'Spontaneous as a Children's Game' with Stanislav Bojankov

'Spontaneous as a Children's Game' with Stanislav Bojankov

July 04, 2019

Stanislav Bojanko-Stanko was born in Bulgaria in 1966. He completed his MFA in Printmaking in 1995, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland, in the Studio of Prof. Andrzej Pietsch. He works in the areas of Painting, Drawing and Graphic Art. 

"Landscaping on Jazz(Summertime) XXX, Stanislav Bojankov, Mixed Media


In his artistic work he is trying to collaborate in the framework of local (and other) cultural traditions and to make (perhaps) new anticipations into the system of global presentiments of the modern individual, which graduate to become globally understood signs, symbols and codes. This is an honest and true route for him in the search for the global within the local.

What did you initially draw towards becoming an artist?

I do not remember exactly. I've been painting since I was a kid and drawing for me has always been a very important experience and personal need ... And I'm happy to do this all my life ...

How would you describe your own personal style?

I work with many techniques and styles - impressionism, abstract expressionism, I also do objects, installations, collages, mixed techniques and styles ... I work with a whole range of styles and materials. The only important thing is to give me pleasure and the creation process to be as spontaneous as a children's game …

"Nocturne - CCXXXIX", Stanislav Bojankov, Watercolour, 2019


What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?

I just paint everyday and I do not think too much about my future development. Evidence for a successful day is whether I have created something that radiates pleasure and the mood I work with.

What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?

Everything around me. The beauty of nature, the seasons, music, the history of art and religions ... The most important thing is the beauty of living and life as the most important value.

Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?

Every artist has such people. I had wonderful teachers, friends, but mostly I learned from the history of the arts ...

When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to these themes?

Beauty, harmony, moods, the emanation of good energies and humanity, in the whole sense of these things that create the meaning of life ...

"Jazzy Mood - XLII" Stanislav Bojankov, Acrylic on Canvas, 2018


Can you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?

First comes the sensibility and the presentiments ... then they follow the analysis and the symbiosis of feelings, reflections and imagination, the symbiosis that is the basis of the creative and artistic process ...

Can you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is there a case of when is it right you work?

I've been a freelancer all my life. I get up early in the morning, walk on foot, drink coffee in some of the city cafes with friends, adjust to work, plan assignments, and then go to the studio. In the afternoon, I walk around the town again, the cafes, and I go back to the studio again, I work with the camera, work on the computer, listen to music all day - mostly jazz, classical, rock'n'roll, world music ...

When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until you finish or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?

I usually work on several paintings at a time.

How did your art evolve to be where it is today?

I do not think about it. I work, think, read, watch and consume a lot of music, cinema, poetry and other kinds of arts ... All of this must have influenced my work and I hope it is going well. But this judgement, of course, lies with the art critics. My job is to create, working through my imagination the reality and the life that surrounds me. Together with the beautiful and ugly elements, good and bad at the same time as life itself - sweet and bitter at the same time ...

"Landscape - IV", Stanislav Bojankov, Acrylic on Canvas, 2017


Which of your artworks are you most proud off?

I love them all ...

Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?

There are many of them ... Art is a never-ending process and self-knowledge at the same time. A game without a beginning and an end that reflects like in a mirror all over the world ...

If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?

Perhaps prehistory. I love prehistoric art, drawings in caves. I am very curious about this age in its human aspect, the relationships, the social life, the feelings of these people, their daily life and attitude to the world ...

What challenges do you think the 21st century artist has to overcome?

To get used to and fight the commercialism of living and working. To overcome them in your soul. That should release you internally. Not to be a slave to commercialism, success at any cost, and all kinds of bad things to others ...

"Act - VI", Stanislav Bojankov, Charcoal and Pencil on Paper, 2018


What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?

Enjoy the painting. If it does not bring joy, it is better to seek another profession for yourself ...

Although you have developed your own distinctive style, is there another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?

I enjoy everything different as you can see from my varied tastes ... It is very important to be able to accept the difference and to understand it ...

We've all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at Mona Lisa for years and years, have you been working in a continuous process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when is enough?

In the end, there is a sense of completion and end-to-end creative energy. Of course, there is also the professionalism and routine with which the artist works which plays an important role ...

"Landscaping on Jazz - IX", Stanislav Bojankov, Watercolour and Pastel, 2017


Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you think that it is an artist's responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject or theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expression your creative nature?

Making high art is already a kind of cause for which the artist must be responsible. Responsibility to yourself, to your fans and viewers. And the subjects must meet the requirements of modernity, kindness, beauty and harmony. Such should be his topics ...

What are you working on at the moment?

I'm just working. Tomorrow I do not know what to paint, but I'll know soon ... Tomorrow ...

Have you ever been part of an artistic group / movement? How did your work benefit from that experience?

No, I work alone …

"Landscaping on Jazz (Satchmo) XXXVI", Stanislav Bojankov, Mixed Media, 2019


When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when

I am constantly involved in various exhibitions - group, thematic, curatorial projects ... This is a process ... I also do individual exhibitions ... But now it is summer, I do not make plans ... And the invitations for exhibitions come themselves ... I will take part in a project in Italy in October - Vicenza Paper Biennale, a curatorial project with 80 invited artists from all over the world dedicated to the latest and alternative processes in the use of paper in modern art ... I have already sent my works. ..

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