Born in in Razgrad in 1903, graduated from the Art Academy in Sofia in the class of Nikola Marinov in 1926. After graduation he continues his education in Munich where he studied in the school of Prof Hainrich Man between 1926 and 1928. In the 1930s he made study trips to France and Italy. Since 1941 he is a lecturer and since 1946 a professor at the Art Academy in Sofia. Ilya Petrov played a significant role in the education of many Bulgarian painters from the younger generation. Today, the Art Gymnasium in Sofia carries his name.

Ilya Petrov was active in the Pirin Macedonia region during 1940s. He was a very famous portrait painter, and one work from his Macedonian period is the portrait of the Macedonian poet Nikola Ionkov Vapcarov, sold by the Auction House Victoria, Sofia on 12/Oct/2009 (lot number: 1001).

Ilya Petrov 1903-1975 Portrait of N.J.Vapcarov - ink

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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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