End of March
Nikolo Balkanski plays with light and texture and employs strong thick brush strokes to convey a complete image. Within his landscapes, pallet knives layer pebble upon rock, creating depth until streams appear to trickle from their frames. "For me it is a real luxury to work on location." Nikolo said of his opportunity to paint such things as mountain scenes in the field.
Since his move to the States, his work has undergone a natural metamorphosis. The subjects he paints are not the only things that have changed, but his techniques as well. "Before I did the Baltic Sea, and now I do the mountain streams of Colorado."
Art critics call Balkanski an impressionist - but more complex. Upon seeing Nikolo's exhibition in London, John Allen described his work as "Alert, a moment of being, engaged with a world that could dissolve to chaos but harmonized by attention...moment of meaning the fateful conjunction of type, personality and environment." The painter's years of work have produced a good variety of subject and color which appear in galleries and museums across the United States and Europe. He received his formal training in Bulgaria and Finland and currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado.
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Chicago Creek, Colorado
Welcoming of Winter
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Sunny Winter Day
Images from mwfaquickdraw.com
His love of nature is evident in his work. Within his landscapes, pallet knives layer pebble upon rock, creating depth until streams appear to trickle from their frames. Nikolo Balkanski studied fine art in Bulgaria and Finland and exhibited his first one-man show at age twenty-one. He built a strong following in Europe as a master of portraiture and landscapes, with major exhibitions in Bulgaria, Finland, Sweden, England, France, and the United States.
He is highly regarded as an inspirational teacher and mentor. Balkanski’s work has been exhibited with Artists of America, the Colorado Governor’s Invitational where he received the Collector’s Choice Award in 1999, Great American Artists, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale,(Artist’s Choice Award 2007), Artists of the West, Bradford Brinton Museum, Arts for the Parks where he won Best Landscape in 1995.
His work currently is represented by Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Colorado, Hayden-Hays Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO, Knox Galleries, Denver, Beaver Creek, CO, Harbor Springs, Michigan, Spirits in the Wind Gallery, Golden, CO and Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, Florida.