KVADRAT 500, ATRIUM
on 28, 29 and 30 May, from 12:00 to 18:00
On 1 June (Tuesday), from 16.00 to 17.30, the artist will conduct an atelier for youngsters aged between 7 and 12, free of charge,
observing all anti-epidemic measures and with controlled access!
‘The Wall’ is a project the National Gallery launched in September 2020. The aim is to provide an opportunity to graffiti artists and creators of contemporary murals to display their works in the atrium of Kvadrat 500 on a specially designated wall over 26 m long.
A clear social message: this is one of the most distinctive features of Aleksi Ivanov’s work. His bright, colourful, daring personages with an incredible sense of humour and a moderate measure of irony, watch us from various sites in the urban environment of the capital, a number of cities in Bulgaria, and far beyond its borders. His style is definitively recognisable—one of the reasons for never signing his works. And although his name is missing from them, the composition, colours, subject, characters, and the choice of where and how to portray them, always suggest their creator.
Transformer substations, electrical switchboards, doors of residential buildings and garages, bridges, façades, even a tram—these are the places where we have most frequently seen, or are yet to see, his works. One of them will be displayed for several months in the atrium of Kvadrat 500, among the remarkable sculptures of the permanent museum exposition.
The curatorial team was assisted by Nikolay Petrov – GLOW, the first graffiti artist to perform in ‘The Wall’ project, who proposed that the next work be Aleksi Ivanov’s.
For his part, Aleksi chose to present a mural painting specially designed for the particular environment, entitled ‘The Eggcident’. It illustrates the buoyant, dynamic life on the street, variegated with colours, tastes and flavours, from the time when we did not know about social distancing and when the handshake and hug were desirable and necessary forms of communication.
Curators: Martin Kostashki and Boryana Valchanova, National Gallery
Aleksi Ivanov (1988) has worked intensively in the field of graffiti and street art since 2003, both independently and jointly with various artistes, street artists and illustrators from the country and abroad. His work with Victoria Georgieva, both members and co-founders of the FAMOU team, is the most stable in time. Over the years, he has collaborated considerably with Dimitar Mehandjiiski, Chrome, GLOW, Diana Naneva, and Veronika Nikolaeva among others.
2021. ‘Street Art for Home’, Sito Studio, the VISIONARY Foundation and NoPoint Atelier, in partnership with Credo Bonum Gallery.
2020. ‘100 Faces’, painting a Sofia tramcar over with personages characteristic of and emblematic for Aleksi Ivanov’s style: over 100 faces of different ages, with different professions and with different social status, including people with physical and mental disabilities.
2020, 2019, 2018. Participation in graffiti festivals on the wall of the refugee centre in Harmanli, organised by the International Organization for Migration.
2019. Participation in a project on the occasion of 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. At the invitation of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Sofia, he painted a room inside its building.
2018. Painting a temporary mural on a wall measuring 30 sq.m, and conducting a series of workshops at the Alexandre Vittone Primary School in Saint-Étienne, France.
2017. Painting two murals with a total area of over 400 sq.m in Cerbère, France, together with GLOW and the Sunshiners crew. The project was launched by Can Decreix, a collective for sustainable nature development.
2016. ‘Riot 1312’, a solo exhibition at the Boris Georgiev Art Gallery, Varna, which also presents images for the blind and a tactile object, developed jointly with Dr Ivan Shishmanov School for Children with Impaired Vision, Varna.