Exhibition of national artist opens in Paris [PHOTO]

1 February 2019 17:20 (UTC+04:00)

By Laman Ismayilova

An exhibition of Azerbaijani artist opened in France.

Works of Niyaz Najafov were showcased at Galerie Schwab Beaubourg in Paris, Azertag reported.

The art lovers highly appreciated the works of national artist.

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.

In 2013, the exhibition of national artist was held in Gazelli Art House in London.

The exhibition "Dancing bones" was met with great interest. The British art critic has compared works of Azerbaijani artist to Francis Bacon for  its tragic theme.


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