Bulgarian art has been flourishing the last two centuries, starting with church frescoes and murals in the homes of the wealthy, followed by the world art trends with a local flair added to them, in which artists are looking for their place on the international art scene. If you are an art aficionado, here is a list of some of the best museums and galleries for both classical and contemporary artists.
Vladimir Dimitrov – the Master is known for his paintings representing the rural life of Bulgaria at the beginning of the 20th century. His style is so distinctive that after seeing a few of his works, you will be able to recognize it. Although he gained popularity and lived in Sofia for some time, the Master always loved his home region of Kyustendil and spent many years in the villages there. A spacious gallery in the town of Kyustendil is entirely dedicated to his life and work.
Some Bulgarian regions have their own distinctive ornamental styles that have acquired almost legendary status, and Troyan is probably the best example. If you want to delve in the subtleties of the Bulgarian art and the influence that folklore had on it, roam around the galleries of Troyan. A perfect starting point is the Seryakova Kashta Gallery where every month a different contemporary Bulgarian or foreign artist is exhibited. The gallery is a cultural hub where concerts and poetry readings also take place.