Starchev in the workshop's quiet
13 January, 2018
An exhibition by one of Bulgaria's biggest contemporary sculptors Valentin Starchev has been opened in the Rayko Alexiev Art Gallery of the Union of Bulgarian Artists in Sofia. The collection of pieces will be on display until 30 January.
This Valentin Starchev exhibition comes after the remarkable success of his shows in 2011 and 2015 and the turbulent 2017 when his name was constantly in the media in connection with the fate of the 1,300 Years Bulgaria monument, whose author was Starchev. In his current collection, the master monumental sculpture presents works created over the past several months. From the quiet of his workshop emerged Madonna, Prophet, Orpheus, Light, and Night.
Valentin Starchev was born in Stara Zagora in 1935. In 1959, he graduated from the National Academy of Arts with a degree in Sculpture earned under Prof. Marko Markov. He creates in the fields of monumental and cavalletto sculpture, large-size decorative sculpture as a complement to architecture, small-size sculptures and the art of making orders, coins, etc.
His sculptures are owned by the collections of the Middelheimmuseum in Antwerpen, Belgium; the Peter Ludwig Museum in Aachen, Germany; The Art Centre Hugo Voeten in Belgium; La Fondation Art Dialogue in France; the National Art Gallery in Sofia; private collections in Bulgaria, Italy, the US, the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, etc. Works by Starchev have been gifted to Pope John Paul II, King Juan Carlos of Spain, conductor Herbert von Karajan and others. In addition to the now demolished 1,300 Years Bulgaria, which used to tower over the National Palace of Culture's garden, Starchev is the author of numerous other monuments in Sofia, Burgas, Pleven, Stara Zagora, Rome, Kiev, Edirne, Serbia's Dimitrovgrad, Osaka and other cities.