‘The KonKons’ is the title of the lifelong artistic collaboration between Ignat & Konstantina Konstantinov. The artists graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Bulgaria. As a married couple, they established their graphic design and painting studio where they created oil paintings, illustration, murals, and stage design.
After emigrating to the US, their role as arts educators continued to inspire them and their students in St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, VA. They established their collaborative artistic name ‘The KonKons’ to indicate their joint adventure as “one artist in two bodies.” Ignat continues to share their creative legacy after his beloved wife Konstantina passed away in 2018. “Now we are ‘two artists in one body’ and my dream is to spend the rest of my life with our paintings.” Konstantina’s legacy of inspiration, ideas, sketches, and notes are the guidelines Konstantinov continues to manifest in his work.
The KonKons mixed media innovation straddles the line between fantasy and reality. Their work is highly charismatic and shares glimpses of the breadth of their studies, experiments, and practice. Their favorite motto is “In Art we live.” They incorporate distilled memories and use mixed media as a vehicle of indirect storytelling. Their work embraces the magnificence of the natural environment but also the solitude of the journey of life.
Affectionately known for their charismatic art the Virginia based art educators Konstantina and Ignat Konstantinov, aka "The KonKons” are two artists in a unique collaborative effort. Their mixed media and installation works give glimpses of the breadth of their studies, experiments, and practice.
Through the use of their signature material – weathered sail cloth, the artists skillfully incorporate both highly personal and traditional art historical precedents, and create mixed media imagery that is at once meditative and dynamic. Traveling to remote regions around the world, they use mixed media as a vehicle of indirect storytelling - about the magnificence of the natural environment but also the solitude of the journey.
The KonKons’ works have always occupied a difficult terrain; somewhere between magic realms and dream like abstraction of the unknown and delight of discovery. With their suggestions of stormy oceans, desolate tropical islands, booming skies, and flooded river banks, the KonKons create a balance between the natural and the man-made.
The Bulgarian-born American artists, who have their work in exhibits and private collections around the world, draw inspiration from their travel experience as well as from the beauty of Virginia’s wilderness. Constantly striving to create innovative works of art and involve future generations of art students, the KonKons work as a team, not only in their professional art endeavors, but as art teachers at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, Virginia.