Born and raised in Bulgaria, I studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna, Austria. First for the sculptor Joannis Avramidis and then for Michelangelo Pistoletto.

1998 I took my MA degree and that same year I moved to Sweden and until 2012 I lived and worked in Uppsala. During this time I have participated in numerous exhibitions in Scandinavia, Europe and in the USA and my Art was awarded with several Prizes.

The summer of 2012 I moved back to Austria and now I live in the picturesque town Melk on Danube river. Here I actively work with the International Artist Symposium “Atelier an der Donau”, with the creative school "Atelier Kreativ-Leben" and aswell I exhibit my art abroad.

My fascination of the human beeng is driving me to discover and interpret the greatness of the human soul.

Artist Statement

I work with Painting and Sculpture. During the years I have been working with a numerous of public projects and have exhibited my art in several countries like: Denmark, Germany, Austria, Norway, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, USA , Sweden and others.


I have always been fascinated by the Human being. I see the Human body as a canvas, where the soul paints its own stories. So I see my role as an Artist to discover this stories and interpret them. I do that both imaginary - realistic and expressive - abstract. I express myself trough Metaphoric compositions, Portraits, Still-lifes and Landscapes. I am looking for the human presence and absence in my works. By working mostly with models, I am trying to discover the inner story printed on their bodies and their faces.

Group shows:


• Kunsthaus Laa, Laa a.d. Taya, Austria

• OKAY Gallerie, Ybbs, Austria

• Mondi Gallery, Vienna, Austria

• Kleine Galerie, Vienna, Austria

• Phantasten Museum, Vienna, Austria

• Rearte Gallery, Vienna, Austria

• Galerie Holasek, Graz, Austria

• The Museum of National History, Copenhagen, Denmark

• Artmuseum, Mikulov, Czech Republic

• Art Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

• The Museum Bror Hjort, Uppsala, Sweden

• The Artmuseum, Osjek, Croatia

• The Artmuseum, Pécs, Hungary

• The Museum Oskar Kokoschka Haus, Pöchlarn, Austria

• Ausstellungsbrücke, St. Pölten, Austria

• Tartaglia Gallery, Rome, Italy

• Museo d'Arte, Arad, Romania

• Vasby Art Hall - Winter Salon, Upplands Vasby

• Edsvik Art Hall, Solentuna, Sweden

• Redeemer's Juried Art Exhibition, Manhattan, New York, USA

• Atelier an der Donau, Pöchlarn, Austria

• Stockholm Art Fair, Sweden

• Tuscany Art, Austria




• Winner of the Prize of the Public at the exhibition Portrait Now!

from the Museum of National History in Copenhagen, Denmark

• Honorable mention in sculpture from the fourth Art symposium Atelier an der Donau, Pöchlarn, Austria

• Honorable mention in abstract art from the fifth Digital Hall of Fame Award, Stockholm, Sweden

Solo shows:


• Galerie DALIKO, Krems, Austria

• Red Point, St. Pölten, Austria

• Kleines Theater, Haar bei München

• Rathaus Galerie, Melk, Austria

• Kunsthaus Maximilian, Munich, Germany

• The Museum Oskar Kokoschka Haus, Poechlarn, Austria

• Galerie D'Art Paris - Moskva, Sofia, Bulgaria

• Palace Wittgenstein, Vienna, Austria

• Mollbrinks Konst Gallery, Uppsala, Sweden

• Gallery Sredec - Ministry of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria

• Gallery St. Lucas, Varna, Bulgaria

• Artmuseum, Velingrad, Bulgaria

• Bulgarian Cultural Center, Budapest, Hungary

• Visjon Norge, Drammen, Norway

• Konstfärd, Uppsala; Sweden

• Art Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

• Gallery Blå Porten, Öland, Sweden

Public projects:


• Live-Action painting at InterCHARM - Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

• Live-Action painting at InterCHARM - Russia, Moscow, Russia

• Live-Action painting at the Vivaness 2014 and 2015, Nürnberg, Germany

• Three sculptures (3-4m high) of stainless steel to the City of Riedlingen, Germany (performed together with the artist Atanas Kolev).

• "Loveseat", four meters layng sculpture in oak tree, Hyssna, Sweden.

• Four sculptures (LifeSize), synthetic gypsum to Aspholmen in Uppsala, Sweden.

• Two Ice Sculptures (2.5 m high) to the ice festival in Uppsala, Sweden.

• ArtSuite "Carnivalktor the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden

(together with the artist Kent Wahlbeck).

• A mural (3x5m) to the LOKS in Uppsala, Sweden.

• Sculpture (3m high) in stone and bronze to the Hotel Imperia in Sliven, Bulgaria.




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My Art is for sale at:


Krassimir Kolev


Atelier Kreativ-Leben,

Wienerstrasse 28, 3390 Melk, Austria

Email: krassimir@kolev.se

Phone: +43 650 7707 383

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