Stamen GRIGOROV was one of the most influential figures in 20th century Bulgaria. He was born in 1895, and his actions have helped shape the country’s fate even today. Unfortunately, many people don’t know much about him or his contributions, so we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to his life and work so that you can get to know more about this extraordinary man and what he did for Bulgaria and the world at large.
Introducing our guest author, Stamen
Hello everyone! It’s my pleasure to be writing here. If you don’t know me yet, I am Stamen GRIGOROV and am honored to be here. There are many different things that I would like to share with all of you. In fact, there is a lot that we can learn from each other. We have come together in order to make our lives better and more interesting. This is a great place for us to do just that by sharing our thoughts and experiences on a variety of topics. We will discuss what we have learned as well as what we plan on doing in future posts so stay tuned for more information about us coming soon!
His early life
Stamen GRIGOROV was born in a town called Naydenovtsi,Bulgaria on 17th May 1986.His dad worked at a place called Petrom (Petroleum) and had to travel a lot from home. It was mostly his mum who cared for him. His father used to tell him stories of love and war which left an everlasting impression on little Stamen’s mind.He loved listening to them but couldn’t grasp their meaning until he turned 12, that’s when he figured out what they meant.
He worked as an illustrator in Germany during the early 1890s
He began his career in Germany during 1890, working as an illustrator for several newspapers and magazines. By 1892, he was providing cartoons for a popular humor magazine called Kladderadatsch. The following year, he was hired by Wilhelm II to illustrate one of his books. He drew illustrations of animals and people, usually using cats as a base form and satirizing certain leaders’ facial features. After Emperor Wilhelm fired him due to a dispute over pay cuts, Grigorov decided to go it alone.
In 1894 he began painting realistic landscapes with watercolors and tempera
The Carpathians (1894), Dead Tree at Shchukin Mansion, Moscow (1895). A trip to Venice of 1896 left strong impressions on his work. The paintings Venice Canal Grande and The Lagoon near Lidiya’s House were created during that time. His palette became brighter, his picture compositions were simplified and his figures became more monumental. Later, he was especially drawn to watercolors: Ottoman mosque in Plovdiv (1906), Under the Bridge in Plovdiv (1906), Mladezhki Garden in Sofia with Children Playing Ring Around a Rosy-Cheeked Girl (1907) are important examples of his easel miniatures.
He exhibited at Munich’s Akademie der Bildenden Künste in 1895 and in 1897 became a member there.
Grigorov enrolled in Sofia’s Fine Arts Academy, where he honed his skills as a painter, eventually earning an opportunity to study abroad. Between 1914 and 1915, Grigorov studied in Munich at Anton Ažbe’s private art school. Though most of Grigorov’s fellow students at Ažbe were aspiring painters, Grigorov developed a particular affinity for sculptures. He returned to Bulgaria following his studies and produced many more paintings depicting domestic scenes.
In 1898, Grigorov and his family moved to Sofia, where he continued painting realistic landscapes.
Following a passion and doing what you love is great advice, but not if it comes at a high cost. That was certainly true for Stamen Grigorov, who spent seven years of his life as a professional ballet dancer in NYC. Grigorov would practice for hours each day, go to class and attend additional rehearsals—all with barely any income. I wasn’t really making any money, he says in an interview with 99u. I was just losing money. As dance competitions grew harder to win and work opportunities dried up, he started thinking about other career options. But that wasn’t easy either. Working as a graphic designer without formal training meant he had to take on contract jobs and build his portfolio from scratch.
Takeaways from this episode
More than a decade ago, I read a research paper. (I am not kidding you). It was authored by one Stamen Grigorov from Bulgaria. He raised some concerns about estimating stock market volatility using plain vanilla statistical techniques like Simple Moving Average (SMA). This guy named Stamel Grigorov is one of my favourite authors ever since I have come across his work in 2006. I had mentioned his name in some past posts and keep on referencing him as well now because, it’s hard to find people who talk sense in financial engineering circles… Now that I started to search for more information on him, just realized how many interesting papers he has written or co-authored!