From Image You Came and To Image You Shall Return

Pravdoliub Ivanov, (artist), Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria

I would like to present few examples of my artistic activity from the last  years. My simple ideas are a kind of a crossing point between daily life and fantasy though I try to create works that belong to neither. Many of my installations are temporary. This is part of my belief that the value is not in the art work itself but rather in the relations it generates.

I prefer to work in the field of the object, installation, photography and drawing, often utilizing the circumstances and the challenges of the specific site and environment. The titles are important clue for understanding my works.

The most of my ideas were triggered by political events, images of struggles and conflicts, by pictures of collective and personal memories, images of daylife banalities, irregularities or fun. My presentation will focus on few of my works from the prospective of their springs of issue. I would like to revile the process of developing my ideas from picking particles of that flow of information, memories and reality that surround and overwelm us.


Pravdoliub Ivanov was born in 1964 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
He graduated from National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia in 1993 where he  presently is a Chief Assistant – Professor. He lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria and is a founder member of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia.
Pravdoliub Ivanov has held solo exhibitions in private galleries in Sofia, Plovdiv, Warsaw, Vienna and institutions in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland and New York. He has participated in international shows such as: 2015: Heaven and Hell, From magic carpets  to drones. Villa Empain, Brussels, (Curators: D. Hennebert and C. Dosogne) ; 2014: Future Past – Past Future, within the  framework of the Transmediale, Berlin; 2013: The Unanswered Question, TANAS and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin.
Since 2011, he is represented by Sariev Contemporary. They presented his work at ViennaFair (2014, 2013, 2011); Istanbul Contemporary (2012, 2011); ArtInternational Istanbul (2015, 2014); Shanghai Contemporary (2012); Roma Contemporary (2012); Art Brussels (2016), Art Cologne (2016)

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