Ognian Zekoff is a painter known for his photorealistic works. Zekoff received an MFA at the National Art Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, before moving to Montreal, Québec, where he currently lives. Since finishing his studies, Zekoff has concentrated on carrying on the practice of European art through charcoal drawing, oil painting on canvas, and a strong use of light and dark. In the tradition of classical painting, Zekoff never works from a photograph, relying solely on live objects and models.
His works are often characterized by their depiction of hands, which the artist uses to capture the mood of his subjects. Zekoff’s figures are typically shown in a peaceful and vulnerable state, exploring the realm between sleeping and wakefulness. The artist’s large-scale, highly detailed, and anatomically precise images use order and repetition to create equilibrium. Using a perfectly balanced grey-scale, the artist creates a chiaroscuro effect of bright light and dark shadows to heighten the sense of drama and three dimensionality.
He has participated in exhibitions all over Europe, North America, and Asia, and has received numerous international awards. Zekoff’s paintings are currently housed in important collections around the world, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Sofia, the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, and the Foundation Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, among others.