Biser Panayotov

"Enigma 2"
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I was born in 1960 in the town of Ruse, Bulgaria to a family of medical specialists. My father used to write short stories and attended a literary club in his spare time, and my motherís hobby is painting.
I was taught my first painting lessons by the famous Ruse artist Kiril Stantchev and I painted under his guidance for three years since 1981.
I worked in the Ruse Puppet Theatre, the Ruse Opera and Economic Department of Trade where I have carried out artistic and advertising projects.
I exhibited my paintings for the first time in 1988 in a youth art exhibition in Ruse Gallery Borisova 39. Since then I have taken part every year in the annual art exhibitions. Since 1992, I have been a member of the Ruse Group of Artists. I arranged five one-man art exhibitions - in 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2004 year. I work drawings in mixed technique, oil paintings and ink on paper drawings.

Solo Exhibitions:
December 1993 - Art Gallery "Borisova 6" - the town of Rousse, Bulgaria - 12 paintings, mixed technique
June - July 1994 - Art Gallery "Borisova 6" - the town of Rousse, Bulgaria - a one-man exhibition, 20 paintings mixed
technique, 10 oil paintings
March 1997 - Art Gallery "Borisova 6" - the town of Rousse, Bulgaria - a one-man exhibition, 28 oil paintings
March - April 2000 Art Gallery "Borisova 6" - the town of Rousse, Bulgaria - a one-man exhibition, 28 oil paintings
November 2000 Art Gallery " VIP" , Rousse - a one-man exhibition, 22 oil paintings

Main Group Exhibitions:
1992-with group "Unique" ,Gallery "Rakovska" Sofia,Bulgaria May - September 1993 - Art Gallery "Vladimir Dimitrov - the Master"- the town of Kiustendil,Bulgaria.
1994- Art Gallery "Aleksander" Sofia, Bulgaria.
April-May 1995 - Art Gallery in Bucharest,Romania
1995 - " Kanev Art " Hague, Netherlands
1995,1998-Art Gallery "Spectrum", Veliko Tarnovo,Bulgaria.

July 2002- Agora Gallery, Soho, New York, USA.
August 2002- "Borisova 39" Gallery, Russe, Bulgaria " The drawing" National exhibition.
September 2002-" Ilia Bechkov" Gallery, Pleven, Bulgaria and "Shipka 6" Gallery, Sofia - "Little form", National exhibition.
January 2003 - World Fine Art Gallery, New York, USA.
Spring and autumn exhibitions in Rousse Bulgaria-
from 1988 until now.

Biser Panayotovís paintings are metaphorically-allegoric, filled with mystic-mythological characters. Most often these are stylized female figures situated in multiple-aspect spaces, and also strange animals and birds. Biser Panayotov says himself that he paints fictitious, almost fairy words because hi is unsatisfied with the
reality. Our world is too material, and on a mediocre level at that, he says. He strives for a more spiritual life and this is his artís mission. From his teacher Kiril Stanchev he has learned something very important - to have a clear stand on life and to uphold his principles to achieve self - perfection and creative progress.
As to the technical aspect of his pictures, they represent a saturated and rich art of painting. The space is created and formed by color. Brighter and fresher shades and hues are preferred. The image as if arises out of nothing - as a metaphysical act. Biser Panayotovís paintings can be observed long and gradually still newer elements can be found in them. By realizing his conception in the world of fantasy, the author is tempted to play with the viewer and also with himself. Images in their sensuous - material form convey other images and suggest rich associations. The works have more intellectual than material orientation. They possess a certain dose of mysticism. Some of them are influenced by music, mainly by jazz.

Biser Ivanov Panayotov's richly imaginative canvasses are filled with delicate but bold shapes and colors. The images evoke organisms, landscapes, and objects with their graceful curves and elaborate detail. The subtle tones of rich red and orange, watery blue and sunlight yellow indicate a fantasy world. His work is mystical, recalling experience rather than intellectually laden and symbolic, leaving the viewers free to compose their own meaning based on sensual interpretation. He concerns himself more with the interaction of different patterns than clearly definable foreground and background to create space and depth in his paintings. Panayotov was born and continues to live and work in Rousse, Bulgaria. He studied with the famous Rousse artist Kiril Stanchev. His first work was exhibited in a Youth Show in 1988 in Rousse and has continued to exhibit work consistently since. His paintings are in private collections across Europe, Canada and the United States.

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