Little is recorded about the life of Bulgarian artist Nikola V'lchev. He was noted for his paintings of landscapes, figurative compositions and portraits and of his paintings, he created large portraits of Bulgarian revolutionaries, theater actors and opera artists. His most acclaimed painting is "Georgi Dimitrov and Vasil Kolarov at the Headquarters of the Uprising at Mikhailovgrad"; a work concerning the events of a 1923 antifascist uprising in Bulgaria. In 1924 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia and organized a solo exhibition that same year. He also taught art in the cities of Lom and Sofia. From 1931 to 1952, he lectured on drawing at the Institute for High School Teachers in Sofia. He participated in exhibitions in Tirana, Athens, Paris, Germany and Moscow. In 2005, an exhibition of his work was held in Sofia and in 2017, an exhibition of his paintings was held at the Regional Museum of Vratsa, Bulgaria. At least two contemporary sources indicate his graduation from the Academy of Fine Arts occurred in 1934.
Located in Sofia, Bulgaria, the origins of Nauka i Izkustvo date back to at least the early 1950s.