Stefan Nikolaev - 2010


Stefan Nikolaev’s work revolves very clearly around the multiple transformations and blends between what we know about everyday objects and the way the artist encourages us to reconsider them when we think about the new form and vision he invests them with. The apparent surface of his works conceals a developing narrative, bringing into play the artist’s complex relationships with life and death, time and space, consumption and products of vital necessity. This story unfolds its fluid course over more than fifteen years of active presence on the international art scene.

Stefan Nikolaev is born in 1970 in Sofia (Bulgaria), he lives and works between Paris (France) and Sofia (Bulgaria).His works have been exhibited in 52th Biennale di Venezia Bulgarian Pavilion (Venise), 7th Biennale de Lyon (Lyon), National Gallery / The Palace with Ricard Foundation (So a), 4th Gwangju Biennale (Gwandju), Ricard Foundation (Paris), ARC Project (So a), Parker’s International Art Market (Brooklyn), CCA (Glasgow), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), So a Arsenal – museum for Contemporary Art (Bulgaria), Zwemmer Art (London), Antrepo 4 (Istanbul), Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki), Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain (Paris), The State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia (Moscow), Château d’Asnières (France), BF15 (Lyon), CCC OD – Center of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré (Tours). He was the founder and co-head of the Parisian space Glassbox created in 1997. He received the UNESCO Prize for the Art at the 4th Cetinje Biennial.


Stefan Nikolaev




Painted aluminum, light bulbs


85 cm (diam), 153 cm (height), 26,4kg


Edition of 8 + 4AP (#2/8)


Courtesy of the artist and Michel Rein, Paris/Brussels

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