Lyuben Genov was born on November 18, 1966, in the town of Oryachovo, Bulgaria. He became member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists in 2001, and in 2002 was among the winners of the competition organized by the UBA to attend specialization courses at the Cité internationale des arts, Paris. From 2008 to 2011 he was a member of the Managing Council of the UBA and in charge of exhibition activities of the Union. From 2011 to 2021, Lyuben Genov was Chairman of the UBA.
To Lyuben Genov, the act of creativity is a test and opportunity to get immersed in a process through which he could provoke, reveal and enrich the multiple dimensions of his emotional/psychological and spiritual life. Prior to obtaining the tangibility of artistic flesh, these paintings were borne and experienced as thrill and excitement, as emotional and spiritual movement! Artistic achievement means free intuition and efficient self-control in a process where the movement of the plasticity modules, color intensity and its mastering, painting and tonal vibes are the projection of a cultivated/uncultivated reaction/experience. Paints trickle down, splashes are superimposed and boundaries get blurred, following their own inherent inner motion, and accumulate “biography”, before achieving their own independent and self-contained artistic existence.
Selected individual shows: 2002 Paintings, Cité internationale des arts, Paris; 2005 Acoustically, Sofia City Art Gallery; 2006 Inner Sounds, UKA Gallery, Varna; 2007 Azure, Shmirgela Center-atelier, Sofia; 2008 River, Agrion Gallery, Sofia; 2009 Scattered Sports, Agrion Gallery, Sofia; 2012 Variations, Artur Gallery, Sofia; 2014 Improvisations, Vladimir Dimitrov Maystora Gallery, Kyustendil; 2014 Acoustic Landscape, Seasons Gallery, Sofia; 2015 Water Chronicles, Artur Gallery, Sofia; 2016 Fluids, Astry Gallery, Sofia; 2017 Polyphonies, Stubel Gallery, Sofia
Select joint shows: 1995 International Triennial of Painting, UBA, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia; 2006 M-Tel Awards for Contemporary Bulgarian Art, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia; 2006 M-Tel Awards for Contemporary Bulgarian Art, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria; 2006 Plastic/Conceptual, Slovakia, Poland, Holland, Germany; 2006 Natural/Human, Fifth Biennial of Visual Arts, “August in Art”, Georgi Velchev Art Museum, Varna, curator Rumen Serafimov; 2008 The Contemporary Art Scene in Bulgaria, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany, curator Beate Reifenscheid; 2009 Reality/Ficion, UBA, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia; 2010 Transformation of the Process, International Art Festival Process-Space, City Art Gallery, Balchik, curators Dimitar Grozdanov and Penka Mincheva; 2010 Colors of Change, ARTis Gallery, Büren, Switzerland, jointly with Michail lalov, Milko Bozhkov and Nikolay Aleksiev, curator Anelia Popova; 2011 Art Collection of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium; 2014 Classic/Contemporary, 9th Biennial of Visual Arts, Varna City Art Gallery, curator Rumen Serafimov; 2014 Untold Abstraction, UBA, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia, curators Stanislav Pamukchiev and Peter Tsanev; 2014 The Latitude of Art, West Lake Museum, Hangzhou, China, curator Dessislava Mincheva; 2015 Map of the new Art, Bulgaria: Save the Dreams – Contemporary Artist from Bulgaria, Luciano Benneton collection, Imago Mundi project, Giorgio Cini foundation, Venice, Italy, curator Claudio Scoretti; 2016 – 2019 From Lisbon, via Minsk, to Vladivostok, Michail Savicki Gallery, Minsk, Belarus (2016); National Museum, Astana, Kazakhstan, (2017); Kames Institute, Lisbon, Portugal (2018); 2019 Contemporary Bulgarian Artists, Constantin Brankusi Hall, Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania, curator Valleri Chakalov.