Nikolai Panayotov

Born in 1956, in Sofia, Nikolai Panayotov graduated in Mural from the National Art Academy. For the next seven years, he remained at his alma mater to teach that same subject. During that period, he created mosaics, frescos and monumental textiles in an architectural environment.
In 1990 an unforeseen turn of events sent him to Paris, which became the artist’s second home. But Nikolai has not broken off his ties with Bulgaria, and over the last ten years, he has been coming back more and more often. "Nobody ever truly leaves a place. It does not matter how far away you are, nor where you are—you always carry the place you left behind with you. It’s the place that defines you," shares the artist.
He has created the so called White School in Stokite village, near Sevlievo, which functions as a gallery and atelier. He has also arranged several exhibitions in Sofia. Between 2010 and 2014, Nikolai Panayotov created the scenography and costumes for Wagner's tetralogy "Ring of the Nibelungs," staged in Sofia Opera. The work brought him international recognition.
Nikolai Panayotov continues to define himself as “an artistic maniac, drugged for art making.”