The National Academy of Fine Arts

The National Academy of Fine Arts was founded on 1 October 1896 as State Art School by Decree signed by Prince Ferdinand. This Act made legitimate the oldest institution for higher education in Bulgaria.It occupies this building since 1906. In 1911 the teaching staff submitted a plan for development to the Ministry of Education in which they put forward their request the School to be renamed to Academy of Art.Ten years later, following a proposal by Stoyan Omarchevski, Minister of Education, the State Drawing School was renamed to Academy of Art. The archive documents for the setting up of the present Academy reveal the names of outstanding public figures, artists Anton Mitov, Ivan Markvichka and Boris Shats and men of letters Konstantin Velichkov and Ivan Shishmanov. Its first rector was the Bulgarian artist of Czech descent Prof. Ivan Markvichka, corresponding member of BAS.

The National Academy of Art is considered to be the most prestigious Bulgarian institution for training professional artists in the field of fine and applied arts, design, conservation and restoration and history and theory of art.

�рквичка, Иван Шишманов, Антон Митов и Борис Шац. Първи ректор е българският художник от чешки произход, проф. Иван Мърквичка, дописен член на БАН.

Националната художествена академия е най-авторитетната българска институция за подготовка на професионални художници в областта на изящните и приложни изкуства, дизайна, консервацията и реставрацията и историята и теорията на изкуството.