Onnik Karanfilian ,Flamenco, 40×51 in. , oil on canvas
EDUCATION -1994, MFA. The National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1985- 1988, Group exhibitions, The city Gallery, Sliven. 1986 – 1987, Common exhibitions of art in Sofia. 1986 The Dosev Gallery, Sofia. 1986 The region’s exhibition in Yambol, Bulgaria. 1988 The “Ecology” show, The National Academy of Fine Art, Sofia.1989 International exhibition of undergraduates, Belgrade, Budapest, Vienna, Rome and Athens. 1989 Undergraduates exhibition in New York and Washington, U. S. A.. 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001 International Graphics Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria. 1991, 1996 Sapporo International Print Biennial, Japan.1991, 1995 11 Th. Mini Print International Cadaques, Spain. 1991, 1995, 2003 International exhibition of EX – LIBRIS, Saint Niklaas, Belgium. 1992 “New Names”, Sofia, Bulgaria. 1992 1 st. Exhibition of Bulgarian Art in Seoul, South Korea.1993 International exhibition of EX – LIBRIS entitled “G. Mercator and cartography”, Saint Niklaas, Belgium. 1993 1 st. International Print Biennial in Maastricht, Nederland.1993 “Bulgarian Art in Germany”, Germany. 1994 “33 Graphic Artists from Bulgaria” South Africa. 1994 OSAKA Triennial, 5 th. International Contemporary Art Competition, Japan. 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004 International Graphic Triennial, Sofia, Bulgaria. 1996 , 2001, 2007 Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Japan. 1997 Group Exhibition of Bulgarian Art in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. 1998 2nd International Graphic Triennial Sofia, Bulgaria.2000 6th International Biennial of Miniature Arts, Gornji Milanovac. 2001, 2002 European Biennial of Engraving – Exlibris competition, Acqui Terme, Italy.2002 The 12th SPACE INTERNATIONAL PRINT BIENNIAL, SEOUL, South KOREA. 2003, 2007 International exlibris competition in Ankara, Turkey. 2004 International exlibris competition of FISAE, Geneva, Switzerland. International Print triennial- Sofia, Bulgaria. 2006 National competition of selected artists “Awards for contemporary Bulgarian art”, exhibition , Vienna, Austria. 2006 Exhibition of Bulgarian Exlibris, UN, Geneva, Switzerland. 2006 National contest for the art of book and exlibris, Sofia, Bulgaria. 2007 Bulgarian small sized erotic print exhibition, Bratislava, Slovakia, Vienna, Austria. 2007 Contemporary Bulgarian graphic art, Germany. 2008, The 1st International Biennial of Prints, Istanbul, Turkey.
2008, The 2nd Bangkok Triennial of Print and Drawing exhibition, Thailand. 2008, The 3rd International print competition “Bridge”, Istanbul, Turkey. 2009, Bulgarian print art in Vienna, Austria. 2010, Krakow-Vienna- Oldenburg , SMTG International print triennial SMTG. 2010, 6th International Triennial of Prints, Sofia, Bulgaria. 2010, NEVER, EVER, FOREVER, China.Many other group exhibitions.2011, IV International print competition RHMD museum, Istanbul,
Turkey. “Autumn Salon of Arts”, Sofia, Bulgaria. 2012, FUSION International Contemporary Intaglio Print Invitation Exhibition, China. 2012, Cluj-Napoka, Romania, “TRIBUNA Graphic 2012”. “8×3” Project, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, 2012.
1993, Gallery “Studio Spectar”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1993, Gallery “Gijzenrooi”, Geldrop, Nederland.
1996, Gallery “Hotel Intercontinental”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1996, Gallery “Interart”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1997, FEZ, Berlin, Germany.
1998, Gallery “Art Forum”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
2000, Arthur Matossian Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon.
2000, National Ethnographic Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria
2001, Arthur Matossian Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon.
2001, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria.
2002, gallery “Tageia”, Varna, Bulgaria.
2004, gallery “Vuzrazdane”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
2005, gallery “Eprueve d’Artiste”, Antwerpen, Belgium
2007, “Galerie d’art du Rhone”,Geneva, Switzerland.
2008, “Rakursi” gallery, “Exhibition for a Day”, Sofia, Bulgaria
2009, “Onnik and friends”, Gallery “Bulgarian Cultural Center”, Prague, Czech Republic.
2010, “On the way”, IMOGA Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.
2010, “Together”, Art gallery – National Palace of Culture, “XVth Salon des Arts”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
2011’Obshtuvane”, National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria.
2012, “COUNTRY of ROSES”, Gallery of the Bulgarian Cultural Center, Paris, France.
2013, “Rakursi” gallery, “50 years, so what”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1988, The “Ecology” show, Second prize Winner, NA of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1993, Second Prize Winner of Gallery “AU VIRAGE”, Switzerland.
1997, International Prize of “ART DIALOGUE ” foundation, Paris, France.
1998, The 2-nd International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, awarded from”INTERART ” Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1999, International Prize Winner for Realistic Art at the Int.Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria from Dr. Philipp Maurer “KLEINE GALERIE”, Vienna, Austria.
2001, Second Prize Winner of the section Ex libris at the Vth European Biennial of Engraving, Acqui Terme, Italy.
2002, Awarded for competition of UBA, Sofia, “Cite International des Art”, Paris.
2002, Grand Prize for small-sized prints competition, Nish, Yugoslavia.
2004, Special Prize winner at the First F.I.S.A.E Exlibris competition, Geneva, Switzerland.
2006, Special award for the contribution to the exlibris art in Bulgaria at the National exhibition “Art of Bulgarian book”
2006, Honorable mention, “Tabula rasa”, Istanbul, Turkey
2007, Special Prize winner at the second international exlibris competition-Ankara 2007, Turkey.
2007, The 5th International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Prize Winner of “Bulgarian artist”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
2008, The 1st International Biennial of Prints, IMOGA Museum, Third Prize Winner, Istanbul, Turkey.
2008, FISAE XXXII Ex-Libris Congress2008-Brunovsky Certificate of Honour, Beijing, China.
2008, First Prize at The 3rd International print competition “Bridge”-RHMD museum, Istanbul,
2011, PRIX D’ HONNEURat The 4th International print competition RHMD museum, Istanbul,
2011, UBA prize for graphic art, “Autumn Salon of Arts”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
2012, Nomination for graphic art from “ALLIANZ Awards”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1994 – Union of Bulgarian Artists.
2001 – International Exlibris Center – Sofia, founder.
2002 – Association of Exlibris Friends in Bulgaria.
2010 – Honorary membership of Istanbul Exlibris Society.
1988 – Donation to the Gulbenkian foundation.
1988 – Donation to the found for supporting the people of Armenia.
1992 – Donation to the found for the ill children in Kuklen, Bulgaria.
1995 – Donation to the found for supporting the people of Kobe, Japan.
1995 – 1996, 1997, Charitable Exhibitions for the International Red Cross, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1997 – 1998, teaching of computer design at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1997 – Teacher at the printing workshop in Berlin, Germany.
1998 – Hand made book with 10 original color lithographs signed and numbered from 1 to 29. The book is printed on handmade paper “Magniani “, 300gm2.
1999 – Donation to the found for supporting the people of Izmit, Turkey.
2002 – Founder of the First International Exlibris Biennial in Bulgaria.
2002 – Founder and editor of the first Bulgarian journal for Exlibris.
2004 – 30 copies of a unique book with 14 original prints of Pencho Kulekov-exlibris artist, dedicated to his 80th anniversary. Leather cover is with relief print.
2000-2012 Many charitable exhibitions and events.
Prints had been exhibited: Museu D’Art de Sabadell in Barcelona. Museu del Suro, Palafrugell in Girona.Capella de Sant Joan, Vilafranca del Penedes in Barcelona,Hankyu Department Store in Osaka. Gallery Oishi, Gallery Fukuda, Palus in Fukuoka.Daimaru Dept. Store in Kochi, etc.Works to be found in private collections in Japan, Canada, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Finlandn’, Chesh Republik, South Afrika, Slovak Republik, Italy, Greece,Belgium, Denmark, Nederland, France, Hungary and United States.
His works are in collections of “Schreiner” Museum in Germany, IMOGA Museum and RHMD Museum in Turkey, Sofia Art Gallery, National Museum of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria, “ART DIALOGUE ” foundation, Paris, France as well as in private collections all over the world.
He works also in the field of paintings, design and drawings.
- Onnik Karanfilian: Bulgaria