Dobri Gjurkov

Dobri Gjurkov

Location: Germany

Artist STATEMENT: „Sharing my quest for a coherent perception of the modern world, with many questions, and very rarely finite answers.“

Pen and ink drawing was always of primary importance for me, because of the straight ahead, unambiguous honesty of the black lines,
the very limited and demanding choice of techniques and precision involved. It is this clarity and „finality“ of the stroke, which fascinates, but also calls on and requires from us.

Furthermore, a penchant for contextual and formal contrasts is characteristic of my work, not only black versus white, the tactile versus the two dimensional (especially in my acrylic panting)
but also, a richness of detail versus the Unnamed, precise positioning versus ambiguity, asceticism versus sensuality, Faith versus Consumerism / atheism. Art is for me a perpetual dialogue between our Self and the surrounding Reality (which nowadays takes many sometimes confusing or frightening shapes). Finally, my creative output refuses to submit stylistically to any narrowly bound art category or current.


Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, I spent my childhood in Havana, Cuba,
where I started drawing and painting from about the age of six.
Upon returning to Bulgaria in 1976 I decided to study and make a career as an artist.
I have had multiple solo and group exhibitions in inland and abroad since then,
and have been living and working as a graphic designer,
Art teacher and freelance artist in Germany since 1990.
Nowadays I live with my wife on the outskirts of Hamburg, Germany.


1985 Theater Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
1988 Galeria Ruski 12, Sofia, Bulgaria
1988 City Gallery Sopot, Poland
(I live since 1990 in Germany.)
1992 Galerie Fabrik 147, Loiter Au
1995 Diakonissenanstalt, Flensburg
1996 Galerie Werner Gutzeit, Delve
1996 Mizner Park Galerie, Berlin
1997 Galerie Fulvio Pinna, Berlin
1997 Mizner Park Galerie, Berlin
1997 Galerie der Akademie Sankelmark, Flensburg
2005 Galerie Museumsinsel, Heide.
2018 Galerie Meldorf. Meldorf (Germany)
2021 II nd International Competition for Historical Painting
iPark - Historical Park, Varna, Bulgaria, May 2021.
2021 The OtherArtFair Virtual Editions / Saatchi Art

2022 „I“ The world revolves around ME / 01. 2022 / M.A.D.S. Gallery -
Milano (Italy) / Fuerteventura (Islas Canarias)
2022 „F**KU“ / 02. 2022 / M.A.D.S. Gallery -
Milano (Italy) / Fuerteventura (Islas Canarias)
2022 Artio Gallery - Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France. April 2022
2022 III rd International Competition for Historical Painting
iPark - Historical Park, Varna, Bulgaria, May 2022.
2022 Anima Mundi 2022 - Visions - ITSLIQUID International Art Fair 22
| 16 June - 06 July | Venice, Italy
2022 PLENITUDE International Art Exhibition
| 03 - 17 September 2022 |
Museo Diocesano San Matteo Salerno, Italy
2022 Luxembourg Art Fair 2022 5th Edition
| 16 - 18 September | Luxembourg
2022 FIABCN 2022 7th Edition
| 04 - 05 November 2022 |
Museu Marítim de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2022 Aqua Art Fair Miami 2022
| 30 November - 4 December 2022 |
Miami, Florida, USA

STUDIES 1982 Art school Diploma SHUPI - Sofia, Bulgaria.
CAREER Since 1984 work as free lance artist, graphic designer and art teacher.







Dobri Gjurkov
The Angels Factory
Ferdinand Hanssen Weg 51,
25335 Elmshorn, Germany
Tel. +49 (0) 4121 9089295
Mobile +49 (0) 171 / 68 64 278


Dobri Gjurkov on artavita

Sharing my quest for a coherent perception of the modern world, with many questions, and very rarely finite answers.
I work in two distinctly different mediums, pen & Ink drawings and mixed media acrylic work on a wide variety of topics / subjects.

Stylistically my work ranges from hyper realistic to nonfigurative / abstract, depending on the mood I am in. In this sense, there are always many directions in which my ideas and experiments go ...

Adam&Eve_40x47_GREY “Adam&Eve_40x47_GREY”

Fine Art Giclée Prints / Adam & Eva revisited / grey / 40 x 47 cm /

Virtue versus Sin. Duality. The Earthly and the Divine juxtaposed. I was thinking of a new version of Durer’s Adam & Eve, according to modern cliches, as an ironic commentary on modern conventions and expectations. The original pen & ink drawing is an (almost :-) perfect copy of Durer’s original etching.

Limited Editions of 29 high end Fine Art Giclée Prints, printed in Germany with museum grade, archival pigment inks on the finest acid free handmade papers. Available in eight colours: berry, lila, mint, mandarine, fog grey, dark indigo blue, dark olive green and rusty red. Signed, numbered and stamped by the artist. Size: 40 x 47 cm.