Artist’s Biography

Vassil Popvassilev, professional Artist, Illustrator,
Graphic Designer and Design Educator

  • Founder of of Vasko Studio, Toronto, Canada and of
  • From 2002 to 2014 Instructor (12 years) at the Faculty of Design, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario, the leading Canadian institution in visual arts and Design
  • Member of ACIDO (Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario) and ACID (Association of Canadian Industrial Designers) since 1997.
  • Taught 1991-1992 in College de l’Outaouais, Hull, Quebec
  • Senior Designer in leading Canadian companies in Graphic, Exhibit Design, Communication


Earlier Experience (before 1989)

  • Worked as a Designer and Artist in Bulgaria and internationally
  • Member of the Bulgarian Artists’ Union, served at the board of the Design Chapter



  • Bachelor degree from the National Academy of Arts Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Master’s Degree in Industrial and Product Design from the University of Art and Design “Burg Giebichenstein” in Halle, Germany.



  • “Drops”. Solo exhibition of prints, Gallery “Natalie”, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2011
  • 36th , 41st and 42nd International Enamel Art Exhibitions, Royal Ueno Museum Tokyo, Japan, 2002, 2009, 2011
  • “Colour of Fire”, Joint Exhibition of Canadian and Japanese Artists, The Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, On, 2003
  • “Crossing Boundaries”, International Enameling Art Exhibition, Canadian Clay& Glass Gallery, Waterloo, On, 1999
  • Toronto Gift Show, “Uniquely Ontario”, Section 1998, 1999
  • One of a Kind Christmas Show, 1998, 1999
  • “Sparkles”. Solo exhibition of enamels. Gallery Montcalm, Hull, Quebec), 1992
  • Participates in 25 national and international exhibitions in Bulgaria and across Europe (Poland, Turkey, Germany, former USSR) between 1974 and 1989


Acquisitions by

  • Royal Ueno Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Euroculture Events, Toronto, D&V Electronics, Toronto, U of T, Erin Mills campus, the Rector, private and corporate collections



  • Award of Artistic Achievement at the 36th International Exhibition of Enameling Art, Tokyo, Japan, 2002
  • Special Award at the ECCA Design Competition, Brussels, Belgium, 1987