Born in 1964 in Bulgaria, Ognian Zekoff focuses on depicting photo-realistic hands and female bodies in his large-scale oil paintings. Continuing the strong tradition of European art school, using the technique of charcoal drawing and oil paintings on canvas, Zekoff shows how emotion and passion can jump off the canvas by using a monochromatic color palette.
Capturing the complexity of the human form, Zekoff believes that the hands are the most emotive part of the body. Depicting them in a variety of positions and tonalities, he is able to show a range of states of mind from anxiety to love and passion. His nude series are equally evocative, portraying women in various poses that evoke feelings of peace and serenity. Zekoff explores the change in meaning that occurs as he alters the colors of his subjects, thus connecting everyday reality with an illusory world of his own creation. Somewhere been reality and a dream world, the emotional feel, and the presence of Zekoff’s pieces create a heightened intensity and overall sense of drama in his works.
About Ognian Zekoff
Bulgarian, b. 1964, Sofia, Bulgaria, based in Montreal, QC, Canada