Pravdoliub Ivanov

Pravdoliub Ivanov was born in 1964. He lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria. He represented Bulgaria at the 2007 Venice Biennale, participated in the biennales in Berlin (2006), Athens (2006) and Sydney (2004), Manifesta 3, Ljubljana (2000), 4th International Istanbul Biennial (1995), and in many solo and group exhibitions. He was a fellow of the Henry Moore Foundation, CEC Artslink New York, KulturKontakt (Austria) and other institutions, and took part in residencies of Cité Internationale des Arts Paris. Ivanov is Assistant Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. He is a member of the Institute of Contemporary Art Sofia, a grassroots independent association of artists and art and culture critics which stages exhibitions, issues publications and hosts seminars. Pravdoliub Ivanov’s works are part of international institutional and private collections including Art Collection Telekom, ERSTE Bank Vienna, Europe Investment Bank Luxembourg, Koç Istanbul, and National Gallery Sofia.

In his work Ivanov uses ordinary objects, familiar from everyday activities and ‘existential’ situations, showing them in possible but illogical arrangements and thus situating them at the fringes of reality. He often exploits the absurdity of clichés that automatically associate various objects with certain conditions or forms of behaviour.

Web: www.pravdo.com

Exhibitions in the gallery: Half-truth, Just Another Boring Day, Neglectable Incidents at the Level of the Eyes

PDF documents: PRESS  CV 


Pravdoliub Ivanov
The Chaos of Desires is Being Arranged by the Disappointments, 2017 Installation: 2 tables, double set of objects, apricot stones



Pravdoliub Ivanov
The Chaos of Desires is Being Arranged by the Disappointments



Pravdoliub Ivanov
The Chaos of Desires is Being Arranged by the Disappointments



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Paper Movie (Kaleidoscope-B&W), 2017, ink-jet printed paper, metal screws, 29.7 x 21 x 4.5 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Trying to Walk in My Own Shoes, 2003-2017, color photo print, 99 x 150 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Existing Object-XII, 2003 (From the series EO), color photo print, 70 x 47 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Lamps, 2013, still, HD video, sound



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Light Trip, 2012, still, HD video, sound



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Flag, 2014, still, HD video, sound



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Black Balloons, 2013, HD video, sound, 1'10''



Pravdoliub Ivanov
There Is Certain Comfort In Abstraction, 2014, metal rail, 20 x 237 x 50 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
The Life of Others Is Somehow Easier, 2005-2014, original doghouse hanged on the wall , 90 x 125 x 99 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Childhood, 2013, object, 177 x 56 x 8 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Unnamed Light Boxes, 2014, two lightboes, 141,5 x 85 x 11,7 cm; 40 x 28 x 11,5 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Just Another Boring Day, 2014, puzzles, 47 x 67 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Hand print, 2001, two colour photographs, lambda print, 50 x 75 cm each



Pravdoliub Ivanov
From the series Non Works, 2007-, photograph, lambda print, 40 x 60 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Zig-Zag Palm Tree, 2014, drawing, pencil and ink on paper, 27 x 25 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Childhood, 2013, drawing, pencil and watercolour on paper, 38 x 45 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
From the series Non Works, 2007- , photograph, lambda print, 26 x 35 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
From the series Existing Subjects, 2007, drawing, pencil and tempera on paper, 35 x 26 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Domestic Patterns, 2011, photograph: lambda print on paper, mounted on dibond, 2 × 120 × 90 cm, Ed. 2/5



Pravdoliub Ivanov
There Are No Perfect Games, 2008, installation of modified found objects, dimensions variable



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Just Because, 2011, mi×ed media: acrylic and lacquer on cardboard, 100 × 70 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Feel free to suffer, Drawing on trace paper, lacquer, mounted on Rives paper, 62,5 × 42,5 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Everybody Suffers, Drawing, pencil on trace paper, lacquer, mounted on Rives paper, 54,5 × 69 cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Endless Suffering, Drawing, pencil on trace paper, lacquer, mounted on Rives paper, 54,5 × 69cm



Pravdoliub Ivanov
One Hour, photo installation, 60 B&W photographs, archival ink print, size of each print 20 × 20 cm, wooden frame, glass, Ed. 2/3



Pravdoliub Ivanov
60 minutes, B&W photography, 60 exposures on one single film square, archival ink print, 60 × 80 cm, Ed. 2/5



Pravdoliub Ivanov
24 houres, B&W photography, 24 shots on one single film square, archival ink print, 60 × 80 cm, Ed. 2/5



Pravdoliub Ivanov
Existing Object-XI, 2003, rug, slippers, 450 × 67 cm