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Johnes Ruta, writer, ¨Mercurator¨
Independent Curator & Art Theorist.

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Mysteries of the Balkans
works by three European Masters
Stoimen Stoilov, Diana Stoilova, & Margarita Voinova

Artists' Reception: Saturday, March 24, 2018 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Curated by: Johnes Ruta

Connecticut Hospice
100 Double Beach Rd
Branford, CT 06405


Exhibition: February 27 to April 12, 2018 10AM - 8PM daily

Stoimen Stoilov - "Woman and Bird"
etching 31" x 24"

Stoimen Stoilov - "Power"
etching 32" x 26 1/2"

STOIMEN STOILOV was born in Varna, Bulgaria in 1944 and is a graduate of the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. He leads his visual articulations with a Surrealist nature, and works in his studio in Vienna.

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. His art has also been influenced by the poetry of friends like Lyubomir Levchev (b. 1935) Poet Laureate of Bulgaria, William Meredith (1919-2007) Poet Laureate of the United States 1978-1980, and the poet Richard Harteis (b.1946).

In 1991, Stoimen Stoilov was awarded Gottfried Von Herder Prize by The University of Vienna. His work resides in Museum of Graphic Arts Albertine, Vienna; the National Museums of Art in Sofia, Columbia, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland; the Pushkin Museum, Moscow; the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris; Yale University; the NY Public Library, and the U.S. Library of Congress, Washington. His most recent shows were a large 2015 retrospective, including two 8 foot wide murals at the Slater Museum in Norwich, and exhibitions at UCONN Avery Point, Groton, CT; New Haven, CT; and Westerly, RI.

Stoimen Stoilov is a first-class engraver for in his recent work he has attained a maturity of touch, an expressivity of line, and a dynamism of the imaginaire which transcends not only the frontiers of reality, but also those of forms. The work of Stoilov is marked by a new vision which scrutinizes the unequalled detail, the most obscure recesses of the body of the being, of the animal, of nature and environment. The minutae of details reveal, as under an X-ray, the articulations and body language of all our living bodies. If at times human beings and things appear in their skeletal elements, they do not for that reason fail to acquire a lightness which makes them float in space, a space overflowing the geometric forms of a picture, a diptych or triptych, to let themselves go freely in movement, in the conquest of new imaginary landscapes.

Margarita Voinova - "Dream Garden"
oil on board, 20" x 12"
Margarita Voinova - "Fairy Tale of Old"
oil on board, 20" x 12"

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 - "Fish"
oil on board, 18"h x 24"w

Diana Stoilova - "Window"
oil on board, 24"h x 18"h

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.

Exhibition: February 27 to April 12, 2018

Hours: Visiting Hours Daily 10AM - 8 PM

Curated by: Johnes Ruta, independent curator & art theorist

Katherine Blossom, Arts Director
Connecticut Hospice

Richard Harteis, President of the William Meredith Foundation,
represnetative of the Stoilov's artwork in the United States.