Dimitar Lukanov was born on February 23, 1969 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. An American citizen since 2003, he studied art on full scholarship in Paris and New York receiving his MFA from Columbia University in 1997. He is the recipient of numerous grants including: Pollack Krasner, David-Weill funding, Soros Open Society, Skowhegan Fellowship, ArtCultureStudio, Geneva, Switzerland, Medal for Sculpture, First International Sculpture Symposium, Mexico and Invited Artist International Art Fair, Shanghai and Moscow, ExpressArte, Mexico. He is member of Chile Association of Painters and Sculptors. Lukanov has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York City, Paris, Moscow, Miami, Mexico City, Milan, Monaco, Chicago, Shanghai, Santo Domingo, Casa de Campo, Washington DC, Beacon NY, Plovdiv, Sarasota, etc.
In 2006, Lukanov was commissioned by JFKIAT LLC to create the much-acclaimed “Light To Sky” sculpture for the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 4. The iconic piece was executed in the 5,000 year-old lost-wax method.
In the fall of 2012, Dimitar Lukanov was commissioned to create three monumental sculptures for JFKIAT Terminal 4 as part of the major redevelopment of the terminal as it expands to accommodate over 16 million travelers in 2014. In only 18 months Dimitar created and executed “Outside Time”, “Voice of Tomorrow” and “History of Time”.
Heritage Gallery, Moscow (2008); Commission, Permanent Installation “Light to Sky”, John F. Kennedy International Airport, International Arrivals – Terminal 4, New York (2006); George de Bartha, Moscow-Geneva (2006); Maison d’Art, Shanghai-Monaco (2006); NiBa Home, Miami (2006); Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota (2005); Lo River Arts Gallery, Beacon, NY (2005); Forecast Gallery; Holly Hunt, Miami (2004); Sculpture at Ordway, Sculpture/Prints, Washington DC (2003); Firewind, Galerie Hopkins-Custot, Paris (2002); Transparent Volcano, Sculpture, Olivier Mousson Artpluriel, Paris (2001); Faculty, College Studio: Parsons Intensive Summer Studies in Paris (2000-2002); Salto de Agua, International Sculptural Garden Punta Sur, Isal Mujeres, Mexico (2001) (Permanent); Invited Artist, Expresarte; International Festival of Arts, Mexico City (2001); New Outlooks, NJ Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ; “Storms”, San Lorenzo Fine Art, NY (2000); Faculty, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ (2000); “Conversation with Mountains”, International Art House Lilia Yakov, Plovdiv (1999); Holzhausen Sculptural Park Concept, Neiheim, Germany (1998); Sculptural Vectors, York College Art Gallery, Jamaica, Queens, NY (1998); Faculty, Parsons School of Design, New School University (1998-?); Artist-in-residence, Arts Horizons, Collaborative Projects, NY Public Schools (1998); Four Invited Artists, Casa de Chavon, Santo Domingo (1997); Museo Arquelogico, Altos de Chavon, Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic (1997); WorkSurface Exhibit, American Institute of Architecture, Chicago, IL (1997); Lithographs and Other Prints, Maison Francaise, Buell Hall, Columbia University, NY (1996); “24 Degrees”, Group Show, 480 Broome Street Gallery, NY (1996); Film/Computer Drawings, Two-Person Show, Watson Gallery, Columbia University, NY (1995); Set Design, “Titus Andronicus”, Dir. I. Talijancic (1995); Sculpture for International Film Festival, New School for Social Research, NY (1993); Sculpture and Painting, Solo Show, École Parsons gallery, Paris, France (1992); Works On Paper exhibit, Milwaukee Art Institute, WI (1991); Group Show, Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan, Italy (1991); Sculpture and Drawing, Solo Show, Plovdiv Student Academy, Bulgaria (1986); Lecturer, York College, New York (1997); Visiting Professor, Altos de Chavon The School of Design, Dominican Republic (1997); Visiting Lecturer, Escuela de Bellas Artes, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1997); Faculty, LeRoy Neiman Art Center, MY; Mr & Mrs David-Weill, New York & Paris; Waring Hopkins, Paris; Yue-Sai Kan, New York & Shanghai; Yves Bouvier, ArtCultureStudio, Geneva, Switzerland; Parsons Trustees Printmaking Collection, NY; Dan Snyder, Washington, DC; Isla Mujeres Sculpture Park, State of Quintana Roo, Mexico; Altos de Chavon Foundation, La Romana; Eddie and Edith Creed Collection, Toronto; Mikhail Golub, Moscow, Olivier Mousson, Paris; Neale Godfrey, Chester, New Jersey; Victor Chuchkov Foundation, Sofia; Alfred Singer, Washington, DC; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York (2011-2012); Honorary member of the Chilean Association of Painters and Sculptors, Santiago de Chile (2009); Top 100 alumni of all times of Parsons in New York (2003); Honorary Citizen, Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico (2001); Fellow, Medal for Sculpture, Fundacion Sebastian (2001); Sculptor-in-residence, York College, NY (1998); Artist-in-residence, Fellow, Altos de Chavon Cultural Foundation (1997); Recipient of Mr and Mrs David-Weill funding (1991-97); Skowhegan Fellowship (1995); Open Society grants (1991-95); Winner, Parsons Printmaking Competition (1994); Cyril & Methodius Fund Scholarship (1991-94); Chaired the World’s Children Parliament in the Roerich-inspired International Assembly “Banner of Peace” in Sofia with 135 participating countries (1982); Columbia University, New York (MFA, 1997); Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine (1995); Parsons School of Design, New York (BFA, honors, 1994); École Parsons in Paris, France (1991-93). Fluent in five languages, Dimitar Lukanov lives in Brooklyn and works in his studio in Schoharie County, New York