Viktor Pavlov

Viktor Pavlov is a contemporary jeweller who likes to think of himself as a painter and art jeweler. He graduated from the National Art Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria and ever since then he took part in numerous exhibitions and art forums. 

His minimalist style brings both calmness and a sense of translucency. Simplicity in meanings and independent elegance are at the basis of his wearable art. Just like mini sculptures that people can carry anywhere they like.  

 

The combination of having a great concept, utilising the right materials, and a properly selected technique by the craftsman make a jewell truly valuable. That’s what transforms an inanimate object into art.

“The jewel is a small sculpture that you can carry with you and creates an elegant moment in the midst of the ordinary day.”

Bio

My story, just like my work nowadays, is simple. I just loved drawing and doing things with my hands as a kid, and kept on pursuing my passions through the years. I believe that persistence and full dedication to the process is what makes a difference. Just like with anything in life, great rewards come from trial and error, and tons of hard work.

My true passion for creating art jewellery started in the Applied Arts school where I met amazing teachers, masters of their craft. There I had the opportunity to learn and work in an inspiring and stimulating atmosphere. From that moment I knew this is where I belong and who I want to become. The next step was natural. I continued studying “Metal” in the National Arts Academy in Sofia.

Today, I still love to paint from time to time. It allows me a little quiet moment of piece, reflection, and rejuvenation. Making jewelry is still a craft that requires a certain amount of concentration and thinking. For me, it is work like any other but painting relieves my inner self and connects me back to where I once began. It’s a safe place.

Making jewellery involves a lot of tools and craft, which is why I love working in my studio. And I find inspiration mostly in art, in its most general sense: painting, sculpture, architecture, music, theatre, cinema and literature. There are so many authors that I admire and have influenced me. In my atelier, I have a little Van Gogh reproduction. It makes me appreciate how much we’ve developed as a society in terms of acceptance of new ideas but still reminds me that good art is still a subjective matter. And, I believe, that’s the beauty of it.

I’ve worked with many different precious metals and stones including gold, silver, diamonds and more. However, most often I choose silver for my work because I have always been fascinated by the endless potential it offers and the ability to transform its original characteristics and aspects to achieve the scope of what can be created. Also, I really like the warmth and feeling of softness, and the property of overflowing the amber.

My work is a kind of expression of my views on structure, symmetry, and geometry in our surroundings. I experiment with shapes and colours because through them I can convey the feeling and state that the surrounding nature leaves in me. I am interested in how my jewellery stands as free sculptures but also in how it interacts with the human body, like a symbiosis between two mutually dependent natural elements.

Last couple of years I started a project called “Alchemy”. It’s a collaborative effort with Ivo Illiev, a conceptual 3D artist who has a passion for art jewellery. Our goal is to present an interactive jewell experience where the public can be not only an audience but an active participant in the creation process. We strive to make pieces that go beyond our conventional notion of jewellery, that expand the field of contemporary jewellery objects with greater social and emotional engagement. In our work, we combine both traditional form-building and craft practices as well as digital technologies.

The initiative “Alchemy” gave birth to the series “Inorganic”, which you can discover in my online gallery.

This project question established conservative thinking about traditional jewellery shapes.

Artworks

I choose silver for my work because I have always been fascinated by the endless potential it offers and the ability to transform its original characteristics and aspects to achieve the scope of what can be created. 

The Atelier

Making jewellery involves a lot of tools and craft, which is why I love working in my studio. And I find inspiration mostly in art, in its most general sense: painting, sculpture, architecture, music, theatre, cinema and literature.

Photo by Dorothea Komitska
Photo by Dorothea Komitska

We focus on showing the process of turning the non-precious into precious on a micro level, expressing various chemical compounds, atomic and molecular structures. Based solely on our imagination and our perception of these chemical bonds, we recreated this magical world. The project “Alchemy” allowed us to unveil a new point of view through experimentation and beautiful aesthetics.

Photo by Dorothea Komitska

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