Penko Platikanov is a sculptor creating abstract and figurative art. His preferred material is bronze but he also works with wood, stone, iron and materials like aqua resin and hydro stone.
Penko started his formal art education at the age of 14. He was accepted to study in the School of Fine Arts in town of Tryavna, Bulgaria. There he spent five years, studying drawing, sculpting, art history and woodcarving. From 1993 to 1999 he studied in the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria where he earned his MA in Fine Arts and Sculpture. During the five and a half years in the Academy he was in the class of Professor Emil Popov.
During the years in the Academy Penko discover the beauty and power of bronze sculpture. Since then bronze became his favorite material. He not only was casting his works in metal but also learned the whole technological process on a professional level, from making molds to applying patina. During his studies and later in his career Penko Platikanov participated in a number of exhibitions. His sculptures are in private collections in Bulgaria, USA, Belgium and Italy.
As a classically trained sculptor he worked on a number of commercial sculptural projects – sculpture restoration, relief, decorative sculpting panels, ornaments, rosettes, altar walls and capitals for interiors in churches, theaters and commercial buildings.
His work could be seen at:
Venetian Casino, Makao, China
Anshe Emeth Synagogue, NJ
Sacret Heart Monastery, Chicago, IL
Grand Opera House Theater, Meridian, MS
Seanger Theatre, Mobile, Al
Visitation Church, Kansas City, KZ
Grand Overland Train Station, Topeka, KZ
Currently he lives in New York City where as a scenic artist and sculptor works for movie productions. He’s been was working on movies like “Salt”, “Sex and the city 2”, “The Tempest”, “Arthur”, “Sherlock Holms”,”MIB3” and others.
2007 Richard J. Daley Center, Group Exhibition, Chicago, IL
2005 Curb Group for Arts, One man Exhibition, New York, NY
2003 Embassy of the USA, Group Exhibition, Sofia, Bulgaria
2002 Shipka 6 Gallery, National Group Exhibition - Sculpture, Sofia, Bulgaria
2001 Gallery Alexander, Group Exhibition, Sofia, Bulgaria
2001 Shipka 6 Gallery, National Group Exhibition - Sculpture, Sofia, Bulgaria
1999 Krida art, Group Exhibition, Sofia, Bulgaria
1999 Gallery Expansion, One man Exhibition, Sofia, Bulgaria
1998 Gallery Gaya, Group Exhibition, Sofia, Bulgaria
1998 Shipka 6 Gallery,Drawings and Plastic Arts,Sofia, Bulgaria
1998 Shipka 6 Gallery,Anniversary of the Bulgarian Olympic Games, Sofia, Bulgaria
1997 Shipka 6 Gallery, National Group Exhibition - Sculpture, Sofia, Bulgaria
1997 Gallery Sezony, Group Exhibition, Sofia, Bulgaria
Jane’s New York , Interview, NBC, 2006
Bulgarian Telegraph Agency, Exhibitions Announcement, December 9, 2005
“Episode II-Theaters” Back to the Blueprint, Seanger Theatre, Mobile, AL, History Channel, 2005
“Railroads and Restoration”Sunflower journeys, Interview, KTWU/Channel 11 Topeka, KZ, 2004
Centennial of the National Academy of Arts (Jubilee edition). “Portrait of Kalina”, National Academy of Arts, Sofia, 1996