Lyuben Dimanov story with Baba Vanga
Story told by Lyuben Dimanov – famous Bulgarian artist
I was introduced to Baba Vanga by a friend of mine – Kosta who worked in France and had a great respect for this woman. When I visited Bulgaria in 1969 he offered me to take me to her. When we entered her house, the first thing she asked me was: – What type of art do you do – is it pottery?
– Graphics that get printed in large circulations. I quickly explained
– You will succeed! – said Baba Vanga
My next visit to Petrich was in 1974. I went with a friend who wanted to go on a business trip to Japan. Baba Vanga directly told my friend: – No, your trip to Japan will not happen.
Then she turned her head towards me and said something similar to what she said 5 years ago: – You will be very successful – it is “opened” for you.
Those words of hers stuck in my mind – at the time I had no idea whatsoever that I will work abroad. In the same year I went to Paris, and then in 1975 I came back to Sofia carrying a work contract for a very prestigious French gallery. For few months I didn’t know what to do – back at those days of Socialistic Bulgaria it was not easy to get an allowance to leave the country and work abroad. Finally I went to the Bulgarian Artist Union and asked Svetlin Rusev for assistance. He and Lyudmila Zhivkova (the daughter of the socialistic leader of Bulgaria – Todor Zhivkov) helped me solve the issue. While I was waiting for the documents to be processed, I visited Baba Vanga again.
– You will not have obstacles to leave Bulgaria and go to France. Your house in Paris will be similar to your house in Knyazhevo (suburb of Sofia).