ALBERT HADJIGANEV b. 1954 Bulgaria

Photograph of artist Albert Hadjiganev

Born in 1954 in Bulgaria to a family of artists, Albert Hadjiganev fantasized of an artistic Parisian existence throughout childhood. He studied photography in Sofia, Bulgaria and was influenced by the work of his painter father and his sculptor brother. However, he constantly kept sight of his ultimate goal: to study at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. In 1982, at the age of 28, he left his native home and walked across the border. After numerous hardships, he finally reached Paris. By 1987, his struggle paid off and he reached his goal- he graduated from the Ecole des Beaux Arts.  He has lived in France ever since.

His artistic peers in Paris quickly recognized Hadjiganev’s distinctive talent. In 1989, he was the recipient of the coveted Grand Prix de Peinture of the Academie des Beaux-Arts. Selected from more than one thousand artists, his paintings were shown across France and Europe. In 1990, he received the Prix du Gouvernement Princier at the Salon International d’Art Contemporain in Monaco.

On beginning a new painting, Hadjiganev says:

The purpose of my work is to soften the busy lives of people today by making them remember the beauty of a singular ray of light, falling on a street corner or at the start of a journey.

Hadjiganev captures the simple moments of daily life with only a few elements. With perfect technique and deep sensitivity, he freely transfigures reality to create a mysterious environment filled with grace. The sparkling vistas of his landscapes spark feelings of longing and peace in the viewer. He leads the viewers into his paintings, often through a geometric shape- a window, a door, a table or the frame of a picture are all openings that capture a still moment within a limited visual frame while opening up a new perspective to the viewer.


EDUCATION

1983-1987 École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris, Paris
19821989 Cours de dessin de la Ville de Paris, Atelier Rémy Aron, France
19771982 Cours de dessin et de peinture, Sofia, Bulgaria
19771979 École Nationale de photographie, Sofia, Bulgaria

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 Hugo Galerie, New York, NY
2018 Galerie de l’Europe, Paris, France
2016 Hugo Galerie, New York, NY
2016 Galerie de l’Europe, Paris, France 
2016 
Galerie Patricia Oranin, Pont l’abbé, France
2015 Axelle Fine Arts, New York, NY
2014 
Galerie Albert 1er, Bruxelles, Belgium
2014 Maison des Arts de Conches en Ouche, Normandie, France
2013 Galerie de l’Europe, Paris, France
2012 Galerie NL, St Omer, France
2012 Galerie de l’Europe, Paris, France
2011 Axelle Fine Arts, New York, NY
2011 Galerie NL, St Omer, France
2010 Axelle Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2010 Espace des Tanneries, la Ferrière Sur Risle, France
2010 Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris, France
2009 Axelle Fine Arts, New York, NY
2009 Axelle Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2008 AAArt Foundation, Kitzbuhel, Autria
2008 Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris, France
2007 Axelle Fine Arts, New York, NY
2006 Axelle Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2005 Galerie Felli, Paris, France
2005 Axelle Fine Arts, New York, NY
2004 Axelle Fine Arts, New York, NY
2003 Galerie de l’Europe, Paris, France
2002 Axelle Fine Arts, New York, NY
2001 Galerie de L’Europe, Paris, France
2000 Galerie de l’Europe, Paris, France
2000 Galerie Charvet, Saint Martin de Ré, France
1998 Galerie Charvet, Saint Martin de Ré, France
1998 Abbaye de Molesmes, Bourgogne, France
1998 Galerie de Causans, Paris, France
1997 Galerie Guénégaud, Paris, France
1996 Galerie Guénégaud, Paris, France
1995 Galerie de Causans, Paris, France
1995 Maison des Arts, Conches, Normandie, France
1995 Galerie Eric Baudet, Le Havre, France
1994 Galerie du Crédit Agricole, Evreux, France
1994 La Petite Galerie, Paris, France
1993 Abbaye de Molesmes, Bourgogne, France
1993 Société Industrielle de Mulhouse, France
1992 Galerie Coard, Paris, France
1992 Galerie Hélios, Honfleur, France
1992 Galerie Dufour, Chablis, France
1991 Galerie Coard, Paris, France
1990 Hôtel de Ville de Paris, Salle Saint Jean, France
1990 Centro Culturale San Fedele, Milan, Italy
1990 Galerie Peinture Fraîche, Paris, France
1989 Galerie Peinture Fraîche, Paris, France
1985 Théâtre municipal de Darmstadt, Germany

AWARDS AND PRIZES

1990 Prix du Gouvernement Princier de Monaco
1989 Grand prix de peinture de l’Académie des Beaux Arts, Institut de France

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Institut de France, Académie des Beaux Arts
Caisse Nationale du Crédit Agricole
Ville de Conches (Eure)
Ville de Brives la Gaillarde (Corrèze)
Caisse Régionale du Crédit Agricole Haute Normandie