Rudi Ninov (b. 1992, Bulgaria) lives and works in Frankfurt am Main (DE). He completed his postgraduate studies at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main (DE) with professor Amy Sillman in 2021, after having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art at the Goldsmiths University of London (UK) in 2015.Solo exhibitions include: Colour Words in Prologue, Sarieva Gallery, Plovdiv (BG); Colour Notes in Epilogue, Galleria Continua & Una Boccata d’Arte, Portico e San Benedetto (IT); FOTEL, Sotheby’s Artist Quarterly, Frankfurt am Main (DE). Group exhibitions include: Brittle Power, Kunsthal 44Møen, Møn (DK); Good Weather, Galeria Ginsberg, Lima (PE).
He is also the recipient of the Linklaters LLP Prize, 2020 (DE) and Cultural Perspectives Foundation Scholarship, 2019 (BG)
Rudi Ninov’s practice, comprised of drawing, sculpture and painting, documents intimate bonds between two distinctive approaches within his work: the formal and personal, the abstract and figurative. His work combines opulent shapes within carefully chosen coloured planes and clearly outlined borders, imbued with references to music, collected objects, comic strip cutouts and written notes of fictional stories and poetry. His paintings are like imaginary scriptures which meditate upon compositions of oral and written languages in a form of synaesthetic personal experiences.
His often surprising and virtuous treatment of the painting surface results in immaculate vibrant colours produced by complex processes of layering and washing away of thinly applied paint, which shift away like film slides from one painting to another, creating ongoing dialogues between bodies of work. Often several paintings will come together to create diptychs and larger compositions — a form of diagrammatic exchange which is a reference to Rudi’s ongoing interest in cinematographic mechanisms of early animation films. He works in a gestural and tactile format, using both intuitive and reasoned procedures. His work has a unique command of drawing-into-painting, and painting-into- form, demonstrating a kind of spontaneity in a process-based exploration.