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Nedko Solakov

exhibition view 'Big & Small’, GALLERIA CONTINUA / Les Moulins, France, 2020. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA. Photo Bertrand Huet / Tutti 

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Big & Small 2020, black and white paint, black and white marker, with the assistance of Marine Bikard, GALLERIA CONTINUA / Les Moulins, France, 2020. Photo Bertrand Huet / Tutti

Nedko Solakov

Big & Small 2020, black and white paint, black and white marker, with the assistance of Marine Bikard, GALLERIA CONTINUA / Les Moulins, France, 2020. Photo Bertrand Huet / Tutti

Nedko Solakov

Big & Small 2020, black and white paint, black and white marker, with the assistance of Marine Bikard, GALLERIA CONTINUA / Les Moulins, France, 2020. Photo Bertrand Huet / Tutti

Nedko Solakov

exhibition view 'Big & Small’, GALLERIA CONTINUA / Les Moulins, France, 2020. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA. Photo Bertrand Huet / Tutti 

Nedko Solakov

Collectors 2019, oil on canvas; series of 5 paintings, 73 x 100 cm each. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Nedko Solakov

Collectors #1 2019, oil on canvas, 73 x 100 cm

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Collectors #2 2019, oil on canvas, 73 x 100 cm

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Collectors #3 2019, oil on canvas, 73 x 100 cm

Nedko Solakov

Collectors #4 2019, oil on canvas, 73 x 100 cm

Nedko Solakov

Collectors #5 2019, oil on canvas, 73 x 100 cm

Nedko Solakov

A Made-up World with a Real Person 2019, sepia, black and white ink, and wash on paper, series of 3 drawings, 19 x 28 cm each

Nedko Solakov

A Made-up World with a Real Person 2019, sepia, black and white ink, and wash on paper, series of 3 drawings, 19 x 28 cm each

Nedko Solakov

A Made-up World with a Real Person 2019, sepia, black and white ink, and wash on paper, series of 3 drawings, 19 x 28 cm each

Nedko Solakov

Communities 2019, sepia, black and white ink, and wash on paper, series of 5 drawings, 19 x 28 cm each

Nedko Solakov

Communities 2019, sepia, black and white ink, and wash on paper, series of 5 drawings, 19 x 28 cm each

Nedko Solakov

Communities 2019, sepia, black and white ink, and wash on paper, series of 5 drawings, 19 x 28 cm each

Nedko Solakov

Communities 2019, sepia, black and white ink, and wash on paper, series of 5 drawings, 19 x 28 cm each

Nedko Solakov

Communities 2019, sepia, black and white ink, and wash on paper, series of 5 drawings, 19 x 28 cm each

Nedko Solakov

Friends 2017, acrylic on gilded carved lime wood, 60 x 60 x 9 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska

Nedko Solakov

A Shrunken Ego 2016, 24 carats gold, approx. 1 cm diameter, 11,75 grams. Photo: Ela Bialkowska

Nedko Solakov

Stories in Colour #4 2016, watercolour, black and white ink on paper, 19 x 28 cm. Photo: Dimitar Solakov<br>’A golden mountain pissing a lapis lazuli piss, the best colour to match her shiny body.’

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Stories in Colour #46 2016, watercolour, black and white ink on paper, 19 x 28 cm. Photo: Dimitar Solakov<br>‘A womb is taking a sabbatical. The world is too unstable, no need to keep working.’

Nedko Solakov

A SS Ear (State Security E.) 2016, cast aluminum, black acrylic paint, 82 x 53 x 30 cm. Photo: Marco Minò

Nedko Solakov

The Back Side of a Never Painted Altarpiece with Wings Late 90s-2014, black drawing ink on walnut wood and oak wood; in three parts with hinges, partly covered with primer, 59,5 x 81,5 x 4 cm unfolded, 59,5 x 42 x 6 cm folded. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Nedko Solakov

The Leader 2010, acrylic and black drawing ink on gilded carved lime wood, 64 x 61 x 4,5 cm. Photo: Oak Taylor-Smith<br>A charismatic macho-leader is born. The motherland’s womb gives her best so the leader can start leading the country (a down-at-the-bottom, somewhere in the South, highly corrupt piece of European state) almost immediately. The committee responsible for the preliminary glorifying of the newly born, slightly stupid, macho-leader has covered the motherland’s womb with all the golden elements necessary for eternal glory. Somewhere around, but not in the picture, are the macho-leader’s subjects/citizens. They are all buying small shiny copies of this very piece (you’re standing in front of) right now and are placing them in the middle of their miserable lives, ready to be worshipped. Am I one of these subjects/citizens? Sure, I did the shiny piece’s model.

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The Tunnel 2009, acrylic and black drawing ink on gilded carved walnut wood, 60 x 60 x 4 cm. Photo: Nicolò Burgassi<br>A tunnel leading to a better life and a brighter future is not attractive enough for people but the golden, sexy frame will sell it (which is good news for the tunnel’s stockholders, who reside mainly on the other side, fortunately). Edited by Christy Lange

Nedko Solakov

I miss Socialism, maybe... 2010, wall painted in Chinese red, vinyl stickers; nine sofas presenting the nine Chinese characters constituting the phrase 'I miss Socialism, maybe...'; twenty-one second-hand monitors of various sizes, twenty-one films on DVD; felt-tip pen, handwritten text on wall, overall dimensions variable. Photo: Oak Taylor-Smith

Nedko Solakov

I miss Socialism, maybe... 2010, wall painted in Chinese red, vinyl stickers; nine sofas presenting the nine Chinese characters constituting the phrase 'I miss Socialism, maybe...'; twenty-one second-hand monitors of various sizes, twenty-one films on DVD; felt-tip pen, handwritten text on wall, overall dimensions variable. Photo: Oak Taylor-Smith

Nedko Solakov

I miss Socialism, maybe... 2010, wall painted in Chinese red, vinyl stickers; nine sofas presenting the nine Chinese characters constituting the phrase 'I miss Socialism, maybe...'; twenty-one second-hand monitors of various sizes, twenty-one films on DVD; felt-tip pen, handwritten text on wall, overall dimensions variable. Photo: Oak Taylor-Smith

Looking at the world from a different perspective

A Bulgarian artist who, through his drawings, paintings, watercolours and installations recounts stories that tell about the contradictions of human existence.Nedko Solakov combines his traditional education with conceptual practices to create complex, multi-faceted and sharp-witted works. In 1981, he graduated in Mural Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. He is a great storyteller, showing an unmistakably poetic desire for short narratives, aphorisms, comparative descriptions, plays on words and semantic double meanings that are the characteristic elements of his idiom.
In his wide variety of drawings, paintings, performances and installations, Solakov employs an ironic, metaphoric and poly-semantic style to analyse the role and contradictions inherent not only to the contemporary art system, but also to the collective "truths" and societal norms connected with the human existence. Working in installation, film, photography, painting, drawings and collecting, an important part of his practice, which contributes to his analytical and commenting style, is the artist’s wall writings. For these he writes on the wall or in the surrounding area, about his own work or a work of another artist. He often adds these wall writings to comment on the immediate environment, feeling or emotion the artist found himself in during the installation of the work or the exhibition. 
He has most recently exhibited his works in 2020 The Artist-Collector’s Dream (a nice thing) created by Nedko Solakov alongside 19 other artists, the exhibition simultaneously incorporated the artist and collector roles of Nedko Solakov and brought parts of him and his wife’s vast collection, alongside his own works and borrowed works, to Galleria Continua San Gimignano. In 2020 he participated in the following exhibitions; “Alien v. Citizen”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA, “Performer and Participant”, Tate Modern, London, UK, and “Between the Sun and the Moon. Lahore Biennale 02”, Lahore, Pakistan. In 2019;  “Cosmopolis #2”, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR.
In 2018, he presented the exhibition “Paintings with No Texts and Stories on Walls” at the La Panacée MoCo in Montpellier, France, in 2017, “Stories in Colour” at Galleria Continua San Gimignano and in 2016 “Stories” at Georg Kargl Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. In 2007 Nedko Solakov received an “Honourable Mention to an artist exhibited in the central international exhibition”, 52 La Biennale di Venezia, Venice.

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