Karlo Zuno – Life through a smoked glass

It took Karlo 8 years and £2 to organise one of his most successful exhibitions in London.

The brave and innovative Bulgarian presented a selection of his works to his numerous admirers who gathered to greet him at the Sofia Art Gallery in London. It was not a traditional exhibition, but rather the personal story of the artist, a disclosure of his pains and passions, falls and victories.

The music of the blues legends Papa George and Bill Smith fitted perfectly and created warm and informal atmosphere, which reigned through the evening and sprinkled certain magic in the air.

And whilst we can easily appreciate his more traditional oil and watercolour paintings, and Karlo’s earlier pencil portraits and caricatures, a particular interest represent his Candle Smoke works. Karlo invented the technique some years ago and that quickly attracted the attention of the professional circles including one of the oldest art societies in England – the Croydon Art Societies, where he has been invited on a number of occasions to demonstrate his unorthodox way of painting. You can easily follow the silhouettes and forms taking shapes from the flames and smoke and cannot help but wonder the power of imagination, which unravels beauty from the most unusual entities.

The exhibition will run from 28 September till 17 October 2009 from 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm at Sophia Art Gallery, Bulgarian Embassy, 186-188 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5HL

Art review by Elena Todorova-Stanev, Cerise Art Agency, September 2009

Elena is curating ‘Elixir of Life’ exhibition at The Smithfield Gallery in London from 22nd until 28th November 2009. http://bit.ly/1a4Hox

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