What is more adorable than an artist’s studio?
When the painters, sculptors and creators make a space their home, it becomes a rich source of inspiration for the artist.
To show how artists work, what ideas move them forward, how they charge and what makes them different people, the fun and goofy way that our team goes about it is our way of saying that society as a whole has a need for art and culture in its daily lives.
Rumen Rachev's studio - music and color
WHY BULGARIAN ART?
Jump on board and see where the inspiration and a different point of view of Bulgarian artists come from. This explosion of colors and shapes, precise lines, expressive textures and hidden messages have their roots in the ancient land, centuries-old cultural layers, traditions and folklore, in the rich colors of the forest and the field, in the stories of rise and gloomy periods of decline. All this imperceptibly engraves its signs on the complex human characters and builds the original spirit of the Bulgarian artists.
BULGARIAN ART & ARTISAN MAKERS INSPIRATION
The Bulgarian authors we present inhabit different fields of art – painting, sculpture, illustration, ceramics, typography and others. They are from different generations, differ in style, technique and point of view. What connects them is the belonging and influence of an ancient land with impressive traditions and deep cultural layers.
Home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, the Bulgarian lands inspire exceptional artists. Our unique techniques recreate lush colours and forms of our impressive landscape and carry the worldly wisdom of our ancestors.
More than 6,500 years ago in the area of today’s town of Provadia near Lake Varna arose the oldest city, discovered so far, in Europe. An impressive prehistoric city fortified with huge stone walls over 2 meters thick, and a height of over 3 meters, is something previously unseen from this period of pre-history. The region also holds the Varna Chalcolithic necropolis and the so-called – “Varna Gold” the oldest technologically processed gold in Europe, included in the Culture of Varna (4400 – 4100 BC).
The bright colors are an integral part of the nonverbal language of the ancient Bulgarian traditions. Many colors dye the Bulgarian costumes, but the main ones are red and green, yellow and white. The red color, the color of blood, wine and fire, holds a special place – it protects, enhances masculinity and brings fertility to women. A symbol of purity, innocence and whiteness in Bulgarian folklore, the white color also means joy, grandeur and beauty. Embedded in the embroidery on the clothes, as well as in the woven rugs, the green color symbolized eternal life, fertility and growth. The yellow with its shine is associated with the sun, the fire, and the light, and the prosperity of the people.
The traditional Bulgarian embroidery used to have great symbolic value. It was believed to protect the human body from evil spells and spirits. The more colorful and richer the decoration, the greater the power that it will deliver to the people.
From the treasures of the ancient Thracians to the medieval pottery makers and their works, iconography and their vivid and bright colours… shepherds’ woodcarving, Bulgarian embroidery with geometrical shapes and continuous flowers lines, the amazing colours, textures and symbolism of the mummer’s costumes…
The exceptional skills of the ancient masters are a major inspiration to contemporary Bulgarian artists.