“The famous Bulgarian painter Ivan Obretenov has risen slowly but overwhelmingly on the artistic horizon with his particular style in painting and portraying.
Already in the 90-ies Obretenov won quite a few loyal admirers who are following closely his work. He is not amongst the most productive artists – he works slowly, awaiting the inspiration to touch each of his works, from where his paintings and sculptures bear his very unique handwriting.
European connoisseurs are among the admirers of Obretenov, collecting dozens of his works of art.”
Writer – winner of the 2012 Open Society award
Ivan Obretenov was born in 1948 in Varna. He is graduated from the Faculty of philosophy of the Sofia University and is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists.
Since 1982 has participated in various international exhibitions:
He was represented through the 'EVEart Gallery', Budapest in European art exhibitions taking place in:
1998, Art Jonction, Nice, France
1998 St`art, Strassbourgh, France
1997/98- Line Art, Gent, Belgium
He also presented his works in exhibitions in Berlin 1983, Moscow1983, Gdansk1986, Prague1987, Aosta1988, Toronto1989,90,91, London1992, Paris “Drouot” 1991, Vienna1997, Kuwait1998, Rome1999, Brussels2001
2001- The World Exhibition '1001 Reasons to Love the Earth'
2008-Varna, Art museum “Georgi Velchev”
2007- Plovdiv, Heros Gallery
2007- Berlin, Oder 24 Gallery
2004- Varna, Kavalet Gallery
2001-Varna, Tagea Gallery
2000- Varna, AVI Gallery through the Festival 'August in Arts'
1998- Varna City Gallery
1992- Vienna, Art Gallery Hadwiger
1992- Budapest, EVEart Gallery
1988- Veliko Tarnovo, Rakovski 3 Gallery
1988- Varna City Gallery
1985 Sofia, Rakovsky 108 Art Gallery
Ivan Obretenov also won several awards:
In 2000, the Annual Artist Award of the DIVA Gallery, Varna.
In 2007, the Annual Award of Art Museum “Georgi Velchev” Varna.
In 2009, the Annual award 'Varna" for visual arts