Yanko Tihov is a prize-winning painter and print-maker who trained in Sofia and works in London. He is well known for his surreal urban images, but has also realised a series of works inspired by changes to the world map. In his passport series of limited edition hand-finished prints, the design is determined by the colours and motifs of each country’s passport, which the artist carefully matches and re-creates within the correct national borders. Tihov has hand-painted the texts, seals and coats of arms which adorn the covers with real 24 caratgold, successfully capturing their individual details. The paint adds a unique layer to each work which beautifully reflects the light and enlivens the surface.
1993 – 1997 Art College “N. Raynov” – Specialty Oil painting and illustration
1998 Department of Printmaking at the National Academy of Art.
2000 National Academy of Art – “Drawing 2000 competition”
Award and Grant for Graphic Arts from the Open Society Foundation
1997 – 2001 National Academy of Arts, Sofia. BA of Fine Arts and Printmaking
2001 Award and diploma for Exlibris Contest “San Martin” Argentina
2004 Winsor & Newton award Commended Finalist at the 117th Exhibition of The Royal Institute Of Oil Painters, The Mall Galleries, London, UK
Prize for notable work at the 117th Exhibition of The Royal Institute Of Oil Painters, The Mall Galleries, London
2009 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Drawing Bursary, Runner up prize.