Tsanko Lavrenov (1896-1978) - an original Bulgarian artist, who drew experience from the national traditions of old Bulgarian art and from folklore. A highly creative artist, he poeticised the National Revival period architecture of old Bulgarian towns and monasteries as epitomes of Bulgarian spirit.
His art is unique in its decorative linearity, reminiscent of the style of icons and murals - with typically Bulgarian, brightly coloured detailed scenes. He did landscapes, still-lifes, and social and historical pictures.
(Lavrenovs magnificent Chiliandari Monastery (1943) is among the most prized items in the holdings of the Administration of the President.)