EXHIBITION "NAYDEN PETKOV /1918 - 1989/ - THE GENTLE CLASSIC"
The exhibition is opening on February 7th 2018 at 5.30 am in Hall 1 of the Dobrich gallery. It consists of 26 works of the artist – paintings and drawings from the gallery fund which are a small part his significant and multilateral creativity. By this exhibition we recall the creativity of the great Bulgarian painter and pay tribute to it. These works are done in the period 1965 – 1981 and some of them are purchased from the General exhibitions “The Land and the People” in Dobrich and his solo display in the gallery in 1981.
His friends describe Nayden Petkov as “profound, wise, gifted with the fine sensitivity of a poet, combining artistry and nobility, mastery and human dignity”. This aristocrat of spirit is permanently connected with Dobrudzha and therefore a part of his paintings and drawings of the display are thematically connected with our land – Dobrudzha fields, Balchik landscapes.
“….The painter’s beloved subjects are a piece of the native nature, city landscape, still life or portrait, Dobrudzha constantly excites the painter. He seeks and poeticize its features in a cycle of works where the original, philosophic ecstasy of land’s strength gives birth to expressive by their tangible plasticity canvases…..” writes Irina Avramova, an reviewer in 1993.
The exhibition is enriched by biographical data, photos and texts of art-critics about his creative works.
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Nayden Petkov was born on May 16th 1918 in Vidrare village, Sofia region.
While studding in the First mail High School he was a part of the society of Alexander Gerov, Emil Manov, Alexander Vutimski, Mihail Velichkov etc. This young artistic environment issued the magazine “Student Progress“, organized carnivals, set plays and Nayden Petkov “together with E. Manov was one of the most beloved and popular personalities”. In 1937 he had his first student exhibition of wash-drawings. In 1942 he graduated the Art Academy in painting under prof. Nikola Ganushev.
N. Petkov participated in the Fatherland War and in 1945 he displayed paintings in the exhibition “Front and Rear”. Тhe same year he was admitted to membership of the Union of the Bulgarian Painters and in 1946 he received the award of the Ministry of the National Defense for his work “After the Fight at Nish”. In 1947 he opened his first solo exhibition in “Prism” gallery in Sofia and for the rest of his life till 1989 he actively participated in the cultural life of the country. In the period 1948-1950 he was an assistant in the Art Academy and later became a professor in painting /1976/ and a rector of the Academy /1985-1987/. Over the years he was also an artist-producer of some Bulgarian feature films - “Uneasy Road”, “Geratsite”, “The Irreconcilable”. The painter also created posters for the films “Rib Adam’s”, “The Man’s Destiny” etc.
The painter participated in all general exhibitions – in the biennials in Lugano, Ljubljana and Venice as well as in collective expositions in Moscow, Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest, Paris, Mexico, Shanghai etc.
He also arranged solo exhibitions abroad - East Berlin (1960 and 1977), Algeria (1967), Tunisia (1968), West Berlin (1974) and in the country – Dobrich (1981), Sofia (1984), Sozopol (1986), Sliven (1987).
He organized jubilee exhibitions in Sofia both in 1978 and 1988.
Works of his are in the funds of the National Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, the galleries in Burgas, Dobrich, Plovdiv, Russe, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Vidin, Varna, Targovishte, Gabrovo, Haskovo, Sliven, Smolyan, Kardzhali, in private collections in the country and abroad.
He was awarded the prizes “Cyril and Methodius” – First Degree (1959 and 1963), “Red Flag of Labor”(1968), “People’s Republic of Bulgaria”- First Degree (1978). He also became a Laureate of the Dimitrov Prize (1978).
In 1974 Nayden Petkov is declared honorary citizen of Samokov.
1973 – prize for painting “Zahariï Zograff”,Sofia
1980 – first prize for painting, an exhibition “100th Anniversary of the birth of Yordan Yovkov”, Sliven
1982 – prize for landscape under the name “Nikola Petkov”, Vidin
1985 – the prize of Sofia
1987 – prize for literature and art “Dobri Chintulov”, Sliven
Several posthumous exhibitions of the painter were arranged in Sofia: 1998, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and in 2012 prof. Nayden Petkov was posthumously honored with the highest rank of the Art Academy – Doctor Honoris Causa of the National Art Academy.