Nestor Kovachev


*1981 born in Bulgaria, lives and works in Vienna

2002 - 2005          Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria (MFA)

1999 - 2002          Faculty of Fine Arts, St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria                 


selected solo exhibitions


2015           Bronenosets Potemkin, Richard J. Massey Foundation, New York (fortcomming)

2014           Before, Between, and After. The beholder`s implication in the work of art,

                   Eyes On - European Month of Photography, Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Vienna

                   The tones ascending…, Gallery Heike Curtze and Petra Seiser, Vienna

                   Project Carinthian Heads, Bad Kleinkircheim, Austria

2013           Think Tank Or Deep-Frozen Archeology Of Knowledge, ViennaFair The New Contemporary        

                   Take no chances, Hadji Nikoli Gallery, Veliko Tarnovo

2012           Uccellacci e uccellini, Gallery Heike Curtze, Salzburg

2011            The Pleasure Of Making Art, Next Generation IV, Gallery Traklhaus, Salzburg

                    Me, A Self-Portrait As An Artwork, Gallery Heike Curtze, Berlin

2010           Emergency Box Of Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein, Bulgarian Cultural Institute-Wittgenstein                                       House, Vienna                                          


selected group exhibitions


2014            So Close, So Far – Contemporary Bulgarian Artist Abroad, National Palace of Culture, Sofia         

                    To be continued, Gaudenz B. Ruf Collection of Contemporary Bulgarian Art, Sofia City Art                                                Gallery                                                

                    ALMANACH I - Cabinet de Dessin, curated by Lorand Hegyi

                    Gallery Heike Curtze und Petra Seiser Salzburg

                    BAZA Award for contemporary art, Sofia City Art Gallery

                    ColourING book-Art Brussels

                    ALMANACH, Gallery Alessandro Bagnai, Florence

                    ALMANACH I - Cabinet de Dessin, curated by Lorand Hegyi

                    Gallery Heike Curtze und Petra Seiser, Vienna

                    Grau – Wi Sa So, National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia (travelling exhibition)

                    Grau – Wi Sa So, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg (travelling exhibition)

2013            Grau – Wi Sa So, Wittgenstein House, Vienna (travelling exhibition)

                    Der Mann – Nackt, Cultural Foundation Castle Britz, Berlin

                    Bulgarian Artists in Vienna. Contemporary Practicеs at the Beginning of the 21st Century,                                                 Sofia City Art Gallery

                    Women on Stage, Gallery Heike Curtze, Vienna

2012            The Naked Man, LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz

                    Artist Exchange, Projekt by IDEA-Society Vienna-Isparta (TR)

                    Why Duchamp?, From Object to Museum and Back (125 Years), SAMCA, Sofia

2011            Stock Exchange, DreiEck Studio, Vienna

2010            Central Europe Revisited III, curated by Lorand Hegyi, Esterhazy Palace, Austria

                    Die imaginäre-Franz-Graf-Klasse, XPEDIT Kiosk, Vienna

                    Gallerist`s choice, Wiener Art Foundation, Vienna

2009            1st Danube Biennale, Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava

                    Sommer(r)eigen, Gallery Heike Curtze, Salzburg

                    Die Entstellung des Augenblicks, Gallery Heike Curtze, Vienna

2008           Sonnengold, Gallery Heike Curtze, Salzburg

2006           Tag der offenen Tür – 50 Positions in Flakleitturm, Vienna




2014            Shortlist BAZA Award for Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria

2013            Nomination Canson Prix Award, Paris, France




2016            CCA Andratx Contemporary Art Center, Mallorca, Spain

2015            MMCA Residency Changdong, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea                                    


public collections


2014           Austria National Bank Art Collection (OeNB)

                   Gaudenz B. RUF Collection for Bulgarian contemporary art, Switzerland

2013           Museum Angerlehner, Wels, Austria

                   Contemporary Art and Photography collection, Sofia City Art Gallery, Bulgaria

2012           MdM Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

2010           Esterházy Private Foundation, Eisenstadt, Austria

2010           UniCredit Group’s Art Collection, Bologna, Italy

2009           Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria




Grant of The Arts Division and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery Austria (BMUKK)

Exhibition Take no chances, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Grant of Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for Book, Привързаният балон / The Tied Up Balloon