Luben Stoev was born in 1939 in Sofia. In 1963 graduated Graphic Art from the Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden, under Professor Leah Grundig. He has been working in the field of graphics, drawings, painting and installation.
At the end of the 60’s Luben Stoev becomes part of the Bulgarian artistic life. Since the70’s he has had solo exhibitions abroad – in Austria, Germany, Nicaragua, India, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Alger and more.
The painter has numerous awards and scholarships. In 1972 he was awarded the Sofia Prize, in 1984 – the great prize of the International Biennale in Bistritza of Bansko, the Republic of Czechoslovakia, and in 1987 and 1989 – The ‘Man and Labor’ award. In 1984 Stoev won a scholarship of Cite des Arts International, Paris, in 1985 of the ‘Bermansgluk’ Gelzenkirchen, Germany, and in 2004 of the Zusman and Culture Contact Foundation, Austria.
Luben Stoev is author of the cycles ‘Third World’, ‘Market Space’, ‘Transformations’, and ‘Outsiders’.
The exhibition at Sofia Art Gallery presents the „Soup Kitchen” cycle. The exposition features installations and large-scale drawings and forms part of the „Soup kitchen” projects of BNP Pariba Bulgaria.
Educated at a German school of arts, the author is addicted to the aesthetics of Eexpressionism. It is reflected in the context of Bulgarian reality. The impact of the works is subdued to contrast. The dissonant opposition finds expression in the monochromatic gamut, standing for misery and polyphonic colorfulness of actual objects, metaphorically reflecting luxury and opulence.The contrast is shocking, provocative and even repelling. It implements the painter’s objective – make us think about it.
On 19 December 2005 from 6 p.m. at Sofia Art Gallery a charitable auction will take place, organized by BNP Pariba and Sofia Art Gallery.