Kiril Stanchev is born in 1974 in the ancient and picturesque Danubian city of Rousse. He is a representative of the new generation of young Bulgarian artists who are trying to combine the beauty in the tradition of the old masters with the complex emotions of the present. Inspired initially by the rich cultural atmosphere of his own family, and particularly by his grandfather Kiril Stanchev Sr., one of the biggest names in Bulgarian art, Stanchev developed his style under the supervision of some of the best Bulgarian artists in the Sofia College of Fine Arts. According to him nature is the eternal source of the beautiful, it never stops to amaze our imagination and is the reason for his preoccupation with landscapes.
"Nature is boundless and there is nothing in the modern world even in the slightest similar to the feeling of owe experienced when faced with a mountain peak piercing the horizon and at the same time rushing down to reincarnate itself on the still surface of the resting sea. There is nothing like the flickering lights of the thousands of lives immersed in the magic of the city when encountering the first moments of the night."
In his work the painter combines and juxtaposes light and shadow, matter and density, he studies in detail the specificity and harmony of the natural forms and manages to recreate on the canvass the meandering of his own moods and emotions.
"It is the very ambiguity and evasiveness of nature, the contradictory to the human mind dynamism and eternal stillness of its existence. An unattainable aim and unreachable destination, the never being of past and future, the simultaneous presence and absence. The short for inspiration or simply, nature?"
In the last ten years Kiril Stanchev managed to establish his name among the most promising Bulgarian painters and presented his work in a number of co-authered and individual exhibitions. His paintings are owned by collectors world-wide, including USA, Canada, Germany, France, Austria, and more than 15 other countries.
“Inspiring! Here is an artist with a mature and truly unique style!”
Christof Ivas, The Journal of Contemporary Art - UK