Kosta Tonev (Bulgaria, 1980) is a visual artist based in Vienna, Austria. Coming from a background in figurative painting, in the late 2000s he developed a series of performative and text-based works integrating the mediums of photography, video, installation and sound. His use of language and storytelling soon introduced him to the field of artistic research. His recent work is based on narratives referencing music, film, intellectual discourse and popular culture. Taking real-life experiences or a fictional alter ego as a staring point, he often addresses issues around history and politics in a humorous and playful manner. What ensues is an archaeology of the present, told in the first person.
Tonev has participated in numerous exhibitions including: "Red Vienna" at the Wien Museum in Vienna (2019), “So Far, So Right. A Study of Reforms and Transitions Across Borders” at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei (2018), “I and the Others. Collection on Display VI” at Museum der Moderne Salzburg in Salzburg (2014) and “Why Duchamp? From object to museum and back (125 years)” at the Museum for Contemporary Art in Sofia (2012). His recent project “Late Night in Sorrento” (2020) represents a web-based work hosted by Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. Download full CV here.