Mono Petra's digital steps

Published by Manol Petrov, 05 Oct 2017

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The artist shows his first works painted using not the customary brush, but a computer mouse

Artist Mono Petra left 32 digitally-painted human footprints in his latest exhibition at the Towers Art Gallery, reported Presa Daily. The footprints are in fresh colours and distorted shapes and some even sport eyes and a mouth. These are the artist’s first paintings done using not the customary brush but a computer mouse.

“I have never attempted this approach, but I am excited and I intend to explore it further. This type of painting technique still has its limitations, but it will continue to develop over the next 10-15 years. The digital makes its appearance on canvas now,” explains the artist.

Visitors to the exhibition will see offbeat portraits of Mick Jagger and American rocket engineer Jack Parsons as well as the ancient Greek nymph Eurydice depicted as a snake twisted into the form of a footprint. Another interesting image is that of physicist Nikola Tesla’s imaginary pet, as envisioned by Petra.


Portraits of Mick Jagger (L) and US rocket engineer Jack Parsons.


The pictures are interspersed with items of Petra’s very own invention, the passebox (from the French "passe partout" and the English "box") – a small drawing placed on a compact disc. The artist has been making these for four years now and they are also available in some bookshops outside the country.

“I have a large collection of compact discs which became useless at some point. They are not like the gramophone records I take good care of. The passebox comes in a transitory package, but I hope it has the fate of my precious vinyl records,” Petra explains his concept.

The exhibition will stay in Sofia until 27 July and then tour Varna, Burgas and Obzor.

Mono Petra was born in 1973 in Panagyurishte. He went to high school in Plovdiv. In 1989 the communist regime confiscated a collection of texts that belonged to Petar Manolov (his father), who went on a hunger strike to get it back. After 30 days, the archive was returned, but the family was displaced, exiled from Bulgaria. Vera, Petar and their son Manol settled in Paris, where Manol studied at Lycee Jean-Pierre-Vernant Sevres. In 1990, Manol Petrov adopted the pseudonym Mono Petra, taken from a Petar Manolov poem dedicated to a cape on the Black Sea. Since then, the artist has had numerous exhibitions in Bulgaria and other countries. His paintings have been sold at various auctions around the world.

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