The graphics collection houses works on paper created from the middle of 18 c. to date. In the first years of the existence of the gallery, they were collected incidentally, as part of the general collection. After the relocation of SAG to the building at 1, General Gurko St in 1977, a Graphics room was established. The separation of the graphic works in an individual collection was implemented in 1985.
At the end of 2104, the graphics collection numbered 3,840 works. The predominant part comprises impressions of different styles of painting, but in addition to them a considerable share of illustrations, caricatures, drawings, freehand works, sketches, pastels and watercolours contribute to the collection diversity.
The collection as a whole covers the development of graphics in Bulgaria from its emergence to date. Together with its early manifestations as an independent art (Nikolay Pavlovich, Mihail Krastev, Petar Morozov, etc.), it contains striking examples of the high achievements in 1920s and 1930s: Vasil Zahariev, Pencho Georgiev, Nikolay Raynov, Preslav Karshovski, Georges Papazov, and a number of others. Some of the best examples trace the changes in 1960s, as well as the stylistic diversity and technological freedom of execution in 1970s and 1980s (Todor Panayotov, Anastasiya Panayotova, Petar Chuklev, Rumen Skorchev, Mihail Petkov, Ivan Ninov, etc.) The next generation of artists (Hristo Kardzhilov, Mariya Duhteva, Yavora Petrova, Milko Pavlov, Vasil Popov, etc.) is widely represented mostly with works from 1980s and 1990s, and after 2007 artists such as Stefan Bozhkov, Lyubomir Krastev and Kamen Starchev enrich the collection with new styles and painting techniques.
The graphics collection also houses a number of considerable in terms of volume donations of works by Vasil Stoilov, Nikolay Maystorov, Rumen Skorchev, Kiril Gyulemetov, Milko Pavlov, Margarit Tsanev, etc.