Ivaylo Hristov

  • Bulgaria (b. 1979)
  • Currently in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Bulgarian visual artist. Graduated Painting at the National Art Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria (2005). He has won numerous awards for painting, drawing and design. He has presented his five own projects in Bulgaria.




  • GoldHeaven, Arosita Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria.


  • Lighting Tools, Arhis Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria.


  • Sleeplessness, Bulart Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria.
  • Lighting Tools,, Serdica vault, Sofia, Bulgaria.


  • Real Love Story, UniCredit Studio, Sofia, Bulgaria.


  • The Game, National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria.



  • Staichki, Spring Contemporary Art Fest. Curator Sasho Stoitzov, St. Luca Gallery, Ethnographic Center Varosha, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.


  • Acts of Sedition, WhiteBox Gallery. Curator Raul Zamudio & Juan Puntes #election2016, New York, NY, United States.
  • Fish Story part of Contempo 8 - International Contemporary Art Festival, ArtBox C8. Curator Raul Zamudio (USA), Varna, Bulgaria.
  • FutureFest Art Prize – Shortlist exhibition, Tobacco Dock. Curator Ruth Amos (UK), London, United Kingdom.
  • INFERNO. , Pristine Gallery, Curator Raul Zamudio, USA., Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Europa, Transition Gallery. Curator Cathy Lomax & Luci Eyers, UK., London, United Kingdom.
  • Fortress , Art Gallery Blagoevgrad and SAMCA (Sofia Arsenal - Museum for Contemporary Art), Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.
  • Visible / Invisible. Regional exhibition., Graffit Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria.


  • Shape Shifters, International exhibition, BULART Gallery - Curator Raul Zamudio, USA., Varna, Bulgaria.
  • 3rd National Biennial of Drawing, Rafail Michaylov Gallery, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.
  • FOCUS BULGARIA. Vienna contemporary – video self presentation, 90 sec, `Lighting Tools` project, Vienna Contemporary, Marx-Halle, C16 , Vienna, Austria.
  • Fortress, part of UAMO Festival, SAMCA (Sofia Arsenal - Museum for Contemporary Art), Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Map of the New Art. Imago Mundi - Benetton Art collection. Bulgaria: Save the dream., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy.
  • Sofia Underground - Machines, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • 12th International Gyeonggi Ansan Art Fair, Gyeonggi Ansan Art Fair, Gyeonggi, Korea, Republic Of.


  • Approaches to Happiness, Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • NO Fest 2 - Points of View. Festival for independent experimental art, Sofia, Factory for urban arts, Zona Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Contempo 6 - International Contemporary Art Festival, City Art Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria.


  • Hospital for Lovers, Gallery Rayko Alexiev, Sofia, Bulgaria.


  • Shortlist 2008 – Nominated artists in the competition for Contemporary Bulgarian art by Gaudenz Ruf Award, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria.


  • 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art, City Art Gallery, Shumen, Bulgaria.


  • Born 1979 in Bulgaria.
  • Lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria.


  • 2000 - 2006
    National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
    MA in Painting (prof. Valentin Kolev)


  • 2016
    FutureFest Art Prize: Future Work.
    FutureFest Art Prize 2016. NESTA and Seditionart, London, United Kingdom
  • 2015
    Special Award for Drawing - 3rd National Biennial of Drawing
    Union of Bulgarian Artists , Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
  • 2011
    Silver EFFIE Award
    EFFIE Awards, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2007
    Special Prize for Young Author
    17th edition of Advertisement Expo, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2004
    Special Award for Student Drawing
    Foundation "100 Years National Academy of Arts", Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2003
    First Award for Painting in National Contest
    Foundation "St. Cyril and St. Methodius", Sofia, Bulgaria


  • 2007
    Creative stay for young bulgarian artists, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France


  • 2006 - Present
    Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia, Bulgaria


  • Luciano Benetton Contemporary Art Collection, Venice, Italy
  • Nikolay Nedelchev Contemporary Art Collection, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Nikolay Nedelchev Contemporary Art Collection, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Fund at the Institute for Culture of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Museum of the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Museum of the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Collection of Post Bank Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria