50 stories - Gantcho Taskov25 July 2022 Events and Discussions
The King of Flowers
I was born in the town of Kyustendil, known as the orchard of Bulgaria, but also as the cradle of many famous artists. I come from a family of woodcarvers. Since the age of three, my relatives have noticed my talent and love for visual art. My artistic manifestation did not delay from showing from an early age. I successfully participated in exhibitions in India, Italy and Russia.
As a teenager, I was exclusively interested in the fine arts. I went through different styles, techniques and variants such as painting, graphics, sculpture, ceramic and fashion illustration.
The wind of life took me to Australia 37 years ago and, by chance, I became acquainted with a new art - the flower sculpture design. I found myself in this impeccable artwork, which is like a live sculptural composition. I believe that in this art there is no decadence, no flamboyance and no ugliness. The flowers are already beautiful; they are God's creation and can emotionally touch a human soul. I have participated many times in biennale exhibitions and I have regularly been part of the International Flower Show, Florida, and other art shows. I have been a personal designer for Princess Diana twice and still keep her letters of appreciation. My art is characterized by its simplicity and enchanting colours. It is filled with much love and warmth.
Whatever you are to say, try saying it with a flower!
The story is from the book “Bulgarians in Melbourne” (2017) from Radost Racheva, who is also author of the photographs, provided pro bono for the project.
Photo 2 International Flower and Garden Show 2019, Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building
Photo 3 Braybrook Community Centre Exhibition 2019
Photo 4 International Flower and Garden Show 2017, Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building