Orlin Mantchev is a Bulgarian-Canadian artist born in 1962 who unites western and eastern culture and values. After the requisite entrance competition in 1976, he was accepted to study in the Ilya Petrov High School of Fine Art, winning two scholarships over the next five years. In 1989, following six years of classical training, he graduated with a Master's degree in Painting from the prestigious Nicolai Pavlovich Academy of Fine Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 1990, Orlin immigrated to Canada while establishing an artistic career that has since taken root in Europe as well as North America. After traveling to India and the Himalayas in 1994, profound spiritual experiences deepened his vision and perspective of life and art. This experience led to a process of simplification and a movement toward the contemplative. Today Orlin Mantchen remains devoted to his meditative style, actively contributing to the art scene by inviting the viewer to contemplate the ever-changing beauty of nature. Drawing on his love of nature and spirituality, he makes meditative paintings that are authentic and profound, as well as uplifting and healing. His paintings have been widely exhibited in prominent galleries across Europe, Canada, and the USA. Orlin Mantchev's artworks can be found in permanent collections of the Art Bank of Canada and the National Gallery of Bulgaria, as well as in many corporate and private collections.
Education 1989 M.F.A [Painting] Nicolai Pavlovich University of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria 1981 Diploma with Honours, Ilya Petroc High School of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria Solo Exhibitons 2008 Elevated Landscapes, Gallery 133, Toronto, ON 2008 Land Meets Water, Delong Gallery, Toronto, ON 2007 Ecritures Sacres, Maleeva Rakoff Gallery, Paris, France 2005 Primal Breath, James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, NFLD 2002 Horizont, James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, NFLD 2001 Recent Works, Live Art Space, Toronto, ON 2000 Spanish Landscapes, Live Art Space, Toronto, ON 1999 Meditation In Colours, Live Art Space, Toronto, ON 1998 Primal Force, Live Art Space, Toronto, ON 1993 Mindland, James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, NFLD 1992 Night Planet, James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, NFLD 1991 Recent Works, Icons, St. John’s NFLD 1990 New City, GBU, Sofia, Bulgaria Group Exhibitions 2008 Tinku Gallery Toronto, ON 2008 Deleon White Gallery Toronto, ON 2007 Reconstruction, Chatham Gallery, New York City, NY 2007 Pouch Cove Foundation Spin Gallery, Toronto, ON 2005 Gallery Artists, Kabat Wobel Gallery, Toronto, ON 2004 Two And Between, Kabat Wobel Gallery, Toronto, ON 2003 Abstract, James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, NFLD 2002 Scattered Seeds, James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, NFLD 2002 Recent Works, Jadite Galleries, New York City, NY 2001 Scattered Seeds, Union of Bulgarian Artists Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria 2001 Little Stories To Tell, Live Art Space, Toronto, ON 2000 Earth Works, Live Art Space, Toronto, ON 1999 Six + Six, MEG Gallery, Toronto, ON 1998 Recent Works, Live Art Space, Toronto, ON 1997 Light, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, NFLD 1997 Midnight Europa, La Comanella, Lugano, Switzerland 1996 Gallery Artists, James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, NFLD 1994 Surrender, Orangerie Benrath, Dusseldorf, Germany 1994 Names, Bunkerstudio, Dusseldorf, Germany 1992 Murart, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NFLD 1992 Wanderman, Icons, St. John’s, NFLD 1992 Annual Arts and Letters Competition, Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John’s, NFLD 1992 Flight 333, LSPU Hall, St. John’s, NFLD 1990 Bulgarian Art Exhibition, City Hall, St. John’s, NFLD 1989 Paintings From The Nicolai Collection, Hamburg, Germany 1989 National Exhibition, Sofia, Bulgaria