24 Hours Daily,Sofia, December 1993:

“Three generations of Tchoukanovs have exhibited an ingenious collection of art works in the National Palace of Culture, Hall 8, starting on Friday. Late Rossitza Tchoukanova was the founder of the Masters’ Work Society Vezba Section her pieces of embroidery have been displayed in the exhibition room. Her son Boyan has set out a number of oil painted canvases and her grandson, Stoyan Tchoukanov, is showing some graphics.”



Standart Daily, Sofia,September 27, 1994:

“The exhibition of two young artists was open in the Sofia Kambourova Gallery (52 Patriarh Evtimiy Blvd.) under the flashing beats of the Du Presto Plus Music Formation and the artistic address of Georgi Tchapkanov.


The aquarelle substance in the 24-year-old Stoyan Tchoukanov’s paintings seems woven by the pulsating tints of the rainbow. Like a phosphorescent see bottom, unearthly radiance or water surface reflections his canvases touch the delicate world of perceptions, illusions, dreams and castles in the air.”



Art Club Daily, Plovdiv, December 1995:

“Connoisseurs of Stoyan Tchoukanov had the opportunity to see two one-man exhibitions of his in Sofia. While the citizens of Plovdiv got acquainted with his aquarelle show opened on November 16 at the Jeanette Gallery in the Ancient Town.


Everything mentioned so far outlines the vigour of a different verbal picture: Stoyan Thchoukanov is an entirely developed artist, maker with a fine soul, highly plastic culture and rich technique armour. Therefore it is not surprising that this “young” artist has his paintings present in the National Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Societe de Bank Suisse, as well as in great number of private collections in Bulgaria, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands!”



Standart Daily,Sofia, May 5, 1999:

“After a 4-year absence in the art halls at the foot of the hills Stoyan Tchoukanov-Tchouki from Sofia will expose his paintings at the Jeanette Gallery. ‘My present exhibition includes 10 painted canvases drawn during the last few months especially for the Plovdiv audience.’”



Az Bouki Daily,Sofia, Nr. 2, 2000, Interview by Ekaterina Kostova:

When did you decide to become an artist?”

“When we celebrated the first steps made by me as a child, the first object I grabbed was the paint-brush. I have never thought of doing something else. My first memories are of myself painting. In a later period, may be during my student years or even later, a note of uncertainty occurred of whether I eventually was that kind of painter I wanted to be. But I have never hesitated whether I should become an economist journalist or an artist – these are the professions in my family. I had some digressions like to get down to monumental sculpture for example. In search for one’s identity any young person makes such digressions. When it comes to an artist, it can be only helpful. Each different genre of fine arts helps the others, they are unbreakably connected and this connection enables reaching of plastic decisions.”



“Do Bulgarians buy paintings any more?”

“Artists are everywhere and one has to work hard for to win recognition. The rest is a matter of luck and of many additional features – command of languages, culture, contacts. Otherwise there is no way. In this sense my colleagues saying: ‘Well, you are okay because you paint’ demonstrate the typical narrow-mindedness and short-sightedness. The artist is not, as many people may think, someone who doodles and just coats with paint. I am speaking of a complex of an exceptional number of qualities, devoted to one end, one cause.”


“What do you think about the people going about the galleries anxious to buying something everlasting and intransitive, which cost will keep going up and up?”

“People who earned profit from paintings in the past have achieved this namely because they did not bay anything everlasting, intransitive and because its price would go up and up. They took chances with young and unknown artists, whose works grew expensive later on. I had conversations with hereditary western gallery owners. Their galleries’ efforts, they say, are to create two names within 50 years. This calls for a lot of work, knowledge, culture and traditions; this is the mission of the gallery owner.”


Chernomorie Daily, Varna, August 2000:

“One can feel the musical presence of jazz in the 15 aquarelles prepared especially for the Bulart Gallery; the colouring is complex, the artist admits that he produces this effect after a multiple impasto of the colours.”



Narodno Delo Daily, Varna, August 1, 2000:

“The gallery has the pleasure to present to the Varna audience the delicate sensibility of the artist, whose paintings are full of lyrics, expressiveness and candour.



Cherno More Daily,Varna, August 1, 2000:

“His sentimental, nostalgic and romantic mood, which inspired him while preparing the present collection in his studio, is felt behind each aquarelle.


Stoyan Tchoukanov believes that the artist should be entirely outright before himself while painting, resembling the innocence of every child.”



Trud Daily, Sofia,August 2, 2000:

“With dozens of participations in prestigious exhibitions in the country and abroad written down his artistic diary, Tchoukanov sets out a one-man show in Varna – Bulart Gallery – for the first time. The 30-year-old citizen of Sofia is exposing 15 pieces of work which colouring and modern style certainly draw one’s attention.


He paints by means of multiple impasto of colours and believes that painting is like music, when you do not where to stop it becomes discordant.”



24 Hours Daily,Sofia, August 2, 2000:

“He likes to impaste colours. The human eye cannot tell how they were laid. But catches the frolic of the hues in his own way. Squares, triangles and circles can be seen here and there in his paintings. Everything can be created out of them.”


He admits, however, that he uses bright tinges only. That is why a Swiss daily has defined him as: “Tchouki – a Bulgarian and an optimist”.


His biography includes a long list of exhibitions. The most successful were in Plovdiv, Wettingen, Crans-Montana. His paintings have traveled around the Netherlands, Serbia, Japan, and Spain. He is a holder of a collection of prizes.”





Pozvanete Daily,Varna, August 7, 2000:

“If the shortest definition of the concept ‘jazz’ is freedom, with this collection Tchouki is a first-class aquarelle jazzman. He demonstrates a classic non-alignment with all the elements, the aggregate of which comprises a painting. And in this elegant liberty of improvisation though he manages to build up a beautifully arranged chaos of the aquarelle space. He brings a poetic and musical rhythmics as a result from the movement and pureness of the colours.


The young artist is capable of going “Back to the Innocent”, he is still excited by the fruits of “The Neighbour’s Garden”. “On Your Shore”, Varna, he remembers not only one “Summer Eve” and “Early Morn”. His childish dream is dotted with fantastic and poetic visions materialized by the eccentric forms of the pure azure tints, fairy-tales are born.



Zemya Daily,Sofia, November 2000:

“The young artist Stoyuan Tchoukanov – Tchouki has opened an exposition (oil paintings) at the Festinvest Hall in the capital city.”



Duma Daily,Sofia, November 8, 2000:

“Stoyan Tchoukanov, known as Tchouki, will set out his paintings in the 6 Tzar Osvoboditel Gallery the day after tomorrow, on Friday.”



Moda Magazine,Sofia, December 2000:

“He likes to show his paintings. This is his own way of communication. He keeps a small number of them for himself as basic moments of his development. He believes that any audience can be educated and as to achieve this effect the artist must arm himself with patience and perseverance.


His work and the results from every exertion he puts in it in it make him happy, he says. He is not superstitious or at least he cannot remember casting any charms or spells for luck before commencement of a painting. His greatest fear is apathy. Solitude is his muse now – he needs to be left alone as to give a new meaning to the accumulated emotions.



Ek Magazine,Sofia, January 2002:

“Lyuba Kirova ans Peter Fürst’s gallery presented 23 graphics full of Arachne’s refinement and fleetness (Arachne ventured to challenge with her weaving skills the Goddess Athene and therefore she was turned to a spider). The works of Robert Baramov, Yulian Yordanov, Stoyan Tchoukanov, Valeri Vasilev and Dimo Kolibarov are a true discovery. The thing they have in common is that five of them are holders of prizes from international biennales and triennales in Japan, France, Great Britain, Poland, USA, etc. And that all of them are perfect masters of their art.”