Rafail Lubomirov Georgiev - Raffò

 

Sculpture/Visual art/3D Concepts 

 

Artist Statements and Concepts

 

Not long after I have started to make art professionally I realized that my sculptures are incorporating and resembling in their implied meaning clearly for the basic elements of nature. As the wind that spins the air and blows into the open volumes of the rock which has become a very important element of creation. Likewise, the water that is modeling the stone by rotating it in the rapids of the rivers. I want to give a meaning of the matter, after being guided by the natural elements, such as an inspiration and substance of my artistic path. As a matter of fact, the research I have been making, trough different scientific disciplines such as geometry and anatomy, has been giving me rather interesting results in the territory of an experiment. I found that a combination of geometric laws and anatomical truths, is not destroying the conditionality in art, but rather creates her.                                                                                          

The results of my thoughts that I had mentioned above are visualized through the series of Temples, Arches, and Columns. This series of different  public  sculptures, which I have been making in different places of the world and in particular: “Temple of the elements” (Italy, 2012), ”In the maternal womb” (Italy,2014, Israel, 2017), ”That future is hiding in a past harmony”(Israel,2015), "Mental Curves"(Romania, 2017) “Four genetic gates"(Italy, 2013), “Floyd column”(Germany,2013),“Floyd column 2”(Italy, 2014), “Floyd arch”(France,2015) and “Internal movement”(France, Germany 2016). Internal movement of floyds and substances in the interior volumes of the stone or the wood are visualized through simple geometrical waves inside the archetypical structures such as the column, the arch, and the temple. I am using monochromatic colors in some of the sculptures to distinguish visually the interior from the exterior, which is an important issue for my works. The void spaces inside the mass have more importance than the exterior contour of the block in this series of works.

 

The project called "Nature always finds its way“, which is a particular composition between the Platonic solids and sea animals, such as the sea urchins and sea barnacles. The synthesized forms of the sea animals are emerging from open craters inside the perfect shape of the regular polyhedral solid. The first generated public sculpture from this series is in monumental scale and it is called “Organic cube”(South of Korea, 2015), which I had realized from 14 tones of a single block of granite.

 

In 2016 the series of sculptures with the conceptual name “Dissolving” have begun their life. In this project I am interested to make visible some hidden processes like for instance: the separation and dissolving of the specific mass of stone from the inside and at some point to pause this process in order to leave minimal contact between the splitting parts. The sculptures which are following this concept are: “Dissolving” (Italy,2016), “Dissolving out” (Germany,2016), “Dissolving tensions” (Chili,2016).

In Dissolving tensions, there is a paradox, between the main concept and the force of the physic. Putting almost three tonnes of solid material like the stone into the "air" it makes the game of re-composing the form even more sophisticated. The paradox is in the internal separation of the form that brings it to its physical extremity of three points contact.

 

The concept which I had been successfully accomplished in 2017, through the realization of three public sculptures, was related to the musical instruments and in particular the wind horns. The winding horns are ancient and archetypal musical instruments which had been in use in the first human civilizations. The first of my sculptures that associate with this idea is inspired by the Scandinavian Vikings and their mythology - “Kattegat Horns” (Denmark, 2017). The following project created for the city Sevlievo in Bulgaria again resembles of the curved horns, but this time the sculpture “Music box” (Bulgaria,2017) reminds more of a music jukebox emerging from a rock. Furthermore, the next sculpture of this series called “Sound the horns” (Turkey,2017) I had the attention to create an abstract multi-horn instrument, which reminds of a nonexisting church organ.

In the sculpture project that I called “Formations”(Canada,2018) I had a challenging provocation, which was to use a totally unformed granite blocks. However, studying the form of the natural rock I manage to come with a solution, which basically keeps 60% of the original natural shapes untouched and rest of the mass that I had sculpt has associated to me of ‘formations’ or ‘re-formations’ of the material from which the rock it is made off. Therefore, in this sculpture, I had managed to follow the ‘casually’ shaped rock, which has given me the intuition how to move forward the project.

 

Most of the projects that I made are from natural stone, bronze, wood, but there are no limits of a variety of materials for my ideas. Since I’ve started sculpting I’ve worked with all classical material and I’m open to discover and experiment personally with unconventional new materials and matters.

 

Works of Raffò are situated in private or municipal urban spaces and gardens in different countries like Italy, Bulgaria, Israel, Costa Rica, South of Korea , Chile, Germany ,Turkey, Canada, France, Romania and Denmark.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education

 

2011 – 2013 Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy /Master degree of Environmental sculpture In the course of Prof. ssa Oriana Impei

 

2006 – 2010 National Academy of Art, Sofia / Bachelor degree of Sculpture

in the course of Prof. Krum Damianov

 

Prize honors

 

2013 5th International Sculpture Symposium in Bad Salzungen,

Germany – Artist Prize

2015 Biennale De Sologne, wood symposium  in Chaumont-Sur-Tharonne, France - Jury Prize

2016 Biennale de Sculpture in Yerres, France - Jury Prize

 

 

Public sculptures

 

2019

-   “Our solar system”, located in the Town park of Kenzingen, Schwarzwald, Germany

-   “Dancing cubes and volumes 2”, located in National Park Hainich, Behringer, Germany

-   “Dancing cubes and volumes”, located in Cavriglia, Toscana, Italy

2018

 “Formations”, located in Village of Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada
 “I am free from Pandora”, located in front of the Museum of contemporary art in Yavne, Israel

2017

 “Sound the horns”, located in municipality gardens of Manavgad, Turkey
-  “In the mother womb”, located in Ma’ale Adumim, Israel
“Mental Curves”, located in the city of Craiova, Romania
“Music box”, located in front of the central police station in Sevlievo, Bulgaria
“Kattegat horns”, located inside city hospital-lobby in Sonderborg, Denmark
“Night watch”, located in a central municipality building in Santa Anna, San Jose, Costa Rica
“Colony conglomerate”, located in the Mall area in Givat Shmuel, Israel

2016

 -  “Dissolving tensions”, located in Nuestros Parques central parks in Santiago De Chile, Chile
“Dissolving”, located in the town of Vezza d’Olio, Brescia, Italy
“Sub water landscape”, located in the yacht harbor of Cetraro, Calabria, Italy
“Internal movement blue”, located in the municipality building in Yerres(Paris), France
-   “The wheel of knowledge”, located in the municipality of Rishon LeZion, Israel

 

2015 

“Organic cube”, located in the Daekyo Fondation gardens in Seoul, South of Korea
“This future is hiding in the past harmony”, located in the town of Ma’a lot-Tarshiha, Israel

2014

-  “In the mother womb”, located in the municipality gardens of Cassino in Lazio, Italy

2013

“Four genetic gates”, located in the old town of Calcata Vecchia, Viterbo, Italy
“Floyd column”, located in the salt baths in Bad Salzungen, Germany

2012

“Temple of the elements”, located in Palombara Sabina, Italy

Private collections

2016

 - “Internal movement red”, located in Private collection in Sankt Blasien, Germany
- “Dissolving out”, located in Private collection in Bad Salzungen, Germany

2016

“Floyd Arch”, located in the town of Chaumont-Sur-Tharonne, France

 

Exhibitions 

 

2019

- "C (Carbon)" Group show in The Red Dot Gallery in Sofia

2018

-  25 years anniversary of gallery Season in Sofia

- "State of mind", a group show in Gallery 2.0 in Sofia

2016

 -  Participation in a group exhibition in gallery Season in Sofia

2015

 -  Exhibition “Sculpture of father and son”, City Hall gallery in  Razgrad, Bulgaria

-  Exhibition of shelter in Kosa gallery space, Seoul, South of Korea

- "Organic Matrices" exhibition show with Alain Eschenlauer in The Red Dot Gallery in Sofia 

2014 

- Participation in the exhibition “Chines and Italian Artist”, Palazzo Velli(Trastevere), Rome, Italy

- Participation in exhibition “Arts Week in Rome “, Rome, Italy

2013

- International Sculpture Exhibition in Museum of Edgardo Mannucci, Arcevia, Italy

- Festival del Verde e del Paesaggio – Stone workshop, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy

- Participation in the exhibition “Francesco, il Santo. Una leggenda che continua” in Rieti, Italy

2012

- International contemporary stone exhibition – “The Living Stone” in Museum of Antiquarium in Papasidero – Cosenza, Italy

- Participation in sculpture exposition in Villa Gregoriana – Tivoli ,Italy

- Participation in the exhibition “Bulgaria in four arts” in Bulgarian Embassy in Rome, opened by the President of Republica Bulgaria – Rossen Plevneliev

2011

- Participation in a group sculpture exposition “From a heart and other materials” in Bulgarian Academy of Science – Sofia, Bulgaria

2010

- Project “The Dream of the City”, organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sofia, Bulgaria

2009

- Permanent sculpture exposition Terra 2000, Cherven Briag, Bulgaria

2008

- Presentation of the Sculpture, Tolentino, Italy

- Students exhibition from Academy of Fine Art Macerata – Sant’Ippolito (Scopire in Piazza),Italy

- Students exhibition from National Academy of Art Sofia in Prague and Istanbul

 

 Symposiums

 

2019
- 7th International sculpture symposium in Kenzingen, Germany
21st International sculpture symposium in Behringen, Germany
- 1th International Sculpture Sculpture Symposium "Pietra Sublime, Cavriglia, Italy
2018
- 4th International Sculpture Symposium "Sculpture Saint John" in SJ, Canada
- 1th International Sculpture Sculpture Symposium in Yavne, Israel
2017
- 3th International Sculpture Symposium in Manavgat, Turkey
- 4th International Sculpture Symposium in Ma'ale Adumim, Israel
- 5th International Sculpture Symposium “The ways of Brancusi” in Craiova, Romania
- 4th International Sculpture Symposium in Sevlievo, Bulgaria
- 6th International Sculpture Symposium in Sønderborg, Denmark
- 4th International Sculpture Symposium in Santa Ana, Costa Rica
- 1th International Stone Sculpture Symposium in Givat Shmuel, Israel
2016
- 3th International Sculpture Symposium Nuestros Parques in Santiago De Chile, Chile
- 21th International Sculpture Symposium in Sankt Blasien, Germany
- 6th International Sculpture Symposium in Bad Salzungen,Germany

- 2th International Stone Sculpture Symposium Borom in Vezza d'Olio (BS), Italy

- International Stone Sculpture Symposium in Cetraro (CS), Italy

- Biennale de Sculpture in Yerres, France - Jury Prize

- International Stone Sculpture Symposium in Rishon LeZion,Israel

2015

- Biennale De Sologne, wood symposium  in Chaumont-Sur-Tharonne, France - Jury Prize

- 4th Daekyo International Symposium in Seoul, South of Korea

- 25th International Sculpture Symposium “Stone in the Galilee” in Ma’alot-Tarshiha, Israel

2014

- 1th Stone Sculpture Symposium in Cassino , Italy

2013

- Stone Sculpture Symposium in Calcata, Italy

- 5th International Sculpture Symposium in Bad Salzungen,

Germany – Artist Prize

2012

- Stone Sculpture Symposium in Palombara Sabina –

Park of Lucretili mountains, Italy

2011

- Wood Symposium in village Oriahovitsa, Bulgaria, organized by “Prof. Minko Balkanski” Foundation

 

Membership

Since 2018 Member of the International sculpture Alliance - ISSA 

Since 2019 Member of the International Association for Monumental Sculpture Events - AIESM

 

 

All rights reserved © 2009 - 2019 Rafail Georgiev - Raffò

  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • Google+ Social Icon
  • Blogger Social Icon
This site was designed with the
.com
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now