Stefan Nikolaev

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Born in 1970 in Sofia (Bulgaria). Lives and works between Paris (France) and Sofia (Bulgaria.

Stefan Nikolaev’s work revolves very clearly around the multiple transformations and blends between what we know about everyday objects and the way the artist encourages us to reconsider them when we think about the new form and vision he invests them with. The apparent surface of his works conceals a developing narrative, bringing into play the artist’s complex relationships with life and death, time and space, consumption and products of vital necessity. This story unfolds its fluid course over more than fifteen years of active presence on the international art scene.

The plot is far from exhausted, and in recent years it has acquired the kind of depth and strong presence that transforms the attractive and playful ideas of a young artist into powerful expression. He pays great attention to the formal execution of his works, to the point of becoming obsessed with the quality of their physical presence. Perhaps this is his way of making his works beautiful and communicative; or perhaps it is his way of making them durable and enduring while overcoming the fears lurking deep within the thinking behind them.

Stefan Nikolaev’s typical treatment of form and ideas could be described as characteristic of design, but of a design in the wrong direction: there is too much to read in his works, too much to associate and meditate upon in their presence to be understood in a purely functional mode. This is probably what David Hockney referred to in his famous statement: «Art should transport you, which design does not do, unless of course it is the design of a bus. »

Stefan Nikolaev represented Bulgaria at the 52nd Venice Biennale. He was the founder and co-head of the Parisian space Glassbox created in 1997. He received the UNESCO Prize for the Art at the 4th Cetinje Biennial.

His works have been exhibited in 7th Biennale de Lyon, National Gallery / The Palace with Fondation d’entreprise Ricard (Sofia), 4th Gwangju Biennale, ARC Project (Sofia), Parker’s International Art Market (New York), CCA - Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Sofia Arsenal - Museum for Contemporary Art (Bulgaria), Zwemmer Art (London), Antrepo 4 (Istanbul), National Museum of Contemporary Art (Athens), Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain (Paris), The State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia (Moscow), Château d’Asnières (France), BF15 (Lyon), Fondation d’entreprise Ricard (Paris), CCC OD - Center of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré (Tours).

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Le Monde

Stefan Nikolaev

June 2020

Vogue

Les 12 oeuvres les plus spectaculaires repérées à la FIAC

October 2019

Public Art

Stefan Nikolaev

May 2019

24H

Stefan Nikolaev

October 2018

THE ART NEWSPAPER

Stefan Nikolaev

June 2018

Forbes

Stefan Nikolaev

January 2015

Vogue Hommes

Stefan Nikolaev

October 2014

Le Quotidien de l'Art

Stefan Nikolaev

October 2014

Bravacasa

Stefan Nikolaev

May 2013

Artpress

Stefan Nikolaev

November 2010

Le journal des églises de Chelles

No Mind can know what God has in store

January 2009

Vogue Uomo

Stefan Nikolaev

November 2007

Novinar

Stefan Nikolaev

September 2007

Ego

Stefan Nikolaev

September 2007

Janus

A place you've never been before

January 2007

Flash Art

Stefan Nikolaev

July 2006

Mouvements

Stefan Nikolaev

August 2002

Le Monde

Une envie de révolte

Publications



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One for the Money Two for the Show

December 2012
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