Ventsislav Zankov was born in 1962. He graduated with a degree in Sculpture at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 1988. Over the years, he has been behind many initiatives and curatorial projects, including the weekly [close-up] discussion club in Hambara (2004-2008), the newspaper 39 grams (2005-2008), the Ventsislav Zankov Foundation for Contemporary Art (founded in 2009). ), the Ventsislav Zankov Iron Medal for Contemporary Art (founded 2010), “Everything on Man” (2004-2008) together with the Goethe Institute – Bulgaria, “White, male, straight” project (2002) with the support of Swiss cultural program for Bulgaria Pro Helvetia. Curator for Bulgaria of international video art projects organized by Magmart, Italy (2013-2019).
Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, NBU (2017). Master’s degree in Film and Television Art, New Bulgarian University (2016). Psychodrama assistant (consultant) (FEPTO) (2014). Doctor in Art History and Fine Arts (2013).
His most recent individual projects feature: They Are Still Here,prospective exhibition, Credo bonum Gallery (2022); V&V EPICRISES, Vaska Emanuilova Gallery /SCAG/ (2021); In Front of Me, large-format painting, sculpture and neon, Raiko Aleksiev Gallery, UBA, Sofia (2020), The Last Burghers of Calais, sculpture, construction site NBU (2016) and Artium, Serdika Center (2016); Oh, Happy Days, large-format painting and sculpture, Raiko Aleksiev Gallery, UBA, Sofia (2014) with the support of the Central Strategic Development Fund with the Board of Trustees of NBU and UBA; The Last Boudoir – sculpture, blood, video, Raiko Aleksiev Gallery, UBA, Sofia (2011), with the support of the International Foundation St. St. Cyril and Methodius and the Central Strategic Development Fund with the Board of Trustees of NBU and UBA; New Ghost-like Paintings: now we’ve all turned into ghosts, Rakursi Gallery, Sofia (2011), Post-Romanticism. Reloaded, Bulgarian Cultural Centre, Berlin (2011); Possible/Impossible. A Concept towards an Urban Aesthetics, supported by the Culture Municipality Program, the Strategic Development Fund with the Board of Trustees of NBU, in partnership with the Red House Culture and Debate Center (2011). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions and other events. Ventsislav Zankov is the author of numerous publications in periodicals and on the Internet.