Tchavdar Iliev, born in 1950, is originally from Montana, a small place in the northwest of Bulgaria. After the gymnasium he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. He focused mainly on ‘monumental sculptures’, in which he specialised later. Directly after his study, he got hired as an art consultant for the Bulgarian government. His first job was to make a big monument which was about 75.000 kilograms. In his first years as an artist, Iliev made more than 30 large monuments across whole Bulgaria. In 2003, Tchavdar Iliev got selected for the World Art Collection exhibition in Seoul, South Korea where he represented The Netherlands. His sculpture titled ‘Centaur’ was also published in the World Art Encyclopaedia of 2004.