"Art is a great lesson in sincerity. The true artist always depicts what he thinks, and is not afraid to crush existing norms. In this way, he teaches sincerity to his peers." - Auguste Rodin
With great pleasure and honor from May 13 to June 9, 2021 Art Gallery Le Papillon presents the work of the talented and beloved Varna sculptor and artist Hristo Hristov with his last enigmatic figures executed in bronze and color.
Christo Christov is an artist whose works have become an integral part of the permanent exhibition of Art Gallery Le Papillon. And his solo exhibitions, carried out periodically in the exhibition hall of the gallery, are extremely successful both among fans of contemporary art in Bulgaria and arouse interest in foreign collectors, too. Recognized as one of the best Bulgarian sculptors with an authentic recognizable style, he is no less valuable in the recent years for his wonderful associative abstract painting, revealing the colorful layers of the soul of an artist captivated by the form and its line. The typical style of the artist to express himself with firmness, intertwined with enigmatic clear images, signs, codes and reliefs conquers the foreign audience in his successful performances in Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, France, Poland and proves that his work is not limited to local, and meets the aesthetic understanding and love of people of different nationalities and cultures.
Christo Christov's art has a strong characteristic handwriting, enigmatic and multi-layered. It carries the freedom of the line when it comes to drawing, complex, often muted colors, multilayered, when we look at his painting and strong energy, passion embedded in the stylized form with references to antiquity, when we touch his sculpture. It is monumental - as a way of expression, expressive and categorical - as color, composition, messages, always balancing firmness and tenderness when clearing the lines and form. Influenced by the information and history-laden reliefs of antiquity, but also of purely Christian traditions, the artist creates symbolic images and codes through which we recognize elements of this heritage in the interpretation of the particular theme, as well as in the choice of figurative language of sculptural or pictorial works.
True to his inner spirit and strong creative potential, his bronze sculptures are charged with powerful energy and pathos, following a common thread, emphasizing the primacy of his favorite material - bronze in the unique style of the artist. There is no lack of the symbolic meaning of the gesture, both in the sculptures and in the drawings, collages, canvases. Christov suggests cutting the space from the heavy metal, and his experienced skillful hands seem to tame the material and create an impressive gallery of expressive images with monumental sound and modern plastic solutions.