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Finale Participating Artist

Dimitar Genchev, Plovdiv

Dimitar Genchev (b. Plovdiv, Bulgaria) lives and works in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He studied at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, BG, the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. His works have been exhibited at Sofia City Art Gallery, The Royal Palace, Amsterdam and gallery Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam, among many other spaces.

In 2014 and 2016 Genchev received grants from Mondriaan Fund, NL.

In 2013 he won the Bunning Brongers painting price, Amsterdam. Three years later he received the price of Alianz Bulgaria for the region of Plovdiv. In 2016, Genchev’s works were selected by curator Noor Mertens for the “Prospects & Concepts” section of Art Rotterdam. He participated in the group exhibition  Generation between enthusiasm and destruction at Kaskadenkondenzator, Liste Art Fair Basel, 2019.

Email: demetrius1492@abv.bg


Dimitar Genchev
Photo: archive of the artist

The afternoon sun sneaks in through the trees and shines upon the courtyard. I observe with fascination how the colors, shapes and atmosphere change. The warm light reaches the ground at a slant. It emphasizes the shapes and makes everything look juicy, rich and alive. It seems as if everything might explode at any moment. Suddenly several images of paintings rush into my mind. My hands trembling, I grab the camera and start shooting. I always observe this beauty with sadness. Deep inside I know it will be very difficult to paint what I see. Later on I am sitting in my studio. I feel obliged to paint the afternoon light, which turns all these common objects into stories from Heaven.