Sabbi Gavrailov-Artist

Sabbi Gavrailov-Artist Sabbi Gavrailov

Sabbi Gavrailov is a self-taught artist from Bulgaria but works and creates in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. He originates from the town of Brezovo which is also the birthplace of two iconic Bulgarian artists: Zlatyu Boyadzhiev, who died in 1976 and is known for his portraits and landscapes depicting the village life in the region, as well as Mincho Katsarov, an artist celebrated in France but virtually unknown in his home country.
Sabbi relates to Zlatyu Boyadziev through his great grandfather who was Zlatyu’s close cousin. He strongly believes his talent comes from the roots of the family. There are striking similarities found between the landscape painting style of Sabbi Gavrailov and Zlatyu Boyadzhiev. In his early days, Sabbi also took lessons in the atelier of another famous contemporary artist from the Plovdiv region Geno Lazarov.

Sabbi graduates from the Vocational School of Architecture and Geodesy in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1996.
In 2003 he settles in the UK and two years later acquires a Professional Diploma in Digital Photography from The Institute of Photography (IOP) in London.

“My college years gave me a different perspective on art while I studied architecture. Then I got drawn to digital photography very quickly and I felt the need to study further to get the most out of it. I got my diploma in digital photography and this opened a different world, through the lens. Now inevitably the painting and photography for me go hand in hand”.

A fascination with digital photography over the past decade has helped to encourage his love of travel photography as well as his favourite subject Portraiture. Despite always wanting to become an artist one day, the opportunity had never really presented itself until recent events of his father’s death back home in Bulgaria seemed to unleash a creative outpouring of emotion.

“As if my mind was reprogrammed overnight, it is unexplainable, I see no sign of stopping, quite the opposite, I constantly experiment and study different styles of painting and learn new techniques. I am strongly drawn to portraiture, and still-life paintings. I set myself higher challenges with each painting, this approach motivates me!”

He now receives commissions for classic portraits, still-life paintings as well as landscapes. Some of his paintings are in private collections in The United Kingdom, The Middle East, and Bulgaria. Sabbi is an active member of the Herts Visual Art community and participates in most events and exhibitions.

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Hemel Hempstead


Telephone: 07908 429 793

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Herts Open Studios 2021-Sabbi Gavrailov-Artist / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-09-18T00:00:00Z">Sat 18 Sep</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2021-10-10T00:00:00Z">Sun 10 Oct 2021</span> <span>(3 weeks)</span>Herts Open Studios 2021-Sabbi Gavrailov-Artist / Sat 18 Sep to Sun 10 Oct 2021 (3 weeks)

I will be taking part in an Art exhibition and live demonstrations/workshops at the Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead. Organised by Dacorum C...

Still-life in Oil-Live demonstration by Artist Sabbi Gavrailov / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-10-02T00:00:00Z">Sat 02</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2021-10-03T00:00:00Z">Sun 03 Oct 2021</span> <span>(2 days)</span>Still-life in Oil-Live demonstration by Artist Sabbi Gavrailov / Sat 02 to Sun 03 Oct 2021 (2 days)

As part of Herts Visual Art Open Studios and Dacorum Creatives Group, I will be demonstrating the process of painting Still-Life in Oils adopting an a...

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