Nikolai Rainov (1889 - 1954), Bulgarian

Born on 01.01 1889 in Kesarevo near Veliko Turnovo, died on 02.05.1954 in Sofia. He was an important Bulgarian painter, writer and a member of the Bulgarian Academy of Science after the liberation. Brother of the ceramic artist Stojan Rainov. Studied art in 1908 in Sofia and later also studied philosophy until 1911 in Sofia as well.

During the World War One, he was a war correspondent from the Macedonian front. In this period, he produces numerous drawings and illustrations depicting the Macedonian battles and scenery.

After the war, he graduated from the Industrial Art School in Sofia and he begins to write and work as an editor in several magazines. He also works as a professor of Art history at the Bulgarian Art academy from 1927 until 1950. Rainov was a member of the Bulgarian Academy of Arts and Sciences from 1945.

Nikolai Rainov 1889-1954 Souvenir from Krivolak 1915 pencil and watercolor
Nikolai Rainov 1889-1954 Bridge over Crna river 1915 pencil and 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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