Second International Salon NAIV Bulgaria 2022, which opens on June 1 in Sofia.
Over 250 works by more than 77 naive artists from 17 countries in Europe, South and Central America, Australia have been selected to participate in the Second International Salon NAIV Bulgaria 2022, which opens on June 1 in Sofia, as a logical continuation of the first such salon from 2021. The unique festival with original and unique stylistic independence from authentic works, executed with oil, acrylic paints or mixed media on canvas, wood, as well as sculptures from wood, ceramics, stimulates our senses for joy of life with a feast of flowers stories with fun, daring, romance and magic. Naive art is a living, active phenomenon in global art culture today. It is also called "the art of the sacred heart", "the art of instinct", "raw", "modern neo-primitivism", "free from canons". These definitions emphasize its emotionality and spontaneity. What is specific about Art Naive is that it is guided by the general feeling of cheerfulness, and not by certain ideas and views, and has a recognizable authentic each with own stylization of the image. We often observe romanticism and nostalgia for human values and virtues of a old times often not existing in the lives of the fans of this genre. These are specific archetypes observed even in early Christian frescoes, a return to ideas that are rooted in early childhood. We can recognize a general roundness of forms, simplification of things, as in a child's drawing, brightness of colors, and this in its wholeness evokes the feeling of love and kindness.
Among the authors working in this style are a number of artists with academic education, which adds to the value of the works and high professional technical performance. Among the Bulgarian participants there are artists who have won world awards. Among them are Nikolay Stoev (two-time winner of the Prix Suisse et Prix d'Europe in Walrus, Switzerland, and winner of the special prize of the Biennale of Art Humor in Tolentino, Italy) and Rosen Rashev - Roshpaka (winner of the Grand Prix of Museum of Naive and Marginal Art in Jagodina, Serbia). Mariela Dimitrova - Mara stands out in the sculpture with her stylized sculptures in fresh colors.