My name is Tsvetomir Iliev. I am a self-taught artist who explores the beauty in the combination of small pieces of fallen tree bark , acrylics and fluorescent paints.

My work captures the magic in the hidden complexity of nature. 
The journey my paintings offer is one of  rediscovery and celebration of life.


Artist statemnt


Driven by my passion for Nature and seeing its diversity I was captured by the immense beauty of Swedish Lapland where I encountered the vibrant movement of The Northern Lights for the first time.  

My fascination combined with my curiosity and experience in working with tree bark as the main material for my paintings, led me to see a connection between Aurora Borealis and the unique shapes and curves of the bark. This understanding inspired me to start a new body of work exploring the very changeable nature of the northern lights.

My objective was to capture its majestic beauty and playfulness. In my work I express this colorful phenomenon in a unique way by following the natural curves of the tree bark with fluorescent colors. The gentle three-dimensional surface combined with fluorescent paint under UV black light results in a painting that unveils fully at night.

When observers experience my art, I want them to feel the presence of color and movement in the night sky, quiet and captivating: a tiny piece of Aurora hanging on the wall.

In my work I express this colorful phenomenon in a unique way by following the natural curves of the tree bark with fluorescent colors. The gentle three-dimensional surface combined with fluorescent paint under UV black light results in a painting that unveils fully at night.

A glimpse in my Northern Lights installation for Artrooms Fair Roma 2019, Italy

Short video about my art and inspiration! 

Bio


Tsvetomir Iliev, born in Bulgaria in 1982, is an emerging artist whose work captures the beauty in the hidden complexity of nature. His fascination with art began by chance in 2010 when he first started experimenting with small pieces of fallen tree bark. He found it incredibly interesting with a great potential for composing organic, nearly three-dimensional acrylic paintings.  

Since then, through continuous exploration and persistent effort, art became his real passion.

A self-taught artist, he slowly made his first steps in the art world in the last few years and is now passionately exploring galleries, reading the history of art and learning new techniques. Tsvetomir has completed the course at The Working Artist online business school for creative professionals. In 2018 he became member of The Abundant Artists Association.  

His art has already inspired the curiosity of a few private collectors in Europe and The US who now own some of his works. His paintings have been displayed in 5 solo exhibitions and various group exhibitions, small galleries and art fairs.

Two of his later paintings “Ascension”(2014)  and “The Milky Way 2”(2016) made second-round of judging for the prestigious Summer Exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. In 2015 the painting “Sources life” was included in a group charity exhibition for children with diabetes and in 2016 won 2nd place - 3 Dimansional Category" at Nature Art Competition at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery.

His journey as an artist and his close connection with nature led him to the initiative “Start Simple – Plant A Tree” which is an invitation to involve as many people as possible through tree planting, artwork and presentations concerning the importance and value of trees and forests. In 2017 there were three exhibitions “Start Simple – Plant A Tree”and 1700 trees were planted in the beautiful mountain region where he lives.

Currently, Tsvetomir is working on a new body of work exploring the very changeable nature of northern lights and his objective is to capture its beauty, majesty, and playfulness through the unique shapes and curves of the tree bark.

CV/Resume


Tsvetomir Iliev

1982 Born, Lom, Bulgaria. Currently resides in Aarhus, Denmark. 

Education:

2018  The Abundant Artist Course "How to sell art online" 

2016  The Working Artist course - online business school for creative professionals 

2007 Bachelor, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria

2001  High school economics, Lom, Bulgaria 

Awards:

2018 September  / The painting "Aurora 2" is awarded "Hon. Mention - Painting Category" for Open Art Exhibition at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery 

2016 August / The painting "Sources life" is awarded "2nd place - 3 Dimansional Category" at Nature Art Competition at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery 

2016 August  / The painting "The Milky Way 2" is awarded "Special Recognition Category" at Nature Art Competition at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery 

2016 May  / The painting "The Milky Way 2" made second-round of judging for the Summer Exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts 

2015 August  / The painting "Ascension" is awarded "Hon. Mention - 3 Dimansional Category" for Nature Art Competition at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery 

2014 May  / The painting "Ascension" made second-round of judging for the Summer Exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts 

2014 May  / The painting "Destiny" made first-round of judging for the Summer Exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts  

Solo exhibitions:

2017 December  / "Start simple – plant a tree", Petko U. Todorov, Elena, Bulgaria 

2017 May  / "Start simple – plant a tree", The Art Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria 

2016 April   / "Nature - source of life", The Art Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria 

2015  / September "Nature - source of life", Rafael Mihailov, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria 

2014 August  / Rila lakes hotel, Rila mountain, Bulgaria 

Group exhibitions and art fairs:

2019 May / Sea Resonance art festival /Golden sands, Bulgaria 

2019 May / Group exhibition at the Cultural Center The White House, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2019 March / Artrooms Fair Roma 2019 at The Church Village, Italy

2018 September  / Forest Resonance art fair, village of Belashtitsa, Bulgaria 

2018 April  / Group exhibition at the Cultural Center The White House, Plovdiv, Bulgaria 

2017 September /  Group exhibition at the Cultural Center The White House, Plovdiv, Bulgaria 

2017 September / Forest Resonance art fair, village of Belashtitsa, Bulgaria 

2017 August  / Tulenovo Art Festival, Tulenovo, Bulgaria 

2017 July  / "Start simple – plant a tree" exhibition at Health and Sports Festival, Sofia Bulgaria  

2017 May / Art fair "Sea Resonance", Golden Sands sea resort, Bulgaria 

2016 September  / Forest Resonance art fair, village of Belashtitsa, Bulgaria 

2016 August  / Tulenovo Art Festival, Tulenovo, Bulgaria 

2016 May  / Contemporary art festival "Colorful Balkan World", Elana town, Bulgaria 

2016 May / Sea Resonance art fair, Golden Sands sea resort, Bulgaria 

2016 January / Berlin Edition of Quardratfuss, Berlin, Germany  

2015 November / Charity group exhibition "50x50", for children with diabetes at European commission building , Sofia, Bulgaria 

2015 July / Charity group  exhibition "50x50", for children with diabetes at Rafael Mihailov exhibition halls, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria 

2015 May / Charity group exhibition "50x50", for children with diabetes at Petko U. Todorov gallery, Elena town, Bulgaria 

2014 December / Group exhibition at Petko U. Todorov gallery, Elena town, Bulgaria 

2013 August / Exhibited artworks at "Hantverksbutiken", Jokkmokk, Sweden 

Bibliography:

An interview about the Northern Lights installation for Artrooms Fair Roma, Italy - April 2019

Published artworks in the second issue of “On Your Doorstep” magazine, UK – 20.09.2016 

Featured in the Alumni News of The Working Artist - June 2016 

Publication about exhibition "Nature - Source of Life", radio Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria - 03.09.15 

An interview about the exhibition "Nature - Source of Life", Evrokom TVTsarevets, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria - 03.09.15 

An article “Back to Nature”, Borba newspaper, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria -  19.12.14