Lyuben Zidarov donated his Vanity Self-Portrait to the National Academy of Art


On 18th May 2022, the National Academy of Art received a valuable donation from Lyuben Zidarov–Vanity Self-Portrait, oil on canvas, 184 x 73 cm, which was accepted by the Rector of the National Academy of Art Prof. Georgi Iankov. The work of art, part of the retrospective Intercepts exhibition of the artist, presented from 30th April to 10th May in Academia Gallery, will be kept in the museum collection of the Academy.
On 4th May 2022, at the special meeting of the Academic Council of the National Academy of Art the outstanding artist and illustrator was 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 1970s Lyuben Zidarov has rediscovered oil painting and watercolour, which became the significant second half of his artistic work. Zidarov started to develop, with the iconic Self-Portraits exhibition 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.