Samuil works in the field of all the existing media, by multilevel treating various subjects of the day, trying to execute and investigate different aspects of the topics he is interested at that moment. Sometimes he is skeptical and often with the means of sharp irony. Recently he is working over the issue about how much visual arts is related with the image and whether art is something that happens in the space between the viewer and the work.
I like finding a meaning in the small, local or ordinary thing which questions, threats or even explains global human subjects and processes. To me the art is a form of unverbal relations which has a potential to shift “the matrix” and I rely on that.
- Samuil Stoyanov
Thinking while looking or looking while thinking - thus looking evolves into seeing, or into what Samuil Stoyanov is interested in - "thinking vision". This is a theme which lately, periodically and persistently, appears in his works, yet it has nothing to do with visual experiments or optical effects, but is fully associated with conceptualizing the visual action.
- Daniela Radeva - curator and art critic
Samuil Stoyanov (1975) is visual artist born in Dobrich, Bulgaria. Currently he lives in Arusha, Tanzania. In 2001 he graduated from the National Art Academy, Sofia as MA in Ceramics and made his first solo show with oil paintings. Some of his latest solo shows are Reverse, 2017, Contemporary Space, Varna, Bulgaria and Evening News 2014, Formatokomodo Gallery, Madrid, Spain. At 2017 Samuil took part in The Image is No Longer Available Exhibition in three galeries with curator Vessela Nozharova, ICA - Sofia. At 2013 he took part in two big international events – The 5-th Moscow Biennial, entitled More Light, with curator Catherine de Zegher and Sofia Contemporary Festival, Near, closer, together, curator Ovul Durmusoglu. In 2012 Samuil Stoyanov participate in 53th October Salon in Belgrade, Curators: Branislav Dimitrijevic and Mika Hannula.
At 2011 and 2009 Samuil Stoyanov won the RUF Award and BAZA Award - two of the biggest prizes for contemporary art in Bulgaria. The BAZA Award which is part of the Young Visual Artist Awards of The Foundation for a Civil Society provides him a residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York in 2010 and also a solo show in ICA-Sofia Gallery, in the same year.
Samuil was represented in Frieze Magazine by Nedko Solakov for the anniversary issue 141, September 2011(20/20 article) and in 2012 was included in The Bulgarian Nouvelle Vague – a book published by Edno Magazine, which presents 101 representatives’ figures from the avantgarde of contemporary Bulgarian culture.