Born and raised in Bulgaria, Vesselin Kourtev received his high school degree in fine art from the Fine Art School, Kazanluk and MFA degree from the Faculty of Fine Art at the University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria.

From 1989 to 2002 he worked in National School Of Stage And Film Design, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

From 1975 until 2002 and actively participated in the artistic life in Stara ZagoraKazanluk and Plovdiv, Bulgaria and large number of national and international exhibitions and competitions

In 2002 he moved to live in New Jersey and in 2007 he founded the Alfa Art Gallery.

From 2008, Vesselin Kourtev is the Art Director and Resident Artist of the Alfa Art Gallery.

Currently, he is working on oil and water color paintings and collages.