Current Exhibition


A Loner in the Landscape. Zdravko Aleksandrov (1911 -1998)


Gallery "Loran" presents

A Loner in the Landscape.

Zdravko Aleksandrov (1911 – 1998)

6 ‒ 29 June 2024

Opening: June 6, Thursday, 6.30 p.m

SBH, 6 Shipka St., 2nd floor

curator: Mariyana Avramova

design: Svetla Georgieva-Monhard


After three years of preparation, the Gallery Loran organized a large retrospective exhibition of the artist Zdravko Alexandrov in partnership with the Union of Bulgarian Artists and with the support of the Capital Program "Culture".

The exhibition includes over 100 works from state and private collections, including: National Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, National Academy Art Museum, Art Gallery - Smolyan, Art Gallery - Dobrich, Art Gallery "Kiril Petrov" - Montana, Historical Museum - Lom, Art Gallery - Ruse, City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev" - Varna, Art Gallery "Dimitar Dobrovich" - Sliven, Art Gallery "Stanislav Dospevski" - Pazardzhik, Art Gallery "Elena Karamihailova" - Shumen, Art Gallery "Akademik Iliya Petrov" - Razgrad, Art Gallery "George Papazov" - Yambol, Art Gallery "Ivan Funev" - Vratsa, Art Gallery - Pernik, Art Gallery "Bencho Obreshkov" - Karnobat , City Art Gallery "Father Paisiy" - Berkovitsa, Art Gallery - Kazanlak, Art Gallery - Silistra, Gallery "Loran", Gallery "Djurkovi", Gallery "Dimitar Georgiev", Gallery "Filipopolis", Collection of Toma Nikolov, Collection of Boyan Radev, Collection of Kolyu Byanov, Collection, etc. private collections.

The event takes place in the halls of the SBH at 6 Shipka Street, floor 2 from June 6 to 29, 2024 and focuses on the artist's entire work. During the exhibition, a monographic edition will be presented, which aims to popularize and confirm the name of the painter as a significant master of the Bulgarian landscape.

Zdravko Aleksandrov Kanchelov graduated from the Decorative Department of the State Academy of Arts in 1935 and already with his first performances attracted the attention of the public and specialists. His participation in general exhibitions and his solo performances have been commented on in texts by leading critics. In 1942, he was among the 35 artists chosen to represent Bulgaria at the Venice Biennale. His works, regardless of whether they are within the framework of the models in which time places him, or carry the spirit of the modern, outline the appearance of an artist with a variety of plastic expressions.From the very beginning, he demonstrated his dedication to the landscape. He travels tirelessly all over Bulgaria. Smolyan, Devin, Melnik, Balchik, Zlatograd, Klisura, Boyana, Dolen, Osenovo, German, Kniazhevo, Passarel, Veliko Tarnovo, Samokov. He paints in nature. A large part of his works are inspired by the Bulgarian mountains - the Rhodopes, Vitosha, Stara planina, Rila. It depicts peaks and rocks, gorges and slopes sheltered in the folds of the mountain houses. He is particularly fond of the Rhodope landscape, a theme repeatedly developed by authors such as Danail Dechev, Tsanko Lavrenov, Anastas Staykov, Zlatyu Boyadzhiev, Vladimir Rilski, Vasil Barakov, David Perets, Vladimir Kavaldzhiev, Nayden Petkov, Alexander Petrov and others. Urban landscapes with lively markets, streets, factories and industrial enterprises, fishermen occupy a significant part of his work.

A painter with an impressive volume of work, Zdravko Alexandrov organized ten solo exhibitions and is an active participant in general, collective and group exhibitions in Bulgaria, in exhibitions of Bulgarian art in England, Germany, Greece, Denmark, India, Italy, Cuba, Poland, Romania , USSR, Hungary, France, Turkey, Switzerland, etc. Three times he won the Sofia Prize (1967, 1969, 1971), he received an award for painting from the SBH, he was awarded orders and medals, among which the Order of "St. Cyril and Methodius" (1961, 1963), "People's Republic of Bulgaria" 1st degree, etc.

The name of Zdravko Aleksandrov is unknown to many today, but he is undoubtedly one of those artists whose respectable work is an inalienable part of the complex and colorful picture of Bulgarian art from the middle of the 20th century.