• Art Student League of Denver, Denver, CO '96 - '97
  • Arvada High School, Arvada, CO '91
  • Artists of America, Colorado History Museum, '93, '98
  • Big Horn Gallery, Cody, WY '02
  • Aurora Artists Guild, Aurora, CO '07
  • Balkanski Art Gallery, Evergreen, CO '88-'89
  • Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, WY '02 - '15
  • ​Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO '11
  • Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH '07
  • C.M.Russell Action, Great Falls, MT '96
  • Colorado Art Guild, Denver, CO
  • Cody Chamber of Commerce, Cody, WY '05
  • Columbine Art Gallerries, Santa Fe, NM '99
  • Driscoll Gallery, Beaver Creek, CO '86
  • Meininger Art Supply,  Denver, CO '98
  • King-Murphy Elementary School, Evergreen, CO '11
  • Knox Gallery, Denver, CO '07
  • Loveland Art Academy, Loveland, CO '08
  • Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE ''00, '02
  • Nikolo Balkanski Studio, Lakewood, CO '90 - '16
  • Paletteers Art Club, Northglenn,  CO '03
  • Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, WY '03,'07,'08
  • Third Canyon Gallery, Denver, CO '94
  • Eugene Sternberg Studio, Evergreen, CO '84 - '90
  • ​Wheat Ridge Art League, Wheat Ridge, CO '02

Invitational,  Juried,  Exhibitions & Awards  in  US 

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  • Time and People, Town Youth Hall,  Lilyana Dimitrova, Sofia Bulgaria, 1979

  • Finland in Portraits, Nova Ariane Art Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, 1981

  • Faces of Humanity, The October Gallery, London, 1983

  • The International Student Days, Tampere, Finland, 1983

  • Portraits and Landscapes, Sternberg Studio, Evergreen, Colorado, 1984

  • Paintings by Nikolo Balkanski, Hagelstam Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, 1984

  • Portraits and Landscapes, Sternberg Studio, Evergreen, Colorado, 1985

  • Oils and Drawings, Sternberg Studio, Evergreen, Colorado, 1988

  • New Selection of Paintings, Hiwan Gallery, Evergreen, Colorado, 1990

  • Eye of the Impressionist, Sun Cities Art Museum, Sun City, Arizona, 1990

  • The Rosalind Kress Haley Library Presents, Bedford,Texas and Colleyville, Texas, 1990

  • Artists of the West featured Artist, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1991

  • ​Natural Metamorphosis, Hayden Hays Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1992

  • New Works, O'Brien's Art Emporium, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1993

  • New Works in Oil, Third Canyon Gallery, Denver, 1993

  • Two Man Show, Old West Museum, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1995

  • New Works in Oil, Third Canyon Gallery, Denver, 1996

  • Venetian  Passages, Saks Gallery, Denver, 1998

  • Waterfronts, Saks Gallery, Denver, 2001

  • We Love Evergreen, Evergreen Fine Art, Colorado, 2008

  • ​Tree Visions of the West, The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, Wyoming, 2012



  • American Collectors Invitational, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Artists of America, Denver, Colorado

           Program Demonstration, 1993

           Program Demonstration, 1998                                         

  • American Impressionist Society
  • Altitude & Attitude Exhibition, Denver, Colorado

​           Top Five, 2012

  • American Miniatures, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
  • American Traditionalists Art Group, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • ​American Marine Legacy, Carmel, California
  • Always By Colorado, Loveland, Colorado

​           Third Place, 1991

  • An American Marine Legacy, Carmel, California
  • Arts for the Parks, Jackson, Wyoming

           Top 100, 1989

           Top 100, 1990

           Landscape Award of Merit, 1995

  • Art Fest, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Art Preview, Chanel Six Art Auction, Denver, Colorado

           Featured Artist in 2003

  • Art of the West, High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon
  • Art for the Mountain Community, Evergreen, Colorado
  • Artists of the West, Colorado Springs, Colorado

​           Featured Artist, 1991

  • Biennial Brinton Invitational, Big Horn, Wyoming
  • Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Cody, Wyoming

           Mike Maier Memorial Award, 2006

           Artists' Choice Award, 2007

           Premier Platinum Award, 2012

           William E. Weiss Purchase Award, 2012

  • C.M.Russell Auction of Western Art, Great Falls, Montana
  • Colorado Art Open, Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado
  • Colorado Governor's Invitational, Loveland, Colorado

​           Collectors' Choice Award, 1999

  • Colorado Opera Festival Art Show & Sale, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Columbia River Art Expo, Richland, Washington
  • CAA State Convention, Denver, Colorado

           Artists' Choice Award, 1991

           Popular' Choice Award, 1991

           First Place, Architectural Award, 1991

  • Coors Western Exhibit & Sale, Denver, Colorado
  • Eagle Valley Arts Council's Invitational, Vail, Colorado

​           Historical Society Special Award, 1987

  • Evergreen Artists Association, Evergreen, Colorado

           Best of Show, 1986

  • ​Evergreen Art Open, Evergreen, Colorado

​           Best of Show, 2014

  • Heart of the West, Bozeman, Montana
  • ​Friendship Bridge, Evergreen, Colorado
  • Great American Artists, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Great American Landscape, Aspen, Colorado
  • Impressions of the Southwest, Pueblo, Colorado

           People Choice Award​, 1999         

  • International Artist Magazine Art Prize Challenge

​           Finalist, 2001

  • Kent Denver Art Show & Sale, Denver, Colorado
  • Masters in Miniature, Great Falls, Montana
  • ​Miniature Masterpieces, Evergreen Fine Art, Colorado
  • Night Walker  National Juried Art Exhibition, Fort Collins, CO

​           Best of Show, 1996

  • Oil Painters of America

           Second Place, Spring Online Showcase, 2012

           Third Place, Summer Online Showcase, 2012

           Honorable Mention, Fall Online Showcase, 2012

           Honorable Mention, Spring Online Showcase, 2013

           First Place, Summer Online Showcase, 2013

​           Presidents' Award Of Excellence, 2013, National Exhibition

           Signature Member, 2014

           First Place, Fall Online Showcase, 2016

           Master Signature Member, 2016

  • Paint the Parks, Coutts Museum of Art, Kansas

           Grand Price Purchase Award Mini, 2012

  • Plain Air Salon, PlainAir Magazine

           Second Place, 2012             

  • Representing the West, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Pueblo, CO

​           First Place Award

           Juror's Choice, PBR Award, 2007

  • Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountains PBS Art Auction, Denver, Colorado

           ​Featured Artist, 2003

  • Salon d'Arts, Denver, Colorado
  • ​Settlers West Summer Show, Tucson, Arizona
  • Spirit of the Great Plains, Kearney, Nebraska

           Portrait Demonstration, 1999, 2000

  • Stampede Western Invitational, Greeley, Colorado

           Artist Choice Award, 2016

  • The Brinton 101, The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, Wyoming
  • The Evergreen Naturalists Audubon Society, Evergreen, CO

​           Best of Show, 1987

           Honorable Mention, 1988

  • The Museum of Western Art, Kerrville, Texas
  • Western Regional Art Show & Sale, Colorado

​           Best Oil Painting, 1994

  • Weekend of the West, Evergreen, Colorado
  • Western Rendezvous, Colorado Springs, Colorado

           Theme Award, 1987

           Third Place, 1987

           Media Award, 1988

  • Western Masters Art Show & Sale, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Western Art Show, Center for the Arts, Evergreen, Colorado

​           Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence, 2009

  • Western Spirit Art Show & Sale, Cheyenne, Wyoming

​           People' Choice Award, 1995

           Jurors' Award, 1995

           Gallery Award, 1995

  • Western Visions, Wildlife Art Museum, Jackson, Wyoming
  • ​Window to the Divine, Denver, Colorado

Selected  Awards in US

​Nikolo Balkanski


  •  Path to the Great Art, МЛАДЕЖ, 1980
  • Taidenäyttely Menestys, Alueuutiset, 1981
  • Nikolon Pensselistä Lähtee Suomalaisia Muotokuvia, MeNaiset, 1981
  • Virolainen's New Portrait, Uusi Suomi, 1982
  • Now Painting Virolainen Bulgarian Balkanski, Ilta LehtiI, 1982
  • Exhibitions, What'S On & Where To Go, 1983
  • ​Art Review, London, 1983
  • Тhe International Student Days, University Circle, 1983
  • The Finnish Portraits of One Bulgarian in England, Рoдолюбие, 1984
  • Evergreen Faces become his Portraits, Canyon Courier, 1984
  • High Profile, Rocky Mountain News, 1984
  • Bulgarialaisen Ystävämme Kuvia, Ilta Lehti, 1984
  • Nikolo Balkanski Utställning, Kvrkpressen, 1984
  • Den Stadgade Smaken, HUFVUDSTADSBLADET, 1984
  • Noted Portrait Artist Finds Subjects in Evergreen, Canyon Courier, 1985
  • Bulgarian Portrait Artist Inspired by Vail, The Vail Trail, 1986
  • Invitational Art Show Invites Best in Vail Valley, Vail Daily, 1987
  • ​Capturing Love Impressions are Goals of Local Artists, Canyon Courier, 1988
  • ​Painter Captures Valley Residents on Canvas, Daily News-Sun, 1990
  • ​Famed Portrait Artist Coming to Colleyville, Colleyville News and Time, 1990
  • Portrait Artist Commissioning Work, Colleyville News and Time,1990
  • ​Artist's Sales will Benefit Library, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1990
  • Grapevine Bank Hosts Balkanski Exhibition, The Grapevine Sun, 1990
  • Artists of the West, Cheyenne Mountain Journal, 1991
  • Opening Nights Great Success for Artists, Fans, Gazette Telegraph, 1991
  • ​Put it in Print, U.S.Art, 1995
  • Composing with Water, The Artist Magazine, 1998
  • Selling More or Selling Out, International Artist Magazine, 2000
  • Painting the Landscape, Southwest Art, 2001
  • Expressing the Visual Language of the Landscape, International Artist Publishing, 2002
  • How did you paint that? 100 ways to paint SEASCAPES, RIVERS & LAKES. International Artist Publishing, Inc. 2004
  • Bulgarian Artist's Oil Painting Wins Top Award, Cody Interprise, 2012
  • Bringing Us Back to Our Roots, Sheridan Press, 2012
  • Sangre de Cristo Art Invitational, Southwest Art, 2014 
  • ​Painters of Grand Teton National Park, Published by Gibbs Smith 2015


  • Landscape Award of Merit, Arts for the Parks, 1995
  • Mike Maier Memorial  Award, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, 2006
  • Artists' Choice Award, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, 2007
  • Premier Platinum Award, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, 2012
  • William E.Weiss Purchase Award, BBAS, 2012
  • Collectors' Choice Award, Colorado Governor's Invitational, 1999
  • Artists' Choice Award, CAA State Convention, 1991
  • Popular' Choice Award, CAA State Convention, 1991
  • Historical Society Special Award, Eagle Valley Arts Council's Invitational, 1987
  • Best of Show, Evergreen Artists Association, 1986
  • Best of Show, Evergreen Art Open, 2014
  • People Choice Award, Impressions of the Southwest, 1999
  • Best of Show, Night Walker, National Juried Art Exhibition, 1996
  • ​First Place, Fall Online Showcase, OPA, 2016
  • First Place, Summer Online Showcase, OPA, 2013
  • ​Presidents' Award of Excellence, OPA 2013 National
  • Second Place, Spring  Online Showcase, OPA,  2012
  • Third Place, Summer Online Showcase, OPA, 2012
  • Signature Member OPA, 2014
  • ​Master Signature Member OPA, 2016
  • Grand Price Purchase Award Mini, Paint the Parks, 2012
  • Juror's Choice, PBS Award, Representing the West, 2007
  • Second Place Award, PlainAir Magazine, 2012
  • Artist Choice Award, Stampede Western Invitational, 2016
  • Best of Show, The Evergreen Naturalists Audubon Society, 1987
  • People Choice Award, Western Spirit Art Show & Sale, 1995

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