“My work is a visceral response to time and place.”
Kaloyan’s inspiration for a composition could be something intimate or something far removed from the artist. Kaloyan works in series — developing compositions that share the same visual problems of color and form. One recurring visual problem that the painter plays with is figure-ground ambiguity. The play that occurs when a shape can be read as an ambiguous object and also as a field of color creates a space where the viewer’s imagination can create the melody and rhythm of a painting. The artist welcomes this multiplicity of meaning within his work.
I started the "Le bonheur de vivre" series in Long Island City, New York in 2016.
Kaloyan’s paintings from a given series could be enjoyed as individual pieces and as a whole installation with each painting supporting and filling in the longing of another painting while telling a story: the story of drawing and painting. Within each series the painter explores memories of feelings which results in ideas of automatic drawing and color interactions. The initial ideas are worked on with hundreds of variations before Kaloyan decides to commit to an idea.
Le bonheur de vivre #2
The "Le bonheur de vivre" series was finished in the autumn of 2021 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The time that his paintings take to develop and become resolved varies: some paintings take a few hours while others take years. The materials Kaloyan employs are pencil, ink, watercolor, gouache and acrylic. His technique in utilizing those materials is intuitive. What on the surface looks like an acrylic painting most likely started out as a pencil, charcoal and ink drawing.
“The rich history of abstraction inspires me to discover surprising visual tension on the surface.”
Within the journey of drawing and painting, Kaloyan pursues pure abstraction. Often, he works on unfinished paintings from an older series. Responses tied to a particular memory change and so do the paintings attached to those feelings —especially when a series is revisited years after it was started. Other times, a new memory might be superimposed onto an old image, changing the overall composition and mood of the initial idea.
“I am fascinated by the properties of paper as a medium of adventure and discovery.”