Lyuben Zidarov will be awarded the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the National Academy of Art


At a special meeting of the Academic Council of the National Academy of Art, to be held on 4 May (Wednesday), starting at 4:00pm in Academia Gallery, Lyuben Zidarov –  the outstanding artist and illustrator – will be awarded the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the National Academy of Art.
Lyuben Zidarov (b. 1923) graduated with a degree in painting from the Academy of Art, class of Prof. Iliya Petrov, in 1948. In the next three decades he worked mainly in the field of illustration.
Zidarov has illustrated hundreds of books – the widely popular classical literary works for children and adults by foreign and Bulgarian authors, to name a few: Hans Christian Andersen's stories and fairy tales, One Thousand and One Nights (The Tales of Scheherazade), Treasure Island, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, Hoffmann's Tales, adventure novels by Jules Verne, Thomas Mayne Reid and Karl May, the tales of Nikolay Raynov and Angel Karaliychev, poetry for children by the Bulgarian authors Asen Raztsvetnikov, Leda Mileva, Asen Bosev and many other.
He has created some of the first Bulgarian comic strips and is the co-founder of the popular children's magazine Slaveiche (Little Nightingale). Apart from being the current doyenne, not without reason Lyuben Zidarov is considered to be the creator of the modern trend of illustration in Bulgaria. Moreover, as of the moment, he is in fact the oldest active illustrator artist in the world.
Since the  late 1970's Lyuben Zidarov has rediscovered for himself oil painting and watercolour, which became the significant second half of his artistic work. Zidarov started to develop, with the iconic exhibition "Self-Portraits" at the Union of Bulgarian Artists, his unique and constantly evolving satirical line in painting – fun thematic lines such as asinine, rural, urban, maritime, political.
The awarding event will take place in Academia Gallery, 1 Shipka Street, Sofia, where "Intercepts", the retrospective exhibition of Lyuben Zidarov will present works created by the artist in the course of over 70 years in the field of painting, graphics, illustration and applied textiles (e.g. the monumental wall carpet "My City" from the art collection of the National Gallery). Some of the works will be shown for the first time, and some of them have been created in the recent months, even weeks before the opening of the exhibition.