Alzek Misheff (Dupnica, BG, 1940)
Alzek Misheff is an Italian painter and musician. He graduated in painting in 1966 in Sofia at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1971 he fled his native country and arrived on foot in Italy, living and working in Milan to this day. He is known in the international art world for the project “Swimming Across The Atlantic”, performed in the swimming pool of the transatlantic liner Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1982, traveling on the route between London and New York. In the book “Europa-America – The different avant-gardes” published by Franco Maria Ricci in 1976, Achille Bonito Oliva places Misheff among the thirty most representative avant-garde artists in Europe. Among his most notable performances surely stands out “Musica del cielo”, 1979, a concert-installation presented at the Piazza del Duomo in Milan. In the same year he also performed at Mills College in San Francisco and at Irvine University near Los Angeles.