Biography Overview

12 January 1915

Born in Sofia

25 March 1915

Baptised in Sveta Nedelya church, Sofia

1922 - 1928

Pupil at the Italian school 'Alessandro Manzoni', Sofia

1928 - 1932

Pupil at the French college 'St. Augustine', Plovdiv

1932 - 1936

Student of Law and Socio-political sciences at Sofia University

1936

Starts work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs press office; Publishes in the fields of literature and film; Knight of the Italian Crown

1942

Goes to Rome as Secretary of the Bulgarian diplomatic mission

1943

After the fall of Mussolini, is held in Venice alongside other diplomats

1945

Returns to Bulgaria and resumes work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1947

Is appointed Second Secretary of the Bulgarian diplomatic mission in London

06 December 1948

Promoted to First Secretary rank and is requested to go to Prague

09 December 1948

Turns down the appointment and requests from the British authorities to be permitted to stay in England; his request is granted

1950

Starts writing for Art News & Review; starts regular broadcasts on the BBC about the Bulgarian service; becomes a director at several London theatres

1953

Starts work in the film industry as second director of 'Innocents in Paris' with Claire Bloom and Alastair Sim

1956

Lectures in art criticism at the University of London

1958

Meets his future wife, Sonia Joyce

1960

Co-founds the production company 'Bridge Films' with Carlo Ponti, co-producer of the film 'The Millionairess' with Sofia Loren

1961

He and Sonia Joyce buy a house in Chelsea

29 December 1962

Marries Sonia Joyce

1966

Films 'Blow Up' with Michelangelo Antonioni, Vanessa Redgrave and David Hemmings

1968

Receives British citizenship; Teaches at the Art College in Chelsea; Is elected VP of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) and Chairman of the international jury at Biennal in Rijeka

1971

Returns to Bulgaria for the first time

1972

Directs 'Partage de midi' at the Ipswich Playhouse starring Ben Kingsley

1973

His and Sonia's daughter, Mila, is born

1980

Lectures in History of Art at the University of London

1980

Publishes 'Turner - a structural scrutiny' (Ed. Siloe, Paris)

1992

Doctor Honoris Causa at Sofia University

1994

Re-obtains his Bulgarian citizenship; is presented with the 'Magarski Konnik' award

11 December 1998

Dies in London

1999

Post-mortem Doctor Honoris Causa at Shumen University, First holder of the 'Oborishte' prize for contributions to Bulgarian culture and national hieritage




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