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 and acrylic paint.
My work captures the magic in the hidden complexity of nature. Take any small detail near a mountain pond and you will find a micro cosmos
full of life, mystery and adventure - much like
in the fairy-tales. My inspiration mainly comes from
hiking in the hills where I also collect the fallen tree bark.
The journey my paintings offer is one of
rediscovery and celebration of life.
I glue and press the bark pieces together to create the base for the three dimensional composition. This produces a surface that is rich in detail and a very
gentle relief. Then I paint, carefully observing
the curves, forms and shapes that appear
on the bark like ghosts.
The result is a combination of my own imagination,
the imagination of the observer
and nature’s own creativity,
all captured in tree bark and colors.
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 three dimensional sculptures and 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.
His art has already inspired the curiosity of a few private collectors in Europe who now own some of his early works. His paintings have been displayed in various craft shops, small galleries and at open exhibitions, for example at the Seven Rila Lakes Hotel in Bulgaria. Two of his later paintings “Destiny” and “Ascension” were shortlisted for The Summer Exhibition 2014 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK. In July 2015 the painting "Ascension" was awarded "Hon. Mention - 3 Dimansional Category" for Nature Art Competition at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery. In 2015 the painting “Sources life” was included in a group charity exhibition for children with diabetes. Currently, Tsvetomir is preparing a new body of works
for future exhibitions.
1982 Born, Lom, Bulgaria.
Currently resides in Boykovtsi, Bulgaria.
2007 Bachelor, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria
2001 High school economics, Lom, Bulgaria
2016 August - The painting "Sources life" was 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" was 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 - The painting "Ascension" was awarded "Hon. Mention - 3 Dimansional Category" for Nature Art Competition at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
2014 May - shortlisted works “Destiny” and “Ascension” for the Summer exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2016 April - "Nature - source of life", The Art Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria
2015 September - "Nature - source of life", Rafael Mihailov exhibition halls, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
2014 August - hotel Rila lakes, Rila mountain, Bulgaria
2016 September - Forest Resonance art festival, Belashtitsa, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2016 August - Tulenovo Art Festival, Tulenovo, Bulgaria
2016 May - A contemporary art festival "Colorful Balkan World", Elana town, Bulgaria
2016 May - Art fair "Sea Resonance", Golden Sands sea resort, Bulgaria
2016 January - Berlin Edition of Quardratfuss
2015 November - charity exhibition "50x50"
for children with diabetes at European commission building, Sofia, Bulgaria
2015 July - charity exhibition "50x50"
for children with diabetes at Rafael Mihailov
exhibition halls, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
2015 May - charity exhibition "50x50"
for children with diabetes at Petko U. Todorov gallery,
Elena town, Bulgaria
2014 December - Petko U. Todorov gallery,
Elena town, Bulgaria
2013 August - exhibited artworks at craft shop "Hantverksbutiken", Jokkmokk, Sweden
www.cultro.eu - an online media, 01.06.16 - an interview in Bulgarian: Tsvetomir Iliev, "Be artists in any aspect of life"
www.binar.bg - an online media, 09.05.16 - an interview in Bulgarian: To see dragons in tree bark
www.rss-bg.info - an online media, 27.04.16 - an article in Bulgarian "Nature - Source of Life"
www.uspelite.com - an online media, 20.04.16 - an interview in Bulgarian: Tsvetomir Iliev and the art from the hands of a self-taught artists
Radio Veliko Tarnov, 03.09.15 - an interview and article in Bulgarian: Exhibition "Nature - Source of Life"
Evrokom TV Tsarevets, 03.09.15 - an interview in Bulgarian:
Exhibition "Nature - Source of Life"
Borba newspaper, Veliko Tarnovo, 19.12.14 - an article in Bulgarian: Back to Nature