One of the most significant multidisciplinary artists in Bulgaria in the 20th century, Stavri Kalinov was born in Vidin, Bulgaria on 15 November 1944. After graduating the Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, (then called “Nikolai Pavlovich” Higher Institute of Fine Arts), with woodcarving, Kalinov continued to pursue his own creative expressions, mainly sculptures and paintings. His semi-abstract work is a creative expression of a vivid imaginantion, rivalling many world famous painters.
A Plethora of Influences
Kalinov’s art is a combination of history, mythology, religion, folk-art and literary concepts. His art includes iconography, religious and biblical themes, symbolic visions of animalia and biomorphism, exaggerated male and female forms; ritualistic and creationist premises, archetypal imagery, godlike and demon like creatures. Kalinov’s art is incapable of subtlety and is anything but light.Lire la suite
Finding his own Artistic Path
Kalinov’s paintings relies heavily on the use of mixed oils on canvas which result in the creation of three dimensional oil murals. Over the years he has developed his own style of “Kalinography” as can be seen in his series of the name, which is his unique patented graphics technique.
An Accomplished Veteran Bulgarian Artist
Stavri Kalinov’s career spans over half a century with his works being shown worldwide including: Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, France and USA. He has exhibited in places like La galerie D ' Etraz, Switzerland and Galerie Picpus, France. A collection of works can currently be found in his gallery, Art Club Diplomat, in the heart of Sofia, BulgariaMasquer