Bogomil Nikolov Dimitrov was born on December 18, 1943 in the village of Brashlyanitsa, Pleven district.
In 1964 he graduated from the Fine Arts High School in Sofia, majoring in Painting.
From 1966 to 1968 he studied Monumental Painting at the National Academy of Arts in the class of Prof. Georgi Bogdanov, in 1971 graduated from the Moscow Higher Institute of Applied Arts /Stroganov/ where he made his first medals. In 1976 he organized his first solo exhibition "Medal, Plaque, Small Relief" in Sofia, this exhibition is the first of its kind in Bulgaria.
From 1971 to 1991 Nikolov was a Head of the art studio for Metal and Jewelry at the Art Fund of the Union of Bulgarian Artists. In 1996 he won national competition for Assoc. Professor in the Metal Department of the National Academy of Arts, and in 2002 he was awarded with the scientific title Professor; from 1996 to 2011 he was the Head of the Metal Department at the Academy.
Apart from the medal sculpture and the coin design, Bogomil Nikolov also works in the field of painting, applied arts and graphic design.
His works are in the collections of museums and galleries around the world, such as the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art in Moscow, the Royal Medal Collection in Stockholm and many others.
He has won the Annual Marsh Award and the Presidential Medal of the British Art Medal Society in 2012, a recognition for his creative merit and his efforts to develop and popularize the medal art. Bogomil Nikolov is the author of more than 600 medal works. He has also designed a large number of collection coins, medals, state and institutional insignia of honors. /Paisii Hilendarski, Golden Age, Golden Griffin awards and many more/.
In addition to his personal creative success, he has received high international recognition in the field of art education and the organization of major national and international events and art projects. As a pioneer of Bulgarian medal sculpture, he not only created a national art school, but contributed to making Bulgaria one of the leading countries in this field. As a result, FIDEM /International Art Medal Federation/ assigned Prof. Bogomil Nikolov to organize the 33rd World Congress of the Federation in Sofia in 2014.
(6th International Biennial of Miniature Arts, Yugoslavia)
WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Sanford Saltus Award to Bogomil Nikolov www.numismatics.org/pr-saltus-nikolov
The BAMS New Medallists
The British Art Medal Trust, London, 2012
Christian Art /in the British Museum/
The British Museum Press, 2008
Album, Sofia 2014
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1983
The Artists Talk
interview on Bulgarian sculpture,
Sofia 2020, Volume 1
Prof. Bogomil Nikolov's
Medallic Sculpture Studio
THE MEDAL magazine, Autumn 2004
The Art of the Medal
House, Moscow 1981
Prof. Bogomil Nikolov -
founder of the Bulgarian Medal School
Russian Numismatic Conference,
Medal art in Bulgaria