Vladimir Hristov is an artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. He was born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1969 where he graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts. In 1998 he moved to the Netherlands, where he completed post-graduate work at the Groningen Minerva Academy of Fine Arts.
Hristov's studio in Amsterdam has an open door policy anytime he is there, which is often. And though he may not be famous world-wide, his audience is made up of appreciative people throughout the world. As a contemporary artist, many of his pieces are informed by current social and political issues.
What I love about Hristov's art is the way it pulls me into the space. Often, there are faint and undefined suggestions of human forms; other times, the human forms are abstract expressions. Of this, Hristov says that on his acrylic and oil canvases he presents human appearances within a complex space. His hope is to present his ideas, but leave enough room for the audience to give the painting their own narrative.
I've drawn tremendous inspiration from Hristov's work. I love the dense, rich colors and the complexity of shape and form. I find his work moving, interesting, alluring. And without being conscious of it, I do have my own narrative for the pieces he's created.
Enjoy the artist's website, here: http://hristov.nl/. And if you're in Amsterdam, look him up; and of course, take a picture or two and send it my way!