Gabriel Panev is a representative of the contemporary generation of Bulgarian artists. Born in 1970, he graduated the “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” University of Veliko Tarnovo in 1996. While still a student, he searched for his own creative development. Having grown up in a family of artists, he has not fallen under the influence of his parents, but seeks and finds his style and handiwork which symbolises his creative views and the latest trends in contemporary European art. Taking in the influence of the surrealistic tendencies of Western European art, drawing a series of paintings inspired by the beauty of the female body, he reaches the aesthetics of abstraction. The other direction in his art is entirely influenced by his love for music, to which he dedicates pop art portraits of his idols in jazz, funk and soul music. If we try to characterize the peculiarities of his art, it should be noted that it has a rich and varied colour range and bears the marks of contemporary painting. In addition, it uses symbols and signs of Christian and world culture, with which it reaches deeper suggestions and messages to the viewer. If we have to summarize the above, we can say Gabriel Panev is a talented, modern and contemporary artist whose creative achievements are a guarantee for the upward path of development in the field of contemporary modern painting.
Solo exhibitions in Bulgaria: Veliko Tarnovo, UniCredit Bank, Invest Bank, Tarnovo Art Modern, City Art Gallery, Exhibition Halls “Rafail Mikhailov ” /1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018/; Rousse – Gallery M /1997/; Stara Zagora – UniCredit Bank /1998/; Plovdiv – Balabanova House /1998/; Haskovo – City Art Gallery /1998, 2015/; Dimitrovgrad – City Art Gallery /2000, 2017/; Nessebar – City Art Gallery /2004/; Sofia – Rayko Alexiev Gallery, National Palace of Culture, Shipka 6, Sofia Press Gallery /2002, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2015/; Dryanovo – City Art Gallery /2010/; Varna – Marconi Gallery /2011/; Lovech – City Art Gallery /2011/; Shabla – Green Education Center /2011/; Burgas – Bogoridi Gallery /2013/; Gorna Oryahovitsa – City Art Gallery /2013/; Velingrad – City Art Gallery /2019/.
Solo exhibitions abroad: Germany – Munster / 1992 /; Hamelburg /1993/; Müzingen /1996, 1997/; Denmark – Wilberg /1994/; The Netherlands – Alkmaar /2003 /; Croatia – Grosnian /2005, 2009/; Zadar /2009/; USA – New York /1998/; Rockport /2002/; Boston /2002/; Hungary – Budapest /2007, 2016/; Turkey – Antalya /2010/; Istanbul /2011, 2012/; Canakkale /2014/; Romania – Bucharest /2016/; United Kingdom – London /2016/; China – Xiang /2017/; Azerbaijan – Baku /2019/.
International Salons for Innovation – Cyprus /1997/ – gold medal.
2002 – First prize for painting: Boston Art Association.
2012 – First prize for painting at the Annual Christmas Exhibition of the Society of Veliko Turnovo Artists, supported by the Rotary Club, Veliko Turnovo.
2019 – New Era Academy award for Artist of the Year
For 20 years Gabriel Panev has been the main organizer of a number of international art festivals and symposia in various cities and resorts in the country. Over the years, Gabriel Panev has participated in numerous general exhibitions, art festivals and events in Europe, America, Africa, and Asia.