International Artist Feature: Bulgaria

Welcome back to our International Artist Series!

Today we’re catching up with seven amazing artists from Bulgaria, the beautiful country west of the Black Sea. I asked each
artist how
their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered great
responses.

Trifon Andreev

Trifon is a self-taught illustrator from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. His unique dot-line style combines black and white textures for a stunning graphic look.

Check out his work below, and see more in his portfolio.

A Higher Place Art Print

My artwork is often based on lyrics or old legends that I’ve heard from my
grandparents.

A Higher Place Art Print
A Higher Place Art Print

Spreading the Disease Dotwork Illustration

I graduated from high school this year, and now I’m working
hard on my portfolio.

My dream is to one day create artwork for my favorite bands like Mastodon and Kvelertak. I have already made some pieces for a local band that I admire, and I am really proud of the
results.

Spreading the Disease Dotwork Illustration
Spreading the Disease Dotwork Illustration

Divine Comedy Dotwork Illustration – Details

Divine Comedy Dotwork Illustration - Details
Divine Comedy Dotwork Illustration – Details

Diamonds Aren’t Forever

My hometown is an amazing place. We have a
strong creative community, too.
A lot of young people are trying to build something new and different.

Diamonds Arent Forever
Diamonds Aren’t Forever

Katina Peeva

Katina is an artist from Sofia, Bulgaria. She makes amazing creatures out of clay and paper and even creates gorgeous illustrations.

Check out her work below, and see more in her portfolio.

Miles

What I love about Bulgaria is the nature, the mountains and the old
villages have preserved their authentic spirit.

I love Sofia
because of its small alleys with their special atmosphere, especially in the
city’s center. I also love the warm and generous people you
can meet everywhere.

Miles by Katina Peeva
Miles

Paper Monsters

For me, the Bulgarian folklore is a great source of inspiration. I love
the magic fairy tales, the mythology and the fantastic stories about all the different strange creatures.

Paper Monsters by Katina Peeva
Paper Monsters

Village

Village by Katina Peeva
Village

The Nutcracker

I hope that someday I will have the time
and opportunity to do illustrations based on more Bulgarian tales.

The Nutcracker by Katina Peeva
The Nutcracker

Denis Angelov

Denis is an illustrator from Sofia, Bulgaria. His illustration style mixes cool colors with fluid shapes. Enjoy his unique eye and point of view.

Check out his work below, or see more in his portfolio.

He’s a Punk Illustration

Growing up in a
small town, I have always felt like I could be more creative
and productive in a peaceful environment. As a graphic designer in a
digital advertising agency, both my work and personal projects seem to come out better when my mind is at peace, which is here in Bulgaria.

Hes a Punk Illustration by Denis Angelov
He’s a Punk Illustration

A Really Busy Businessman Looking at His Shoe

I mostly focus on form, color, aesthetic and atmosphere for my work. I believe these are important things illustrators should have in mind while working on a project.

A Really Busy Businessman Looking at His Shoe by Denis Angelov
A Really Busy Businessman Looking at His Shoe

Fall Illustration

Fall Illustration by Denis Angelov
Fall Illustration

Personal Work

Ever since I moved to Sofia six years ago I have had various developments in my opinion on the art community here. Overall, I have come to realize
that the community is very supportive.

We have some amazing and talented contemporary
illustrators and there are often group exhibitions here in Sofia where you can
participate and display your work. And that’s honestly what’s so good about it—you feel motivated to be productive because there is always a
need for different points of views.

Personal Work by Denis Angelov
Personal Work

Radostina Georgieva

Radostina is a graphic designer from Sofia, Bulgaria. She’s passionate about branding and creates brilliant branding packages with a vibrant minimalist style.

Check out her work below and see more in her portfolio.

Sofiabeats Logo

I love the beaches, the mountains, the beautiful nature and the tasty
food. I live in Sofia, the capital city, and I really like that people
here know how to balance work and social life. After a day in
the office there is nothing better than a beer in the park with some
friends.

Sofiabeats Logo by Radostina Georgieva
Sofiabeats Logo

Publishing House Branding

When it comes to style, I would say I am influenced by worldwide design movements and international artists.

Publishing House Branding by Radostina Georgieva
Publishing House Branding

Typography Compositions

Typography Compositions by Radostina Georgieva
Typography Compositions

Oxygen Fitness Center Branding

We have a really strong design community here, I`ve met a lot of new friends on the regular meet ups and workshops.

Sofia is full of young creatives, design events, exhibitions and
workshops so inspiration is easy to find. This has helped me improve my
skills and develop lots of professional connections.

Oxygen Fitness Center Branding by Radostina Georgieva
Oxygen Fitness Center Branding

Hristian Ivanov

Hristian is a concept artist based in Lukovit, Bulgaria. His awesome 3D style features futuristic concepts you’ll wish were real.

Check out his work below and see more in his portfolio.

Adidas Concept

I really love the nature in Bulgaria. Even when you travel by train or car, you’ll see impressive views looking out the window.

Adidas Concept by Hristian Ivanov
Adidas Concept

Concepts 02

The first thing that probably influenced me was my grandfather’s
drawings, but I guess my curiosity about art also came from inside.

I come from a small
town and thanks to internet I’ve
learned a lot. I feel I’ve now opened myself to the greater art world.

Concepts 02 by Hristian Ivanov
Concepts 02

Helmet Concepts

Helmet Concepts by Hristian Ivanov
Helmet Concepts

Robotic Character

The Bulgarian art community is pretty strong. There are a lot of
talented people in different areas of art. It’s not a big country but I try to contribute with whatever I can, and give directions and tips.

Robotic Character by Hristian Ivanov
Robotic Character

Gergana Stankova

Gergana is a pattern and textile designer from Sofia, Bulgaria. Her gorgeous patterns feature designs inspired by Bulgarian culture and traditional embroidery.

Check out her work below and see more in her portfolio.

Inspired by Bulgarian Motifs No.8

I love how much potential there is around here. There are more and more people returning to Bulgaria once they’ve completed their
education abroad. You can now feel a new vibe in so many ways. I hope it
will lead to a visible change

Inspired by Bulgarian Motifs No8 by Gergana Stankova
Inspired by Bulgarian Motifs No.8

Shevitza Geometrics Design #9

My work in particular is strongly influenced by the
cultural heritage of Bulgaria. I research archaic textile figures
and base my designs on the challenge to turn them into contemporary
graphics.

Shevitza Geometrics Design 9 by Gergana Stankova
Shevitza Geometrics Design #9

3D Printed Jewellery

3D Printed Jewellery by Gergana Stankova
3D Printed Jewellery

SilkShevitza Packaging

I am in awe of the systematic techniques behind old craftsmanship and have been looking for direct inspiration from it for the last five years.

Luckily, the community here is big enough to always have someone to collaborate with yet small enough that everyone knows each other.

SilkShevitza Packaging by Gergana Stankova
SilkShevitza Packaging

Boris Stoyanov

Boris is a concept artist from Sofia, Bulgaria. Vibrant and enigmatic, his incredible work features digital illustrations of landscape concepts and game designs.

Check out his work below and see more in his portfolio.

The Cave

The thing I love most about living in Bulgaria is by far the nature. We
have a few beautiful mountains and quite a few awesome forests. I live in the capital right next to Vitosha mountain, so a nice trek
through nature is only a few minutes away.

The Cave by Boris Stoyanov
The Cave

The Dawn of The New World Children’s Book illustrations

The region has definitely affected my
thinking process. I’m currently working as a background
designer on a folklore-based animation series, so you can say I have
started delving a bit further into Bulgarian culture. I am sure that
will influence my work in the coming years.

The Dawn of The New World Childrens Book illustrations by Boris Stoyanov
The Dawn of The New World Children’s Book illustrations

Speed Paintings

Speed Paintings by Boris Stoyanov
Speed Paintings

The First Kuker Warrior Animation Short

I have started to notice an increasing number of people interested in animation and illustration in Bulgaria. Something that until a few years ago, was considered
to be a no prospect field.

Overall, the art community is full of young,
positive and super talented people and I am eager to see what they will
be doing next!

The First Kuker Warrior Animation Short by Boris Stoyanov
The First Kuker Warrior Animation Short

Many thanks to the artists who took time to answer my
questions and share a bit about themselves and how their country and/or culture
has affected their work. You can check out more of their work in the links
below: