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Introspection

New commissioned self-portrait:






"Contemporary syntheses: The Body in balkan art"...

Catalog for "Contemporary syntheses: The Body in balkan art"...



"The portraits of Bogdan Aleksandrov reveal a permanent tendency for self‑definition — regardless of the identity of the subject. His works are distinguished by the acuity of the analysis, and by a finesse of the psychological investigation which goes beyond the first, visible layer of observation. By taking his study deeper into the profound characteristics of the character he analyses, the painter pays less attention to the anatomical details, as he is more interested in the condition of the inner dimensions of the human spirit. In this light, the portrait appears to be an opening towards the inner universe. Once the obstacle of concreteness is left behind, the metaphysical gesture takes us into a space of melancholy, visually translated in pastel color, free of strong accents — which would disturb the feeling of meditative peace the artist strives to envision. "



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As an Artist

  Bogdan Aleksandrov,"Process" studio,                                                                                    June, 2008



“As an artist”
It is difficult to define what is “good”art or “bad” art as well as what is the meaning of culture to our societies, for myself, I do not try to define these things; I leave this for the critics and art historians to debate; rather, I focus on embracing my own motivating drive with as much sincerity and force of conviction as is possible. With no judgments for other artists and the beliefs they espouse, I find my drive as an artist in my ability to translate those issues and concerns of society which surround us today into aesthetically synthesized intuitions, sometimes even surprising myself in the new understandings they seem to offer up. As an artist, I do not offer the intention of “good” or “bad” art, I offer conviction, sincerity, and the faith that the work I create will somehow have resonance in an individual spectator in …

Now and Then

Societies are dominated by events (resulting from ideas), and subsequent changes (creating new ideas). The categorization and structuring of events into cycles and periods by researchers contributes to an understanding of them today and allows for a possible prognosis of the future.
I was born in 1960. In the country where I was born this same period was referred to as the beginning of  socialism victorious; simultaneously, one of my first conscious memories is from the end of the time allotted by American sociologists for the baby boom generation. It is captured on a colored black and white photograph. At the time it was taken it was common to enlarge and hand color family photos. The picture is from a local religious celebration, and the people in it do not yet know the names of the periods of history which will in time be used to categorize and place this frozen moment into a particular social and political frame of a faded past ... Due to the super-imposed coloring, the image carri…

Details are everything...

These are a few close up views of the latest portrait,  from the close up you can actually get some idea of what this technique is really like...








At Work

Last Day of Work on this Project...




A Few Words...

A few words...
Bogdan Aleksandrov is one of the best known Bulgarian born artists active since 1990. He is a prolific artist known for his large format acrylic works which target the deeper complexities of the social and psychological experiences of modern life. His mode of working is concise, often beginning with the choice of a unifying theme or concept around which an entire painting cycle will occur. It is normal in his working practice that such a theme will consume his work for an entire year or in some cases several, in this way it has become natural to divide his work into periods based on conceptual development. If it is correct to say that Aleksandrov’s work can be divided into periods based on unifying concepts, it is equally correct to speak of the importance of the aesthetic in his work. In his work he demonstrates the belief that the best painting is one which operates on many levels simultaneously, if it begins with an idea that satisfies the intellect, it continues with…