At Hotel Anel, you can find more than 800 paintings and sculptures of renowned Bulgarian artist. With the extensive collection, the hotel tries to capture the importance of culture and art in the ever-changing and fast moving society. It is a refuge where beautiful Bulgarian art is presented and where the artistic heritage of the country is nourished and preserved.
Genko Genkov was born in 1923 in the village of Choba near Karlovo. He grew up in Bourgas. He finished Secondary School for Classic Languages in Bourgas and in 1948 he graduated from the National Academy of Arts under Professor Dechko Ozounov. His first one-man exhibition took place in 1965 and in 1973 there was a retrospective exhibition on the occasion of his 50th anniversary. In 1972 he was conferred the Cyril and Methodius Order of Merit Third Class. His last one-man exhibition was held in 1993. Genko Genkov died on third of March 2006.
Genko Genkovis one of the most eminent Bulgarian artists known for his striking personality and rebellious spirit.
Genko Genkov has created mainly landscapes, which are notable for the specific style of their author – clearly defined volumes, vivid colours and relief surfaces. In the early years of his artistic career, the author used to give preference to the darker range of colours. His landscapes represent people and animals. In the course of time the integrated colour splashes and the characteristic intense warm colours gradually appeared. A tree, a house, a mountain or paths in the open serve as centre of the composition in his paintings. Genko Genkov preferred painting from life and often-depicted neighbourhoods in Sofia or the outskirts of the villages of Roudartsi and Dragoil.
Through the years, the artist has experimented with a variety of methods and techniques of painting. In the 70’s he explored the potential of the different materials, applying oil as watercolour, treating the surface with sand or replacing the brush with a knife. In the 90’s he used pigments reminding of the ceramic glaze. His works reveal elements of the art of post-impressionism and fauvism.
Atanas Yaranov was born on July 13, 1940 in Sofia. He graduated from the Art Academy in 1965, with a degree in Decorative Monumental Painting under Prof. Bogdanov. His works have participated in collective exhibitions representing Bulgarian art in England, France, Italy, The former USSR, Romania, Japan, USA, the former Czechoslovakia, Poland and others countries. Solo exhibitions have taken place in Sofia, Varna, Warsaw, Bratislava and Berlin.
He has won many national awards and many of his works are owned and exhibited by the National Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, many museums and galleries throughout the country, and in galleries and private collections in Bulgaria, Switzerland, USA and France.
Atanas Yaranov leaves behind a rich gallery of oil paintings, pastels, murals. His works have consistently high artistic level. A figurative painter who fills his canvasses with symbols, archaic myths and folk metaphors. Critics defined his art as happy focus, which crossed artistic impulses of the past and present.