Ivan Djidjev is born on 28 October 1975 in Sliven, Bulgaria. In 1989 -
1994 he graduated the National Art College of Sliven -“Dimitar Dobrovich”.
For two years he has worked as an apprentice in the studio of sculptur Vejdi
Rashidov Cultural minister of Bulgaria (2009-2013). In 1996 he went to Vienna,
Austria where he has studied in National academy of fine art Vienna, at the
heading of professor Мichelangelo Pistoletto
In May 2011 started my first exhibition in London at ‘St Mary -le –Bow’ , for two weeks under the heading - ,Spiritual and Visual Treasures of Byzantine and Renaissance Icons’ with the kind permission of the rector the Revd G. R. Bush .The exhibition completely pleased the public and as a respond I was invited to show the icon of St Nicholas in the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London , at a private event being held by the St Nicholas Society and later at a reception at All Hallows by the Tower.
In the years to follow I had numerous exhibitions and showcases, some of them at St George church at Hanover square and Canterbury Cathedral. Most recently I was commission to create two icons of Annunciation and Transfiguration for the alter at Charterhouse Chapel. They were blessed at special service by The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres- Bishop of London in April this year.
I was inspired to create the mosaic of “Quintessence” after very thorough research on the fifth element as the medieval alchemist used to call it. It is actually the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere. The concept of ether was used in several theories to explain several natural phenomena, such as the traveling of light and gravity. In the late 19th century, physicists postulated that ether permeated all throughout space, providing a medium through which light could travel in a vacuum.
Despite the early modern ether models being superseded by general relativity, occasionally some physicists have attempted to reintroduce the concept of ether in an attempt to address perceived deficiencies in current physical models. One proposed model of dark energy has been named "quintessence" by its proponents, in honor of the classical element. It has also been called a fifth fundamental force.
I have been inspired by all of that to create a mosaic of marble, natural stone, granite, Mosaic Dona Murano and gold.