The exhibition Prof. Nikolay Maystorov and Students is the fourth one under the project of Vapreki (Despite) Foundation – Teachers and Students in the Fine Arts, supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Culture Programme of Sofia Municipality.
It features Prof. Nikolay Maystorov, Dolores Dilova, Iva Vladimirova, Elitsa Mateeva – Paskins, Raina Stoimirova, Albena Shteniovska – Egloff, Yuliy Takov, Kalin Antonov, Ivan Mihailov – Jani, Lyuben Genov.
Quite recently in an interview for Vapreki.com Nikolay Maystorov admitted: `I am a figurative artist. What I’m interested in is man – as existence, mainly as a psychic existence, as a dualistic nature swinging between the two poles of good and evil. I tend to find this exciting topic in both literature and philosophy, so I refer to biblical texts that provoke this implication of the complex evolution of man during the history of his development. I’m not an illustrator – I rather rediscover my ideas, my essence and my own sense of things.` What of all this has he passed on to his students over the years, however?
The project involves four of the most prominent Bulgarian artists and professors in the field of fine arts, i.e. Emil Popov, Vihroni Popnedelev, Andrey Daniel and Nikolay Maystorov. Placed in an exhibition next to one another, the works of teachers and students make it possible to spot the similarities and differences and to reflect upon them in a discussion. Another important consideration is that we are talking about a live contact between trainees and their teachers, not dead masters. This is an old European tradition which is still alive today not only in the largest galleries.
The project is also included in the Cultural Calendar of Sofia, as well as in the Calendar of Cultural Events related to the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.