Valchan Petrov / Biography

About Valchan Petrov's paintings

valchan petrov"At least three artists of this generation deserve the definition of "genius". These are Atanas Yaranov, Dimitar Kazakov and Valchan Petrov. For all of them one powerful idea goes through all their work and throughout their lives. Artistic originality of form puts them beyond all artistic movements and schools of the time ... "

Vladimir Svintila - art critic


Murals, mosaics and ceramics

Valchan Petrov has over 15 frescos, mosaics, and ceramic murals in different towns in Bulgaria and one mural in Pescara, Italy. His works are owned by The National Gallery of Art in Sofia, The City Art Galleries in Sofia and Plovdiv.
Sixteen galleries in different towns in Bulgaria exhibit his paintings in their collections.

Biographical data

  • 1947 – Born in Hissar, Bulgaria
  • 1966 – Graduate the College of Fine Arts, Sofia
  • 1975 – Graduate the Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia
  • 1979 – Member of The Union of Bulgarian artists and IAA
  • 1980 - 84 - lecturer in the Art College, Plovdiv
  • 1984 - 93 – head of the City Gallery of Fine Arts, Plovdiv
  • Since 1993 – freelance artist

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1976 – Montana, Bulgaria
  • 1979 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 1980 – Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1990 – Toronto, Canada – "Dell Bello" gallery
  • 1992 – Malta – National Museum of Fine Arts, March National History Museum, March "100" gallery, June – July
  • 1992 – Antwerp, Belgium – "Galerij de Lelie"
  • 1992–99 – "Europ’ Art", Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1993 – Sofia, Bulgaria – "Kati" gallery
  • 1994 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, "Janet" gallery
  • 1995 – Sofia, Bulgaria, "Seasons" gallery
  • 1996 – Sofia, Bulgaria, The National Parliament
  • 1996 – Budapest, Hungry, The Palace of Culture
  • 1997 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, "Rompheia" gallery
  • 1997 – Sofia, Bulgaria – National Gallery for Foreign Art
  • 1997-2008 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, art fair "Impression"
  • 1998 – Carouge, Switzerland, "Galerie de la Fontenette"
  • 1999 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, "Dyakov" gallery
  • 2000 – Sofia, Bulgaria, The National Palace of Culture
  • 2000 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, "Baracite"
  • 2000 – Barcelona, Spain, Art Expo Barcelona
  • 2001 - Sant Cugat Del Valles, Spain, "Mercantic"
  • 2003 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, "Georg Papazov" gallery
  • 2004 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, House of NATO
  • 2005 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Autumn Exhibitions, Old Town Plovdiv – honorable participation
  • 2006 - Sofia, Bulgaria,"Arte" gallery
  • 2007 - Plovdiv, Bulgaria, City Art Gallery – 50th Birthday anniversary exhibition
  • 2007 - Sofia, Bulgaria, The National Palace of Culture – 50th Birthday anniversary exhibition
  • 2007 - Mol, Belgium, center tKristallijn
  • 2007 – Hissar, Bulgaria, the House of Culture
  • 2008 - Sofia, Bulgaria, "Sezoni" gallery
  • 2008 - Plovdiv, Bulgaria, "Dyakov" gallery
  • 2009 – Pöchlarn, Austria,
  • 2009 - Plovdiv, Bulgaria, "Dyakov" gallery

Other partisipasions

  • 1989 – Fourth Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Canada, Toronto, "Dell Bello" gallery
  • 1990 – First International Painting competition, "Henry Tanas" gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 1992-93 – Sosiete des Artistes Francais, Grand Palais, Paris, France
  • 1993 – Sosiete des Beaux-Art, Grand Palais, Paris, France
  • 1993 – Bulgarian Art, Strasbourg, France
  • 1993 – Bulgarian Art, UNESCO, France
  • 1993-94 – Europe Art, Avignon, France
  • 1994 – "Prista" gallery, Washington, USA
  • 1994-95 – "Orama" gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1994 – University Gallery, Cincinnati, USA
  • 1994 – International Competition – Murals, Pescara, Italy
  • 1998 – "Revival" gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 1999 – "Dyakov" gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 2002 – "L’Union" gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 2003 – "Philippopolis", Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 2004 – "George Papazov" gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 2003-2004 - Exhibition, the island of " Saint Ahil", Greece
  • 2005 – Participant in selection for the First world contemporary art competition, Foundation "Onasis", Greece
  • 2005 –"George Papazov" gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 2006 – "Seasons" gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2006 – "George Trak" gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria 2006 – "Lavren" gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2008 - "George Papazov" gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

Awards

  • 1989 – Grande Prix – Fourth International Exhibition of Miniatures, "Dell Bello" Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 1990 – Grande Prix-First international Painting Competition, "Henry Tanas" Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 1993 – First Prize for painting for Foreign Participants of the Sosiete de Beaux-Art – Grande Pallais, Paris, France
  • 1994 – Second Prize in the First International Competition for Murals of Academia D’Abruzzo, Pescara, Italy
  • 1994 – Silver medal for paintings of Prezident region Provence-Alpes Cote D’azur, Avinion, France
  • 1996 – First prize for paintings, Forum Flandro-Bulgaricum, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1994-96 – First Prize in Annual Competition for Miniatures, Art Addiction Gallery, Stockholm, Sweaden
  • 1997 – First Prize – Expression de l"Ineffable – Orva Foundation, Holland, The National Gallery for Foreign Art
  • 2000 – First Prize, The Fifth Art Exhibition, The National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2004 - First Prize – Wine Cellar "Todoroff" competition, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2004 – Special Award Stara Zagora -The First Balkan Quadrinalle, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
  • 2007 – The Golden Quill, Macta gallery and Radio FM Classic, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2008 – Special Award of Dyakov gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria 2009 – Special Additional Award, Municipality Pöchlarn - hometown of Oscar Kokoschka, Austria


Valchan Petrov’s works are owned by museums and private collections in: Mexico, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Holland, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Hungry, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Portugal, Russia, Lithuania, Canada, Turkey, Malta, Greece, Japan and Switzerland.