About

Ivan Iliev,

Was born 1951 in Burgas, Bulgaria.
1969 he moved to Sofia, studied in the Academy of Art and after graduation
worked as freelance artists,
as well as an Artistic Editor-in- Chief for several years.
Since 1990 he lives and works with his family in Vienna, Austria.
Besides painting, many years he worked also as computer graphics artist, realizing visualization projects,
commissioned by the Austrian Academy of Sciences in the topic of Archeology.

His resume includes a numerous groups and solo shows internationally.
Among others:
Palais Wittgenstein.
BAWAG Fondation.
Mödling’s Sala Terena.
Wiener Neustadt’s Stadtmuseum.
Istanbul: Gallery Barkac.
Wiener Neudorf’s Altes Rathaus.
Gallery Prisma Vienna.
Gallery Avatar Vienna.
Affinita e Contrasti 4 -San Dona di Piave Venezia 2013.
Paralax Art Fair at Chelsea Town Hall London, 2013.
Dreams CA ‘ZANARDI Venezia.
Expo Bologna 2014 Galleria Wikiarte.
Winner Artist at ARTPROTAONIST 2014, Treviso.
Artistic Confessions Hamburg 2014.
Winner Artist at ARTPROTAONIST 2015 Villa Contarini.
La Natura non e morta, Chi Art Gallery Milano 2015.
Gallery All’Angolo Mendrisio Shwitzerland 2015.11 Art Gallery
Certificate of Recognition at CCBA Milano Art Contest 2016.2
Wasserwelten-der Kunstraum Gallery Wien 2017.
Artisti a Confronto-ARTime Gallery Udine 2018.
Art Nou Milleni Gallery Barcelona 2018.
Tensioni Estetiche e Moti di Spirito, Arte Borgo Gallery Roma 2018.
Biancoscuro Art Exhibition- Contemporary Selected Artist, PAT Pavia, 2018.
DALLA TERA ALL CIELO, Mega Art Gallery Corchiano Italy 2018.
3rd prize at “Leonardo da Vinci in Memoriam,” Savona 2019.
Nothing but Art, Palazzo Velli Roma 2019.
Kunstraum der Ringstraßen Galerien “Erdverbunden und-geschunden” Wien 2019.
ART PAPER INTERNATIONAL 2019, Galerie L’Atelier Hünibach, Switzerland, 2019.
ARTBOX PROJEKT Miami 2.0 2019.
II Memorial TIZIANO BERTOLO Novara Italy, firts place in cection painting 2019.
Palladio’s Friends, Villa Caldogno 2020.
‘Artist of the Futur Award’, Contemporary Art Curator Magazin 2020.
Meinung & Urteil, Kunstraum Wien 2021.
‘COLLECTOR’S VISION INTERNATIONAL ART AWARD’, CAC Magazin 2021.
EuropArtFair Amsterdam 2021.
Power of Creativity International Art Prize, CAC Magasin 2021.

 

Drei Eckpfeiler sind die primären Charakteristika der künstlerischen Arbeit von Ivan Iliev: seine Liebe zum Detail, seine Liebe zu der Natur und seine Liebe zur Malerei der Spätrenaissance und des Barocks. Die Motive, die Iliev wählt, werden von ihm liebevoll mit akribischer Genauigkeit interpretiert und dargestellt. Sein Studium der Grafik und Illustration und seine langjährige Erfahrung auf diesem Gebiet haben sein Auge für das Detail geschult und er kann sich daher mit Leichtigkeit und Humor seinen bevorzugten Motiven in der Malerei widmen. Seine Liebe zur Natur führt ihn zur Auseinandersetzung mit Landschaft und ihrer Vegetation. Pflanzen sind für den Künstler gleich bedeutend mit einer Botschaft: aufkeimen, wachsen und vergehen. Die Liebe des Künstlers zur Malerei der alten Meister manifestiert sich in seiner Technik und seinem Detailreichtum. Man kommt nicht umhin an alte Meister wie Arcimboldo oder an niederländische Stilleben zu denken. In der reichen Farben- und Formenpracht der Bilder von Ivan Iliev finden sich deutliche Hinweise auf seine bulgarische Herkunft. Die Ornamentik, charakteristisch für die bulgarische Tradition, kann und will der Künstler nicht verleugnen und vergessen. Sie findet sich gleichsam als Leitfaden in seinen Bildern und ist fester Bestandteil seines persönlichen Stils.

Dr. Gerlinde Schrammel

 

…”Three cornerstones comprise the primary characteristics of Ivan Iliev’s artistic work: his care for detail, his love of nature and his affinity for late Renaissance and Baroque painting.
Iliev lovingly represents and interprets his chosen subjects with meticulous precision. His education as a graphic designer and his extensive experience in this field has schooled his eye for detail, so that he may easily and humorously devote himself to his favorite subjects in painting.
His love of nature leads him to the exploration of landscapes and their vegetation. For the artist, plants are equivalent with the message: growing and withering. The flow of time.
The artist’s love for the old masters is manifested in his technique and his use of rich detail. One cannot help but think about old masters such as Arcimboldo, or the Dutch paintings of still life.
Clear references to his Bulgarian origin are found in the rich splendor of color and form in the paintings of Ivan Iliev. The artist cannot, and will not deny a characteristic of the Bulgarian tradition: ornamentation. This may be found as a main theme in his paintings, and at the same time is an enduring component of his personal style.”

Dr. Gerlinde Schrammel

 

IVAN ILIEV
Nella sua produzione artistica Ivan Iliev coniuga in una fervente sintesi poetica la scrupolosa osservazione del vero, la più nobile tradizione pittorica del XVII e del XVIII secolo, la componente coloristica basata su svariate modulazioni cromatiche e la combinazione di forme attraverso un simbolismo esprimente un pensiero e/o un’allegoria.
La Natura viene osservata e scrutata in tutte le sue fascinazioni e potenzialità espressive, e con mirabile maestria ne vengono riportati i dettagli rivestiti di significazioni metaforiche in un contesto dove la dimensione cromatica partecipa attivamente alla potenza comunicativa dell’inquadramento strutturale.
La sua visione lirica unita all’indiscussa e magistrale capacità e conoscenza della tecnica si amalgamano ad un’idea favolosa e ad una visione immaginifica della realtà: l’artista restituisce ai nostri occhi un mondo di sogno dalla forte valenza evocativa e conferisce alla tela un effetto misterioso, imperscrutabile, irreale, immaginifico, dove protagonista è una Natura rigogliosa, opulenta, florida, che non conosce tempo.
In queste composizioni accattivanti nell’insieme compositivo, e vive nella resa cromatica brillante ed intensa, emerge un immaginario poetico ricco di allegorie e metafore che stuzzicano l’osservatore invitandolo ad un’analisi sviscerata che travalica i tradizionali canoni estetici del “bello” enfatizzando il potere allusivo della creazione artistica.
Le sue origini bulgare e il passato professionale nel campo della grafica influenzano il suo linguaggio espressivo che si carica di uno studio attento e quasi maniacale del dettaglio e si arricchisce di richiami storici che l’artista non nasconde. La tradizione della Natura Morta, il glorioso passato Rinascimentale e Barocco e la pittura fiamminga, sono fermamente presenti nella mente dell’artista in tutto il suo iter produttivo e vengono rivestiti di nuova vita nel desiderio di dare una visione soggettiva e di recuperare la propria personale sfera percettiva.
Iliev è affascinato dai codici espressivi del Creato, traboccanti di fascino e mistero, e la sua seduzione dal reale assieme alla spiccata sensibilità interpretativa dà vita a prospetti armonici in grado di esprimere quelle potenzialità sottese che l’occhio comune non riesce a realizzare nel quotidiano, attivando un processo interpretativo che attribuisce nuovi significati alla percezione dell’elemento oggettivo.
È una pittura che si impone per capacità tecnica, ricchezza di particolari, precisione del dettaglio, intensità cromatica e scrupoloso studio della luce, dove ogni elemento viene riportato con una straordinaria resa pittorica in un magico idillio coloristico che invita alla contemplazione.
Le sue opere non si limitano a suggerire solo il piacere dell’ammirazione della forma, dell’insieme strutturale estetico o del puro coinvolgimento emotivo, ma invitano il fruitore ad andare oltre i confini di ciò che è conosciuto e stabilito per fluttuare in una dimensione nuova, ricca, allusiva, suggestiva.

Dr.ssa Monica Ferrarini

 

IVAN ILIEV
Ivan Iliev’s artistic production conjugates, in a fervent poetic synthesis, the scrupulous observation of reality, the noblest artistic tradition of the XVII and XVIII centuries, the chromatic component and its modifications, and the combination of shapes, in a symbolism which expresses a thought or an allegory.
Nature is observed and studied in all its fascination and expressive potential, and with masterful skills, its details are reported – embedded with metaphorical meanings, in a context where the chromatic dimension actively participates to the communicative strength of the whole structure.
His lyrical vision, with the undisputed and masterful ability and knowledge of the technique, results in an imaginary idea, and in an imaginative vision of reality. The artist renders a dream world with a strong evocative value, and gives to his canvases a mysterious, inscrutable, surreal and imaginative effect, protagonist of which is a fruitful, decadent and timeless Nature.
In these captivating compositions and intense and vivid chromatic brilliance of the whole, a poetic imaginary emerges. Rich in allegories and metaphors that invite the observer to a deep analysis, going beyond the traditional aesthetical standards of Beauty, and emphasizing the allusive power of the artistic creation.
The Bulgarian origins and the past as a professional graphic designer influence his expressive language, which is charged with an attentive study of the details, and is enriched with historical elements. The Still Life tradition, the glorious Renaissance and Baroque past and the Flemish painting are strongly present in the artist’s mind throughout his whole artistic path, and are given a new life with a desire for a subjective vision, and the need to retrieve his own perceptive sphere.
Iliev is fascinated by the expressive codes of Creation, overflowing with charm and mystery, and his fascination for the real, combined with the great interpretative sensitivity, gives life to harmonic prospects, able to express that underlying potentiality that the average eye can’t grasp in everyday life. Hence the artist activates an interpretative process, which results in new meanings of the objective element.
His are paintings that impose themselves for the technical ability, precise and rich in details, chromatic intensity and scrupulous study of the light, where each element is displayed with extraordinary pictorial skills, in a chromatic magic that calls for contemplation.
His works are not limited to a subtle suggestion to admire the shape, the whole aesthetic structure, or the mere emotional transportation. They invite the observer to go beyond the known and established, towards a new dimension, rich, suggestive, and evocative.

Dr. Monica Ferrarini