Ivaylo Hristov

The farther we go, the more we understand how close we actually went.

Ivaylo Hristov
From “Searching For Gold High And Low”, DARC, University of California Santa Cruz.
“FLIGHT” text on foil, 2019, for CEC ArtsLink International Fellowship Program.

“Travel device”, 2023

GATEWAY I exhibition, 2023

Ivaylo Hristov "Travel device", 2023 - Object, Lighting Tools Series

Ivaylo Hristov, “Travel device”, 2023.
Object – copper tube, acrylic spray, LED light, h150 cm. Lighting Tools Series 2014-2023.

Lighting Tools

Through Lighting Tools, I pose the question of the possibility of tools to be thought of outside the usual premise of “use” and “function”, and outside the notion of “held-in-hand”.
And even further – tools can be thought of as independently affecting reality, transforming it.
Today, human presence and effort is increasingly giving way to the autonomous action of advanced mechanisms, which poses some essential questions about being.

Sofia, 2014. From the text of Ivaylo Hristov, exhibition catalogue “Lighting Tools”.

The tools are a concept and a means to an exit.

Prof. Svilen Stefanov, September 2014. “Lighting Tools” Catalogue.

Ivaylo Hristov (born 1979) is a Bulgarian multidisciplinary artist and designer.
Winner of 22 national and international awards in art, design and advertising.
These include: FutureFest Art Prize 2016: Future Work, London, UK; Union of Bulgarian Artists Award for Drawing, Biennial of Drawing, V. Tarnovo, BG, 2015; First Award for Painting in National Contest of the Foundation “St. Cyril and St. Methodius”, 2003.
For design and advertising, there is a Special Prize for Young Author – Graphic Design, 2007, as well as one Bronze and two Silver EFFIE Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and many more.

He has had 11 solo exhibitions to date, the first of which was at the National Gallery of Art, Sofia in 2004.
In 2019, he participated in the CEC ArtsLink International Fellowship Program, New York and did an open studio performance at the Digital Art Research Center, UC Santa Cruz, California, USA.
His works are in private collections in Bulgaria, Europe and the United States.