Vladimir Dimitrov-Maystora

Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora was born on February 1, 1882 in the village of Frolosh, Kyustendil District. He studied painting at the State Art and Industrial School in Sofia in the class of Prof. Ivan Murkvichka. He got acquainted with the art of world-famous galleries in Italy, America, England, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Poland, USSR, China. In 1909 he went to Venice and visited the biennale. In the last years of his studies at the Drawing School, he was called "Maystora" because of his demonstrated abilities and his frequent use of this title to his colleagues. He paints exclusively domestic compositions. From the time of the Balkans and the First World War, he also left numerous ink and watercolor drawings from the front. He is one of the brightest native Bulgarian artists, his art is close to the life and lifestyle of the people. He is excited by the beauty of his native land and the decorative style of folk art. He creates a whole gallery of characteristic national images of peasants, peasant women and maidens, their work, folk customs and celebrations, created with unique artistic mastery. With its national character, his art has left deep traces in our painting. During his long active creative journey, he arranged 8 solo exhibitions. Participated in a number of international and collective exhibitions abroad (USA, Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia, USSR, China, India, Poland, Romania, Belgium, etc.). His works are scattered in many state and private collections at home and abroad. The largest number of works by Maystora are owned by the National Gallery of Arts and the City gallery in Kyustendil, which bears his name. His works are also in galleries in Burgas, Varna, Plovdiv, Pleven, Ruse, Shumen, Vidin, Veliko Tarnovo, Sliven, Kazanlak, Targovishte, Gabrovo, Karlovo, Vratsa, Lovech, Kardjali, Strazhitsa. Due to his great merits to his native art, he was awarded the title "Honored Artist" (1950), "People's Artist" (1952). He is a winner of the Dimitrov Prize.

Maystora died on September 29, 1960 in Sofia.