The exhibition of our famous artist Lyuben Zidarov is a comeback to the books illustrated by him 50 years ago, but with the inclusion of a new modern twist.

It can be seen from the 8th December 2015 to the 14th February 2016 in Sofia Art Gallery.
Born in 1923 in the city of VelikoTarnovo, he is a versatile artist; his creativity goes for nearly seven decades. Best known as a major illustrator, he created the visual equivalent of over 200 titles of Bulgarian and world literature for children and adults. Lyuben Zidarov during the second half of his career, worked hard in the field of oil painting and watercolors.
Undoubtedly, the fact remains that there is no Bulgarian child who has not grown up with his illustrations for the books: Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Treasure Island, Andersen Tales, The Count of Monte Cristo, Uncle Tom's Cabin, tales of Hoffmann and Nikolai Raynov, adventure novels of  Karl May, Mayne Reid, Jules Verne ...
In 2014 and 2015 the artist looks at the first three in order to give them a new sound, born out of the attitude towards the work and its heroes today. In the base of the new illustrations are the old originals made with richer equipment - a mixture between illustration and painting.
At the exhibition are displayed illustrations by the artist to a favorite book of today's children - the pirate saga "Silver" by the British author Andrew Motion, which is the theme for "Treasure Island."

Photos: Sofia City Art Gallery

1. Lyuben Zidarov, book cover for “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1960
2. Lyuben Zidarov, book cover for “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain, 1962
3. Lyuben Zidarov, book cover for “The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain, 2015