• Spatial Art

    Winter 2020
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Tchavdar I

Tchavdar Iliev (sometimes spelled as Tjavdar Iliev) was born in 1950 and is originally from Montana, in the northwest of Bulgaria. Tchavdar studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. He focused mainly on monumental sculptures and graduated in 1976. He was hired as an art consultant for the Bulgarian government.

In his first years as an artist he made many large monuments across Bulgaria. His first job was to make a big monument which was 75.000 kilograms. The various monuments were made from stone, marble, aluminum. You can find his work on squares, banks and in school and government buildings.

Since 1990, Tchavdar Iliev is based in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. He and his family received Dutch citizenship based on his high quality of work and his growing numbers of admirers.You can find his work at big multinationals such as insurance companies and banks like Centraal Beheer in Apeldoorn, Achmea in Zeist, FBTO, Avero-Torn MI/partners and Staal Bankiers. His work is also much sought by private collectors. In 2003, Tchavdar was selected for the World Art Collection exhibition in Seoul, South Korea where he represented The Netherlands. His sculpture titled ‘Centaurus’ was also published in the World Art Encyclopedia of 2004.


Movement, balance and tension are key words in his work. His personal style is characterized by abstraction of figurative elements in sober and powerful lines. He finds the right balance and tension by creating the sculpture around a vertical line. At the intersection of contour lines tension is created and this creates a certain effect, which can make one sculpture look totally different, depending from which angle you are looking at.

After the idea comes the technical development. With an almost old-fashioned attention to perfection, Tchavdar commits himself to the process of getting every detail right. His sculptures are mostly one-off creations (no multiples). In addition, he is one of the few artists left who still pours his own sculptures. From the very first moment he is already thinking about the way in which he will pour the sculpture, which color the pedestal should be and so forth. All with the goal of getting the sculpture and the pedestal to form one line together.

Returning elements in his work are horses. The motion, power and beauty of this noble animal are his main inspirations.

In 2016 Tchavdar Iliev received the prestigious 'Van Ommeren de Voogt' price for his sculpture 'Capricorn'.

  • "Torso" Bronze 25 x 80 cm. 12.900 euro SOLD
  • Elegance Bronze 30 x 33 cm 5.900 euro
  • A nice conversation Bronze on marble pedestal. 20 x 20 cm 2.750 euro SOLD