Svilen Stefanov (b. 1966 in Sofia) is artist, art historian, art critic and curator. Lives and works in Sofia. Education: 1980-1985 – High-School of Fine Arts, Sofia; 1987-1992 - National Art Academy, Sofia; 1997 – Ph.D. National Art Academy, Sofia; 2006 – D. SC., National Art Academy, Sofia. Occupations: Professor, D. SC. of History of XX c. Art at the National Academy of Art, Sofia. From 2008 to 2015 he is Vice-rector at the National Academy of Art, Sofia. Books: The Bulgarian Press in the Twenties, Sofia, 1994, Publishing Company Edem 21; Cultural Dimensions of Visuality, Sofia, 1998, Publishing Company Graffiti; Art Between Tradition and Provocation, Sofia, 2001, Publishing Company Literaturen Forum; Avant-garde and Norm (Innovational Tendencies from the end of 20th Century in Bulgarian Art), Sofia, 2003, Publishing Company Agata; Processes and Tendencies in Bulgarian Contemporary Art (Late 20th and Early 21st Century), Sofia, 2014, Publishing Company at the National Art Academy.
Svilen Stefanov is one of the main representatives of the XXL Group, established in Sofia in 1994. Selected One-Man Shows: 2017 – Art 4. Contemporary art museum, Moscow, Russia; 2017 – Prozor Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia; 2017 – One Monev Gallery, Sofia; 2015 – One Gallery, Sofia; 2014 – One Gallery, Sofia; 2013 - Yuzina Gallery, Sofia; 2009 - Arosita Gallery, Sofia; 2005 - National Art Gallery, Sofia; 1997 - XXL Gallery, Sofia; 1995 - Studio Spectrum Gallery, Sofia; 1994 - Art 36 Gallery, Sofia. Selected Group Shows: 2017 - The XXL Group, National Gallery, Sofia; 2017 – Four Artists from Bulgaria, Laconia Gallery, Boston, USA; 2016 – Cosmoscow International Art Fair, Moscow, Russia; 2015 - Grayscale (20 Contemporary Bulgarian Artists), City Museum, Chakovec, Hrvatska; 2015 – Imago Mundi. Contemporary Artists from Bulgaria, Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice; 2014 – Istanbul Contemporary, Turkey; 2014 – Hangzhou Art Expo, China; 2014 - Grey, Traklhouse Gallery, Salzburg, Austria; 2010 – XXL Group, Sofia City Gallery.