Nikola Marinov

Painter, folk artist. Graduated as a valedictorian from the Art Academy of Torino. Works in Italy for 2 years and in 1906 returns to Bulgaria. Participates in the wars between 1912 and 1918 as a combatant officer. Teaches painting at the Art Academy in Sofia between 1921 and 1940 and is a chair from 1935 to 1937. Some of the most well known Bulgarian artists studied with him, such as Iliya Beshkov, Zoya Paprikova et. al. He uses watercolors almost exclusively and achieves an unseen level of finesse. He possesses an incredibly fine sense of color harmony, as a result of which he creates a special and unique atmosphere for his images. The female stands at the center of his creative work. He deeply respects her spirit, excluding any and all erotic allusions. Some of his paintings of mothers, women and girls are masterpieces. He is also the author of a number of murals in churches in Plovdiv, Lovech, White Church, Pernik as well as “Alexander Nevski” cathedral in Sofia.

Encyclopedia of Fine Arts in Bulgaria, Volume II, Sofia, 1980, BSA