Rumen Petkov

Rumen Petkov

Location: Bulgaria

Rumen Petkov was born in 1955 in Popovo, Bulgaria. He graduated from the University of Veliko Turnovo in 1980 and moved to Kazanlak, Bulgaria. He is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists and has had 30 solo exhibitions:
2017 – Chirpanlievata Kashta Ethnographic Museum, Shipka
2016 – Cultural and Information Center, Kazanlak
2016 – Minerva Gallery, Sofia
2015 – Cultural and Information Center, Kazanlak
2014 – Yordan Kyuvliev Art Gallery, Sliven
2014 – Orchid Art Center, Karlovo
2013 – Info Center, Kazanlak
2013 – Bogoridi Gallery, Burgas
2012 – Alfiani Art Dealership and Gallery, Sofia
2011 – Exhibition Hall Bayer, Stara Zagora
2011 – Novotel, Plovdiv
2010 – Bogoridi Gallery, Burgas
2010 – Info Center, Kazanlak
2008 – Bogoridi Gallery, Burgas
2007 – Info Center, Kazanlak
2005 – Info Center, Kazanlak
2001 – Christina Gallery, Sofia
2001 – Art Gallery, Gabrovo
1999 – Art Gallery, Kazanlak
1999 – National Assembly, Sofia
1998 – Art Gallery, Kazanlak
1997 – Palace Art Gallery, Varna
1996 – Art Gallery, Popovo
1996 – Museum of Dechko Uzunov, Kazanlak
1995 – Museum of Dechko Uzunov, Kazanlak
1993 – Central Military Club, Sofia
1991 – Stara Zagora
1988 – Artists’ Club, Kazanlak
1987 – Artists’ Club, Kazanlak
1985 – Art Gallery, Popovo

“The beams of the sunrise caress the shapes and slowly reveals their beauty and new colours. In my childhood this fountain scattering colorful drops flooded the forest, the fields, the houses and the people I saw.
This fountain still continues to colour my every encounter with nature. I am a spectator and a participant in a process in which the beauty of this world creates new images that give wings to inspiration.
The painting is an attempt to preserve the transient beauty of life and an opportunity to start a new friendship. The movement of the brush gives birth to a fairy-tale world and this magic is fascinating. It surprises me every time, it charges me with curiosity and shows me unknown lands.
Paintings allow us, whenever we wish, to enter into their world of reflections and feelings, full of the vitality and eternal youth of the emotion. I am happy to be close to the world inspired by the colourful lights of my childhood dream. I am happy I can draw it and share it with friends; I can show my paintings and sculptures and start a dialogue.” Rumen Petkov


Available paintings

All of the paintings are created with acrylic and oil on canvases.


Acrylic and oil on a canvas
90/45/2.5cm Weight: 2kg Price: 900USD

It was love from first sight. The two fish fell so deeply in love that they started looking human and even grew noses. But there was an unexpected obstacle – the noses bumped into each other when the two fish wanted to kiss. Fish don’t have necks so the two fish didn’t know how to avoid this inconvenience. They felt different and isolated themselves from the rest of the sea inhabitants. They built an aquarium just for themselves. The walls of this aquarium turned into a magnifying glass, which made their love look even greater.


Acrylic and oil on canvas
60/55/2.5cm Weight: 2kg Price: 700USD

Тhe houses stood on top of the cliffs observing the sea. The big waves were constantly destroying the narrow footpaths and stairs reaching down from the steep slope. Perhaps they were angry at their destiny – forever crawling at the feet of the town. But from up there, somewhere in the middle of the land, the views were different. It looked like the sea had taken the houses, the streets, the trees and the people on its waves and was carrying them to a distant and unknown shore.


Acrylic and oil on canvas, 90/45/2.5cm Weight: 2.5kg Price: 800USD

The gate had been closed for many years. Its frame was twisted from waiting for the carts full of hay to come through it again. The poles of its foundation were sticking out of the top like rusty bones. Beside it, an old cart was waiting for its black horse. Its rheumatic wheels could barely hold it straight, so it was leaning against the wall. Nevertheless, some happy lights, perhaps the sparks of common memories, were pouring over the gate and the cart. This held them together for a long time, even though they were missing each other their whole life.


Acrylic and oil on canvas, 90/45/2.5cm Weight: 2.5kg Price: 800USD

The town was small and tucked inside the mountain. Every house wanted to be on the sunny street. The rooftops were pressing against one another and sometimes pushing the neighbor's windows. This created a lot of problems because the windows were outward opening. There were grills on the inside so the neighbor's roofing tiles wouldn't spill inside the room. These measures, the good organization and the mutual respect filled the street with happiness. The houses looked very happy and their colors made the street bright. People liked this street.


Acrylic on canvas, 100/85/2.5cm Weight: 3kg Price: 2,200USD

The angle from which he was looking at the new one seemed bad. They probably wouldn't understand each other from first sight. There was little hope that this would happen from the second or third look. Maybe producing different sounds would do the job, but the other male ravens wouldn't like that. They were all fools and never knew anything about good singing. They would come right in front and start flapping their wings and squawking. Would his and her eyes ever meet again?


Acrylic and oil on canvas, 90/45/2.5cm Weight: 2kg Price: 800 USD

They had given her the canary when she was six years old. She looked after it for many years and was very happy. Judging from its songs, the small bird was also very happy. The affection was mutual and they were showing it by singing in a duet. This surprised and impressed everybody. People loved them and accepted them and kept all doors open for them because happiness is a welcome guest. Suddenly the girl was sixteen.