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 Albert Hadjiganev  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: France/Bulgaria      Known for: minimalist landscape and nude figure painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Albert Hadjiganev
1954 (Bulgaria)

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minimalist landscape and nude figure painting

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Biography from Axelle Fine Arts Boston:
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The serene skies, comfortable curves and minimalist, soothing landscapes in an Albert Hadjiganev painting are a deceptive representation of the artist’s soul.  They belie a lifetime of struggle to achieve an artistic dream.

Born in 1954 in Bulgaria to a family of artists, Hadjiganev fantasized of an artistic Parisian existence throughout childhood.  He studied photography in Sofia and was influenced by the work of his painter father and sculptor brother.  However he never forgot his ultimate goal: to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Thus at the age of 28, he left his native land and walked across the border.  After numerous hardships, he finally reached Paris, where he eked out a hungry existence as a starving young artist.   By 1987, however, his struggle paid off when he graduated from the prestigious Ecole.  His dream was fulfilled.

Hadjiganev’s artistic peers in Paris quickly recognized his distinctive talent.  In 1989 he became the recipient of the Grand Prix de Peinture of the Academie des Beaux-Arts.   Chosen from among one thousand artists, he then had paintings shown all over France and Europe.   In 1990 he received the Prix du Gouvernement Princier at the Salon International d’Art Contemporain in Monaco.  The critical acclaim he has received has had little effect on the personality of this unassuming painter, however. The painter states that when he starts a painting, “I do not know what is to come.  It is the canvas that decides—I am merely a tool.  I become very small.”

But Hadjiganev’s talent is anything but small. The sparkling vistas of his landscapes are intended to spark feelings of longing and peace in the viewer.  His photographic training is also evident in the composition of his interior work.  He leads viewers into his paintings often through a geometric shape.  A window, a door, a table or the frame of a picture are all openings that capture a still moment within a limited visual frame while opening up a new perspective to the viewer.  In addition, his nudes exude a shy, intimate feeling of poetry and light. “I do not paint to make something pretty.   I paint to put my heart in my paintings,” he explains.

As a minimalist, Hadjiganev captures the simple moments of daily life with only a few elements.  Attempting perfect technique and applying deep sensitivity, he invites the viewer to meditate and dream by working to transfigure reality to a mysterious environment filled with grace, harmony, soulful loneliness, and a peaceful nostalgia.   His simple philosophy on life is the core of his work: “One does not need to say too much to say it all.”

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