Artist: Latchezar Boyadjiev

Cast glass
  • Latchezar Boyadjiev was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he attended the Ceramics Department of the Academy of Applied Arts. In 1985 he was admitted to the prestigious Academy of Applied Arts in Prague, Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia), under the guidance of Professor Stanislav Libensky, one of the most prominent glass artists of our time and influential source for most glass artists in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

    In 1986, just after graduating from the Academy, Latchezar Boyadjiev defected to the United States via Italy.

    After settling in California, Boyadjiev worked for more than ten years in the field of optical glass, using cold work techniques such as cutting, grinding, polishing and laminating to create his optical glass sculptures that he became initially known for. Since there were limits to the size of his objects, he decided to change to a different technique to accomplish that goal.

    His drawing technique changed from pencil to charcoal, the glass technique from optical to cast glass.

    The Academy’s strict curriculum of daily drawing and design classes for five years had its intended effect on the young student. Today, the artist is saying, when he is working on new designs, he keeps drawing until something finally strikes him. New designs sometimes take him hours, days or weeks to complete.

    Once a drawing is satisfactory, a clay model is made. The next step is the actual sculpture rendered in clay with perfectly smooth surfaces and details. Next follows a series of positive and negative molds, a time time consuming and detail oriented process that will lead to the final plaster positive that will determine the outcome of the sculpture.

    Initially those plaster positives were delivered to the Czech Republic by the artist in person, With the goal of selecting the best glass casting studios and glass color selections available. It also gave him the opportunity of working with some old friends from days past, to create his new glass sculptures that were cast into yet another mold, and later annealed, partially ground and polished.

    His new and exciting work was introduced at SOFA 1997 in Chicago and the response was very enthusiastic – dynamic sculptures reflecting depth and dimension, a new approach to contemporary glass art and design.

    “The main focus of my work is to create dynamic shapes supported by sensual lines that will gradually evolve from an idea on paper to a sculpture in glass – and combined with light it will have a powerful impact on the viewer.

    I want my work to become a part of modern architecture and a contemporary environment, to reflect the era in which we live.”

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
    New Mexico Museum Art, Santa Fe, NM
    Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
    Museum Of Applied Arts, Prague, Czech Republic
    Glassmuseum, Ebeldorf, Denmark
    Glassmuseum der Ernsting Stiftung, Germany
    Museum de Alcorcon, Spain
    First Interstate World Trade Center Los Angeles, CA
    Scottsdale Center for the Arts, AZ
    The White House, Washington DC
    Private collections in USA, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia

  • Award of Exellence – Jurors award Habatat Galleries – Michigan
    2004 32nd Annual International Glass Invitational
    2005 33nd Annual International Glass Invitational
    2006 34th Annual International Glass Invitational

  • Philcharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL – March 20th to April 25th , 2013
    Habatat Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL – Janury 2013
    SOFA – Chicago, November 2011 by Pismo Gallery, Colorado
    SOFA – NY April 2011 by Schantz Gallery, Massachussets
    SOFA – Chicago, November 2010 by T.Riley Galleries
    SOFA – Santa Fe 2010 by Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Hawk Galleries – March 2010
    SOFA – Nyw York, April 2010 by Jane Sauer Gallery, New Mexico
    SOFA – Chicago, November 2009 by T. Riley Galleries, Ohio
    PalmBeach3 – Florida from Jan 15th to the 18th. with Thomas R. Riley Galleries
    SOFA – Chicago by Thomas R.Riley Galleries – 2008
    Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – June 2008
    Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria – March 2008
    Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Cleveland, OH – October 2007
    Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL- February 2006
    Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto,Canada – May 2006
    SOFA – Chicago by Thomas Riley Gallery – November 2006
    Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH – 2nd of December 2006 – 28th of January 2007
    SOFA-NY by Holsten Gallery – 2005
    SOFA- Chicago by Habatat Galleries – 2004
    Davis and Cline Gallery- Ashland, OR – 2004
    Habatat Gallery, Chicago,IL – September 2003
    SOFA- Chicago by Habatat Galleries – 2003
    SOFA-NY by Holsten Gallery – 2003
    Tomas Riley Gallery, Cleveland, OH – March 2003
    SOFA- Chicago by Habatat Galleries – 2002
    Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Canada – March 2002
    SOFA- Chicago by Habatat Galleries – 2001
    Habatat Gallery, Pontiac, Mi – February 2001
    SOFA – NY by Holsten Gallery – 2001
    Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL – June 1999
    The Rachael Collection, Aspen, CO – February 1999
    Compositions Gallery, San Francisco, CA – march 1998
    Merrill Chase Gallery Lara, Chicago, IL – October 1996
    Gallerie L, Hamburg, Germany – February 1996
    Art Glass Centre International, Shalkwijk, Holland – May 1996
    Christy Taylor Gallery, Boca Raton, FL – 1990, 91, 92, 93, 95
    The Rachael Collection, Aspen, CO – 1995, 94, 92
    Vespermann Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1994
    Compositions Gallery, San Francisco, CA – 1994, 91
    Riley Hawk Galleries, Columbus and Cleveland, OH – 1993
    Gallerie L, Hamburg, Germany -1993