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:

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

2007     The Day Is Not Over, Kunsthalle Meidling, Vienna, Austria

Selected group exhibitions:

2018     So Far, So Right: A Study of Reforms and Transitions Across Borders,

              Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

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     Façade Festival, Art Today – Association for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv,

              Collections II, Threshold Artspace, Perth, UK

              ArteCittà, Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy

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

              Optimism. Art Positive, Art Today – Association for Contemporary Art,
              Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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

2009     Gaudenz B. Ruf Award. Shortlist 2009, Raiko Aleksiev Gallery, Sofia,
              Bulgaria (cat.)

              Value Point, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (cat.)

              Windows upon Oceans, Apollonia, Strasbourg, France

2008     Zero Gravity. 14-th Week of Contemporary Art, Art Today –

              Association for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

              Scoop 08, Momentum, Vienna, Austria

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

2007    Between Welcome and Goodbye, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia,

              Franz West – Soufflé, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

              Body Language, Threshold Artspace, Perth, UK

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

              European re-Union, Galerie ArtPoint, Vienna, Austria (cat.)

              Kraftwerke, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Vienna, Austria (cat.)

Curatorial experience:

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

Workshops and residencies:

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

2006     Editing, Zerynthia - Association for Contemporary Art, Gorizia, Italy

              <rotor> Association for Contemporary Art, Graz, Austria (AiR)

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:

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

Cheung, Sheryl; “Art Exhibition Listings,” The Taipei Times, Taipei, December 29th, 2017 - Page 14

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,