    1996 - SSOD Gallery, Moscow, Russia
    1988, 83 - Gallery Au Virage, Seprais, Switzerland
    1987 - Gdansk, Poland
    1985 - Witgenstein Gallery, Vienna, Austria
    1984 - Pictura Gallery, Dordrecht, Holland
    Awards:
    1995 The Varna Grand Prix in the field of Fine Arts
    1991,87,85,83 - First Prize of the International Print
    Biennial - Zrenjanin, Serbia
    1987,83 Grand Prix for Painting of the Bulgarian
    Artist's Union
    1982 Prize for Etching of the French Ministry of
    Education
    1980 Grand Prix of the International Young Painters
    Competition - Sofia, Bulgaria

    Milko Bozhkov, 51 Birds Flying Over, Diptych, 1995/96, Lithograph, 66 x 100 cm.

    Nikolay Zlatanov - 1978 (M)

    Nikolay Zlatanov, Window outside inside, 2002, Mixed Media, 26 x 101 cm.

    Born November 12th, 1978 in Sofia

    EDUCATION
    1992 – 1997 National Art School “Iliya Petrov”, Sofia
    2003 – graduated from The Veliko Tarnovo University, Branch Sofia, Department Art of The Book in the class of Prof. Rumen Skorchev

    EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
    2001 Balkan Youth Festival, Greece
    3rd International Art Print Triennial, Sofia
    National Competition by The Ministry of Culture for an Young Artists – Special Award for Graphic project
    15th International Biennial for Humor and Satire, Gabrovo, Bulgaria
    Award for an Young Artist from Lions Club Baden Helelental, Austria
    1997 First Prize for Painting – National Art School, Sofia

    Nikolay Zlatanov, Days and Nights and then when they are gone, 2002,
    Mixed Media, 26 x 101 cm.

    Vladimir Chukich - 1958 (M)

    Vladimir Chukich, Mahavishnu – Night Rider, 1989, Etching, 47 x 50 cm.

    Born in Haskovo on October 10, 1958
    Graduated from The School of Art in Kazanlak, specializing in Graphic Art and Illustration.
    Member of The Union of Bulgarian Artists since 1983.

    PARTICIPATIONS
    International Ehibition of Print in Kanagawa, Japan – 1988, 1989, 1990
    Triennale Europea dell insicione, Grado, Italy – 1987
    IV-a Mostra Internationale di Grafika, Catania, Italy – 1987
    Premio Internationale BIELLA per L`insicioneq Italy – 1987

    INTERNATIONAL BIENNALS OF GRAPHIC ART
    Ljubljana – 1985, 1987
    Varna – 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991
    Belgrade – 1991

    EXHIBITIONS
    Vakko Gallery, Istanbul – 1990
    Cite de`s Art, Paris – 1992
    M&M Gallery, New Mexico – 1995
    Hemus Gallery, Sofia – 1990
    Art Forma Gallery, Haskovo – 1991
    Autumn Exhibitions, Plovdiv – 1993
    Palace Gallery, Varna – 1995
    Spectar Gallery, Veliko Tarnovo – 1996
    National Art Gallery, Sofia – 1999
    Napa Valey, California – 1991
    Inter – Symposium , Hungary – 1987

    FIRST PRICE OF THE VARNA GRAPHIC BIENNAL – 1987

    His works can be found in many private collections and Art Galleries in The United States of America, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Finland, Turkey, Republic of South Africa.

    Vladimir Chukich, Mahavishnu – Radio Activity , 1989, Etching, 40 x 50 cm.

    Veliko Marinchevsky - 1979 (M)

    Veliko Marinchevsky, Time, 2001, Mixed Media, 26, 5 x 38, 5 cm.


    Born 1979 in Sofia, Bulgaria

    EDUCATION
    1998 Graduated from The National School for Fine Arts “Iliya Petrov”, Sofia
    2003 – graduated from The National art Academy, Sofia, Department Graphic

    EXHIBITIONS
    2002 International Art Print Biennial (Mini Print), Veles, Macedonia
    National art Print Exhibition, Union of Bulgarian Artists
    2001 National Art Print Exhibition (Mini Print)
    11th International Art Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria
    2000 National Art Print Exhibition (Mini Print)

    Veliko Marinchevsky, After Summer, 2002, Mixed Media, 29 x 24, 5 cm.

  • JAPANESE ARTISTS

    ASAHI Mio

    Asahi graduated from Ritsumeikan University and had her 1st solo exhibition at Gallery Miyazaki in '92. She exhibited in '92 and '96 in the Miyako Print Grand Prix Exhibition, in '93 in the Sapporo International Contemporary Print Biennial, in '94 in JACA and the Japan Visual Art Show, in the '94, '95 and '96 in the Japan Print Association Show and in '96 at the Kochi International Print Triennial and the Portland Art Museum's International Print Exhibition, and in '01 in the Collaborative Print Project of Japan, Taiwan & Gwangju, Korea.

    ARITOSHI Hiroyuki

    Aritoshi graduated from the Kanazawa City College of Art and Design in 1972, majoring in oil painting. Since '81 he has exhibited annually with the Japan Print Association and is an associate member. Aritoshi was placed 3rd in the Yachiyo Landscape Grand Prix Competition and exhibited in the River Landscape Show. He has had many solo shows and group exhibitions.

    ISHIGURO Natsuko

    Born in Tokyo in 1977. Ishiguro graduated from Kyoto Seika University majoring in printmaking. She participated in the 2nd Hida Takayama Contemporary Woodcut Biennial, the 70th Japan Print Association Show, and the 2nd Yamamoto Kanae Print Grand Prix Competition.

    OSHITA Yuka

    Born in 1971, Oshita graduated from Sokei Art School in '98. Since '98 she exhibited in the Japan Print Association Show, winning the Newcomers Prize in '98 and the Print Association Prize in '99.. In '99 she also came 2nd in the Aomori Print Competition and won the Excellence Prize in the Hida Takayama Contemporary Woodcut Biennial. In '01 she participated in the Contemporary Print Art from Japan and Bulgaria and in the International Biennial of Drawing and Graphic Art in Gyor.

    KAKUMA TAKAO

    Kakuma graduated in 1979 from the Kyushu Institute of Technology majoring in printmaking. After traveling the world, he had his first solo echibition in '83. In '99 and '01 he participated in the Hida Takayama Contemporary Woodcut Biennial, in '02 and '03 in the Japan Print Association Show, in '02 in Space International Print Biennial (Seoul) and the China Japan International Print Exhibition (Xian) and in '03 in CWAJ Print Show and the Pusan International Festival (Korea).

    KATAOKA Reiko

    Born in 1967, Kataoka graduated in '89 from Kyoto City Art University. She participated in '88 and '89 in the Kyoto City Art Exhibition , in '96 in the Contemporary Art Show at the Tokyo Art Stage, in '99 in the East Asia International Contemporary Print Show in Pusan, from '00 to '02 in the Sweden Japan Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition and in '02 in the 70th Japan Print Association Show.

    KATO Megumi

    Born in 1975. Kato received her MFA from Kyushu Sangyo University in ’00. She exhibited her works in ’96,’97,’98,’99 at the All Japan Art Universities Print Association Show, and won prizes at the ’98 Washi-Painting National Exhibition, and the 70th and 71th Japan Primt Association Shows. The 2nd Triennial of Yamamoto Kanae Print Grand Prix Competition .

    KAWANISHI Yuzaburo

    Born in 1923, the son of Kawanishi Hide, Kawanishi has been a member of the Japan Print Association since '43 and a member of the Kokuga-kai Association since '71. Formerly a lecturer at Nara University of Education and Hyogo University of Education, he received the Kobe City Prize of Culture in '85 and the Hyogo Prefecture Prize of Culture in '95. In '02, he became an honorary member of the Japan Print Association. He exhibited at the Pistoia Print Biennial in '68. His work is in the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and the National Museum of Art, Osaka. He published print portfolios entitled " Kobe 100 seanary" and "Landscape of Europe".

    KAWABATA Chie

    2Kawabata received her MFA in Printmaking from Kyoto Seika University in 2000. She received the Murasaki Prize at the 49th Kyoto City Art Exhibition in '97. She exhibited at the 69th Japan Print Association Show and the Munakata Memorial Print Exhibition at the Fukumitsu Art Museum in '01. In '02 she received Honorable Mention at the 2nd Yamamoto Kanae Print Grand Prix Competition and in '03 the Mayor's Prize at the 55th Kyoto City Art Exhibition.

    KAWAMINAMI Sawako

    Born in Tokyo, Kawaminami studied printmaking at the Atelier Contrepoint in Paris. She exhibited at the 4th Paris Salon des Jeunes Artistes Contemporain in '97. In '97 and '01 she showed at the Japan Print Association Show, from '99 to '01 at the Annual Shunyo-kai Exhibition and in '00 at Kyoto Hanga 2000 Exhibition. In '01 she exhibited at the 3rd Japan Print Association Small Works Show (Kyoto). She received the Award at the 18th Kansai Shunyo-kai Exhibition and at the KFS Tile Animal Illustration Art Contest. Junior member of the Shunyo-kai Exhibition.

    KISHIKAWA Nozomu

    Born in 1972 in Hyogo Prefecture, Kishikawa graduated from the Print Department of Kyoto Seika University in 1996.

    KUROSAKI Akira

    http://www.art-japan.com/print2001/e/artists/003.html

    Born in 1937 in Dalien, Manchuria. Fascinated by Ukiyo-e, Kurosaki began making woodcuts around '65 and is presently Professor of the Printmaking Dept, at Kyoto Seika University and a Board Member of Japan Print Association. He has exhibited widely and received many awards including the Grand Prix at the Seoul International Print Biennial in '83. Amongst his published works are "Contemporary Woodcut"(Bijitsu Shuppan Sha), "Woodcut"(NHK Shuppan), "Paper WorkÅh(Rikuyosha), and "Printmaking History"(Abe Shuppan).

    KOGA Akira

    Born in 1951, Koga participated in the Modern Art Show from '74 to '81, receiving the prizes in '77, in '79 and in '80. He also participated in the Contemporary Japanese Art Show from '78 to '84, the Japan Print Association Show from '75 to '03, receiving the Hoshi Joichi Prize in '88, in the Print Grand Prix Show in '80 and '83, in the Central Art Museum Print Grand Prix Show in '83, in the CWAJ Print Show from '83 to '98, and in the Aomori Print Triennial in '01.

    KOBAYASHI Takayuki

    Born in 1960, Kobayashi received his MFA from Aichi Prefectural College of Art in '84. Since '97 his work has involved computer graphics and publishing. His work was selected for the Tokyo Miniprint Triennial, the Japan Print Association Show and the Soga-kai Exhibition. He received the Grand Prix at the '01 Nihonga Show, the Kawabata Ryushi Prize at the Kawabata Grand Prix Exhibition and won the 1st Prize at the Sado Art Biennial.

    KOYAMA Kyoko

    Born in Kyoto in 1945, Koyama graduated from the English Department of Doshisha University. Between '85 and '90 she received the Encouragement Prize at the Okayama Prefectural Art Show and exhibited with the Kurashiki Print Atelier in '93 and '94. In '97 she was invited to participate in a travelling show in Germany. Koyama received the Prize for Excellence at the 12th Kagawa Cultural Festival and exhibited at the 13th Contemporary Print Exhibition, at the 68th and 69th Japan Print Association Shows, in the Kyoto Hanga 2000, 2001, where she received an award in '01, and in the 2nd Yamamoto Kanae Print Grand Prix Competition in '02.

    KONDO Miyuki

    Born in Tokushima in 1961, Kondo received her MA from Naruto University of Education in '01. She participated in the Kawakami Sumio Woodcut Grand Prix Show in '01and '02, in the Japan Print Association Show in '03, receiving the Encouragement Prize, and in the Kokuga-kai Exhibition in '03, winning the Newcomers Prize.

    SAITO Osamu

    http://www.art-japan.com/print2001/e/artists/004.html

    Born in Shimane in 1946, Saito has exhibited widely in Japan, Norway, Spain and the U.S.A. Since '81 he has exhibited every year at the Japan Print Association Show. Awarded a prize at the 4th Cadaques International Miniprint Show in '85, he exhibited at the Maastricht International Graphic Biennial in '93 and received the Award for Excellence at the Seoul International Print Biennial in '94. He was awarded the Purchase Prize at the Ostrow Wielkopolski '01 in Poland.

    SAKAI Nobuhiko

    Born in 1975 in Gumma Prefecture, Sakai graduated from the Print Department of Kyoto Seika University. His work was selected for the 69th Japan Print Association Show and the '01 Kyoto City Art Exhibition.

    SAKAZUME Atsuo

    http://www.art-japan.com/print2001/e/artists/005.html

    Born in 1941 in Gumma Prefecture, Sakazume received the Associate Members Prize at the Japan Print Association Show in '73. He was awarded the Grand Prix at the '74 Print Grand Prix Exhibition, received a prize at the '74 New Hampshire International Print Show and the Kyoten Prize in the Kyoto City Art Exhibition in '76. His work was chosen for the Kyoto ÅgYesterday Today TomorrowÅhExhibition in '76 and purchased by the Cultural Agency in '89. He participated in the '77 and '83 Varna International Print Biennial, winning a prize and in the '97 and '00 Krakow International Print Triennials, winning a prize in '97, and Contemporary Prints of Japan in Mexico and Slovania in '01.

    SAKAMOTO Kyoko

    Born in 1968, Sakamoto received her MFA in Printmaking from Kyoto Seika University in '93. An Associate member of the Japan Print Association, she participated in the '94 Krakow International Print Triennial, the Selected Artists in Kyoto '01, in the '01 Hida Takayama Contemporary Woodcut Biennale, winning a prize, in the Munakata Memorial Print Exhibition, winning a prize, in the Aomori Print Triennial, winning the Grand Prix in '01, in the 30th Tokyo International Miniprint Triennial '02, receiving the Tetsuro Komai Prize.

    SAKUMA Yoshiaki

    http://www.art-japan.com/print2001/e/artists/006.html

    Born in 1947 in Nagoya, Sakuma graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Kyoto City Art University in 1972. He exhibited at the Taiwan International Print Biennial in '90, at the Selected Art Show in '92 and was awarded the Kyoten Prize in the Kyoto City Art Exhibition in '93. He was selected for the 40th CWAJ Print Show, the '96 ABC Art Concours, and the Kyoto Art and Craft Show in '99.

    SATO Kumi

    Sato received her MA from the Department of Humanities and Environment of Tokushima University in 1999. Her work was selected for the Japan Print Association Show in the same year. She exhibited at the All Japan Art Universities Print Show in '94, '95, '97, '98 and '99 and at the Japan Print Association Show in '01.

    SATO Kanjiro

    Born in Nigata in 1950, Sato received his MA from Tokyo University of Fine Arts in '77. Now professor in the Art Education Division at Fukuoka University of Education, he participated in the International Print Triennial in Kanagawa in '01, and in the 5th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints in '02, receiving the Tosa-Washi Prize.

    SHIKICHI Mitsuko

    Born in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. Shikichi won the Mayor's Prize in the Nishinomiya City Art Exhibition in '01 and Special Mention Prize in the Amagasaki City Art Exhibition. She participated in the Contemporary Print Exhibition in '02, and in the Japan Print Association Show in '02 and '03.

    SHIBATA Mayumi

    Born in 1971, Shibata received her MA from Tama Art University in '97. She has had numerous solo exhibtions and participated in the All Japan Universities Print Exhibition, winning the Purchase and Visitor's prizes in '94, in the Japan Print Association Show since '94, in the ARTBOX Grand Prix Show in '95, winning the Gallery Prize, in the Prints 21 Grand Prix Show in '94 and '95, in the International Miniprint Triennial in '95, and in the Tenri Biennial in '96, as well as in numerous group exhibitions in Tokyo.

    SHIMIZU Hirofumi

    Shimizu graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts in 1987. He exhibited at the 55th Japan Print Association Show, at the TAMON Prize Exhibition, where he received the Excellence Prize in '91 and '92 and the Grand Prix in '93. He exhibited at the 22nd Contemporary Art Show and the C.A.F. Show in '96, won the Grand Prix at the ABC Art Concours in '98, received the AST prize in '95, the Print Art Prize in '98 at the ARTBOX Grand Prix Show. Shimizu showed at Kyoto Hanga 2000 and 2001 Exhibitions.

    SUZUKI Ryoji

    Born in Chiba Prefecture in 1973, Suzuki received his MFA from Tama Art University in '99. In '98 his work was shown at the Sapporo International Print Biennial, the Kobe International Print Biennial, the All Japan Universities Print Association Show and the Tokyo International Miniprint Triennial. In '99 he received Yamaguchi Gen Newcomers Prize at the Japan Print Association Show.

    TAKAHASHI Kyoko

    Takahashi received her MFA from Tsukuba University in 1981. She has exhibited with the Japan Print Association since '79 and has shown at the All Japan Art Universities Print Association Show. Every other year she has a solo exhibition. In '99 she formed a creative project team and has been exhibiting print and ceramic installations since then.

    TAKAHARA Hitoshi

    Born in 1954 in Ehime Prefecture, Takahara received a prize at the Japan Contemporary Print Grand Prix Exhibition in '78. His work has been shown internationally at the '80 Krakow International Print Biennial, the '82 Norway International Print Biennial, the '85 Ljubljana International Print Biennial, the '87 Taipei International Print Biennial, the '93 Varna International Print Biennial and the '98 Kanagawa Print Triennial.

    TAKEHARA Masako

    Born in 1946, Takahara graduated from Tokyo Women's Art University. She exhibited in the Contemporary Print Competition in '91, the Kansai Kokuga-kai Exhibition in '93, '95 and '97 and was awarded the Newcomers Prize in '99. In '00, she received the Hiratsuka Un'ichi Prize at the Kokuga-kai Exhibition and also exhibited at the 34th Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition sponsored by the Cultural Agency. In '01 she exhibited at the Japan Print Association Show. Apart from many solo shows and group exhibitions, she is presently an associate member of the Kokuga-kai and a member of the Kansai Watercolorists Association.

    TAJIMA Yukihiko

    http://village.infoweb.ne.jp/~fwhz3651/tajima/tajima_e.htm

    Born in Osaka Prefecture in 1940, Tajima exhibited stencil-dyed prints at the Japan Print Association Show in '65 and is presently a member of the Japan Print Association. In '75 he received the Newcomers Prize at the Kyoto City Art Exhibition. In '86 he participated in the Exhibition of the Modern Printmaking in Kyoto at the Kyoto City Art Museum. In '76 he published his illustrated books "Gion Festival" and "Sobei from Hell", which received several prizes both in Japan and abroad and in '95 "Funsenki", his collected works.

    TAZUMI Shiro

    http://www.art-japan.com/print2001/e/artists/007.html

    Born in Kyoto City in 1938, Tazumi has shown at the Japan Print Association Show since '97. He won a Prize at the Kyoto City Art Exhibition in '75 and the Suda Prize in '99. In '99 he exhibited with 2 others and had solo print shows in '94, '97 and '99. In '92 and '93 he contributed posters to the Poznan Museum Collection (Poland). In '95 ICOGRADA Graphic Exhibition in Paris and in '01 the Sofia International Print Triennial in Bulgaria. He participated in the the 14th Contemporary Print Exhibition in '02. TANAKA Tamami

    Born in Gifu City, Tanaka graduated from Kyoto University in 1973. In '89 she received Prize of Literature in Saga Prefecture at the Art Festival in Kyushu, and studied under Francoise Buricot during '95 to '99. In '98 she exhibited at the Cadaques International Miniprint Exhibition, the 50th Exhibition of Banga-in, and the 70th~71st Japan Print Association Shows, in '02 China-Japan International Print Exhibition in Xian and Nanjin and the group shows at Paris, Tokyo.

    TANAKA Ryohei

    http://www.art-japan.com/print2001/e/artists/008.html

    http://www.wlotus.com/TanakaRyohei/default.htm

    http://wwar.com/masters/t/tanaka-ryohei.html

    Born in 1933 in Takatsuki City, Tanaka has been exhibiting etchings both in Japan and abroad since 1963.

    CHE, Jeong You

    Born in Korea in 1969. Ghe entered the graduate program of Kyoto Seika University in '03. She participated in '01 in the All Japan Universities Print Exhibition, in '02 Kyoto City Art Exhibition, The Young Artists in Kyoto Show, the University Exchange Print Exhibition of Japanese and Koreans, the Ono Madokabia Print Biennial and the Yamamoto Kanae Print Grand Prix Competition, and in '03 in the Japan Print Association Show.

    ZHANG Ke

    http://www.art-japan.com/print2001/e/artists/009.html

    Born in Nanjing in 1962, Zhang received his MFA from Kyoto Seika University in '98. He received the Grand Prix at the 7th Hamamatsu City Art Museum's Print Exhibition. He received the second prize at the '97 Kawakami Sumio Museum's Woodblock Print Grand Prix Exhibition, the Grand Prix in the Okayama Four Seasons Contest and the Grand Prix at the '98 Aomori Print Exhibition. His work has been shown at the '97 Osaka Triennial, the '97 Sapporo International Print Biennial, the '98 Slovenia International Print Exhibition and the '00 Krakow International Print Triennial, and the ’02 Taipei International Print and Drawing Biennial, receiving the Honorable Mention Prize.

    TOMINAGA Yumiko

    Born in Kyoto in 1968, Tominaga graduated from Kyoto Seika University in '95. She exhibited at the '91 Kyoto City Art Exhibition and received the Murasaki Prize in '93 and the Mayor's Prize in '95. Between '92 and '94 she showed at the All Japan Universities Print Show, where she received the Purchase Prize each time. In '93 she exhibited at the Japan Print Association Show where her work was nominated for the Grand Prix in '95, Her work was selected for the '96 Kyoto New Artists Show and the '97 Krakow International Print Triennial, and in '02 as a Hiroshima Performing Art Show.

    NAKANISHI Shigeyuki

    Born in Takatsuki in 1952, Nakanishi studied under the painter Nakamura Magoshiro. He teaches at Showa University and is a member of the Print Section of the Kokuga-kai Association. In '81 he received the Newcomers Prize at the Kansai Kokuga-kai Exhibition, in '89 the Kokuga Prize and the Kansai Kokuga Prize and was invited to show at the Cultural Agency's 23rd Contemporary Art Exhibition. He won the Maeda Prize at the Kokuga-kai Exhibition in '92 and showed in the Contemporary Print Competition in '92, '94 and '96, at the Yamamoto Kanae Print Grand Prix Competition in '99 and the Japan Print Association Show in '92~ '94.

    NAKAHIGASHI Gou

    Born in Kyoto in 1967, Nakahigashi graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Kyoto City Art University in '92. He exhibited at the 3rd Kochi International Print Triennial and won a prize at the 4th Miyako Print Exhibition, and the Encouragement Prize at the Shunyo-kai Exhibition every year between '97and '99. He exhibited at the 8th Taipei Print and Drawing Biennial, the 18th Cadaques International Miniprint Exhibition, won the Noda Tetsuya Prize at the 8th ARTBOX Exhibition and has shown at the Japan Print Association Show since '99.

    NATSUME Youko

    http://www.g-cp.co.jp/artists/natsume_youko.html

    http://www.kokugakai.com/kaigabu/kaiin/count77/sei/m_113.html

    Born in Osaka, Natsume graduated in art from the Education Department of Kobe University. She received the MK Prize at the Kokuga-kai Exhibition in '91 and the Prize for Excellence at the Itami Grand Prix Show in '99 and participated in the 1st Kobe Print Biennial in '98.

    NAWATA Yachi

    http://www16.cds.ne.jp/~n_hanga/douhan/iroiro/r04.html

    Nawata received her MFA from Tama Art University in 1987. In '86 she was awarded the Newcomers Prize at the Japan Print Association Show and exhibited at the Krakow International Print Biennial and the Frechen International Print Triennial. In '87 she won the Shunyo-kai's New Artist Prize and participated in the Japan Korea Contemporary Print Exhibition. In '88 she received the Cultural Agency Award to study within Japan. In '90 she showed at the 20th Anniversary of Print at Tama University Show and in '92 at the CWAJ Australian Touring Show.

    NISHIYAMA Tomoki

    Born in Kyoto, Nishiyama graduated from the Print Department of Kyoto Seika University. His work was selected for the '96 Hamamatsu City Art Museum's Print Exhibition, the '97 Kyoto City Art Exhibition and the 65th Japan Print Association Show. He is presently working for a company managing illustrated advertisements.

    HANEDA Taeko

    Born in Osaka in 1960, Haneda graduated in '80 from Seikei Women's Junior College majoring in Design and Art. She was selected for the Niki-kai Show in '88 and participated in the Contemporary Print Conpetition in '00 and '02

    HATTORI Kumiko

    http://www.japaneseprintart.com/artist_collection.cfm?artist_lname=Hattori&artist_fname=Kumiko

    Born in Tokyo in 1960, Hattori graduated from the Print Department at Tama Art University in '83. She showed her work at the Japan Print Association Show in the same year and every year since. In '86 she received the New Artist Award at the Japan Children's Book Show. Her work was shown in Australia with the travelling CWAJ show in '91, at the Sapporo International Print Biennial in '93 and at the Tokyo International Miniprint Triennial in '95. She had a solo exhibition in Tokushima in '01 and became a member of the Japan Print Association in '02.

    HIRAKI Mitsuru

    http://www.art-japan.com/print2001/e/artists/010.html

    http://village.infoweb.ne.jp/~offbeat/oliva/member/hiraki.html

    Hiraki received his MFA from Tama Art University in 1983. He received the Association Prize at the Japan Print Association Show in '83, the Encouragement Prize at the Niki-kai Exhibition in '91 and the Members Prize in '94. In '97 he was awarded a research grant to study in London from the Cultural Agency. He received the Museum Prize in the '98 Tokyo International Miniprint Triennial and the Academy Award at the '03’ 1st Japan Art Academy Show.

    FUKUMORI Yuta

    Born in Okayama in 1977. Fukmori received his MFA from Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts and presently is a lecturer there, as well as at the Okayama Prefectural Mental Health and Welfare Center. In addition to having a solo exhibition in Tokyo Yu-kobo Art Space in '03. He received the Aomori TV prize at the Aomori Print Triennial in '01, the Grand Prix at the 4th Hiroshima Okayama Art Exhibition of Students-HOPES 2002, and in '03 showed his works at the Eyes of Contemporary Arts-ART WAVE Okayama Exhibition. In '02 he studied in New York with a grant from Hiroshima Prefectural Governor .

    FUJITA Masako

    Fujita was awarded the Honorable Mention Prize at the '00 Krakow International Print Triennial and participated in the Kyoto Hanga 2000 and the Bridge to the Future shows in Germany and Austria in '01. In '02 her works were in the Tokyo International Miniprint Triennial, the International Grand Prix Triennial in Poland, and the Zeichen der Gegenwart Show in Austria.

    FUJIMURA Yoshitake

    Born in Okayama prefecture in 1966, Fujimura received his MA from Okayama University in '91. He exhibited at the 66th Japan Print Association Show in '98, the 12th Contemporary Print Competition, the Munakata Memorial Print Grand Prix Exhibition and the 13th Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition.

    HONJO Masahiko

    Born in Kobe in 1963, Honjo graduated from Kyoto University of Education in '86. His work was first exhibited at the Japan Print Association Show in '93. He exhibited at the '95 CWAJ Print Show, the '96 Tokyo International Miniprint Triennial and the 1st Malaysia Annual Exhibition.

    MARUYAMA Kazuyuki

    Born in Osaka in 1976, Maruyama received his MA from Tama Art University in '02. He received the Purchase Prize at the All Japan Art Universities Print Show in '01 and held his first solo exhibition in Tokyo in '02.

    MURAI Nobuhiro

    Born in Osaka in 1938, Murai graduated from the Department of Medicine of Osaka University. In '95 he received the Mayor's Prize at the Toyonaka City Exhibition, In '98 his work was selected for the Contemporary Print Competition and the Japan Print Association Show. He received Honorable Mention in the '99 Nishinomiya Exhibition and received the Ito Cultural Foundation Prize at the Hyogo Prefectural Exhibition, the Mayor's Prize at the Takarazuka City Exhibition. In '00 he exhibited at the KYOTO Hanga 2000 and the China-Japan International Print Exhibition in Xian and Nanjin and received the Mayor's Prize at the Nishiwaki City Memorial Exhibition.

    YAMAMOTO Keisuke

    http://www.art-japan.com/print2001/e/artists/011.html

    Born in Osaka in 1961, Yamamoto received his MFA from Kanazawa College of Art and Design in '86. In '93 he won the Grand Prix at the Sapporo International Print Biennial. In '95 he was awarded a research grant from the Cultural Agency to study in Italy and in '98 he was awarded the Wakayama Modern Art Museum Prize at the Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition. He is a member of the Japan Print Association.

    YOSHIMATSU Junichiro

    http://www.tolmantokyo.com/Artists/Men/YOSHIMATSU-Junichiro/YOSHIMATSU-Junichiro.html

    http://www.ube-c.ac.jp/groups/hoiku/yoshimatu.html

    E-mail: yosimatu@pub.ube-c.ac.jp

    Born in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1953, Yoshimatsu received his MFA from Tama Art University in '78. He exhibited in the Japan Print Association Show in '77 and '78 and from '83 onwards. He was awarded the Asahi Shinbun Prize at the Contemporary Japanese Art Show in '80 and the Ibiza Grafica Prize at the '82 Ibiza International Print Biennial. His work was shown at the '83 International Taiwan Print Exhibition, the '85 Listowel International Print Biennial, and the '86 Seoul International Print Biennial, and the '87 Xylon International Woodcut Print Triennial. He exhibits regularly at the CWAJ Print Show.

  • A RETROSPECTIVE OF CONTEMPORARY BULGARIAN ART PRINTS

    A Retrospective of Modern Bulgarian Prints

    Two years ago Bulgaria had the great fortune to host an exhibition showing works of 15 Japanese and 15 Bulgarian print artists. Now 30 contemporary Bulgarian artists are most honored to be invited to participate, along with 60 Japanese, in the International Print Exhibition, Japan and Bulgaria held in Kyoto and Tokushima, 2003. Living on the eastern edge of Europe, Bulgarian print artists have maintained an independence from the mainstream trends of Western art, preferring to emphasize spirituality over functionalism, and to fill their images with a message. Bulgarian printmaking grew out of decorative National Revival wood engraving, adopting both its techniques and its subject matter: pastoral-idyllic scenes. One of the longest lasting movements in Bulgarian printmaking, it began in the 1930's. Although techniques expanded to include plastic and compositional methods influenced by western European developments, the final complex graphic compositions continued to express the continuity and spirituality of Bulgaria. These early prints focused on traditional symbolism directly linked to Orthodox culture and folklore. In the late 1960s and 1970s Bulgarian printmakers turned to associative metaphoric expression that bypassed strictly ideological subject matter and replaced distinct compositions with imagery that could be interpreted on many levels. This art of intentional ambiguity dominated for several decades, and still remains today. Associative metaphoric expression reverberated with worldwide trends and brought Bulgarian graphic artists into the international arena: Bulgarians participated in biennale, receiving high acclaim for their skill and dexterity of expression. Within Bulgaria, prints embraced modernity more rapidly than other art genres. Recognized as an enigmatic form of socialist realism, most of these prints carried a strong subtext that began to play a more important role than the ostensible message of the work's title or the theme of the exhibition. Experimentation with new techniques, such as dry point, color lithography, and multimedia, particularly the incorporation of photographic techniques, spoke to the international community. The flexibility of the artists, rather than their conformity, became apparent in the contradiction between the themes imposed on them and the modern graphic techniques they used. Still, the artists were consistently true to the conviction that art is a spiritual act and they never sought functionality, nor did they bow to market-determined definitions of artistic worth. By the 80s several lines of expression had emerged. Some artists preferred to create a poetry-laden, introverted narrative, which offered an alternative to consumerism, permissiveness, and the endless nakedness of the modern world. Other artists turned to parody. Still another group took a journalistic approach, incorporating photographic techniques in their prints. Though their contents vary, most of these artists retain a respect for the white sheet of paper, the black smudge, and shading. After 1989, younger Bulgarian print artists at a loss in their new freedom of choice, turned to nihilism, destruction and pseudo-democracy. Simultaneously they embraced the modernistic rhetoric of the West and stuck with their own sacred tradition. The boundaries between printmaking and other arts became blurred. Graphic artists were forced to determine their own messages. The very terms "creator" and "artist" had to be rethought in order to answer the most pressing questions: Will traditional art as a whole become extinct? And what is art, in particular print art, today? The Bulgarian print artists selected for the International Print Exhibition, Japan Bulgaria present an encouraging picture for the future. Faced with endless alternatives and the new challenges presented by the ready-made, infinitely available images of mass media and the IT world with its visual aggression, they have broadened the range of their tools, expanded the possibilities of photographic expression, and searched for new expression through non-conventional approaches from other genres, especially new technologies. Yet each of the artists has also remained strong within the boundaries of his or her own categorical determination, own loneliness, and own response to events. Their prints on paper are the most objective answer to the durability and strength of art as an act of spirituality and responsibility. It is with gratitude and pleasure that we have to opportunity to display the art of contemporary Bulgarian prints along side fine works from the hands of Japanese artists.

    Geogi Kolev Director of the Contemporary Art Project Lessedra