Name: Vlado Vesselinov
Where do you live: Kyustendil, Bulgaria.
I’m just an artist who loves bright horizons and color spots.
Currently working on:
I work and live with my art, in a word Enjoy!
When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area?
I realized it when I was a child, holding in my hands the French magazine Pif and Hercule. And I said – this is a good thing to paint.
If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
I like where I live. I would change it only house in Tuscany or a sheltered spot in Italy.
How would you describe your creativity?
I am in constant creative searches and self awareness. That’s the key.
How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
From my school and college years I was serious about my work that I always had delivered much joy and pleasure. As a human being, you should always respect yourself.
What do you do at the moment?
In this currently preparing a solo exhibition and I am under a lot of pressure right, feeling obsessed. It is not good to be a perfectionist because you can not feel satisfied.
A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
Do not stop doing what you love. Be positive and believe. My message: “you must be the wind blowing the answer – not those who are waiting for answers blowing in the wind”.
Tell us how it all started.
As I said it all started with comic magazines in my childhood, they made me feel elated and magical. It then continued with painting on textbooks and notebooks. Even today I carry this magical world inside me. Over time, this passion flared and later, my meeting with pop artists gave me the courage to continue.
What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
Most importantly inner harmony and good music to satisfy the ear. And there should definitely always be a good mood in the studio.
What is your favorite film?
It’s very difficult for me to recognize only one movie – but generally films with James Dean, Steve McQueen, Italian cinema and all things in that direction.
Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
Аnd – to dinner, I had not thought of that before! Surely someone with whom we can say something, create something. To assemble a major chord.
How do you like to spoil yourself?
… Oh yeah, by camping and to travel to as many places in the world as possible before I die.
What is luxury for you?
Luxury for me is not expensive and material. The greatest luxury is to create coziness and harmony.
What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
Enough is someone liking my work, “finding a pulse” as they say. Then it really becomes enjoyable. But I did receive a very nice comment from a man visiting my boutique:
“Painting of the Bulgarian artist VladoVesselinov is a great example that the vintage style prevails lately and is also present in the world of contemporary art. The work of Vesselinov should be read as an expression of nostalgia and fascination with the past – fashion, design and pop culture of the 60s. A characteristic feature of these images is a clearly visible texture of the canvas, which remind us pages that someone snatched from a fashion magazine found in the attic. It’s similar to the effect used by Quentin Tarantino in his recent productions, where full of dirt and defects film reels pulls the audience in a unique atmosphere of a Drive-in theater. As for the colors of Vesselinov artworks, he clearly refers to the psychedelic record covers of Jimi Hendrix or Jefferson Airplaine.”
What do you fear most?
I’m afraid of the unknown and chaos. I’m afraid of what heritage (in any sense) will leave to my son. And other, still human fears.
What is a happy life to you?
You have to be ripe for a happy life. Being surrounded by loved ones and feeling realized.
What does a regular day look like for you?
Every day is mine and unusual, when I wake up in the morning and feel the aroma of a cup of hot coffee.
Tell us about your dream project.
A dream project sounds very exciting! Fifteen years ago I had the idea to paint with lasers on the MOON roadway and walkway. I was full of optimism, but now I’m a realist.
Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
I wouldn’t say that they are role models, but I’m definitely impressed by people like John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, the whole gang of pop artists as Christo. And of course my wife, who is also a great artist.
How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
My working style is a mix of many trends in contemporary art, I try to knit and mix impressions of literature, music and cinema.
Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
Here I am adamant – music!
What inspires you?
I draw inspiration from a very clean and highly energy period in time full of hope and color, and these are the fifties and sixties of the last century. I try to crashing this colorful touch in today’s gray and material life.
A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
Again I cannot limit myself to one book, but “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams are among the books that have influenced me the most.
Night Ripple, mixed media, 41/31 cm
Sofia Loren, 100/80 cm. oil, acryl on canvas. 2011
Bright Horizons (the puppeteers), 60/100 cm. oil, acryl on canvas. 2015
Change IV, acrylic, oil on canvas 40/40cm. 2014