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 Nicola Blazev  (1913 - 1974)

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Lived/Active: New York / Bulgaria      Known for: impressionist portrait and landscape paintings

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Nikola Blazev
Working the Farm, Trieste 1954 (oil on canvas; 8" x 10)
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Nicola Blazev(1913-1974)

Mr Blazev was born in Orehovo Bulgaria.  His skill was recognized at an early age when he won a national competition which landed him a 5 year scholarship at the Bulgarian Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated with high honors.  He was a portrait painter in the capital until drafted in the army for World War II.  He was an illustrator in the trenches during the war. 

After the war, Bulgaria became a Soviet annex and artistic freedom was prohibited.  Blazev was conscripted to endless paintings of Marx, Engels and Stalin until escaping to Yugoslavia in 1948.  His artistic career was better there but took a setback during the Tito/Krushchev years which forced another escape to Italy. 

He lived with his daughter in exile for 5 years in Trieste where he painted the Italian landscape and people.  Finally he emigrated to New York in 1959.  He quickly became a popular portrait artist of prominent citizens. He painted in New York City for 6 years and opened a summer gallery on Cape Ann on Bearskin Neck, Rockport in 1965  He worked for the next 9 years dividing  his energies between those two locations.  In 1967 he won the New Member Award at the Rockport Art Association.

He died in 1974 shortly after a successful trip to paint in Paris.  He exhibited at the Doll & Richards Gallery in Boston, Huber Gallery in Miami Beach, Caravel Gallery in NYC, Cape Ann, Mayfair Gallery in Scotia New York and with the Artists of Amelia.  Painted in the Impressionist style.

Submitted by Robert Savage-private collector.

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