On May 30th 2017 at 6.00 pm the Dobrich gallery opens an exhibition of ceramic plastic art by Hristo Yonkov. The works of the artist are inspired by the Japanese ceramic tradition, by nature and architecture and bring “the feeling of a special magic and ethereality. This style creates spontaneity, sculptural sensitivity and at the same time grows to a powerful existing form”. The plastic forms are made in the natural ceramic color which enriches their effect of warmth and organic presence.
Hristo Yonkov was born in 1947 in Gabrovo. He graduated from the National Art Academy – Sofia in “Ceramic” under prof. Venko Kolev. He is a member of the Union of the Bulgarian Artists and UNESCO AIAP. In 80s he mainly created monumental ceramics. In the period 1993 0 2010 he was a director of the National High School in Arts “Prof. Venko Kolev” in Troyan. He is also the organizer of an International Symposium “Art Ceramics”, Troyan.

General exhibitions:

1980 – 38th Competition of Ceramic Art, Faenza, Italy

1982 – International Biennial in Ceramic Art, Valoris, France; International Quadriennial in Ceramics, Erfurt, Germany

2001 – Biennial “Fire Art”, Bucharest, Romania

2009 – 15 Anniversary of the International Symposium Ceramic Art – Troyan, gallery “Irexon”, Bucharest, Romania

2010 – European Ceramic Contest, Bornholm, Denmark

International Biennial in Ceramics, Shanghai, China

Annual Saloon in Ceramics “Kostel Badea”, Constanta, Romania

2012 – International Fair in Contemporary Ceramics “Cerco’12”, Zaragoza, Spain

2013 – “Tradition and Modernity”, Bulgarian – Japanese exhibition, Historical Museum, Pavlikeni

Symposia in ceramics:

1981 – Velemi, Hungaria

1995 – “Hamandzhiya”, Constanta, Romania

1999 – Raku Symposium, Plemenitash, Croatia

2000 – “ Zlakusa”, Serbia

“Hamandzhiya”, Constanta, Romania

2003 – “Terraccota Symposium”, Eskisehir, Turkey

2006 – Uzice, Serbia

2007 – “Art-Zhayzhasl”, Bobruisk, Belarus

2008 – International Symposium “The Ceramics and the Glass Between Traditions and the Contemporary Tendancies”, University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoka, Romania, 7th Congress in Ceramic with international participation, Afyon, Turkey

2008 – Bratsigovo

Individual expositions:

2013 – Ceramics, Exposition Center of The Union of the Bulgarian Artists, Shipka 6

2014 – Gallery Orlovska, Gabrovo

2015 – Ceramic structyres, gallery “Sredets” – Sofia

2016 – Art Gallery “Hristo Tsokev” - Gabrovo

Art Gallery “Elena Karamihaylova” – Shumen

City Art Gallery “Boriss Georgiev” – Varna


2009 – specialization in Cite International des art, Paris, France

Works of his are owned by the National Gallery – Sofia, Art Gallery Yambol, Museum of Ceramics – Alkora /Spain/ as well as by private collections in Bulgaria and abroad.