FRIENDS

The exposition “Friends” gathers in Art Gallery Serdica three absolutely different artists under the concept of Stefan Stoyanov. Everybody brings his own perception of the world and that makes their gathering in one place interesting for the audience.

From the 11th of September to the 18th of October, 2019, Art Gallery Serdica presents themes and story lines viewed from the perspective of the artists Stefan Petrunov, Sonia Kovatcheva and J.PANK . The Vernissage is on the 11th of September at 6:30 PM.

The exhibition will be dynamic. A part of the paintings will be changed during the one-month exposition. Most of the works in the exhibition are created during the last year.

Stefan Petrunov will take part in the exhibition with faces and figures upon large-size canvases. One of the series in gray-black colors and a blue rectangle which is positioned in front of the faces of the representations will be in contrast with the other series of blazing and expressive representations.

Sonia Kovatcheva will present a series, on which she has worked for the last few years. These are the picturesque creations of “P&P” and “Bonnie and Clyde”, swans from the park Bachinovo. “Delight for the Senses” will be introduced and a few other new themes which have moved the author in the recent year.

J.PANK will present in the exhbition his distinctivе representations, themes, and plots upon colorful prints and small-size canvases.

About the authors:

Stefan Petrunov

Stefan Petrunov was born  in Sofia. In 1990 he obtains a specialty “Art of Painting” in the National Academy of Arts, and in 1993 is his first independent exhibition in Grove Gallery London. He develops in the field of graphic design and works for international companies for digital art, such as Canadian New Vision Technology, NVTECH-Саnada, ICYGEN corp.USA and Swan Multimedia Ltd.

He returns to painting in 2008. In his works, he uses painting, collage, video installations. Distinctive of him is the philosophical aspect and psychological portraits. He takes parts in exhibitions in Germany, Tokyo, New York, and London. He is awarded “Marco Polo –  Messenger of Art” – Venice, 2015 and in 2013 he was awarded for the best presented artist by the International Exhibition for Contemporary Art – Barcelona. He has participated in a lot of group exhibitions such as 2018 – “We Contemporary Palermo”; 2017 – “Anima Mundi” – art festival accompanying the Venetian Biennial. His last independent exhitbitions are 2018 – Geshov Gallery, 2017 – Gols Gallery, Vienna, and 2016 – Analogies in Arosita Gallery. He is also an active participant in festivals and projects for contemporary art in Bulgaria and abroad.

Sonia Kovatcheva

Sonia Kovatcheva obtained a specialty in Textile, in the National Academy of Arts, and she owns a Doctor’s degree in Art and Graphic Arts. Sonia Kovatcheva is a contemporary artist and in her last years, her personal experiences are the basis of her creativity. What drives her are the emotion and the feeling, represented in an image. In her own way she reflects a given moment, a stage in life, a place or an event. “To me the most important thing is the emotion and the true feeing, I bring them to the front. The techniques and materials I use are different in every theme I work on. I choose techniques which will serve me best to express my feeling…” says Sonia Kovatcheva.

That can be traced in her independent exhibitions: 2018 – Focus: Paris, Blagoevgrad, Munich, Blagoevgrad’s City Gallery, 2017 –  Parisian Challenges – game with representations – Arosita Gallery, 2016 – Frottages Villa Waldberta – Goethe Institute, Sofia, 2013 – Frottages Villa Waldberta in Munich, 2013 –  Villa Waldberta – the Spirit of Ornaments – Arosita Gallery; 2010 Parisian Daries – Arosita Gallery.

She has got also a number of participations in Bulgarian and international forums, curator projects, planners and exhibitions for contemporary art, among which the worldwide project “Imago mundi” – Venice, “Frottages,” Villa Waldberta and the Cultural Department of the City of Munich, where she received a grant (2012/2013) and Gallery GEDOCmuc, Munich, Center for Contemoprary Art, Nish, Serbia, and others. She is also an active participant in festivals for contemporary art in Blagoevgrad, Sofia, and others.

J.PANK 

J.PANK obtains a specialty Graphics in the National Academy of Arts.

He is a specific contemporary artist, who for almost ten years has used in his works some plots and elements from world masterpieces which are stolen or have disappeared. His work is focused on the presentation of commentary and the substitution of the visual language, conformed with the contemporary understanding of popular culture.

J.PANK shares about his works: “In their majority – those are references to very expensive or really priceless works, which however are not there… Of course, the works I create have to bear the spirit of the time we live in, to be obvious that it’s a contemporary reading, an interpretation from today’s point of view. Today it’s as if the time for perception is limited to the minimum, and if something does not attract him in the work, the spectactor immediately proceeds to the next object. A few seconds…” The consecutive line and style of the author are visible in the series LOST, REPLACE, RETURN, NEW READING и J.PANK&APELLES, as in total his work in the last few years has been represented in July 2019 in the /J.PANKpresents/ in the Raiko Alexiev Gallery. In 2016  Arosita Gallery represents the exposition RETURN, which includes paintings and drawings, versions of the disappeared works from the biggest theft in contemporary history (26 years ago, on 18.03.1990) from the museum Isabella Stewart Gardner. In 2013 he makes a limited edition of linoprints – REPLACE, again by destroyed masterpieces and sends them to 10 worldfamous people. The series LOST is iconic for J.PANK presenting TOP 20 of the most expensive masterpieces that disappeared. The twenty pictures (acryl on canvas) are exhibited in 2011 in the National Gallery of Art.

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