Ruzhko Chelebiev (1948)
Ruzhko Chelebiev was born in 1948 in the city of Smolyan, Bulgaria. In 1973, he graduated with a degree in Monumental-Decorative Painting from the National Academy of Art in Sofia (then called the “High institute for fine arts “Nikolai Pavlovich”). Since 1983, he has been a professor of painting and composition in the Department of Mural Painting, and in 2003 he became a full professor at the Academy of Fine Art in Sofia. From 1999 to 2003, he was the head of the Department of Mural Painting.
Chelebiev is an active artist in the field of monumental art and has over 40 realized works in various techniques. Some of his more important works include the mosaic “Cosmos” at the National Astronomical Observatory on the peak of Rozhen in 1980, the floor mosaic “Thracian Heritage,” the mosaics “Physics 1” and “Physics 2” at the Faculty of Physics at Sofia University in 1989, the mosaic “Technology” at the “Preciz” in Montana in 1994, and the murals “Ballet” and “Ruchenitsa” (1996) and the murals “Horo” and “Legenda” (2001) at the National School of Dance Art in Sofia.