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.”
Club Daily, Plovdiv, December 1995:
Daily,Sofia, May 5, 1999:
Bouki Daily,Sofia, Nr. 2, 2000, Interview by Ekaterina Kostova:
did you decide to become an artist?”
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.”
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.”
Daily, Varna, August 2000:
Delo Daily, Varna, August 1, 2000:
More Daily,Varna, August 1, 2000:
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.
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.”
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
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.”
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.
Daily,Sofia, November 2000:
“The young artist Stoyuan Tchoukanov – Tchouki has opened an exposition (oil paintings) at the Festinvest Hall in the capital city.”
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.”
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.
Magazine,Sofia, January 2002: