Paintings by Bulgarian Artist, Georgi Tsenov
OPENING RECEPTION May 27, 6 to 8pm
Four years ago, Georgi Tsenov and his family moved from the bustling metropolis of Sofia, Bulgaria, to the quiet, forested landscapes of the Keweenaw Peninsula, part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The transition was monumental.
HORIZONS reflects Tsenov’s initial nostalgia for homeland and for the bustle of Sofia. But the exhibit also suggests elements of grandeur, magnificence and discovery in Northern Michigan’s open spaces. In his new environment, the artist combines plein air with a studio technique that straddles painting and graphic printing.
Interesting, too, is Tsenov’s childhood literary introduction to and fascination with Native American lives and cultures. Early idealistic forays into Native American impressions shaped his youthful world view. To his astonishment, his dream-like childhood odyssey resumed in real time in Northern Michigan where “I began anew the romantic journey of my childhood.” Encounters with Native American icons, totems, legends, ceremonies and spirituality “influenced my paintings profoundly.”
Though deliberately not using specific Native American motifs and images, Tsenov’s “paintbrushes were transformed in surprising, unfamiliar ways.”
While on a journey of visions and transformations to find a “lost aesthetic innocence,” Georgi Tsenov has arrived at his exhibition, HORIZONS.