Rorschach, St Gallen, Switzerland | Drawer
Born 25 November 1970 in Sofia, Christo Dagorov moved in 1977 with his parents and his older brother to Switzerland.
Having realized already in school that he would go on to become a painter and a graphic artist, Christo moved into his first studio in 1989.
He spent his first years by making hyper-realistic paintings of dilapidated machines while applying different techniques (oil, water color, acrylic etc.). His technique of working with acrylic paint was a very radical version of pointillism, using just 5 colors – cadmium yellow, cadmium orange bright, cadmium red, cerulean blue and Paris blue (instead of black) – and zinc white (for lightening the cerulean blue only) without mixing them.
Shortly thereafter, Christo grew tired of pure hyperrealism and started to merge and overlay different objects creating intricate images with a mesmerizing effect on the viewers. Being aware that the technique follows the idea, he developed new techniques, like his method to hand engrave chromium-nickel steel plates with tools for dentists to reach a sculptural level of depth and to transform image.
Christo is best known for his lips series, which come to life with his mature style that turns complexity into organic growth. He sees himself as neither hyperrealist, surrealist nor part of another common artistic direction; Christo Dagorov prefers to be aware and human.