A mostly self-taught artist, Valtcho Tonov was born in Bulgaria in 1972. Always interested in drawing he took art seriously at the age of sixteen when his family relocated to Plovdiv.
After moving to the United States in 2001, he settled in Louisville, Kentucky. Valtcho has continued his studies under the tutelage of renowned artist such as John Michael Carter, Phil Starke, and others. A passionate Plein Air painter he can be seen painting around Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, and Bulgaria. As a full time painter his repertoire includes landscapes, sporting, and figurative. He prefers the Alla Prima approach mostly from life with oil paint, transforming the outdoor studies into bigger paintings in the studio, with attention to expressive brush strokes, light and edges. Drawing inspiration from The Russian School - Repin, Serov, Fechin ect., The American realist painters Sargent, Schmid, Hassam and many others.
Valtcho is a member of Oil Painters of America and Plein Air Painters of Kentucky.