"The way out is actually something you're looking for in yourself. The exhibition is about personal results in man. The way out is to peek into my personal experiences. And they don't have to be so sacred, important and completely shocking to leave a mark on you. It may be something much more inconspicuous and fleeting at first glance, but it will leave a mark." Atanas Hranov
The adventure in which this magnificent artist draws us in is fascinating not only with his masterful, even magical manner of painting, not only with the three-dimensional, even surreal feeling of space and objects he convincingly creates, be it with their plastic sculptural incorporation or exquisite painting, but also with the fact that his works are almost real portals to the time - past, present and future. It seems like he puts us in a theoretical fantasy space with various real doors in intricate picturesque tones, embossed layers and lines showing hidden, important, coded directions, with authentic locks bearing the marks of time and history to remind us that we always have more from one exit, even more than three. It is as if Hranov is teleporting us into a black hole created by the means of illusory painting with tangible bright, sparkling portals with exquisite, ornamented hinges at entrances, from where we will be able to enter and exit our precious emotional moments and memories. Now Hranov has turned his gaze instead to the distant horizon of the Atlantic or the Ionian Sea, inward to himself, to his personal valuable and precious events and the accompanying them perfect moments, to real people with whom the storms connected him with or at first glance ordinary life events. Here we can find the stairs to the notorious „Bezisten“ Bar, depicted by bottles and glasses and colorful bright harmonies. Here is the door to the experiences of the yacht "La Bonne Vie", behind which we see where night and day meet. Here is the chest of sea treasures and the stories of Captain Bate Stefko. These are real doors-pictures-objects, but each with its own personal size, character, energy, some with guarding angels and in fact they are the Hranov’s metaphor for the personal outcomes that everyone can find in themselves, for the infinity of human possibilities, nurtured not only by imagination, but also from our faith in achieving our goals.
Atanas Hranov works in the field of plastic arts and painting, organically mixing genres with the mastery of a virtuoso. He has a perfect command of wood and uses it both in his sculptures and in his paintings. His manner is clearly recognizable not only with the vital, free and exquisite painting, but also with the bold combination of plastic solutions, often cast in bronze, silver or artistic use with another function of household items. In his paintings he builds a three-dimensional space with the means of illusory painting and the incorporation of various objects in them. A distinctive feature is the dominant presence of the ornament, brought to a pure sign. In his works, the feeling of sky and sea is strongly present, regardless of the abstract way of depicting them and the combination of distinct details, creating numerous associations. The tones are applied with softness and thin layers of complex colors, clear and at the same time suggesting depth and volume of objects and space. Hranov stimulates the associative thought in the viewer, convincingly creates the feeling of lightness and ethereality and inspiringly conveys the emotions of his experiences, philosophical quests with a wink from the sage.