Vesselin Kourtev – Gallery Director (http://www.kourtev.com)

Vesselin Kourtev has over 20 years of experience as a professional fine art artist. He graduated from Faculty of Fine Art at the University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria. From 1989 until 2002 he worked in Art School of Scenography, Plovdiv and took part in the artistic life of Bulgaria and Europe. Participated in numerous one-man shows and international exhibitions. In 2002 he moved to live in New Jersey and in 2007 he founded the Alfa Art Gallery. He chose to open his gallery here because of its excellent location amidst academic, theatrical, business and social settings, similar to locations in his native Bulgaria.

To be able to fully comprehend and appreciate Vesselin’s paintings we need to know a bit about his past, where he comes from and what traditions and values govern his life. He was born in Bulgaria, an ancient country with a very rich historical and cultural heritage – from the fascinating gold work of the Thracians through the unique Roman architecture to the Byzantine mosaics and paintings.

His early education was in classical art and over the years his work has evolved.  Today his art is that of a mature artist with his own individuality. The subjects that intrigue him most are human relationships and the interaction in their personal and global dimensions. The events he depicts take place in an abstract, almost fictional environment and the message conveyed by the state of the figures and their faces, reinforced with subtle gestures and movements is that of connectedness and balance. Vesselin’s strength as an artist is a result of his sensitivity and imagination as well as his strong sense of composition and wonderful use of color and texture. In most cases the people seem familiar, the poses are subtle, and everything is woven together with lyrical power. 

Vesselin has been described as a “unique neo-symbolist in abstract disguise, a romantic in the tradition of artists like Arnold Bocklin…and Walter Crane.” The big difference between Vesselin’s work and these earlier artists is that his message is more imaginative and seamlessly integrated with a unified and more balanced aesthetic vision.

 

EDUCATION

 MFA – Faculty of Fine Art at the University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2007 – Present: Founder, Director and Resident Artist of the Alfa Art Gallery.

1989 – 2002: Art School of Scenography, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2012 – “αrchive IV” – Small Format / Affordable Art Group Exhibition Opening Reception

2012 – “Temples” – Solo Exhibition, First Gallery, Heldrich, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2012 – “Temples” – Solo Exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2012 – “Moments in Matter” – Solo Exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2012 – “Jivko and Vesselin” – A Two Man Show Exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2011 – “αrchive III” – Group Exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2011 – “The Message” – Solo Exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2011 – “Abstract Reality” – Group Exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2010 – “αrchive II” – Group Exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2010 – Solo Exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2009 – “Transfigured” – Group Exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2009 – “αrchive I” – Group Exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2009 – “Zoom”- Solo Exhibition, 5th “Art to Green” Exhibition at Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2009 – 3th “Art to Green” Exhibition at Alfa Art Gallery, Group Exhibition, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2008 – Solo Exhibition, City Art Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2008 – Solo Exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2008 – 1st “Art to Green” Exhibition at Alfa Art Gallery, Group Exhibition, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2007 – Group Exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2006 – Group Exhibition, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

2005 – Group Exhibition, Agora Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

2005 – Group Exhibition, Wilson Gallery, Mountain Lakes, NJ, USA

2005 – Group Exhibition, Millburn-Short Hills Art Center Exhibition, Summit, NJ, USA

2005 – Group Exhibition, Bergen Museum, Paramus, NJ, USA

2005 – Group Exhibition, Bernardsville Public Library Exhibition, “Let’s Read: Artists Inspiration from Literature”, Bernardsville, NJ, USA

2004 – Group Exhibition, Bergen Museum Art Festival, Paramus, NJ, USA

2004 – Group Exhibition, Gourkovo, Bulgaria

2003 – Group Exhibition, Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Red Bank, NJ, USA

2002 – Solo Exhibition, Luniol Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2002 – Solo Exhibition, Galerie de Langenhof, Zwolle, Nederland

2002 – Group Exhibition, Convent Ter Apel Gallery, Nederland

2001 – Solo Exhibition, Art Center Gallery, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria

2001 – Solo Exhibition, Gerry Gallery, Kampen, Nederland

2000 – Solo Exhibition, Gallery 1C, Den Haag, Nederland

2000 – Solo Exhibition, Art Gallery, Kasteel de Essenburg, Hierden, NL – The exhibition was open by Bulgarian cultural attaché in Nederland

2000 – Solo Exhibition, Union Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2000 – Group Exhibition, Estland Gallery, Gendt, Nederland

2000 – Group Exhibition, Stadhuis Gallery, Culemborg, Nederland

2000 – Group Exhibition, Hedendaag, Nederland

1999 – Solo Exhibition, Gallery Kendros, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

1999 – Group Exhibition, Jacob Jordaеns Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

1998 – Solo Exhibition, the Town Gallery, Kozloduy, Bulgaria

1997 – Solo Exhibition, Bulgarian Art Centre Gallery, Prague, Chez Republic

1997 – Solo Exhibition, the Town Gallery, Gianitsa, Greece

1997 – Solo Exhibition, Vuzrajdane Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

1996 – Solo Exhibition, Vuzrajdane Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

1996 – Solo Exhibition, Balaban House Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

1995 – Solo Exhibition, Art Centre Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

1995 – Solo Exhibition, The Old Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

1994 – Solo Exhibition, Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1994 – Solo Exhibition, Spectrum Gallery, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

1993 – Solo Exhibition, Europ’Art 1993 International Fair, Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland, represented by Gallery’100 – Malta

1993 – Solo Exhibition, Gallery Voice, Sofia, Bulgaria

1992 – Solo Exhibition, Art Center Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

1991 – Solo Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

1990 – Solo Exhibition, the Old Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

1989 – Solo Exhibition, Art Center Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

1988 – Solo Exhibition, Art Center Gallery, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

1987 – Solo Exhibition, Art Center Gallery, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

His works are owned by many galleries and private collectors worldwide including Bulgaria, Germany, France, USA, Malta, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Turkey.