SO Galerie

past exhibitions

Ignat Konstantinov

A collection of oil paintings

Ignat Kostantinov is an American Artist, born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1954. He studied Art at the Bulgarian Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, and has worked as a graphic designer, art teacher, theatrical designer and advertising director.

Ignat moved to Malta in the beginning of the migration from Eastern Europe, after the fall of the Berlin wall.This is where his Artistic Crusade began, right in the heart of the Mediterranean via Western Europe, and on to Virginia in the USA, where he went on to find his miracle after a tireless journey of residing, teaching and exhibiting his art in various countries. His artistic voyage was accompanied at every moment by his other love of his life, Konstantina Konstantinova, his wife and eternal art mentor and companion, a woman of immense artistic talent.

In Malta, Ignat or Konst as he was referred to, had in particular, two important exhibitions: Doors to Heaven, where he depicted mysterious figures on old discarded Maltese doors, and his last show at Palazzo De La Salle in Valletta, where he continued on this theme with the figures being distorted even further, painting them on used wooden panels.

Ignat is now an artist in residence at Saint Margaret’s school, Tappahannock, Virginia, a complex of buildings overlooking the Rappahannock River. He works as a professional artist and art educator. His art is widely celebrated for its innovative mixed media works often coupled with the use of found objects, as with the exhibitions mentioned above.

Ignat’s work was and still is marked by Rembrandt`s touch, an artist that greatly influenced his life. Works are normally in oil and other mixed media, in the abstract expressionist style, and are deeply inspired by nature, representing profound messages and are a record of his feelings related to various subject matters, with symbolism being prevalent in all his creations, while remaining deeply engrained in the unconscious.

This exhibition at SO Galerie, is mainly comprised of works from these two shows mentioned above.

From 27 June, 2015, until 30 September, 2015