Valtcho Tonov’s Biography

Valtcho P. Tonov is a mostly self-taught artist working in the en plein air tradition using oil paints. He was born in Bulgaria in 1972 and immigrated to the United States in 2001. At a young age, he developed an interest in drawing and began to take art seriously at the age of sixteen when his family relocated to Plovdiv. He draws inspiration from The Russian School – Repin , Serov , Fechin et cetera and the American realist painters Sargent ,Schmid , and Hassam among others.

After moving to the United States, he son settled in Louisvile, Kentucky. Valtcho relentlessly pursues the craft of fine art painting.  He continues his  his artistic studies under the tutelage of renowned artists such as John Michael Carter, Phil Starke, and Lawrence Rudulech among others. He is also part of an ongoing uninstructed figurative drawing/painting workshop at the mellwood Art Center in Louisville.

Valtcho is a passionate plein air painter who describes his style as contemporary impressionism. He can be seen painting around Kentucky, Indiana, Florida and Bulgaria. He prefers to paint alla prima mostly from life with oil paint. He then transfers his outdoor studies into bigger paintings in the studio, with attention to expressive brush strokes, light and edges. His repertoire includes: landscapes, still life, abstract, sporting and figurative works.

He has been a member of the Plein Air Painters of Kentucky since 2009. Exhibitions of his work have appeared at:

T.C.Steel Festival of Flowers
Women’s Club of Louisville
Woman Horse Legent Mellwood Art Center
Madison Art Club Juried Art Show
The Art Cartel 2014 “First Brush of Spring” New Harmony, Indiana
Louisville’s Centennial Festival of Riverboats Celebrating the Belle’s 100th Birthday   invitational Exibition at Metro Hall Louisville
Dayton Art Museum Art Fair, Dayton, Ohio
Piedmont Park , Atlanta St. James, Louisville Cherokee Art Fair, Louisville Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, Indiana
Black Swamp Art Festival Bowling Green, Ohio
Chastain Park Arts Festival, Atlanta
Batesville, Indiana Art Festival

Click here to read Valtcho Tonov’s artisit statement.