Retrospective exhibition Sculpture – Ivan Neshev

The exhibition is dedicated to the 90th birth anniversary of Ivan Neshev
20 April – 7 May 2017
Opening – 20 April (Thursday), 06:00pm
Academia Gallery, 1 Shipka Str.
IVAN NESHEV (1927–1987)
Renowned Bulgarian sculptor, lecturer, professor
Ivan Neshev studied at the State Academy of Art in Sofia in the Studio for Decorative-Monumental Sculpture under Prof. Lyubomir Dalchev. Immediately after graduation, he started to actively participate in the General Art Exhibitions of easel art. He also worked as a free-lance teacher of Painting. The pronounced individuality, sense of constructive building of the form and the precision of the young sculptor drew attention and soon followed several awards of the Union of Bulgarian Artists (UBA), as a member of which he was accepted in 1956. Having already acquired a place in the artistic life, in 1964 he became a part-time lecturer at the Higher Institute of Fine Art “N. Pavlovich” in the separate specialty “Industrial Forms” which was newly established in academic year 1963/64. After a competition in 1966, he was appointed a full-time lecturer in the specialty “Modelling and Plastic Etude”. Since 1972 he had been a senior lecturer in the department, in 1980 he was selected to be an associate professor and in 1986 – a professor. Within the period 1983–1986 he was a Vice-Rector of the Institute. From 1969 onwards, he was re-elected for four consecutive mandates as a member of the Management Board of the Union of Bulgarian Artists (UBA). He was granted the honorary titles “Honoured Artist” in 1976 and “National Artist” in 1985. He is one of the founders of the specialty “Design”, author of an adequate methodology for training in plastic art of the back-then new type of artists for object and space environment. In parallel with his pedagogical activity, the sculptor actively developed his creative work. As his legacy he has left a number of easel artworks, small plastic-art works, portraits, decorative plastic-art works for architectural environment, figures for park and urban spaces, monuments and memorials.
Irina Mutafchieva