Until March 26, residents and visitors of the capital have the opportunity to see the exhibition "The Fairytale World of Lyuben Zidarov". It is hosted by the Kvadrat 500 artspave of the National Gallery. The show features 10 illustrations of the famous Bulgarian painter who passed away at the age of 99 on January 4, 2023.
According to Dr. Tanya Staneva, curator at the National Art Gallery, Lyuben Zidarov's “ deep curiosity about the world, ardour for work and rich imagination are imprinted in his illustrations, which are naturally cpmplementing the text in the books.
Tanya Staneva also points out that almost every time a book with his illustrations has been reprinted, the artist has reworked his drawings to make them even more vivid. Zidarov has been drawing illustrations and comics for various children's publications since his school days. Between 1967 and 1970, he was the lead artist of the state publishing house Narodna Mladezh. Some of his most famous illustrations are for The Tales of Scheherazade, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer, Harry Potter complete book series special edition in Bulgarian, and Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales.
For his contribution to Bulgarian fine arts, Lyuben Zidarov has been awarded a number of prizes, including that of the Union of Bulgarian Artists for Illustration /1976/, the Order of Sts. Cyril and Methodius - first degree in 1963, the Golden Century Award of the Ministry of Culture in 2016 and many others.
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