Yonko Vassilev – YO\KO is a Bulgarian avant-garde artist. The object and the various techniques play a major role in his art. Yonko Vassilev has been exhibiting independently since 2012, and his works have been shown in several galleries in Sofia. In 2015, he was one of the authors involved in the Imago Mundi project, initiated by the Benetton Foundation. For Yonko Vassilev, the first impetus for art was given by his interest in collecting. An important inspiration in this process is the tradition of the Curiosity cabinets (Un cabinet de curiosités) from the 16th century, the ancestors of today’s museum in Europe.
A topic that has its own unique reading in his work. He has a number of solo and group exhibitions, including “Yonko’s Delights” – Intro Gallery, Sofia (2019), “View of the Depot”, Warehouse in the Tobacco city, Plovdiv (2019), “Image And Likeness” – “Zurab Tsereteli”, Museum of contemporary art, Tbilisi, Georgia (2019), “Yonko’s Ark – One Gallery, Sofia (2018),” Under Construction by YO \ KO “- Arosita Gallery, Sofia (2017),” Yonko’s Room “- Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia (2016), with which he became a beneficiary of the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award and many others.
Since 2018 Yonko Vassilev share together with Ina Trifonova the artistic project YO\KO+INA where аlong with monotypes, handprints, and canvas’s surface changes the artistic duo uses colorful techniques on three-dimensional constructed objects representing painting which leaves the canvas space.
Presenting art works: Heritage – 2017, Wall object, toys, painting, 42 x 54 x 9 cm.; Under constrouction – 2017, Wall object, drawing, 40 x 50 x 3 cm.; New Born – 2017, wall object, drawing, Plexiglas, 22 x 30 x 10 cm; Azureus rasing series#8 – 2017, wall object, Toys, painting, canvas, 40 x 50 x 8 cm; Sugar Landscape – 2017, wall object, 20 x 20 x12 cm.
See more works by Yonko Vassilev from the latest exhibition by YO\KO+INA with OBJECTS AND OBJECTIVE PAINTING 2021 и YES 2022