Imagined Places: The Art of Alexi Natchev

March 2, 2013 - August 4, 2013

This exhibition features over 60 works by Alexi Natchev and represents the range of his career, highlighting his body of work as a children’s book illustrator. Natchev’s techniques are wide-ranging, conjuring up an imaginary world of playful creatures, unlikely animals, and fairy-tale places. His watercolor illustrations for Brian Jacques’ books The Tale of Urso Brunov: Little Father of All Bears (2003) and Urso Brunov and the White Emperor (2008) are bright and fanciful, while the intricate hand-colored relief prints of The Elijah Door – A Passover Tale (2012) evoke the haunting mood of folktales. Natchev was the 2001 recipient for the prestigious Artist Fellowship from the State of Delaware and is currently the Illustration Area Coordinator at Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Left to right:

Tarot Card I, 2012
Alexi Natchev (born 1951)
Mixed media on paper, 31 x 24 inches

Untitled, 1992, cover for Poems, by François Villon (Sofia: Noradna Kultura, 1992)
Alexi Natchev (born 1951)
Etching and drypoint on paper, 17 x 13 inches

Seder, 2012, for The Elijah Door, by Linda Leopold Strauss (New York: Holiday House, 2012)
Alexi Natchev (born 1951)
Hand-colored relief print on paper, 13 x 10 inches


Imagined Places: The Art of Alexi Natchev is organized by the Delaware Art Museum.

Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Delaware Division of the Arts