“The Joy To Be Alive”

Anniversary exhibition

24 September – 9 October 2015

Opening: 24 September, 18:30 – 20:00 h

RAKURSI Gallery – 4A “Han Krum” Str., Sofia

On the 24th of September Slav Bakalov will be a guest of Rakursi Gallery again. The occasion is his 70th anniversary. And again he seems to be the same but he isn’t quite. His vivacious sense of humor comes through not only in his ironical attitude toward the subjects of his interest or their symbolical meaning, but also in the joy conveyed by his expressions. Whether those are a female body, an apple, a devil, a cat, a fish, a still-life or a landscape, they are always his and not their ususal selves. He doesn’t want to be Van Gogh, Shagal or Picasso, but rather that they are a part of him. This can only happen when one is true to oneself and we are being reminded of this with this new Slav Bakalov show. For the ones who are going to see it, it will be a way to take the burden of life with a lighter heart.

Vili Kitanov

More about Slav Bakalov:


1945 in Sofia.


1964 – High School of Arts, Sofia.

1975 – Painter of cartoon films in the High State University for Cinematography, Moscow

Selected solo exhibitions:

He has over 30 solo exhibitions worldwide, among them:

1991 – “La Chaux de Founds”, Switzerland

1991, 1992, 2002 – Gallery 88, Luxembourg

1993 – Gallery “Ata-Rai”, Sofia

1994, 1995 – Jewish Cultural Center, Frankfurt/Main

1996, 1997 – Galleries “Ata-Rai”, “Art 36”, “Arena”, “Natalie” – Sofia

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 – Gallery “Vedart”, Sofia

2000 – Gallery “Edessa”, Greece

2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 – Gallery “Rakursi”, Sofia


Slav Bakalov-izlozhba 2015

Location: RAKURSI Gallery - 4A "Han Krum" Street, Sofia