Emil Bachiisky
Bulgarian Artists Today
THE CHOICE Module

19/05/2018

BULGARIAN ARTISTS TODAY is a long-term project of the National Gallery for the study, reconstruction and presentation of artistic phenomena and processes in Bulgaria from the late 1980s to the present day.
The presentation of Emil Bachiyski at the National Gallery under the Bulgarian Artists Today programme, The CHOICE Module, exhibits the most significant works of his creative development and emphasises his place and significance in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. He belongs to a vigorous generation that changes plastic language and moulds the appearance of contemporary Bulgarian sculpture of the last decades.
The panorama includes over 500 works by the artist from his entire creative career. Emil Bachiyski’s sculpture is characterised by a considered subject matter, reserved aesthetics and intense sensitivity. Many of his artworks, such as ‘Penelope’, ‘Argus’, and ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’, among others, were inspired by ancient Greek myths and legends, biblical texts, Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’, and by contemporary writers. Literature is a source of themes and issues common to all mankind on which the artist works with sincerity, which makes his creativity even richer in content, along with its high plastic qualities. Emil Bachiyski developed his major cycles, ‘The Kiss’, ‘Sprouts’, ‘Equilibrium’, and ‘One idea’, over two decades. The treatment of the same theme, both in monumental sculpture and in medal design, poses various plastic problems regarding the synthesis of the image, which in many cases is developed into a symbol. His teaching work at the National Academy of Art forms an essential part of his creative opus.

Emil Bachiyski was born in Pleven on 16 July 1969.
1983–1988 Professional Secondary School of Applied Arts, Smolyan,
speciality: Artistic Treatment of Metal.
1993–1998 National Academy of Art, speciality: Artistic Treatment of Metal.
1998–2005 Teacher at the Saint Luca National Secondary School of Applied Arts, Sofia,
speciality: Artistic Treatment of Metal.
Since 2001 Lecturer at the National Academy of Art, speciality: Metal.
Since 2010 Associate Professor at the National Academy of Art,
and from 2011, Head of the Metalwork Department.
Since 2001 Member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sculpture Section.
Since 2004 Member of FIDEM (International Art Medal Federation).
2010 Specialisation at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.
2014 Artist-in-Residence at the Iwase Rock Museum, Sakuragawa, Japan.

Since 1998 Participation in over 200 national and international exhibitions and symposia:
2017 ‘With One Voice’, joint exhibition, Seasons Gallery, Sofia.
2016 ‘3 x 3 x 3’, joint exhibition, Bulart Gallery, Varna.
2014 Joint exhibition with Zoya Lekova, the Iwase Rock Museum, Sakuragawa, Japan.
Solo exhibition, Rayko Aleksiev Gallery, Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia.
Exhibition in the Hindliyan House Museum, ‘Eliminated Systems’ National Autumn Exhibitions, Plovdiv.
2012 ‘Birdhouses’, joint exhibition, Hadji Nikoli Inn, Veliko Tarnovo.
2010 ‘Invisible’, joint exhibition, Union of Bulgarian Artists, 6, Shipka St., Sofia.
Exhibition of medal sculpture, ‘Sofia Medal Fest’, a project of Prof. Bogomil Nikolov, Sofia Press Gallery, Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia.
2007 Exhibition of sculpture, Art Spectre Gallery, Plovdiv.