Trained at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgarian-born artist Yanko Tihov is an award winning painter and printmaker, who now lives and works in London.
In his 'passport' series the design is determined by the colours and motifs of each country’s passport, which the artist carefully matches and re-creates within the correct national borders.
Although h...e is well known for his surreal urban images, he has more recently also released a series of works inspired by changes to the world map. In his 'passport' series, the artists design is determined by the colours and motifs of each country’s passport, which the artist carefully matches and re-creates within the correct national borders.
Tihov’s passport series offers unique examples of contemporary cartography that capture the borders of today’s world. The beautifully detailed pieces almost seem to “humanise” the globe. When looking at a world map, we only really take note of landmasses and water. It is extremely easy to forget that every state, no matter how foreign, has individuals and a national identity of its own. Yanko Tihov’s maps highlight the national identities and personalities, which may desired to cross boundaries and boarders to explore new land.
These maps explore themes of history, immigration and shifting borders - themes which are highly current in light of current political debate.The series act as a bold reminder of the laws and jurisdictions, which blind individuals to this very day.
Each of Tihov's limited edition prints have been finished by hand. The texts, seals and coats of arms, which adorn the covers of each passport, have been hand-painted with real 24 carat gold and successfully capturing their individual details. The paint adds a unique layer to each work which beautifully reflects the light and enlivens the surface. Overall his passport series serves as both a reminder of the laws and jurisdictions which bind individuals, and offers unique examples of contemporary cartography which beautifully captures the borders of today’s world.
Yanko Tihov's work has been seen in numerous group exhibitions in the UK, Hong Kong and the US, and is frequently selected for inclusion in the exhibitions of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.