Mosaics on Block 15 next to the Old Town Hall of the Trakiya

Artists: Trifon Nedelchev, Aleksander Baldev and Margarita Tomova

Date: 1980s

Each of the two mosaic panels depicts an abstract composition made from uneven geometric shapes. The mosaic in opus tessellatum technique was made with a cement solution set over a concrete base. The tesserae are in eight colors: white (marble), gray-black, gray, gray-green, ochre (limestone), red, orange, and blue (smalt). They vary in size from 1.5 x 1.5 cm to 5 x 5 cm.

Plovdiv, Block 15 Trakiya neighborhood. Anton Chalakov/BHF, 2021

Block 15 Trakiya neighborhood, Plovdiv.

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Trifon Nedelchev
photo: personal archive

Trifon Nedelchev was born in 1945 in Markovo village near Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He graduated from the “Sculpture” program in Veliko Tarnovo University “Saint Cyril and Methodius” and actively participated in Bulgarian artistic life in the 1980s. In 1992 he moved to Leipzig, Germany, where he had a number of exhibitions. He worked in collaboration with “Freien Schule für Künstlerisches Gestalten” in Badenweiler, Baden Wurtemberg. His works can be seen at the National Art Gallery (Sofia), the City Art Gallery (Plovdiv), and other Bulgarian galleries. They are also parts of private collections in Germany, Austria, Lebanon, and the United States.

Alexander Baldev
photo: personal archive

Alexander Baldev was born in 1933 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He graduated from the “Painting” program in the National Academy of Art in Sofia in the class of prof. Georgi Bogdanov. Baldev became one of the most colorful and active figures in the artistic life of Plovdiv. He created easel paintings but also worked in conservation, icon-painting, and monumental arts. He died in Plovdiv in 1990.

Margarita Tomova

Margarita Tomova,
photo: personal archive

Margarita Tomova was born in 1945 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated in 1970 from the “Ceramics” program in the National Academy of Art in Sofia in the class of Prof. Venko Kolev. She participated in all national exhibition in applied arts since 1981 as well as in group exhibitions in Germany, Russia, Italy, and France. She was a member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists (UBA) since 1983. She worked in the sphere of decorative ceramics and monumental arts and on various projects in the Plovdiv region in collaboration with Trifon Nedeltschew.


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