Nedko Solakov graduated in classical mural painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia in 1981. After his traditional education he moved towards a more conceptual approach and uses drawing, painting, installation and performance to question the human existence in a humourous and sharp witted way. One of his very well-known works is 'Top Secret' from 1989-1990 in which he discloses his collaboration with the Bulgarian State Security from 1978 to 1983. It caused a huge controversy when it was publicly exhibited in 1990, at the beginning of the changes from a Communist regime to a democracy.
Both Nedko Solakov’s large-scale installations and his drawings have become internationally renowned since documenta 12 and 13 as well as the Biennale di Venezia in 1993, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2007, the Istanbul Biennale in 1992, 1995 and 2005 and major solo exhibitions in institutions such as S.M.A.K. in Ghent and the Kunsthaus Zurich.
*1983 Sofia, Bulgarien. Lives and works in Sofia.
Work: A Woman Standing in Front of a Wall Holding an Umbrella
*1957 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Lives and works in Sofia.
Work: Alice´s Hole or the swamp of Marx-Leninist Aesthetics
*1964 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Work: HALBWAHRHEIT (Half-Truth)
*1996 in Dobrich, Bulgaria. Lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Work: Let's Dance. Clothes for Collective Life
*1988 Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Lives and works in Plovdiv and Brittany, France.