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Mono Petra Art Philosophy

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Mono Petra was born in 1973 in Bulgaria. He graduated from high school in Plovdiv. In 1989, the communist regime confiscated the archive of texts by Peter Manolov (his father), who declared a hunger strike to get it back. After 30 days, the archive was returned, but the family was exiled from Bulgaria. Vera, Peter and Manol settled in Paris where Manol studied at Lycée Jean-Pierre-Vernant Sèvres. In 1990 Manol Petrov adopted the pseudonym Mono Petra. The name is taken from a poem by Peter Manolov dedicated to a cape in the Black Sea, located in the area between Cape Emine and Obzor.

Life would be easier if I was an echo.
I turned into a stone. Alone, in the sea.
It is a burden to live in this way!
Heavy as I am, never I grieve.
My feet are deeply stuck into the ground,
So no one can ever take me from there,
And throw me at someone, I’ll not permit that!
At least until I turn to sand!
At least until I turn to sand!

Petar Manolov

In 1991, Mono Petra, together with his family, took over an abandoned station of the Paris metro on Boulevard Lannes 3 opposite Universite Dauphine, where the painter made his first exhibition. “I want to express my enormous gratitude to the French people for their hospitality, which they showed to me and my family. I am also grateful to the Lord that communism fell within months after our expulsion from Bulgaria, so I could go back home and continue to develop my abilities freely around the world. Political immigration is very different from economic immigration. It makes you especially fond of the country that is hosting you, makes you always cringe when its name is mentioned. I thank Paris for the atmosphere, I thank the hundreds of galleries for what they showed me while I was forming myself as a painter and finally I thank Bernard Buffet for something that will remain between us.”

2019 – Pasybox Gallery – Kozloduj – painting | 2019 – Pasybox Gallery – Vraca – painting | 2018 – Pasybox Gallery – StaraZagora – painting | 2017 – Pasybox Gallery – Varna – painting | 2016 – Pasybox Gallery – Plovdiv – painting | 2015 – Pasybox Gallery – Burgas – painting | 2014 – Pasybox Gallery – Thessaloniki – painting | 2014 – Pasybox Gallery – Sofia – painting | 2013 – Pasybox Gallery – Sofia – painting | 2010 – K3 Gallery, Antwerp – painting | 2009 – Jazz Festival Bansko – paintings exhibition | 2008 – Green Cat Gallery, Antwerp – painting | 2003 – Arosita Gallery, Sofia – painting exhibition | 2001 – Vitosha Gallery, Sofia – painting exhibition | 2000 – Mellon Gallery, Sofia – painting exhibition | 1996 – Volare Gallery, Plovdiv – painting exhibition | 1995 – Sofia City Art Gallery – Exhibition “Patriarchs and prostitutes” | 1995 – Lomi gallery – paintings exhibition | 1994 – Lomi gallery – painting exhibition | 1993 – Slavic Cultural Center talk, Sofia – paintings exhibition.

2010 – K3 Gallery, Antwerp | 2008 – Green Cat Gallery – Luxembourg | 1998 – Biennial of Painting, Sofia | 1994 – 1997, Vitosha Gallery. In April 2011 the author sold his first painting at auction in Antwerp. For reference: the name of the auction house Campo & Campo.

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