The glass forms of Latchezar Boyadjiev balance the tangible and the intangible. Evoking the sensual undulations of the female figure and the powerful flow of natural forces, his works are composed in fluid, fragmented planes of color marked by fine shifts in depth, tone and translucency. He works monochromatically and uses rich color and light to describe the sweeping contours of the glass as it reflects and refracts through luminous golden yellows, icy blues, and woozy magentas. Art critic James Yood writes, “His forms take on rich volumetric shape, never literally echoing the shapes of the body, but amplifying or deleting them in what all together becomes a kind of three-dimensional caress.”
Boyadjiev’s sculpture is regarded for its elegance and its pursuit of the perfect flow of form. “The main focus of my work is to create dynamic shapes supported by sensual lines that will gradually evolve from an idea on paper to a sculpture in glass,” he says. “Combined with light, it will have a powerful impact on the viewer.” Presenting an imprint of his imagination on the figure, Boyadjiev sculpts in a visual language that is at the same time technically formalistic and deeply poetic. “I want my work to become a part of modern architecture and a contemporary environment,” he says, “to reflect the era in which we live.”
With work now in the White House Art Collection, Latchezar Boyadjiev was raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he attended the Ceramics Department of the Academy of Applied Arts. In 1985 he was admitted to the prestigious Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and studied under renowned glass sculptor Stanislav Libensky. After graduating from the Academy, Boyadjiev defected to the United States and settled in California. He then worked for more than ten years in the field of optical glass, using cold working techniques such as cutting, grinding, polishing and laminating. In 1997, Boyadjiev shifted his attention away from optical glass and towards the radiant, monochromatic cast glass sculpture that he became even more well-known for. His art now resides in numerous public and private collections spanning six continents.