Christo Ionchev (Criskaretz) (1879 –1950), Bulgarian

Born on 20-03-1879 in Samokov, died on 07-05-1950 in Sofia. Studied fine art at the Industrial Art school in Sofia in the class of prof. Ivan Angelov and prof. Ivan Mrkvicka. Visited and worked also in Munich. Lived mainly in Samokov. He painted mainly landscapes, developing his own landscape style, emphasizing the beauty of the mountains. He was one of the founders of the Samokov art museum.

Criskaretz visited Macedonia during the First World War. The watercolor “Bay of Ohrid 1916” was sold by the auction house Victoria, Sofia, Bulgaria on 09-10-2008 (lot. Nr 11)

Christo Ionchev Cristaretz 1879-1950 Bay of Ohrid 1916 watercolor

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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