Niyaz Najafov`s unusual works on display in Baku [PHOTO]

30 November 2017 14:10 (UTC+04:00)

By Laman Ismayilova

An exhibition of interesting national artist Niyaz Najafov opened at the Baku’s Museum Center on November 28.

The event is organized jointly by Fine Arts and Decorative Art Sector of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the State Gallery and the Museum Center. 

Addressing the event, chief of fine and applied arts department of Ministry of Culture and Tourism said that unique combination of traditional painting and cartoon techniques is one of the main features of the artist's style.

Speaking about Najafov`s creativity, the speaker said that his paintings attracted the attention of the people, though they are not optimistic. Some works of the painter can only be regarded as caricatures. Sometimes the works created by him are expressive satire and sometimes are humorous.

Niyazi Najafov, perhaps, is one of the most extraordinary contemporary artists in Azerbaijan. His paintings differ from the works of other artists. They have their own style, which always stands out clearly.

At first glance, it may seem that his paintings are too depressive and gloomy. But then you realize that Niyaz is trying to show people without artistic flourishes. To many of his works the artist does not give a name, leaving a viewer a chance to think about.

The artist did not immediately devote himself to art. After graduating from Baku Physical Education College in 1985, Najafov was engaged in professional sports, which became his life’s passion. Niyaz was also fond of drawing since childhood, but only since 2003 began to paint professionally.

His works are exhibited in leading galleries in Baku. In 2009, he represented Azerbaijan at the Venice Biennale, where two of his works were purchased by famous collector Albert Sandretti.

Artist's paintings have been widely exhibited abroad, including Russia, the U.S., Germany and Denmark.

The exhibition will last until December 2.


Laman Ismayilova  is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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