The Czech Republic has a long history of puppetry, puppet-making, and marionettes. Czech puppets have been a part of Czech tradition since the middle of the 18th century. At that point in time, Czech puppeteers roamed Central Europe to tell stories and entertain crowds. It was at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century that Czech puppet-making and puppetry developed into a revered art form; care and detail were put into the faces of Czech puppets created during the Baroque period, bringing Czech puppetry to new levels of sophistication.
I had a great pleasure to meet Georgi and create marionettes with him....He’s been involved with
sculpture since the age of 16. His first sculpture, a result of an
emotional experience, was created overnight, and has the enigmatic name
"Slave". For George art is a form of festive intoxication. That's the
gift that he developes constantly. His inspiration comes from love,
beauty, of positive and negative qualities in people. Anything can be
inspired, any experience can be given an image. He sees a certain
character or a certain situation and tries to penetrate through the tree
in it. Because the feeling is the prize for the donated sense, because
it just brings the encoded command to preserve the memory of hope that
supports us and the unknown that waits ahead. Watch people with your
heart, because only it can detect the truth. The best thing is visible
only to the heart. The most essential is invisible to the eyes - Georgi
likes to say - and he
keeps this credo alive. His colleagues value him as a young and very
talented artist, featuring
with personality and his own light. Some of his works are: "Looking To
the Future," Cry For Help, "" Betrayal, " Cowardice, "" Happiness And
Joy", Feast", " Awakening" and many other.
In 2001 he took part in an open-air exhibition of sculpture in the Czech
Republic. The exhibition was held in Chomutov at the "Red City" castle
where his sculptures remained on permanent display. In 2004, at the
invitation of the mayor, he made a commissioned sculpture of St. Petka,
which was donated to the President of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov in honor
of the feast of his hometown. In 2005 he was invited by a private
puppets museum in Prague to make duplicates of the originals, destroyed
after the great flood.
In 2007 and 2009 he made an ordered iconostasis for chapels in the
Narechenski baths village, Plovdiv region.
Since 2008 he is a member of the Society of Artists in Sliven.
He participated at numerous exhibitions, including:
2002 - Gallery "May", Sliven
2003 - Gallery "L. Bayer, Stara Zagora
2003 - Czech Cultural Centre, Sofia
2003 - Cultural Center, Prague
2004 - Tvarditza
2004 - Brandis nad Labem, Czech Republic
2007 - Tvarditza
2008 - Daskalov House Tryavna - General Exhibition
2008 - Gallery "May", Sliven - General Exhibition
2009 - "Daskalov House Tryavna - General Exhibition
Height: 55 cm / 22 inch
Boxed weight: 2.4 kg / 4.8 lb
Operating devices: Wood, string
This Devil marionette is a hand-carved by Bulgarian artist as a replica of 19th century puppet and hand-painted by Czech artist from Prague. It stands roughly 22 inches tall, has a skeleton of wood. Its clothes are designed after period models and are hand-made originals. Each marionette is original, unique work…you can find the simillar one, but never the totally same.
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