Dimitar Genchev – The Good Machines

Saturday, September 2nd to Saturday, October 7th

Gerhard Hofland is proud to present the solo exhibition The Good Machines with new paintings by Dimitar Genchev. This exhibition is Genchev’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, following SWEET PEA in 2015 and his debut Nostalgia from 2013.

The paintings of Dimitar Genchev are obscure and hyperreal at the same time. By altering real-life observations through a wide range of refined painting techniques, shifting of color, composition, and by applying various effects such as depth-of-field, the artist elevates seemingly despicable and ordinary scenes into poetic, timeless images. As a virtuously skilled figurative painter, Genchev transforms the flat surface of his paintings into almost tangible, three-dimensional environments that are as wondrous as they are a testimony to the artist’s abilities with his medium.

For The Good Machines, Genchev visited a series of abandoned heavy industry complexes in the cities of Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria. By mixing selfmade photographs of these vacant industrial interiors with seemingly random elements and coloration, the artist depicts the ruins of communist Bulgaria, while simultaneously reflecting on the apparent beauty of these deserted scenes and the exposure of seemingly untouchable materials to the passage of time.

Dimitar Genchev (1985, BG) lives and works in Bulgaria and Amsterdam. He studied at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, BG, the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. His works have been exhibited  at Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, De Artillerie, Platform for young professional artists, Utrecht, and Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, among many other spaces. In 2016, Genchev’s works were selected by curator Noor Mertens for the Prospects & Concepts section of Art Rotterdam.

Dimitar Genchev – The Good Machines
7 September – 7 October 2017
Opening Preview: Saturday, 2 September 17:00 – 19:00 hours

Alongside this exhibition a catalogue will be published looking back on the body of work of Dimitar Genchev. Both this exhibition and publication are made possible with the kind support of the Mondriaan Fund.




Dimitar Genchev

Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, NL
Ecole des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg, FR
2004 – 2008
National Academy of Arts, Sofia, BG (BA painting)
2000 – 2004
Fine Arts High School “Tsanko Lavrenov”, Plovdiv, BG

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/ Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

Fellowships and stipends
2016 – 2017
Project Investment for Artists, Mondriaan Fund
Contribution for Emerging Artists, Mondriaan Fund
Machteld Vos en Willem Sijthoff
Societe Generale Expressbank Sofia, BG
Socrates/Erazmus, exchange student program, one semester of education in Ecole des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg, FR2012

Buning Brongersprijs 2012
Grand prize, Competition for the awards of St. Cyril and St. Methodius International Foundation, Sofia, BG
Grand prize, Competition for the awards of Societe Generale Expressbank, Sofia, BG
Encouraging award by “The Drawing”, organized by National Academy of Arts, Sofia, BG
Romfeya Gallery, Plovdiv, BG, Encouraging award

Solo exhibitions

The Good Machines, Gerhard Hofland Gallery, Amsterdam
Sweet Pea, Gerhard Hofland Gallery, Amsterdam
Nostalgia, Gerhard Hofland Gallery, Amsterdam
Artillerie gallery,  Platform for young professional artists, Utrecht, NLGroup exhibitions

Prospects & Concepts, cur. by Noor Mertens, Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Wonder boven Wonder, Gallerie Van de Weghe, Antwerp
Nieuw-Nieuwer- Nieuwst, LUMC, Utrecht
Art et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL, ‘Buning Brongerprijzen 2012’
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, ‘RijksakademieOPEN 2012’, (exh.cat.)

SHORTLIST 2008, Exhibition of the artists nominated for the Gaudenz B. Ruf AWARD for New Bulgarian Art, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, BG

BA’s exhibition of the graduated bachelors in the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, “Shipka 6” gallery, competition for the awards of Societe Generale Express Bank, Sofia, BG

‘Close Distance’ – Union of Bulgarian artists , Shipka 6 Gallery, Sofia, BG

‘Bazzar’, Ecole des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg, FR (exhibition of foreign students)
4th International youth triennal of contemporary art, Istanbul, TR
Youth Center Sofia, BG
National Fair of Arts, Plovdiv, BG