Ivan Kostolov born in Plovdiv (Bulgaria), lives and works in Berlin
2012 – 2016 PhD in painting, National Art Academy, Sofia
2006 M.A. /Meisterschüler/ in Painting, Academy of Arts Städelschule, Prof. Christa Näher, Frankfurt, Germany
2001 – 2005 Academy of Arts Städelschule, Frankfurt a. M., Germany, Prof. Hermann Nitsch,
Prof. Simon Starling, Prof. Christa Näher
1999 – 2001 Academy of Fine Arts Mainz, Germany, Prof. Klaus Vogelgesang
Selected solo exhibitions:
2017 Lettuce and Honey, Gallery Muster-Meier, Bern, Swiss
2014 Contemporary space, Varna, Bulgaria
Credo Bono Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2012 Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Berlin, Germany
Arte Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2011 Aspect Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2010 Bulart Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria
2008 Agrion Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
Aspect Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2007 Goethe Institute, Sofia, Bulgaria
Atelier DreiMann, Wiesbaden, Germany
2006 U7 Gallery, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Selected group exhibitions:
2018 Kontext Europa – Impulse von Westbalkan, Bulgarian art institut, Berlin, Germany
2018 preparing for darkness, Kühlhaus Berlin, Germany
2017 Sofia-Berlin – fragmentierte Erzählungen, Verein Berliner Künstler, Berlin, Germany
2017 whatulookinart, Kühlhaus Berlin, Germany
2017 Open Spaces Art, Gstaad, Swiss, cooperation Gallery Muster-Meier, Bern with Simple Gallery, Gstaad
2016 Berliner Liste, Berlin, Germany
2015 Viennacontemporary, Focus Bulgaria, Vienna, Austria
Islands in the Storm, Raiko Alexiev Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
Caution: Wet Paint, Sofia City Art Gallery, Bulgaria (catalogue)
Image and Likeness, National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria (catalogue)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
2014 Simple Gallery, Gstaad, Switzerland
To be Continued, Collection Gaudenz B. Ruf, Sofia City Art Gallery, Bulgaria (catalogue)
2012 Chances, Choices, Changes, Exhibition of the World Bank Group, Sofia, Bulgaria (catalogue)
So Close so Far, National Endowment Fund 13 Centuries Bulgaria, Sofia
2011 Exhibition of works of art from the collection of the European Parliament, Brussels
Kunstsalon 2011, House of Art Munich, Germany
The Choice, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria (catalogue)
2010 Shortlist, The Gaudenz B. Ruf Art Award, Gallery Raiko Alexiev, Sofia (catalogue)
Breathe in – Breathe out, Goethe Institute, Sofia
2009 Dialogues with Time, Gallery Surab Zereteli, Moscow, Russia
2008 Contemporary Bulgarian Art, Arena Vestfossen, Norway
National Autumn Exhibition, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (catalogue)
Current Scene Bulgaria, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany (catalogue)
2012 First prize in painting, Allianz Bulgaria, regional exhibition Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2008 First prize in painting, Cyril and Methodius Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, Cyril and Methodius Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria, Imago Mundi, Fondazione Benetton, Treviso, Italy
Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, Gaudenz B. Ruf, Zürich, Switzerland, National Art Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria, Allianz, Sofia, Bulgaria


In my works I mainly develop and interpret the form – its structure, abundance, eternity. I use basically classic techniques – egg tempera, oil painting, azure painting. I try to achieve a mix of abstraction and figurative and thus create my own interpretation of the genre painting.

Astronaut, oil on canvas                                                        Astronaut, oil on canvas, 81/120 cm., 2012

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