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National Academy of Arts

Coordinates: 42°41′41″N 23°20′4″E / 42.69472°N 23.33444°E / 42.69472; 23.33444
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42°41′41″N 23°20′4″E / 42.69472°N 23.33444°E / 42.69472; 23.33444

National Academy of Arts
Established1896; 128 years ago (1896)
RectorGeorgi Yankov

The National Academy of Arts (Bulgarian: Национална художествена академия) is an institution of higher education in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is the oldest and most renowned school of arts in the country.



The National Academy of Arts was founded in 1896 by noted artists and public figures such as Ivan Mrkvička, Anton Mitov, and sculptor Boris Schatz,[1][2] as well as men of letters in the likes of Konstantin Velichkov and Ivan Shishmanov. The original faculty also included Czech painter Jaroslav Věšín.

The National Academy of Arts' main edifice was built in 1906 after a project by Alexander Smirnov, the construction being guided by F. Schwanberg.

Renowned painter Nikola Marinov served as Chancellor in the period 1935-1937 and was a professor between 1921 and 1940.



Over 1,000 students are being educated at the academy in various art subjects, including 130 foreign students and 35 future doctors. The institution is divided into two faculties: Faculty of Fine Arts and Faculty of Applied Arts.

Notable alumni



  1. ^ Diana Muir Appelbaum, "First, Build an Art School", Aug. 1, 2012, Jewish Ideas Daily, http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/4635/features/first-build-an-art-school/
  2. ^ "בוריס שץ כוהן אמנות | Boris schatz - the Father of Israeli Art". Archived from the original on 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2012-04-22.