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Iskren Semkov


Iskren Semkov was born on September 1st, 1984, in Oriahovo, a town in North-West Bulgaria,situated on the Danube river bank.He was drawn by the brush and paint during his adolescent years when he participated in local juvenile painting contests and exhibitions. Currently Iskren lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland.

Iskren Semkov began painting as graffiti artist. His paintings represent personal stories based on memories and impressions, bent through the artist’s imagination and reproduced in delicate compositions with trompe l’oeil technique. His contemporary realism is influenced by the old masters’ technique mixed with ideas bearing the spirit of today. Iskren’s images are extremely realistic but not in photo or hyper realistic way as he prefers the brush strokes to be visible.

Working with oil paints, first he applies the base of the painting and gradually builds the details, using a lot of layers and velatures to achieve satisfactory result.

“The process of painting is, for me, an attempt to integrate elements that reside in my mind into a sort of visual poem. My appreciation of the great masters has inspired my technique. It is called “Trompe- l’oeil”, which comes from French and means “trick the eye”,and is an art technique, involving realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three-dimensions, instead of actually being a two-dimensional painting. I try to remove the border between reality and illusion. I do not cease seeking and depicting the beauty, attracted by various art tendencies. I am impressed by the nature, objects that keep history or bring memories, or just things that are daily around us, but we neglect in our hectic lives…”

Source: Iskren Semkov