MARIN MARINO is born in Sofia on January 8,1949
1969 graduates from the School of Fine and Applied Arts, Sofia with major in jewelry design where he studies all processes involved in metal working with special reference to creative jewelry practice in precious and non-precious metals: open work, filigree, construction, centrifugal, lost wax and sand casting, repousse, chasing, stone setting and engraving.
1969-1973 works as a Jewelry designer for the National Goldsmith Enterprise, Sofia
1974 masteres ancient techniques in The Institute of Archeology in Milan, Italy
1975 Restoration and Conservation of metals - from the training program of The National Institute for Cultural Heritage, Sofia, Bulgaria. Diploma on methods of restoration and conservation of precsios metals specializing in ancient goldsmith techniques
1973-1990 works on Restoration & Conservation projects :Sculptural Groups from the National Theater “I.Vazov”, Sofia, September '75,The Soldier Memorial, Burgas, May - July'73; Sculptural Group at the Ministry of Agriculture, Sofia, March - June '77; Churches: The central doors of Temple” Alexander Nevsky”, Sofia,'76, Doors and altar of St.Peter, Sofia, May - July'82; Altar of St. Constantine and Elena, Sofia’73; Interior of the Synagogue, Sofia’76; Interior work in the churches of Yambol, Sliven, Vidin, Plovdiv, Asenovgrad, Sofia and the monasteries of Rila, Rojen, Trojan and Batchkov Treasures: Golden and silver treasures from Panagjuriste, Russe, Vultchytrun, Rogozen, Loucovit, Vratca, Varna and Plovdiv. Weapons from Smolian, Silistra, Vratca and Vidin. Jewelry:For The National Archeological Museum and The Holly Synod, Sofia.
1975-1990 works as a free-lance Jewelry designer
Jewelry and accessories for fashion shows - client :”Buzex”,’88-'90
Design for silver jewelry production - client: Bulgarian Arts Council '87-’90
Accessories for the folk dance group "Thracia", client The National Music Board '85
1990 becomes Canadian citizen and moves to Montreal
1990- 2008 Goldsmith and Jewelry designer
Working for his own design studio ILADESIGN for private clients and galleries: "Roger Lucas Designs","Le Petit Musee", ”Lapidarius”,"Platine", "Argenti", "Malka" "Sindbad", "Zefira","Importex", "Calade", "Continental Inc."and "Sol-or", Montreal
1990-2008 Free lance Restorer - working for private collectors and with antique dealers from "Archaeology", "Le Petit Musee", ”Lapidarius”, ”La France Antique”, "LePlumage" Montreal and "Stone Acre Manor", Brockville, Ontario.
Marin Marino's work is sold in:
“Boutiques des métiers d’art - Marché Bonsecours”, “Farfelu Gallery”,” The Guild of Canadian Craft” – Montreal, “Main Street Gallery”, Sydney, B.C. Canada, “Bijou Galerie Studio” and “Silver lust “ Houston, TX, USA

    Festival International Montreal en Arts – Montreal, 04’, 05’, 06’, 07’, 08' , 09'
    Grave Goods - Woodstock Museum, Ontario, September 2008
    SMAQ, Place Bonaventure, Montreal - 06’, 07’,08', 09'
    Out of the Fiery Furnace -Woodstock Museum, Ontario, September 2005
    Salon des Metier des Art du Quebec, Place Bonaventure, Montreal, 02,’03’, 04', 05’
    Jewellery with purpose -International exhibition -Richmond, VA,USA, May 2004
    Heavenly Virtues&Deadly Sins- Object Design Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Jan 2004
    Salon des Métiers dart du Quebec, Montreal, December 2002, 2003, 2004'
    One of a Kind Show , Torornto, Ontario, November 2002
    Sculptural Object - Functional Art (SOFA) Ney Yortk, USA,May 2002
    Reflection on The Conquest, Woodstock, Ontario, February 2002
    Sculptural Object - Functional Art (SOFA) Chicago,USA, October 2000
    Arts 2000 - Royal Canadian Academy of Art, Torornto and Stratford, May, 2000
    Then & Now a Celtic and Medieval Exposition, Toronto '99
    Salon des Métiers dart du Quebec, December ‘98, Place Bonaventure, Montreal
    Philladelphia Market of American Craft, Philladelphia, MA, USA, February ’98
    Salon International de Design d’ Interieur de Montreal, May ‘97
    Design Art Shows, Concordia, Montreal, May’94,’95,’96,’97
    “Paper, Ink, Sanctuary “, The MAG,Toronto, September ‘95
    “XXX Taking Tea With Eros “, The Metal Art Guild Toronto, February ‘94
    “Personal Containers”, The Metal Arts Guild, Toronto, February ‘92
    One Man Shows: Sofia, May ‘88,’89,’90;Yambol, March’83, Plovdiv,’87
    National Biannale of Fine Arts, Sofia 82,’84,’86,’88,’90
    Biannale of Fine Arts,Yablonetz, Czechoslovakia, Spring ‘83,’85,’87,’89
    Quadriannale: Gold Silber und Schmuck,Erfurt, Germany, March ‘86
    Fine Art exhibitions presented by the Bulgarian Cultural Centers: Amsterdam ‘82,
    Moscow ‘85, Montreal’87, Prague ‘88 and Warsaw ‘89

    Award for excellent work on the restoration and conservation of the sculptural groups on theNational Theater for Opera and Ballet ”I.Vazov”, Sofia '76
    Award for the restoration work on the Thracian Gold Exhibition, Montreal '87
    Prize for best work on folklore design, Salon of the Crafts Moscow, ‘90

    As a master goldsmith, jewelry designer and an expert in restoration and conservation of metal museum objects for the last ten years Marin has focused on the use of his experience as a restorer and his craftsmanship as a goldsmith for the creation and production of new type of jewelry. In early works his interest in redesigning traditional Bulgarian jewelry is expressed in the use of geometric patterns, dark semiprecious stones and old techniques such as gold and silver filigree, open work, raised metal. Recently he is working on a series inspired by Thracian gold, using ancient images and goldsmith techniques into contemporary impressions in pure gold. His project "Ancient gold" incorporates his knowledge on Thracian and Scythian art and goldsmith techniques with his ideas for perfect adornment. For the future he plans to use his extensive knowledge on ancient metalwork techniques to develop works inspired by various culture into a jewelry with strong link between ancient and contemporary aesthetics

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