Boris Mihaylov (1868-1921), Bulgarian

Born on 21.09.1868 in Kazanluk, died on 14.06.1921 in Sofia. He graduated from the Art Academy in Florence in 1892. Professor of drawing in Sliven and Sofia. Professor of decorative art and study of styles (1901 – 1921) and principal (1918 – 1920) of the Industrial School of Arts in Sofia. His works are in the sphere of decorative art. He exhibited his works in Sofia and Florence. Monumental works: the curtain of the worker’s theatre in Florence (1892), the decoration of the Synod chapel in Sofia (1909), the stained glass of the mausoleum in Pleven (1907), the chapel of the Sofia seminary (1914), etc. He took part in the ornamental forming of the mural paintings and interior for the church – memorial Alexandar Nevsky, Pencho Slaveykov in the National Gallery, Sofia. Bearer of silver and bronze medals of the Academy in Florence (1892), honorary diplomas and 4 bronze medals at the World exhibition in Saint Luis (1904).

Boris Mihaylov visited Ohrid region around 1915-20, where he made several drawings and paintings inspired by the Ohrid lake landscape. His painting “Ohrid” was sold by the auction house Victoria, Sophia, Bulgaria on 03.05.2009 (lot number 65). The painting “Macedonian refugees” is in the collection of the author of the book.

Boris Mihaylov 1868-1921 Macedonian refugees 1913 oil on cardboard
Boris Mihaylov 1868-1921 ( Ohrid 1920 ) oil on cardboard

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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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