An exhibition by Simeon Stoilov

Opening: Thursday, September 19th, 6.30 pm

The exhibition continues until Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Credo Bonum Gallery, 2 Slavyanska Str., Sofia
(Entrance from Benkovski Str.)
Opening hours: 11 am – 7 pm, daily


Credo Bonum Gallery opens the new season with the exhibition “Wild Life” of the artist Simeon Stoilov. The show will open on Thursday, September 19th at 6.30 pm and will be on display at the gallery on Slavyanska Str. until October 13th, 2019.

In the last years Simeon Stoilov is very careful when deciding to appear in a gallery. His exhibitions have become quite affairs while their impact is profound and precise. The audience would often get to see Instagram photos of faraway shores, of stormy seas, and of landscapes voided of people and yet full of life. The show “Wild Life” is the new stage where the artist and his passion for nature and the elements are coming together.

In the new paintings created especially for the Credo Bonum Gallery, the artist is looking intensely at the endless beauty of wild nature. However, this is not the exotic nature we know from the TV; this is the most ordinary nature that we trample with our feet and that we pass by without as much as giving it a glance.

Simeon Stoilov says about “Wild Life”: “Throughout the year I collected on my phone photographs from various places without having a clear idea why. Least of all did I have the idea to show them in an exhibition. I realize now that for me that’s a special kind of escape from the all-encompassing contemporaneity with its overly intensified pretentions, dependencies and complex behaviors of equilibrist substance. At the same time life – wild and eternal, is there all along. One only needs to look behind one’s back or at the ground, to step across a swamp or to take a hike in the mountain, to look on, to contemplate and to live on…”

Simeon Stoilov is born 1971 in Yambol, Bulgaria. He graduated from the Dept. of Painting at the National Art Academy in Sofia. He took his PhD in 2018. He is the author of numerous one-artist shows and participations in group exhibitions. He was awarded the M-Tel Prize for Contemporary Art in 2008. In the last years his architectural projects have become well known, for instance the Museum of Paleontology in Dorkovo.

[1] The word “life” is used here both as in life of nature and as in life as human behavior.