The Art of Krassimir Kolev

I don’t know why, but my dream has always been to become an artist and to create art. I am a curious and passionated Artist working as a Painter, Sculptor and Photographer. This passion has been driving me since my childhood and has given me power and motivation through all of my life.

Krassimir Kolev was born and raised in Bulgaria. In the 90’s he moved to Austria and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Professor Joannis Avramidis and afterwards under Professor Michelangelo Pistoletto.

In 1998 he received his Magister Artium Degree and in the same year he moved to Sweden, where he lived and worked in Uppsala until 2012. During that time he participated in numerous exhibitions in Scandinavia, throughout Europe and in the USA. His Art was awarded with several Prizes.

In the summer 2012 he moved back to Austria and is now living and working in St. Pölten. From there he exhibits his Art abroad.

I have always been fascinated by the Human being. I see the Human body as a canvas, where the soul paints its own stories. So I see my role as an Artist to discover this stories and interpret them. I do that both imaginary – realistic and expressive – abstract. I express myself through Metaphoric compositions, Portraits, Still-lifes and Landscapes. I am looking for the human presence and absence in my works. By working mostly with models, I am trying to discover the inner story printed on their bodies and their faces.

Projects, Exhibitions and Awards

During the years Krassimir Kolev has been engaged in numerous public projects and has exhibited his art in several countries like Denmark, Germany, Austria, Norway, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, USA , Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, China and others.

His work was awarded in numerous countries:

He received the Award from the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture for contribution and spreading the Bulgarian Arts and Culture abroad; Krassimir Kolev ist the winner of the Prize of the Public at the exhibition „Portrait Now!“ from the Museum of National History in Copenhagen, Denmark; he received a honorable mention in sculpture from the fourth Art symposium Atelier an der Donau, Pöchlarn, Austria and also in abstract art from the fifth Digital Hall of Fame Award, Stockholm, Sweden.

The complete insight in his solo-shows, group-exhibitions and public projects you can see in the full documentary of his working process on the website of the artist under the direct-link:

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