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Dimitar Genchev

1985 born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2009-2012 Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, NL (BA fine art)
2007 Ecole des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg, FR 
2004 – 2008 National Academy of Arts, Sofia, BG 


The paintings of Dimitar Genchev are obscure and hyperreal at the same time. By altering real-life observations through a wide range of refined painting techniques, shifting of color, composition, and by applying various effects such as depth-of-field, the artist elevates seemingly despicable and ordinary scenes into poetic, timeless images. As a virtuously skilled figurative painter, Genchev transforms the flat surface of his paintings into almost tangible, three-dimensional environments that are as wondrous as they are a testimony to the artist’s abilities with his medium.

Residency:

2012-2013
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/ Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
2012 
Short stay Artists in Residency, Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen

 

Prizes, Fellowships, Grants:

2016 – 2017 
Project Investment for Artists, Mondriaan Fund, NL 
2016
National prizes, Alianz Bulgaria, Painting prize for the region of Plovdiv
2014
Contribution for Emerging Artists, Mondriaan Fund, NL
2012
Buning Brongers painting prize, Amsterdam, NL
2009
Grand prize, Competition for the awards of St. Cyril and St. Methodius International Foundation, Sofia, BG
2008
Grand prize, Competition for the awards of Societe Generale Expressbank, Sofia, BG

Solo exhibitions:

2017
"The Good  Machines" gallery Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam, NL
2015   
“Sweet Pea”, Gallery Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam, NL
2012
“Nostalgia”, Gallery Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam ,NL
2011
Artillerie gallery, Platform for young professional artists, Utrecht, NL

Group exhibitions:

2017 
 "Necessity is the mother of invention", duo show with Pere Liobera, Horizonverticaal, Haarlem, NL 
2016
 “Dining with the artist”, The Mesdag Collection, The Hague, NL
2016
HKU’s Royal Club-Dutch Painting, exhibition at the library of European Council, Brussels, BE
2016 
“Prospects and Concepts”, exhibition organized by Mondriaan Fonds at Art Rotterdam, Van Nelle–Fabriek, Rotterdam, NL
2015  
Group presentation, gallery Gerhard Hofland, PAN art fair, Amsterdam, NL
2015
“Caution wet paint” City Art Gallery, Sofia, BG 
2015 
”Royal Club”, Akademiegalerie, Utrecht, NL
2014
“Wonder boven Wonder”, duo exhibition with Tim Breukers, gallery Van de Weghe, Antwerp, BE
2014
“Nieuw, Nieuwer, Nieuwst: Schilders in beeld”, Gallery LUMC, Leiden, NL
2013 
Exhibition of the artists nominated for the Royal Award for Modern Painting at the Royal Palace, Amsterdam, NL
2013
“Rearanging Reallity”, Project space Sign, Groningen, NL
2008
SHORTLIST 2008, Exhibition and publication of the artists nominated for the Gaudenz B. Ruf AWARD for New Bulgarian Art, City Art Gallery, Sofia, BG
2008
“Close Distance” - Union of Bulgarian artists, Shipka 6 Gallery, Sofia, BG