Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Ilian Rachov starts his artistic career like
self-taught man in 1988 realizing copies of medieval orthodox icons and
frescoes,re-discovering ancient techniques of gilding methods and how to
engrave after the golden backgrounds of the icons.His personal elaboration of that kind of old techniques and his modern view
of this very antique art helps him to develop an own personal and
unmistakable style in the iconography field.
This makes him very popular in Bulgaria and outside of the borders ,finding
him many estimators and followers.
Many of his icons and oil paintings are properties of Museums and churches
in Bulgaria, Germany,Spain and Italy:* The Rila Monastery in Bulgaria
* The St.George church in Sofia,Bulgaria
* The Monastery of St.Menas in Sofia,Bulgaria
* The Preobrajen Monastery in Bulgaria
* The Curch of St.Petka in Petrich,Bulgaria
* The St.Eliah in Sofia,Bulgaria
* The Church Sacro cuore of The International Salesian’s Institute in
* The Curch of St.Nicandro di Bari in Italy
* The Curch of The Salesians in Turin
* The Church of The Vatican Embassy in Sofia,Bulgaria
* The Church of Mary La Consolata in Turin,Italy
* The Church of St.Rita in Turin,Italy
* The Historical MUSEUM of Chiprovzi in Bulgaria
* The Ethnographic MUSEUM of Hamburg in Germany etc..
* The Vatican Museum
*The Church of Pino Torinese
*The Church of St.Rita in Turinand also of numerous private collections all around the world:
Rome,Vatican,Palermo,Milan,New York,Chicago,Miami,Los Angeles,San
London,Madrid,Barcelona,Caracas,Tokyo,Moskow,Sofia,Plovdiv,Turin…etcIlian has participated in 12 exhibitions in Hamburg,Germany,realized thanks
to the Honorary Consul of Bulgaria – Prof.Imeyer and his wife Mrs.Petra
six collections with baroque pattern designs used for prints on scarves
,fabrics ,clothes ,cushions ,lamps,ties and bed spreads …used till now by
Versace in their actual collections.
according to which “The Icons painted by Ilian Rachov show an AESTETHIC and
In 1996 he paints for the “Nikola & Latina Tanev Foundation in
Chicago,U.S.A. “The Angel of Peace and Freedom”.
contribute to the Bulgarian figurative Arts.
In 1997 he participates with live show at the Icon Exhibition in AlstertallEinkauf Zentrum in Hamburg,Germany.
He shows also some of his works in two exhibitions in the Ethnographic
Museum in Hamburg,Germany.
his works there. In Alstertall Einkaufszentrum he organized for the second
time the Icon Exhibition with live show.
to execute two portraits of the First Lady of Bulgaria – Mrs.Antonina
In 1999 he is invited again in Hamburg to show his icons and to organize
again the Icon Exhibition in the Ethnographic Museum and Alstertall
Sofia the commission to create in case of “The Jubilee 2000″ a big painting
representing The Holy Lamb of God posted later on the ceiling of the Church
in the Vatican Embassy in Sofia.
In 2000 he realize again several shows in Hamburg, Germany.
In 2000 Ilian decide to move in Italy for working and living there.
church of the Salesian’s Order in Turin,Italy.
For the same Order he executes also a big oil painting now in Aula Magna of
the International Salesian’s Institute in Turin.He continues to make shows in Germany and to participate in several
exhibitions in Italy.
In 2002 he executes the big wall-painting on the altar wall in the
Salesian’s Church in Crocetta,Turin in Italy.
In 2002 Ilian created also a big icon of The Dormition Of The Virgin for
Mons.Auza – secretary of the Vatican City.
In 2002 he is again in Germany for the Annual Icon Exhibition in Hamburg.
In 2003 he paints numerous icons and paintings for many private and public
He is one of the Artists presented on the International Art Show in Villa
Amoreti in Turin,Italy.
baroque pattern designs for prints over the VERSACE products.
“Salone del Mobile” in Milan. They could be seen also on the official
website of VERSACE Home Collection.
collectors and for some churches in Italy.In 2005 he was contacted by The British Royal Mail for realizing a limited
edition of Christmas Stamps with some of his icons.
In 2005 he still create designs for VERSACE, very appreciated all around the world.
Crispi” in Rome.
In 2006 Ilian continued to search and create new contemporary baroque style ornamental designs for VERSACE HOME COLLECTION.
Nizza Monferrato, Italy.
In 2008 he created the ceiling paintings for numerous important commitments
and win the prize for young emerging artist.He realized a big oil painting “The Tiger Hunt” for The Furniture Salon in Milan c/o Wozzup Showroom in Milan.He open also a personal exhibition called “Sebastian&Love” c/o Artifex
Castellani.Realized also an big icon for the altar of a church in Turin, Italy called
“The Pregnant Virgin”.
International Prize “Artist Of The Year” during the annual international
exhibition Italia Arte in Turin.He realized an important icon commissioned from the Cardinal of Turin,
Mons. Severino Poletto.
important works during the MISS World Italy in Milan and he was called to be
a jury for important events like Miss Cinema Italy, Mister made in Italy
Piedmont, MISS FERRARI etc.During his artistic career he participated in various Television shows like artist
and expert of Art.
Some of his works are published in numerous magazines and newspapers like:“MORGEN POST”
“VESTNIK ZA ZARJA” etc..Some of his scarfs and clothes created for VERSACE were wear by importantpersons like Christina Aguilera, Donatella Versace, Elton John, Madonna etc..
Esposizioni e Partecipazioni
11 mostre con partecipazione dal vivo ad Amburgo,
7 in Italia e una a Lyon.
Ha creato per GIANNI VERSACE S.p.a sei intere collezioni con disegni barocchi in utilizzo tuttora da VERSACE HOME COLLECTION.
Nel 2005 e` stato contattato dalla British Royal Mail per poter utilizzare alcune delle sue opere per una edizione limitata di francobolli.
Grazie al suo stile personale che unisce il realismo della pittura classica e la ricchezza dei colori all’arte e il design contemporaneo e` stato incaricato di realizzare numerosi affreschi e opere murali nei palazzi antichi (a Nizza Monferrato,Incisa,Villa Paradiso a Torino..),chiese e abitazioni privati.
Nell’arco della sua ventennale attivit‡ artistica Ilian ha partecipato a diversi concorsi e mostre di pittura e design (Salone del Mobile,Villa Guallino,La Promotrice delle belle Arti Torino,Villa Amoretti ecc..) ed ha vinto numerosi premi (Fenomeno d’oro, Emergente artista,..) in Italia e all’estero.