Born in 1952, Sasho Stoitzov was one of the few Bulgarian artists to anticipate the major changes that would take place in art after 1989, and he is still known for his innovative approach. He graduated from the Sofia (Bulgaria) Academy of Fine Arts in 1971, and his artistic career began in the early 1980s with a series of large photorealistic portrait compositions, which quickly established him as a prominent member of the Bulgarian art scene. He is also one of the leaders of the Blagoevegrad Artists’ Group.
Sasho Stoitzov was one of the first artists to address in his work the changes that occurred in Bulgaria in the late 1980s, and his works from that time have become classics of the Bulgarian vanguard. In the early 1990s, Stoitzov’s acts and social criticism evolved towards a deeper analysis of the past, and he is the only artist whose name is associated with the notion of soc-art in Bulgaria. Following his first visit to New York City in 1998, he started using a new technique—polystyrene boards, colored papers and adhesive tape. He lives and works in Sofia and New York.