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Pancho Malezanov’s wild cars have broken into the gallery of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute - London!
I have read that designers strive to give character to cars, often inspired by nature - sometimes their headlights look like the eyes of an owl or an eagle, grills snarling predatorily like shark’s teeth, the body curved like a purring kitten orsleek like a hungry tiger ... not to mention the many horses under the bonnet ...
It is this nature of cars, including some of the most expensive and vintage brands, that artist Pancho Malezanov unveils his new series "(Auto) portraits".
First of all, because he has experience with painting animals and knows their desires well. Secondly, because he sees their characters embodied in metal, leather and glass. The result is futuristic – a car, yet behind the windows, the character of a powerful untamed beast is revealed. Not always, of course.
How can you not trust a brand whose radiator grill is coloured like a rainbow, whose multicoloured lights wink at you, all stemming from Malezanov’s imagination. He has managed to turn the car into a living creature who prowls around the urban jungle.
You will stand up and pay attention after seeing such a car. And you’ll be sorry that you drive a boring black or white machine. No problem – simply listen and take inspiration on how to bring colour to your life and to your car from this exhibition. If you do not want to take a risk with an insanely expensive classic brand, at least you can hang up your own Malezanov artwork on your wall and lift your mood by how he intertwines technique with technology, combining the flamboyant cars with detailed back stories and turns them into colourful toys for a grown boy’s room.
Mila Vacheva, the newspaper "24 Hours"
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