Ivan Dobrev (16.09.1969,  Sofia,  Bulgaria) is a fine artist whose work is situated in the field of polychromatic sculpture. His professional expertise encompasses arts training, artistic research and collaboration with artistic teams. He is experienced in international cooperation and curatorship with museums, galleries and arts agencies. As a researcher, Ivan is interested in the re-evaluation and role of traditions in the contemporary art context. His artistic work represents an unique synthesis between intangible heritage (know-how, craftsmanship, methodology) and conceptual thinking, translated in the image of contemporary sculpture. www.ivanddobrev.com

Due an extensive career in the field of Higher Education and working with students he possesses the affinity and knowledge to address not only the “classical” or academic subject, but also the faculties of the personal and intrinsic nature, which leads to integral and professional realisation of the student.

Dr. Ivan D. Dobrev

PhD Program University of Hasselt, Belgium Department of Architecture and Arts

Laureate of Jan Van Eyck Academie, Department of Fine Arts Maastricht, The Netherlands

Academie Beeldende Kunsten Plastische Vormgeving Maastricht, The Netherland

Course Classical Sculpture & Fundamentals of drawing, Sofia, Bulgaria

Work related activities

Tutorial Workshop at “Das Arts Institute”– training programme, spring 2005, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Guest Lector at “The Quicksilver Conference”, European League of Institutes of the Arts,-2004, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Memberschip at various Workshops among which The European Ceramic Work Center.

Aug.-Nov, 2002 Den Bosch ,The Netherlands.

Creating and organizing of a production lines for limited series of sculptural models, industrial forms and various hand made objects.

Experience in the field of Public Space Sculpture, Realization of the casting process for the Project “Veldeke College” Maastricht.

Nomination Sketch-Ontwerp, for Public Space Sculpture, Vlissingen, The Netherlands.

Design and realization of non-industrial pieces composed of different materials such as, enamel,ceramics, bronz and wood for interior space and advertising purposes.

Two years of intership at Color Metals Foundry.


Docent at Faculty, Media Arts and Design, PXL-MAD, School of Arts, Hasselt, Belgium, since 2009. Profile: Fundamentals of Drawing, Research of Visual language.

Project advisor International Art Projects – “Intercultura Consult” Ltd, Sofia, Bulgaria

Coordinator, “Thracian Enigma”,2007, Work in collaboration with Spanish Government Museum, Maastricht, TEFAF and National Museum of History, Sofia

Tutor assistent at Jan van Eyck Academy – 2001, Maastricht

Docent, Academy Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht – 2001 – 2003. Profile; tekenen, waarnemings tekenen.

Academic book publication Hasselt University: “Beholding Troyan Ceramics: Essays on traditional ceramics & contemporary sculpture”- 2018


2022 Solo exhibition, Artichoque Art Gallery Maastricht

2018 Solo exhibition, PANOPTICUM, Hasselt University PhD Project

2017 Rotterdam CONTEMPORARY, Group exhibition

  • Kunsttour Maastricht, Group exhibition

2016 Artist in Residence – European Ceramic Work Centre, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands
Work period: September – November
– Test Case, Group show – EKWC

– Rotterdam CONTEMPORARY Group Exhibition

– Group Exhibition, Seminart, Bokrijk, Belgium

2015  De KOOI, Group Exhibition MANUFRACTURE, Hasselt

2014 “The Living Ornament”, Solo Exhibition
Mondiaal Center, Maastricht

2013 Beyond Art & Design,
Group Exhibition, De Mijlpaal Gallery, Belgium

2012 Ceramic summer workshop, Troyan, Bulgaria