Krastyo Todorov

Krastyo Todorov​ was born 1959 in the Black Sea town of Burgas, Bulgaria.

In 1978 he graduates from the Art school in Kazanlak. In the period of 1981-1985 he studied painting in the University of Veliko Tarnovo “St. Cyril and Methodius”.

Defined as a master of grotesque, with his characteristic sense of humor, Krastyo Todorov (Ketza) presents the theme of alienation in an original way that does not exclude optimism as well.

The main idea in the Harlequin cycle is loneliness, alienation - the disease of modern society. The big city has no mechanisms for bringing people together, but it helps to alienate them. The development of civilization is taking us further away from nature. Harlequin, an image of loneliness, sadness, intuition, looking for lost connections. He often goes into dialogue with strange subjects: the old turntable, the shell, the fish. Ketza's pictures predispose to reflection. At first glance, with a clear and categorical storyline, they reveal many layers of people's lives. Optimism is the other parallel that so much attracts to these fantastically real plots.

His paintings are populated with fabulous themes of sad love harlequins as mentioned, defiantly naked women and strange animals. Attract attention and special pale landscapes with old houses and unique fairy land atmosphere. Generally in Ketza's paintings the time has stopped, closing a world of love, harmony and beauty. At the same time the viewer gets the feeling that behind the canvas with a playful wink at him artist, suggesting it its mellow, even hedonistic attitude towards life.

Solo Exhibitions:

1991: Malmedi, Belgium
1992: Gallery Lubke, Frankfurt / M, Germany
1993: Gallery Lubke, Frankfurt / M, Germany
1998: Gallery "Luna ..." Burgas, BG
1999: Gallery Alternance, Hardelot, France
2001: Paris, France (through Gallery Alternance)
2001: Gallery "Nessy" Burgas, BG
2002: Lyon, France, (by Gallery Alternance)
2002: Gallery "Burgas", Burgas, BG
2003: Gallery Alternance, Hardelot, France
2003: Gallery "Nessy" Burgas, BG
2004: Gallery "Nessy" Burgas, BG
2005: Sömmerda, Germany
2005: Reigate, GB
2005: Glasgow, GB
2005: Gallery Alternance, Hardelot, France
2006: Newcastle, UK
2006: Gallery "Biscuit Factory"
2006: London, GB
2006: Dandee, Scotland, Bank Street Gallery
2006: Oberbank - Gmunden, Austria
2006: Gallery "Mireli ART" Sofia, BG
2007: Gallery "Nessy" Burgas, BG
2007: Gallery Alternance, Hardelot, France
2007: Gallery "Mireli ART" Sofia, BG
2007: House of humor and satire, Gabrovo, BG
2008: Gallery "Aspect" Povdiv, BG
2008: Gallery "Nessy" Burgas, BG
2009 Gallery "Aspect" Plovdiv, BG
2009: Gallery "Nessy" Burgas, BG
2010: Gallery "Aspect" Plovdiv, BG
2010: Gallery "Serdika" Warsaw, Poland
2010: "VOX-Art" Gallery Burgas, BG
2011: Gallery "Aspect" Plovdiv, BG
2011: Gallery "Aleksandrovska" Burgas (Federation of Artists from Burgas) - "Retrospective in (50) Drawings"
2011: Gallery "Serdika" Warsaw, Poland (The Bulgarian Cultural Institute)
2011: Gallery "Zhivkova", Lomsha, Poland -by Bulgarian Cultural Institute
2012: Gallery "Largo" Varna, BG; "VOX-Art" Gallery Burgas, BG
2012: Gallery "Serdika" Warsaw, Poland (The Bulgarian Cultural Institute)
2013 Gallery "Nessy" Burgas, BG
2013: Gallery "Aspect" Plovdiv, BG; Gallery "Soraya" Szczecin, Poland2014: Society of the Artists of Burgas, Burgas: Painting Exhibition

Group exhibitions:

1991: Brussels, Belgium
1991: Liege, Belgium
1993: Frankfurt / M., Germany
1998: Ankara, Turkey
1999: Paris, France
2000: Frankfurt / M., Germany
2004: Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Bulgarian Art "Dencing on embers", Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2004: Gallery "Biscuit Factory" Newcastle, UK "Bulgarian brilliance"
2004: Balkan Quadrennial for Painting "Myth and Saying of My Folk", Stara Zagora, BG
2005: International Biennial of Humor and Satire in Art, Gabrovo, BG
2007: International Biennial of Humor and Satire in Art, Gabrovo, BG
2008: Balkan Quadrennial for Painting "Myth and Legend of My Folk", Stara Zagora, BG
2009: International Biennial of Humor and Satire in Art, Gabrovo, BG
2010: Bienniale "Friends of the Sea" Burgas; BG
2011: International Biennial of Humor and Satire in Art, Gabrovo, BG
2012: Balkan Quadrennial for painting "Myth and Saying of My Folk", Stara Zagora, BG
2012: Bienniale "Friends of the Sea" Burgas; BG
2016: Balkan quadrinnale for painting "Myth and legends of my people", Stara Zagora, BG
2013: International Biennial of Humor and Satire in Art, Gabrovo, BG
2014: Bienniale "Friends of the Sea" Burgas; BG
2015: International Biennial of Humor and Satire in Art, Gabrovo, BG
2015: "Confluence'15" - international art contest-exhibicion, Gallery "ARTeterne" New Delhi, India
2016: Bienniale "Friends of the Sea" Burgas; BG
2016: National exhibition "Alliance-Bulgaria"; Sofia, Union of Bulgarian Artists, 6 Shipka Street

Awards:

2011: Nomination for the Grand Prix of the House of Humor and Satire in Art, Gabrovo, BG
2011: "Artist of the Year" - a prize from Burgas Town Hall
2013: Prize of the House of Humor and Satire in Art, Gabrovo, BG
2015: The big prize "Confluence'15" - international art contest-exhibicion, Gallery "ARTeterne" New Delhi, India
2016: Nomination for the big prize in a competition from the bank "Allianz" - Bulgaria


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