Andrea Potzkov is a Bulgarian artist based in Sofia. He uses stone, wood, and acrylic paint to create unique works of art that tell stories and provoke the imagination.

“I am motivated by the little things from everyday life – a person in the street, a tree, a stone, or the weather. The little things.”

So far I’ve worked with wood, stone (from simple river rocks to semi-precious and precious stones), iron and silver, acrylic paint, and black ink. I’m curious to start experimenting with oil, gold, and recycled paper.

“I want to show that we are all multi-layer personalities, composed of many elements.”

Bio

My name is Andrea Potzkov. I’m using my initials AP to sign my works.

Being born and raised in Sofia city has affected my style but in my work, I aim to disassociate from the big city life. Other than that, my influences can constantly vary and change. What I find important is to keep it flowing.

A common belief is that life is a constant battle between good and evil. I’d rather believe that a balance between the two must be achieved in order to find harmony in chaos. I want to show that we are all multi-layer personalities composed of many elements.

I’ve been creating since I was a child. From carvings and drawings to making rafts and tree houses, furniture pieces, sculptures, and even music. I feel like, what unlocked my creative urges, was and still is my affiliation with Mother Earth and, of course, the people that I was surrounded with when I was a kid.

My art is influenced by different things - it can be a situation, an idea in my head, an emotion, or simply my desire to create something out of nothing. There are many hidden elements, symbols, and ideas that can be seen or felt in my creations but that’s for you to find out.

I love travelling and rediscovering. In 2017, I went to the Dominican Republic and discovered the Larimar stone. It looks like no other stone - it has its own energy, feel, and beauty, and it’s mined only in the Dominican Republic. I was determined and brought it to Bulgaria for the first time in 2017. I participated in an exhibition with it in the national museum “Earth and Man” in Sofia.

A concept that I like to entertain in my head is that everything is changing over the course of time. Nothing is constant. And being able to capture an idea, to imprint it onto different mediums, allows me to preserve it and pass it on to further generations with different worldviews. And I think that can be very powerful. It can have the capacity to inspire and to be reiterated in so many creative ways.

I remember a friend of mine once told me, “reality is an ever-mutating animal”. Panta rei, everything is changing. Whether art changes over time or time changes together with art is an ongoing argument.

I believe that we are all multi-layered creatures and can express ourselves in much more spiritual ways, but we have just forgotten how to in this day and age.

I believe that we are all multi-layered creatures and can express ourselves in much more spiritual ways, but we have just forgotten how to in this day and age.

I remember a friend of mine once told me, “reality is an ever-mutating animal”. Panta rei, everything is changing. Whether art changes over time or time changes together with art is an ongoing argument.

Artworks

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The Atelier

My dream project is to be a stone mine licensee and to use the harvested stones for my artworks. I want to create a fair working environment for miners and change how the business operates. Mainly, I want to encourage good practices and I want to inspire people to create.

Photo by Dimo Kralev
Photo by Dorothea Komitska
Photo by Dimo Kralev
Photo by Dimo Kralev
Photo by Dorothea Komitska

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