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Dimitur, who visualisеd the Bulgarian expression “Pumpkin Head!”   
26 February 2014 | He is 26 and he tried to enroll in the national Fine Arts academy. Academics, though, refused to recognize his talents, and this is how he searched for consolation in food carving.

His pumpkin heads – bizzarre, bright against the grey pavement, - are these days exhibited in the area of the national Palace of Culture, reported. These evanescent, but captivating pieces of art are not for sale. Dimitur reasons that no Bulgarian would venture into buying something as short-living as this. In fact, popular tastes might very well go for traditional carving, depicting flora and fauna speices. But to Dimitur carving is not only about beauty, it can make more complex statements. “Everyone is busy making flowers. But so many other interesting can be made!” he explains.

Pumpkin head is, in fact, a traditional Bulgarian insult, loosely translated as “tikvenik”. But pumpkin bears many connotations, and most of them are entirely enjoyable – these days one can find large pieces of pumpkin, roasted with honey, raisins and walnuts in many of the best vegetable shops in Sofia, for instance. Tikvenik also is the name for a delicious fillo-pastry, filled with pumpkin.

Dimitur Penchev’s figures seem to be hesitant in joining the positive or the negative of Bulgarians’ pumpkin associations. They look creepy, stylized, like from a young angry artist’s notebook. Still, they are joyfully orange, their hands made of vine branches, and they “read” Exupery’s Little Prince.

Their creator chose to stand in the center of Sofia, hoping to attract followers, who would like to learn carving from him. And, probably, just to be able to talk a bit about his eccentric art.

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