Young Bulgarian artist Vikenti Komitski with a solo presentation at Art Rotterdam 2016
The young artist Vikenti Komitski will be the first Bulgarian artist with a solo presentation at Art Rotterdam. He is presented by SARIEV Contemporary, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Komitski is one of the best known young Bulgarian artists internationally. In 2011 he won the BAZA award – the most important one in the country for young and upcoming artists. Since then he has been working actively on international level and his work has been presented at institutions, galleries and art forums such as the freiraum quartier 21, Vienna, Senatsreservenspeicher, Berlin, Antrepo 5, Istanbul, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Tesaloniki, The State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, Moscow and others. He is currently living in Berlin.
Art Rotterdam is not only the leading art fair in the Netherlands, but also known internationally for being a place for discovering young and upcoming artists from all around the world. Vikenti Komitski and SARIEV Contemporary’s participation in the fair is also an important step for promoting young Bulgarian art internationally.
The artist will present new collages, photographs and objects from 2015 and 2016 as well as an installation especially created for the fair.
This is also SARIEV Contemporary’s first participation in Art Rotterdam. For over 5 years the gallery has been actively working for presenting and promoting Bulgarian contemporary art internationally. In 2015 it organized Focus Bulgaria at viennacontemporary 2015 – the first large-scale presentation of Bulgarian contemporary art at an international fair.
Vikenti Komitski was born in 1983 in Sofia. He lives and works in Berlin. He graduated in Sculpture from the National Academy of Art in Sofia. He works with objects, installations and video. Selected solo shows: Update (2015), curated by Manfred Wiplinger, Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna; New Poor, ICA, Sofia (2013); Subjective Geography, Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv (2011); 1:200, 0gms gallery, Sofia (2010); No Image Available, The Fridge, Sofia (2010); #1, Vaska Emanuilova Gallery, Sofia (2009). Komitski has participated in the following group shows: Places of Transition, curated by Gülsen Bal and Walter Seidl, freiraum quartier 21, Vienna (2014); Sofia Contemporary festival (2012); Go West! Muzeon Art Park, Moscow, special project for Moscow Young Art Biennail (2012); Is It Free?, NutureArt Gallery, New York (2012); Together Again, Radiator Gallery, New York (2012); Isolation, Senatsreservenspeicher, Berlin (2012); East Of Best, Roodkapje, Rotterdam (2011); The End And Beyond, Bania Starinna Center for Contemporary Arts, Plovdiv (2011); Poor But Sexy, Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv (2011); An Exclusive Object of Art, Dana Charkasi Gallery, Vienna (2011); Entrepot, Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna(2011); August in Art Biennial, Varna (2010); Beyond Credit, Antrepo 5, Istanbul (2010); FQ Test, GMG Gallery, Moscow (2010); Photo I Photo You, Calvert 22, London (2010); Breaking Walls Building Networks, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Tesaloniki (2010); From Ideology to Economy, Contemporary Bulgarian Art 20 Years Later, The State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, Moscow (2009); Remember Sofia Underground, Shipka 6, Sofia, curators: Yovo Panchev and Ruen Ruenov (2009). He has been a resident artist at SIM, Reykjavik (2009), Futura, Prague (2011) and ISCP, New York (2012). Vikenti won the BAZA Award for 2011 and has been nominated twice (2009, 2011) for the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for New Bulgarian Art.