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Nikola Gulev

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Joined Artfinder: June 2020

Artworks for sale: 51

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Bulgaria

About Nikola Gulev

 
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  • Biography

    Nikola Gulev is young but already well known and acclaimed author. He has won numerous awards and his paintings are part of private collections in Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal and United Kingdom.

    He is very talented and powerful figurative artist. Gulev boldly uses the brush to create influential, soulful and original works. The author has developed strong social sense, which he invests in his paintings when choosing a creative theme. As a contemporary Georges de Latour, he seeks and flawlessly displays the inner light of the human spirit and soul.

    Although Nikola loves to experiment, his style is easily recognizable, having its own specific imagery – fine drawing, pastel tones, tenderness of images, sensuality and aesthetics. The monotony of his favorite colors is diversified by different details, suggesting a certain psychological depth of the painted images. The author manages to create a micro climate in his paintings to keep the viewer’s interest alive. Faces, which we pass by indifferently, say nothing to us, we do not remember anyone. However, when the artist paints those faces on the canvas, suddenly they engage us, we recognize them. We try to unravel something on them, determine states of mind, feelings, experiences and then those faces become memories. Nikola Gulev has masterly created a gallery of characters that will challenge us with their secrets and truths and will awaken our feelings.

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    Artist's statement 

    I am definitely an artist working in the field of contemporary realistic painting. The human being is the main object in my paintings and the main ambassador of already existing phenomena and connections of reality. My paintings depict real people represented as imaginative images that reveal different aspects of spirituality.

    I collect impressions of human interaction in different situations or I am impressed by photographs, and then in the form of intuition or as a result of long reflection, I come to develop my concept, which materializes in a painting.

    The impact of the social environment in which we live is undeniable on my painting process. The themes and images I create are characteristic of the time we live in. They carry the spirit of our present and show both its positive and negative aspects.

    When a painting is strong and influential, it can always become a sign or turn into a vehicle of values that provoke communication and controversy. The concept of painting that I profess, namely the depiction of social themes and images that show the highest moral values or the degradation of our society, most strongly evokes comment and expression from the visual arts consumers.

    After all, the dialogue with the audience is at the heart of the whole process. What's the point of painting if the end product doesn't reach people? People react positively and like my paintings, but many times my art is controversial. However this is exactly the key - when people comment on the paintings, it means that they are touched by the art I create. If the audience's attitude is missing, then the created painting has no charge, no power and is just a handicraft product. This is the meaning of art - to convey feeling, sensation, impulse, longing! This is how the dialogue between author and audience is obtained!

    I often experiment. My development is visible - from a classic realism to purely expressive images. In most of my paintings I test different techniques and investigate with diverse themes and plots. My picturesque techniques are constantly changing, but the goal is always the same - to portray my concept as sustainably and convincingly as possible.

    The impact of my experimental approach as an artist on the final product is indisputable and in the years led to a strong symbiosis between form and content. Namely this symbiosis is the truth for creating a quality product of visual art. It was this transformation and urge for artistic growth that made me one of the most prominent young authors of Plovdiv.


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  • Education

    2012 - 2016

    Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    2010 - 2012

    Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    2006 - 2010

    Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    2001 - 2006

    National Art High School "Tsanko Lavrenov" Plovdiv, Bulgaria

  • Awards

    2018

    Award for young author of Plovdiv by the Association of Plovdiv Artists

    Award for young author, given by the Association of Plovdiv Artists at the annual exhibition of the Association

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    2017

    Young Teacher of the Year

    Awarded by Municipality of Plovdiv

    2011

    Annual Student Award in the category of Fine Arts

    Awarded by the Academy Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Upcoming Events

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    Previous events

    Event: Perspectives of the soul

    Dates: Feb. 11, 2020 - March 2, 2020

    Venue: Vazrazdane Gallery, Old town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    Nikola Gulev has masterly created a gallery of characters that will challenge us with their secrets and truths and will awaken our feelings.

    Event: Exposicion de pintura

    Dates: July 15, 2011 - Aug. 7, 2011

    Venue: Museo Historico de las Merindades Alcazar de los Condestables, Medina de Pomar, Burgos, Spain

    Solo exhibition at MUSEO HISTORICO DE LAS MERINDADES Alcazar de los Condestables, Medina de Pomar (Burgos), Spain

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Education

2012 - 2016

Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2010 - 2012

Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2006 - 2010

Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2001 - 2006

National Art High School "Tsanko Lavrenov" Plovdiv, Bulgaria


Awards

2018

Award for young author of Plovdiv by the Association of Plovdiv Artists

Award for young author, given by the Association of Plovdiv Artists at the annual exhibition of the Association

Show more awards Hide

2017

Young Teacher of the Year

Awarded by Municipality of Plovdiv

2011

Annual Student Award in the category of Fine Arts

Awarded by the Academy Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

There are no upcoming events

Show previous events Hide previous events

Previous events

Event: Perspectives of the soul

Dates: Feb. 11, 2020 - March 2, 2020

Venue: Vazrazdane Gallery, Old town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Nikola Gulev has masterly created a gallery of characters that will challenge us with their secrets and truths and will awaken our feelings.

Event: Exposicion de pintura

Dates: July 15, 2011 - Aug. 7, 2011

Venue: Museo Historico de las Merindades Alcazar de los Condestables, Medina de Pomar, Burgos, Spain

Solo exhibition at MUSEO HISTORICO DE LAS MERINDADES Alcazar de los Condestables, Medina de Pomar (Burgos), Spain


 

Biography

Nikola Gulev is young but already well known and acclaimed author. He has won numerous awards and his paintings are part of private collections in Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal and United Kingdom.

He is very talented and powerful figurative artist. Gulev boldly uses the brush to create influential, soulful and original works. The author has developed strong social sense, which he invests in his paintings when choosing a creative theme. As a contemporary Georges de Latour, he seeks and flawlessly displays the inner light of the human spirit and soul.

Although Nikola loves to experiment, his style is easily recognizable, having its own specific imagery – fine drawing, pastel tones, tenderness of images, sensuality and aesthetics. The monotony of his favorite colors is diversified by different details, suggesting a certain psychological depth of the painted images. The author manages to create a micro climate in his paintings to keep the viewer’s interest alive. Faces, which we pass by indifferently, say nothing to us, we do not remember anyone. However, when the artist paints those faces on the canvas, suddenly they engage us, we recognize them. We try to unravel something on them, determine states of mind, feelings, experiences and then those faces become memories. Nikola Gulev has masterly created a gallery of characters that will challenge us with their secrets and truths and will awaken our feelings.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Artist's statement 

I am definitely an artist working in the field of contemporary realistic painting. The human being is the main object in my paintings and the main ambassador of already existing phenomena and connections of reality. My paintings depict real people represented as imaginative images that reveal different aspects of spirituality.

I collect impressions of human interaction in different situations or I am impressed by photographs, and then in the form of intuition or as a result of long reflection, I come to develop my concept, which materializes in a painting.

The impact of the social environment in which we live is undeniable on my painting process. The themes and images I create are characteristic of the time we live in. They carry the spirit of our present and show both its positive and negative aspects.

When a painting is strong and influential, it can always become a sign or turn into a vehicle of values that provoke communication and controversy. The concept of painting that I profess, namely the depiction of social themes and images that show the highest moral values or the degradation of our society, most strongly evokes comment and expression from the visual arts consumers.

After all, the dialogue with the audience is at the heart of the whole process. What's the point of painting if the end product doesn't reach people? People react positively and like my paintings, but many times my art is controversial. However this is exactly the key - when people comment on the paintings, it means that they are touched by the art I create. If the audience's attitude is missing, then the created painting has no charge, no power and is just a handicraft product. This is the meaning of art - to convey feeling, sensation, impulse, longing! This is how the dialogue between author and audience is obtained!

I often experiment. My development is visible - from a classic realism to purely expressive images. In most of my paintings I test different techniques and investigate with diverse themes and plots. My picturesque techniques are constantly changing, but the goal is always the same - to portray my concept as sustainably and convincingly as possible.

The impact of my experimental approach as an artist on the final product is indisputable and in the years led to a strong symbiosis between form and content. Namely this symbiosis is the truth for creating a quality product of visual art. It was this transformation and urge for artistic growth that made me one of the most prominent young authors of Plovdiv.


 
 
 
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