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.