‘’If you observe things for a long time, you start to love them.’’ Dimitar Genchev (1985,
Plovdiv, Bulgaria) has hungry eyes. 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.
Hyperrealistic 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
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 gets familiar 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into chaotic backyards, sunlit rooms with outdated furniture, join his family around the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.