Dimitar Lukanov

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Dimitar Lukanov
Dimitar Lukanov
Dimitar Lukanov

(1969-02-23) February 23, 1969 (age 50)
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
EducationColumbia University, New York, United States
Known forArtist

Dimitar Lukanov (Bulgarian: Димитър Луканов, born February 23, 1969, Plovdiv, Bulgaria) is internationally renowned Bulgarian-American artist.

Early life and art education[edit]

In 1982 Dimitar Lukanov chaired the World's Children Parliament in the Nicholas Roerich-inspired International Assembly "Banner of Peace" in Sofia with 135 countries participating.[1]

Waterfall of the Sun
2003, bronze, lost-wax
Silent Wave
2007, bronze, lost-wax, Shanghai, China
Salto de Agua
2001, steel, 15 feet
Isla Mujeres Sculpture park, Mexico
Balance of Gray
2012, fired clay/glaze
White Fire
2012, fired clay
Mountain of Colors
2012, fired clay/glaze

He began his studies at the art school of his hometown, worked in a foundry of bronze in Sofia, studied for a year at the Hudojestvena Akademija[2] there and in 1991 left on a full scholarship to continue in Paris. He attended École Parsons in Paris[3] France (1991–93), graduating at the top of the class with honors from Parsons School of Design,[4] New York City (BFA, honors, 1994). In 2003 Dimitar was selected among the Top 100 alumni of all times of the 90-year-old Parsons The New School University of Design among the likes of Jasper Johns, Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and others. His studies were fully funded by an Helene David-Weill Scholarship.

Dimitar was awarded full scholarship to the highly selective Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,[5] Maine, USA (1995), and Columbia University Scholarship for his graduate studies at School of the Arts, Columbia University, New York City (MFA, 1997).


During the period between 1998 and 2006 Dimitar was a visiting professor and guest lecturer in the United States, France, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. He taught various visual art classes at Parsons' New York campus and led courses in "Intensive Painting and Drawing" for Parsons School of Design in Paris in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Most recently, he was a guest lecturer and critic at the graduate program of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts[6] at Arizona State University. Lukanov also collaborates on various arts-in-education projects in New York. He was a consultant visual artist doing sculpture and painting murals with NYC Department of Education Special Programs[7] and his students' work was exhibited at the Staten Island Children’s Museum.[8]

Light to Sky
2006, 15 ft, lost lost-wax cast
JFK-IAT Terminal 4 Arrivals, New York
Balance of Time
2012, bronze
singular lost-wax cast with no welding


Created the monumental sculpture "Outside Time" for renovated JFK's Terminal 4. The signature piece is the core part of a three-work public sculpture project, commissioned to Mr. Lukanov by JFK IAT in December 2012. A structural feat, the unique and ambitious monumental piece is 90% airborne even if it is pronouncedly inclined. The steel and aluminum sculptural work is comprised by some 600 elements as well as 1000 ft of tubing, all hand-bent and assembled by the author.[9]

Commissioned and executed in the lost-wax technique in 2006, "Light to Sky" is a major public art sculpture project at International Arrivals, Terminal 4,[10] at Kennedy Airport, New York. "Light to Sky" is at the top of the annual editorial review of leading US magazine "Art in America" for the 20 most important public art projects in the United States for 2006.[11]

Dimitar Lukanov was awarded Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant for 2011.[12]

2007 – "Silent Wave" inaugurates Yue-Sai Kan lifestyle gallery project "House of Yue-Sai" in Shanghai.

In 2006 and 2007 Dimitar was an invited guest-artist by ArtCultureStudio, Geneva, for the Moscow World Art Fair at the Manezh.

Dimitar Lukanov is a member of the Chilean Association of Painters and Sculptors, Santiago, Chile (since 2010).

Selected exhibitions[edit]

  • 2010: L'Heritage International Gallery, Moscow 2008: Izbrannoe Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • 2008: Silent Wave, House of Yue-Sai Kan commission, Shanghai, China
  • 2006: Light to Sky, sculpture commission, permanent installation, International Air terminal, Terminal 4, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York
  • 2006-7: Moscow International Art Exhibition, Manezh, galerie George de Bartha, Geneva
  • 2007: Sculpture, Maison d'Art, Monte Carlo
  • 2006: Shanghai International Art Festival Exhibition, Shanghai, China
  • 2006-7: Art Loves Design, Sculpture exhibit, NiBa Home, Miami, FL
  • 2005: Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, Forecast Gallery; Holly Hunt, Miami, FL
  • 2005: Lo River Arts Gallery, Beacon, NY
  • 2003: Sculpture at Ordway, Sculpture/Prints, Washington DC
  • 2002: Firewind, Galerie Hopkins & Custot, Paris, France
  • 2001: Transparent Volcano, Sculpture, Olivier Mousson Artpluriel, Paris,
  • 2001: Salto de Agua, International Sculptural Garden Punta Sur, Isla Mujeres, (permanent installation, Mexican Government commission);
  • 2001: Invited Artist, festival de Arte, Expresarte, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2000: Storms, Sculpture, Drawing, Painting, Axel Raben Gallery, New York
  • 2000: New Outlooks, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
  • 1999: Conversation with Mountains, International Art House Lilia Yakov, Plovdiv
  • 1998: Holzhausen Sculptural Park Concept, Neiheim, Germany
  • 1998: Sculptural Vectors, York College Art Gallery, Jamaica, Queens, NY
  • 1997: Four Invited Artists, Casa de Chavon, Casa de Campo, Dominican Rep.
  • 1997: Museo Arquelogico, Altos de Chavon, Casa de Campo, Domini. Rep.
  • 1997: WorkSurface Exhibit, American Institute of Architecture, Chicago, IL
  • 1996: Lithographs & Other Prints, Maison Francaise, Columbia University, New York


  1. ^ Rabotnichesko Delo, year LVI, issue 237, front page, August 25, 1982, "Tozi zov ne mozhe de ne bqde chut" by Todor Koruev; Second Session of the World Children Parliament, International Assembly "Banner of Peace", Sofia 1982
  2. ^ nha.bg
  3. ^ "École Parsons À Paris". Parsons.paris.edu. May 24, 2012. Archived from the original on June 28, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  4. ^ "Parsons The New School for Design". Newschool.edu. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  5. ^ "skowheganart.org". skowheganart.org. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  6. ^ http://art.asu.edu/sculpture/guest_artists.php
  7. ^ http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/31/R020/AboutUs/Overview/Special+Programs.htm
  8. ^ http://statenislandarts.org/peacocks-pendants-and-pagodas/
  9. ^ http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwart/article/Dimitar-Lukanovs-OUTSIDE-TIME-to-be-Unveiled-226-at-JFK-Airport-20140213#.UwvhbONdX_o
  10. ^ "Public Art at Terminal 4 – JFK International Airport – International Air Terminal". Jfkiat.com. October 1, 2007. Archived from the original on May 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  11. ^ "Soaring Bronze Sculpture One for the Ages at Jfk". NY Daily News. January 15, 2006. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  12. ^ "Dimitar Lukanov – The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc". Pkf-imagecollection.org. Retrieved 2012-06-29.

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