Bulgarian artist Kosyo Minchev is based New York City and studied at the National Academy of Fine Art in Sofia. Known for his provocative re-conceptualizations of classical painting and sculpture, Kosyoʼs works continue to demand awareness of historyʼs effects on our visual judgments.
His “Lambs” series of aqua-resin lamb heads are docile, stately and gently mysterious. The lamb heads are not busts, but rather cropped sections that still carry an imaginary presence of the entire body. The pristine color and smoothness of the medium evoke classical tenets and a sense of timelessness, accentuating their fleeting innocence and our current societyʼs long departure from classical idealism.
In his sculpture “Suffering Man”, Kosyo attempts an even more radical way to distill and materialize the intangible state of human suffering, the agony of life hovering between vitality and demise. It appears as if the sculpture has escaped the confines of the human form and stepped into a purely abstract, emotional realm.
He has shown throughout Europe and the United States, including the Herringen Kunstverein in Germany, the Wittgenstein House in Vienna, the Queens Museum of Art in New York, and Beaumont Public Gallery in Luxembourg. Kosyo’s exhibitions have been reviewed in many publications including The New York Times, the Village Voice, Sculpture Magazine, Woxx, Zeitung vum Lëtzebuerger Vollek and D'Lëtzebuerger Land in Luxembourg, and KULTURA Newspaper in Bulgaria.