Vlado Vesselinov is artist, painter. He was born in 1977 in Bulgaria, He attended to Higher College "St. Ivan Rilski", obtaining Interior Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2002.
I work in the direction of pop art and post pop art. My ideas bring the symbolism of everyday practices closer to the cult and fetish, which transform street culture into the creation of an established brand. I look at specific subcultural currents in their details and through the study of detail through color and mask we build models of society, characteristic of the time.
I transform images from the 1950s and 1960s into the present, trying to suggest the recurrence of the cycle of time. I look at those icons that reflect the leading directions of the pop art boom and comparing them with the present I find a recurrence. The images in the paintings are as archaic as they are recognizable by our present and bring the serenity of the known and experienced.
My art is inspired by the history of television, cinema, music and performance, and is heavily influenced by the symbols of home life, fashion, sports, and advertising. My work is close to provocative pop culture, reflecting events with which I have a particularly intimate relationship. The characters in my art embody social stereotypes that are both humorous and socially critical.
A characteristic feature of my works is the clearly visible texture of the canvas and the well-defined physical reliefs, reminiscent of pages that someone grabbed from a fashion magazine found on the ceiling. It is similar to the effect used by Quentin Tarantino in his productions, where filmed films full of dirt and defects attract the audience in a unique atmosphere of Drive-in theater. As for my colors, they are my weapon for victory over today's material and gray world.
I also find inspiration in the modern way of life, I try to explore its dynamics, everyday life, alienation between people and lack of physical communication. There is a thread of dehumanization in society that is difficult for most people to see because they are locked between their personal success, drama, memories or fears on a global or local scale.
I am influenced by artists: Andy Warhol, Hariton Pushwagner, Yoko Ono, Roy Lichtenstein, Christo and Jean-Claude and others. Jack Kerouac, George Orwell, Allen Ginsberg, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Charlie Chaplin and others also contributed to my perception of the world...
Selected solo exhibitions:
2012 – Associazione Culturale esatt∞ppost, Terni, Italy
2013 – Il Melograno Galleria d'Arte, Livorno, Italy
2014 – Yuzina Art Center and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery - New York, Sofia, Bulgaria
2018 – Teaterhotellet in Malmö, Sweden
Selected group exhibitions:
2015 – Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, Biennale di Venezia, Italia
2017 – Arte Genova 2017 – Art Fair, Genova, Italy
2017 - Art Shopping Paris 2017 Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
2017 - Arte Padova 2017 - Art Fair, Padova, Italy
2018 - Affordable Art Fair Milano, Italy
2018 - 6th City Fair in ShenZhen, China
2018 - 2018 - Eastern Exhibition, Kristianstad, Sweden
2018 - Beijing Art Expo 2018, China
2019 - Art Shopping Paris 2019 Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
2019 - Arte Padova 2019, Padova, Italy
2002 – “Second Hand Art Market” (action, happening), Centre for Contemporary Art ATA, Sofia, Bulgaria
2018 – “NEURONS” (installation art, happening) – Art Gallery "Vladimir Dimitrov – the Master, Kyustendil, Bulgaria
2018 – Vlado Vesselinov paint the album cover. Underground baby - the leader of the Chinese punk movement, the first full-length album "Awakening" recorded in 1998 shows the most powerful power with the simplest music. It was named as the most representative Chinese punk album by a large number of newspapers, magazines and fans.
Works held in private collections in Canada, USA, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Sweden, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lebanon, China, Taipei ...