Nedko Solakov

Biography of Nedko Solakov

Whimsical yet incisive, Nedko Solakov's work tells stories through an eclectic mixture of imagery and written word. From doing a series on the notion of emptiness, to a series on his friends, the artist uses humor and a certain incongruousness to gently critique and question societal norms, in particular relating to the instabilities of his native country Bulgaria. Solakov's non-linear narratives show him to be a keen observer of contemporary life and habits, as well as a master draughtsman—his drawings and prints are infused with an uncommon lightness of touch and apparent simplicity of form.


Born in 1957, Nedko Solakov regularly exhibits at the most prestigious biennales in the world, including documenta, the Venice Biennale, and the Istanbul Biennial, making him one of the best known Bulgarian artists of his generation. He has had solo exhibitions at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, the P.S.1, New York, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Solakov’s work is held in many renowned public collections, including Tate Modern, London, MoMA, New York, and Kunsthaus Zürich. 

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