A Family Matter
works by three European Masters
Stoimen Stoilov, Diana Stoilova, & Margarita Voinova


Stoimen Stoilov - detail of "Memory of Thrace I"
mural, 13 ft. wide x 6 1/2 ft.in height,
oils, stucco, & drawing on canvas
Stoimen Stoilov - "Absurd Drama"
pastel on paper, 40" wide x 60".in height

STOIMEN STOILOV was born in Varna, Bulgaria in 1944 and is a graduate of the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. He leads his visual articulations with a Surrealist nature, and works in his studio in Basel, Switzerland, and also resides in Sofia, Bulgaria. This exhibition features 2 large mythological MURALS: "Memory of Thrace" I and II, each measuring 13 ft wide x 6 1/2 ft high in height, which had previously been displayed at the Bulgarian Consulate in NY City.

For Stoimen, line is a justified dominating force, and his visions are rich with symbolism and indigenous history. His poetic visions encourage viewers to imagine mythic traditions and lore. He spent time living among the Aborigines in Australia, one of the many cultural influences in his work. In 1991, Stoimen Stoilov was awarded Gottfried Von Herder Prize by The University of Vienna. His work resides in the National Museums of Art in Columbia, Merkel, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, the Pushkin Museum of Art in Russia, and the United States Library of Congress.

Margarita Voinova - "Absurd Drama"
watercolor on paper, 8" wide x 12".in height
Margarita Voinova - "Fairy Tale of Old"
oil on board, 8" wide x 12".in height
 MARGARITA VOINOVA, younger sister of Stoimen Stoilov, was born in Varna, Bulgaria, where she lives and works. Her hand woven tapestries decorate many hotels, banks, restaurants and cultural clubs in Bulgaria and abroad. Her paintings and watercolors are in the possession of numerous galleries, museums, and private collections in Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Finland, USA, Australia and Lebanon. She finds in her works primary archaic signs, created in a pristine naive world bound to the mythology of Earth and Air. For the artist these signs, symbolizing birds, fish and human beings embody the primary idea of the Universe and the understanding among the formations of this world. These symbols are tranquil, intense, simple, tangible and understandable by all people. The artist finds these signs in the traditions of the world civilizations and in her own being. Her contact with the Australian aborigines and their art has been a unique experience. The harmony of colour and shape is striking, surprising, and after all, convincing: through her works, the artist starts a journey back to ancient civilizations, to a culture, shared by all people.  
Diana Stoilova - "Self-Portrait"
oil on board, 18" wide x 24".in height
Diana Stoilova - "Window"
oil on board, 18" wide x 24".in height
 DIANA STOILOVA, daughter of Stoimen Stoilov, lives and works in Vienna, Austria. She was among a small group of artists first shown at UCONN's Alexey Von Schlippe Gallery at Avery Point in Groton, CT in 2000, when this exhibition was visited by the Vice President of Bulgaria.

In 1994, she studied at the Academy of the Beaux Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she attended
a Master Class for Pressure Graphics. In 1997, she studied at the Applied Arts in Vienna.
Works of the artist are in the collections of the Graphics Museum Carpenter, Bath Steben,
Germany, the Dialogue Foundation, Pris, France, the Griffis Art Center, New London, CT,
and in other private collections.

The imagery of US Poet  Laureate WILLIAM MEREDITH (1919-2007) lends itself to deep and beautiful painterly visions. Meredith served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1964 to 1987.  He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1940 , writing his senior thesis on Robert Frost.  While still a college student, his first volume of poetry was selected by Archibald MacLeish for publication in the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition.  During World War II and the Korean Conflict, he server as a flyer in the US Navy.  From 1978 to 1980, he was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, the position from which in 1985 he became the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of  US Congress. He has the distinction of being the first gay poet to receive this honor.  Meredith taught at Princeton University, the University of Hawaii and at Connecticut College, and in 1988 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the Los Angeles Book Award.
Guest Curator poet Richard Harteis
Exhibition: October 17 - November 29, 2008

New haven free public library Gallery
133 Elm street, New Haven, Connecticut

Inquiries : Please contact Gallery Curator:
Johnes Ruta, (203) 387- 4933