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Ignat Ignatov • Artist Biography

 

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Ignat Ignatov is a contemporary artist with exemplary talent. His interpretation of the spirit of fine art saturates his paintings with a unique expressive richness. Although each new subject seems to dictate the style and approach, his paintings are always alive with color, light, texture, atmosphere, energy, and emotion.

  • Born in Veliko Tarnovo, Ignat grew up in Sevlievo, Bulgaria.

  • At age thirteen, his promising talent in drawing, painting, and sculpting gained him one of only thirty positions at the renowned School of Arts in Tryavna, Bulgaria. During his 5 years at this school, he established the foundation of his academic art training.

  • Following graduation in 1996, Ignatov was accepted into the University of Arts in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria where he studied under the demanding atelier approach to fine art.

  • In 1997, using proceeds from the sale of his art, Ignatov financed his move to the United States. While living in Los Angeles, Ignat studied at the prestigious California Art Institute in Westlake Village, Associates in Art in Sherman Oaks, and the American Animation Institute in North Hollywood.

  • In the course of establishing his own "artistic roots", Ignatov was influenced by Nicolai Fechin, John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, and Joaquin Sorolla. Ignatov's work includes figures, portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. His goal is to continue to express the form and anatomy as well as color and composition through a representational painting approach.

  • In 2005 Ignatov began teaching painting classes at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art where he taught till 2012.

  • Today, Ignat Ignatov is a United States citizen residing in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Ignat Ignatov is a Signature Member of the California Art Club.

Featured Awards:

  • Featured Artist:  Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL 2020

  • "Finalist in Figurative Category", International ARC Salon 2010-2011

  • “Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence”, Salon International 2011

  • “Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence”, Salon International 2010

  • “Award of Excellence”, 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, 2009, California Art Club

  • “Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence”, Salon International 2008

  • “Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence”, Salon International 2007

  • “Award of Excellence”, 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition, 2006, Oil Painters of America

  • “Award of Excellence”, 95th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, 2006, California Art Club

  • “Award of Excellence”, 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition, 2005, Oil Painters of America

Publications:

  • Southwest Art, January 2012, Article "The Art of the Figure"

  • CAC Newsletter, Fall 2011, Article "The Artist as Critic: Art that Inspires"

  • American Art Collector, February 2011, Group Article

  • Artist Daily online, May 2010, Article

  • American Art Collector, February 2010, Group Article

  • Fine Art Connoisseur, September/October 2009, Article

  • American Art Collector, September 2009, Feature Article

  • Oranges & Sardines, Fall 2008, Article

  • American Artist, April 2008, Feature Article (reprint from 2006)

  • Southwest Art, September 2007, Feature Article

  • Latitude, Fall 2007, Group Article

  • Southwest Art, September 2006, Article "21 under 30"

  • American Artist, April 2006, Feature Article

  • Southwest Art, December 2005, Article "Artists to Watch"