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PANCHO MALEZANOV

Born in Sofia in 1964.
Graduated from Secondary Art School in Sofia in 1984.
Participated in exhibitions in major galleries in Sofia in 1988-1989.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 - Bulgarian Cultural Institute, London, United Kingdom
2016 – Pentimento Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2015 – Nataly Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2014 – Artamoncev Gallery Sofia Bulgaria
2011- Anima Art Gallery Hilton Sofia Bulgaria
2011- Bulgarian Cultural Institute, London, United Kingdom
2008- Gallery Ikar Sofia Bulgaria
2007- Bulgarian Cultural Institute-Berlin Germany
2004 - Avant-garde Gallery, Plovdiv
2004 - Apollo and Mercury Gallery, Sofia
2003 - Iridium Gallery, Sofia
2003 - Draca Gallery, Sofia
2001 - Monitor Daily Gallery, Sofia
2000 - Municipality Gallery, Varna
2000 - Art 36 Gallery, Sofia
2000 - Draca Gallery, Sofia
2000 - Romfeya Gallery, Plovdiv
1998 - Art Club Gallery, Sofia
1998 - Gallery of the Bulgarian National Assembly
1997 - Ata-Ray Gallery Sheraton Hotel, Sofia
1997 - Macta Gallery, Sofia
1996 - Ata-Ray Gallery, Sofia
1995 - Macta Gallery, Sofia
1994 - Macta Gallery, Sofia
1993 - Ata-Ray Gallery, Sofia
1992 – Mericas Gallery, Athens, Greece

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 - Hay Hill Gallery London U.K.
2016 - Autumn
arts Salon, Wadenoijen, Netherlands
2015 - Hay Hill Gallery London U.K.
2015 -
Slater Memorial Museum Norwich CT
2014 – Hay Hill Gallery London U.K.
2013 – Hay Hill Gallery London U.K.
2013 Makta Art Gallery Kempinski Hotel Sofia Bulgaria
2005 – Apolonia Arts Festival, Bulgaria
2003 – Delight Hamilton Gallery, Seattle, WA (US)
2002 – Gettysburg, PA (US)
2001 – Washington, D.C.
2001 – Aleksey von Schlippe Gallery, Univ. of Connecticut, New London, CT (US)

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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