Born 1879 in Vidin, died in Sofia in 1966. Studied at the National Art School in the class of Prof. Ivan Mrkvicka. Upon graduation, he went to Bucharest. Graduated from the Bucharest Art Academy in the class of Prof. Kostandi and Prof. Gropyano. Ivan Ivanov a military artist traveling through Macedonia during the First and the Second World Wars. In 1919 he was a founding member of the Bulgarian Society of Independent Artists. He painted “Samoil Fortress, Ohrid” in 1942 which is in the collection of Bulgarian National Bank. After the second World War, starting from 1944 – he was “black-listed” by the Communist regime. His works of art were completely removed from any public place. In 2002, a collection of 18 remarkable watercolors were discovered from his Macedonian World War One period. In the madness of the Great War, he painted intimate, quiet Macedonian scenes from Ohrid, Skopje, Macedonian monasteries, houses, markets and people. Several of his Macedonian works were sold by the Auction house Victoria in Sofia, Bulgaria.
While searching for “Macedonian art” I run in June 2015 to a Romanian antique photos dealer, Mrs. Margarit Sorin from Bucharest Romania. From her vast