Born:  1980 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria


2008     Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna, Austria (MFA)

2004     The National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria (BA)

Selected solo exhibitions:

2020     Late Night in Sorrento, Akademie Schloss Solitude, web-based exhibition project
              (visit project at:

2019     This Land Is Your Land, CU29, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

              Ruin Is the Destination Toward Which All Men Rush, 1mArt,
              Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

2018     EXPO, Kluckyland, Vienna, Austria (w/ Georg Frauenschuh)

2015     K., Pistolet Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2013     Impersonate, Stroom Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands

              The Heavenly Bodies, Once Thrown into a Certain Definite Motion, Always
              Repeat, Gemak, The Hague, The Netherlands

2008     Constants Are Changing, MUSA, Vienna, Austria

Selected group exhibitions:

2020     Unseen – Simultan Festival 2020, Timișoara, Romania

              Fit’ri:na – a festival behind glass, philomena+, Vienna, Austria

              The Crown of the Corona, Artqol, web exhibition (visit project at:

2019     So Far, So Right: A Study of Reforms and Transitions Across Borders,
              Display – Association for Research and Collective Practice, Prague, Czech Republic

              Red Vienna – 1919 to 1934, Wien Museum MUSA, Vienna, Austria

2018     So Far, So Right: A Study of Reforms and Transitions Across Borders,
              Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

              Collector’s World, Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim bei Wels, Austria

2017     The Unredeemed Promise, Fluc, Vienna, Austria

              Black Quarry, Corner College, Zurich, Switzerland

              Paces of Pleasure, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

              Attention! Promised Place. Contesting Common Grounds,
              FLUCA - Austrian Cultural Pavilion, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2016     Away. Stories from Abroad, Former Post- and Telegraph Office,
              Vienna, Austria

              So Close, So Far, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria (cat.)

              Lummix – Light Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2015     Variofocus, viennacontemporary, Vienna, Austria

              Map of the New Art, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy

              Caution: Wet Paint!, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria (cat)

2014     Enact Fluidity, LE6B, Paris, France

              Definite Motion, Generator Projects, Dundee, UK

              I and the Others, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

2013     All I Can Do Is Art, Czech Center, Prague, Czech Republic

              Het Groene Gemak, Gemak, The Hague, The Netherlands

              Parabole, Goethe Institute Bulgaria, Sofia/Russe, Bulgaria

              A Tribute to Franz West, Galerie Konzett, Vienna, Austria (cat.)

2012     Overlapping Biennial – 5th Biennial of Young Artists, Bucharest, Romania

              Contemporary Icons, Webster University, St. Louis, MO, USA (cat)

              Me & I. Self-portraits from the Collection, Museum der Moderne Salzburg,
              Salzburg, Austria

              Why Duchamp? From object to museum and back (125 years),
              Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria

2011     Collections II, Threshold Artspace, Perth, UK

              ArteCittà, Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy

2010     Central Europe Revisited III, Esterházy Palace, Eisenstadt, Austria (cat.)

              Here, There and Everywhere, Hilger Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria

2009     Windows upon Oceans, Apollonia, Strasbourg, France

2008     Contro Ignoti, SPAC (Spazio Pubblico Arte Contemporanea), Buttrio, Italy

2007      Body Language, Threshold Artspace, Perth, UK

              Editing, Zerynthia – Association for Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy (cat.)

Curatorial experience:

2013     It’s About Time, e-flux Time/Bank | Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives,
             The Hague, The Netherlands

Workshops and residencies:

2020     Web Residencies, Akademie Schloss Solitude & ZKM | Center for Art and
              Media, Stuttgart/Karlsruhe, Germany

              The Artists Are Present, Brunnenpassage, Vienna, Austria (AiR)

2019     Centre for Creative Industries “Fabrika", Moscow, Russia (AiR)

2017     Freiraum-Stipendium, index, Zurich, Switzerland (AiR)

2014     Artist residency in London, Austrian Federal Ministry for Education,
              Arts and Culture, Vienna, Austria

2013     Wander, The Hague, The Netherlands (AiR)

              Vrije Academie | Gemak, The Hague, The Netherlands (AiR)

2012     The Borders of Language, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain

2011     The Stateless Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, Pirate Camp,
               Venice, Italy (AiR)

2010     UNIDEE in Residence, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy

Public collections:

Siemens Austria, Vienna, Austria

European Investment Bank, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Federal Photographic Collection, Vienna, Austria

Department for Cultural Affairs of the City of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Sofia Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

Threshold Artspace, Perth, UK

Selected bibliography:

Nijboer, Sarie; “The Paradox of the Information Age. Interview with Kosta Tonev,”
Schlosspost (Stuttgart March 17th, 2020)

AWAY: The Book about Residencies, Verlag für moderne Kunst (Vienna 2018)
ISBN-10: 3903269174 ISBN-13: 978-3903269170

Cheng, Rikey; “So Far, So Right,” ArtAsiaPacific (Hong Kong February 2018)

Музей в ефира, Bulgarian National Radio (Sofia January 17th, 2015)

The New Collectors Book 2013, Basak Malone LLC (New York 2012)
ISBN-10: 0984741348, ISBN-13: 978-0984741342

A Tribute to Franz West (exh. cat.), Walther König Verlag (Cologne 2013)
ISBN-10: 3863353544, ISBN-13: 978-3863353544

Dokaupil, Elisabeth; “Kosta Tonev. Bedeutung der Veränderung”, hi!tech (Vienna
issue 3/2009) (German)

Feßler, Anne Katrin; “Die Kunst und die Farbe des Geldes”, Der Standard (Vienna
September 17th 2009)

Pichler, Wolfgang; “Startgalerie im Museum auf Abruf: Kosta Tonev -
Constants are Changing. A name as a work of art “, (Vienna
September 22nd2008)