The oldest and most renowned school of arts in the country
The State School of Drawing was founded in 1896 by prominent Bulgarian intellectuals – Professors Konstantin Velichkov, Ivan Shishmanov, Anton Mitov, Ivan Mrkvicka, Boris Schatz and Ivan Angelov.
This was the beginning, set by decree of Knyaz Ferdinand, but ever since the history of the National Academy of Art is increasingly committing. This commitment stems from the nobleness of what it delivers to Bulgaria, to art, to every person who has decided to cross its threshold to study the secrets of lovely art (as Nikolai Pavlovich defines it).
Many generations of students and teachers have passed through its workshops, where the atmosphere, created more than a century, is capable of educating. As a Professor of painting recently put it, even the walls teach here. And it is not educational mysticism but a recognized tradition you cannot ignore or refuse to keep alive.
The exhibitions and events organized by the Academy (whether in its spaces, in Bulgaria or abroad) are numerous. They are a demonstration of professionalism and the product of expanding cultural influence. Therefore, the official rating studies put NAA first in its professional field, although statistics are away from the real excitement of a true-to-life creative process.