Bogomil Nikolov (b. 1943) is one of the most important medallists working today. In 1996 he
was made associate professor in Metal Department of Bulgaria’s National Academy of Arts,
where from 2002 he has been professor from 2002. He created the department’s Medallic
Sculpture Studio and led it until 2016. He has been the recipient of many awards, including
the BAMS President’s Medal and Marsh Award for the Encouragement of Medallic Art in
2012, the American Numismatic Association’s award for excellence in medallic sculpture in
2016, and the American Numismatic Society’s Saltus Medal Award for outstanding
achievements in medallic sculpture in 2017. His work is represented in museums around the
world. His medal, Acta est Fabula, was issued by BAMS in 1990.
His second medal for BAMS is titled Of Birds and Men. Nikolov describes it as ‘a
multitude of distraught birds circling a blasted tower’. He explains: ‘The medal appears to me
as the expression of primaeval fears, made all the more acute in the present day.’
Bogomil Nikolov: Of Birds and Men, 2022, cast bronze, 100mm. Cast in the UK.