Kyustendil (Bulgaria), 1968
Theodore Ushev first made a name for himself as a poster artist in his native country before settling in Montreal in 1999. In Montreal, Ushev became involved in the multimedia industry before finding a fruitful soil at National Film Board of Canada, where he has created more than ten films to date, including Lipsett Diaries (2010), an imaginary diary of the famous experimental filmmaker Arthur Lipsett, and the Academy Award nominated film Blind Vaysha (2016). Ushev’s films have won more than 150 awards and mentions, and been shown in many retrospectives. In 2011, Ushev’s drawings and paintings were exhibited in the Barbican Centre, London, UK, Museum of Civilization in Quebec, City Art Gallery, Sofia. Ushev’s art is in constant search of mixing ancient techniques and cutting-edge technologies, resulting in numerous installations, VR projects and mixed media expositions. Since 2010, Theodore Ushev has taught and given workshops and master classes at more than fifteen universities and festivals around the world, including Japan, France, Spain, Germany, Portugal, London, Budapest. Ushev’s latest project, The Physics of Sorrow (2019), adapted from the book by Georgi Gospodinov, a compelling and personal portrait of a rootlessness and identity, is his most ambitious work to date.