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A Bulgarian artist from Ukraine painting his genre works on... pumpkins

Photo: Anya Terzivets

Ilya Zlatov, an artist from the village of Kulevcha, Bolhrad region, has found an unconventional use for his talent. To paint, he uses not any traditional canvas or sheet of paper, but... kratunki (decorative pumpkins). He created his first pumpkin painting in 2003 and and has made over 200 such artworks to date. He depicts scenes from the life of the Bulgarian people, their way of life, culture and traditions, Anya Terzivets, the host of the "Voice of the Bulgarians" program on Odessa Public Television, told BTA.

The artist dreams of one day creating a museum of kratunki, which has no analogue not only in Bessarabia and the rest of Ukraine, but also in Europe.

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