November 17, 2023 - January 13, 2024
Throughout Robert Dandarov’s paintings lingers a continuous, poetic processing of people’s darker yet delicate inner sphere by means of mythology, symbolism, playfulness, and art history. The heavy burden his paintings seem to bear is, with a sense of humour, passed on to the viewer who needs a chair to unpack the many layers Dandarov has hidden within the rhythm of his works. Similar to an ominous movie, his paintings carry an unbearable suspense, like a chronicle of a ghastly occurrence foretold, albeit with a whimsical undertone. Image upon image, this artist’s surfaces tell us stories without a timeline, bringing history and fairytales to our present day through his sophisticated understanding of metaphors and symbols.
Born in Strumica, Macedonia 1959 and living in NYC since the early 80’s. After attending the School of Applied Arts in his country, he went on a scholarship to the American Academy of Art in Chicago (1976). Later on, he was invited to attend the national Academy of design where also was awarded a scholarship (1981). Ever since he has participated in numerous one man and group shows, in the US and Europe, including Cologne, Regensburg, Brugge, Munich, Stutgart. He spent two years (1999-2001) in Dominican republic as an artist in residence and teacher of painting at the Altos de Chavon/The School of design, affiliated with Parson of NYC. In 2001, he stayed in Antwerpen, Belgium for a year where he was studying the techniques of the seventeen century Flemish painters and preparing a series of works which he exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Macedonia. Currently he lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.