Boom in enery sector, 2020

  • oil on canvas
  • 122 x 152cm
Boom in enery sector

Ice cream, 2020

  • oil on canvas
  • 40 x 45 cm
Ice cream

Locomotive depo, 2020

  • oil on canvas
  • 60 x 50 cm
Locomotive depo

Steel landscape, 2020

  • oil on canvas
  • 60 x 70 cm
Steel landscape

Sugar and steel, 2020

  • oil on canvas
  • 50 x 60 cm
Sugar and steel

Dissapearing factory, 2020

  • oil on canvas
  • 60 x 70 cm
Dissapearing factory

Morning pray, 2020

  • oil on canvas
  • 60 x 40 cm
Morning pray

Boris, 2020

  • oil on canvas
  • 50 x 60 cm

Landscape with wagon tank, 2020

  • oil on canvas
  • 50 x 60 cm
Landscape with wagon tank

Silence, 2020

  • oil on canvas
  • 50 x 60 cm

Journey, 2020

  • oil on canvas
  • 60 x 70 cm

Service lift

  • oil on canvas
  • 88 x 115 cm
Service lift

Wonder over wonder, 2019

  • oil on canvas
  • 50 x 60 cm
Wonder over wonder

Still-life, 2019

  • oil on panel
  • 110 x 160 cm

Living-room, 2019

  • oil on canvas
  • 190 x 230 cm

Kremikovtsi, 2019

  • oil and epoxy resin on canvas
  • 33 x 50 cm

Transformator, 2018

  • oil and epoxy on canvas
  • 30 x 40 cm

Private island, 2018

  • oil and epoxy on canvas
  • 40 x 50 cm
Private island

Interior plant, 2018

  • oil and epoxy on canvas
  • 90 x 120 cm
Interior plant

Heat, 2018

  • oil and epoxy on canvas
  • 40 x 30 cm

Summer camp, 2020

  • oil on canvas
  • 38 x 50 cm
Summer camp

Landscape with figures

  • oil and resin on canvas
  • 76 x 76 cm
Landscape with figures


  • oil and epoxy on canvas
  • 50 x 60cm

Dimitar Genchev

Dimitar Genchev (1985, BG) lives and works in Bulgaria and Amsterdam. He studied at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, BG, and the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

In his life-size paintings Dimitar Genchev (1985, Plovdiv, Bulgaria) alternates between different textures and intensities of materials such as oil paint and epoxy resins. As a virtuously skilled figurative painter, Genchev transforms the flat surface of his paintings into almost tangible, three-dimensional environments that are as wondrous as they are a testimony to the artist’s abilities with his medium. He has a strong personal connection with the banal and intimate scenes in our everyday life and their hidden and hard to find beauty. This mundane subject matter is converted into uncanny and sometimes surrealistic scenes by the use of contrasting styles and techniques that appear alien to its surroundings. By changing rhythms in color, texture, structure and subject matter Genchev converts the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Dimitar; ‘‘if you observe things for a long time, you start to love them.’’ Lovingly, he observes how light touches the surfaces and structures of life, from soft skinned bodies, glazed ceramics to rusty iron or peeling walls. Genche­v depicts the world around him, but never simply copies it. Striving to renew the tradition of painting, in the past ten years he has been experimenting with different paints and ways of depicting reality. Hyper realistic elements emerge from abstract painting surfaces. Aided by the computer, he fuses strange motifs into hybrid, dreamlike sceneries. Or he combines different viewpoints, zooming in or out, as if he moves around while painting, resulting in a cinematic effect. Triggering our perception, he creates a mysterious world in which nothing is what it seems.

Painting what he observes around him, sometimes extended with motifs he finds on the Internet, the viewer is familiarized with Genchev’s life in post-Communist Bulgaria. You peek into chaotic backyards, sunlit rooms with outdated furniture, join his family around the table, spend hot summers near the Black Sea, or enter derelict manufacturing plants, his latest topic, revealing the pitfalls of the Communist system and the impact of passing time.


Curriculum Vitae

Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, NL (BA fine art)
Ecole des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg, FR (one semester at the fine art department)
2004 – 2008
National Academy of Arts, Sofia, BG (BA painting)


2017  M4 Gastatelier, Amsterdam, NL

2012-2013 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/ Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

Prizes, Fellowships, Grants:

2016 – 2017 Project Investment for Artists, Mondriaan Fund, NL

2016 National prizes, Alianz Bulgaria, Painting prize for the region of Plovdiv

2014 Contribution for Emerging Artists, Mondriaan Fund, NL

2012 Buning Brongers painting prize, Amsterdam, NL

2009 Grand prize, Competition for the awards of St. Cyril and St. Methodius International Foundation, Sofia, BG

2008 Grand prize, Competition for the awards of Societe Generale Expressbank, Sofia, BG

Solo exhibitions:

2018 “The Good Machines” gallery Credo Bonum, Sofia, BG

2017 “The Good  Machines” gallery Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam, NL

2016 “Sweet Pea”, gallery Yuzina, Sofia, BG

2015 “Sweet Pea”, gallery Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam, NL

2012 “Nostalgia”, gallery Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam ,NL

2011 Artillerie gallery, Platform for young professional artists, Utrecht, NL

Group exhibitions:

2018 Exhibition of the nominated artists for Hermine van Bers Art Award, Old School, Leiden, NL

2017 “Necessity is the mother of invention”, duo show with Pere Liobera, Horizonverticaal, Haarlem, NL

2016 “Dining with the artist”, The Mesdag Collection, The Hague, NL

2016 HKU’s Royal Club-Dutch Painting, exhibition at the library of European Council, Brussels, BE

2016  “Prospects and Concepts”, exhibition organized by Mondriaan Fonds at Art Rotterdam, Van Nelle–Fabriek, Rotterdam, NL

2015  Group presentation, gallery Gerhard Hofland, PAN art fair, Amsterdam, NL

2015 “Caution wet paint” City Art Gallery, Sofia, BG

2015  ”Royal Club”, Akademiegalerie, Utrecht, NL

2014 “Wonder boven Wonder”, duo exhibition with Tim Breukers, gallery Van de Weghe, Antwerp, BE

2014 “Nieuw, Nieuwer, Nieuwst: Schilders in beeld”, Gallery LUMC, Leiden, NL

2013 Exhibition of the artists nominated for the Royal Award for Modern Painting at the Royal Palace, Amsterdam, NL

2013 “Rearanging Reallity”, Project space Sign, Groningen, NL

2008 SHORTLIST 2008, Exhibition and publication of the artists nominated for the Gaudenz B. Ruf AWARD for New Bulgarian Art, City Art Gallery, Sofia, BG


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