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Contemporary Uzbekistan Artists
Ildar Sadikov
Born in 1972, Ildar works in development of electronic commerce in Uzbekistan. He became interested in photography in 2012. Ildar is a street photographer and shoots mostly in black and white. He loves to experiment and does not follow the clichés. His creative hallmark are unusual compositions and light and shadow play. He has participated in many international exhibitions and photo contests, also as a member of jury. Ildar has collaborated with National Geographics and ORT Channel 1 (Russia).
Mashud Tokhtaev
Mashud Tokhtaev was among the first Uzbekistan artists that started to ‘speak the language’ of surrealism in his artworks. Tohtaev has experimented a lot with different art styles and techniques throughout his carrier. In 1970s he was engaged in miniature. Then he became interested and explored the art of Salvador Dali. In 1980s, he assimilated the aerography technique and achieved the photographic effect by spraying paint. He often applied the collage method in his artworks. The most common image in the works of Tohtaev is a quince - a symbol of love and beauty.
Inna Sandler
Inna was born in Tashkent in 1976. “Inna Sandler is a versatile artist. She paints portraits, illustrates books, creates marvelous graphic works, develops works out the design of printing, makes video installations and works of public-art style,” – the Uzbekistan media writes about the artist. Towns County Herald, the USA newspaper, points out the following: “Her works are unique, very personal and sensual”.
Sanjar Jabbarov
Born in Gulistan in Uzbekistan in 1986, Sanjar has studied at the National Institute of Arts and Design at the department of Industrial Design. A great impulse to his artistic development and carrier, he admits, has been given by Gerkhard Rikhter’s exhibition in Tashkent. Gerkhard Rikhter is a German visual artist and abstractionist that has introduced the term “capitalist realism” during the height of the Soviet “social realism”. Sandzhar has a special way to depicting a female image: “Almost all women are faceless in my works. I still wonder what woman is and who is she?”
Gairat Ibragimov
Gayrat was born in 1980 in Tashkent. The artist works in various styles - painting, graphics, installations, video art. His works are exhibited in museums of Europe and Asia. His creativity is distinguished by originality, original color schemes of paintings, a bold combination of elements of oriental culture and modern visual techniques. As the author himself says about his work, “In the search for solutions and experiments in painting, an idea was born from which I entered a new creative period. Combining cold spectral colors with warm and dark with light colors, I discovered the “Negative Positive Effect”.
Ernest Kurtveliev
Ernest was born in the Kibrai district in Tashkent in 1974. He intended to become a musician - played a piano and accordion, graduated from the music school, and studied saxophone at the Institute of Culture. Nevertheless, Ernest become engaged in photography, and now he is a well-known photo artist in Uzbekistan. The book “10 Reasons to Visit Uzbekistan”, that features his photos, was presented to the Queen Elizabeth II. “A photograph allows capturing, prolonging, to some extent even rekindling cultural elements,” – Kurtveliev states.
Eldos Fazylbekov
Born in 1993, Eldos works as an illustrator, painter and a graphic designer. He recalls that while studying at the Institute of Arts, he was a typical representative of a mainstream art. One day, however, with the help of his friend he discovered a graphic art. “From that moment on, the only thing I could think of, was ‘digital’”, explains Eldos. “If previously, following the traditional path, I had to make some sketches, choose a format, tune a frame and tighten a canvas before starting to paint, than now the only thing a digital art requires is to create a new file. That’s all! You can begin creating a masterpiece,” he adds.
Jakhongir Bobokulov
Jakhongir was born in Bukhara in 1996. “I paint without any primer, a paint is lightly seeping through a canvas,” explains Jakhongir about the painting “Appearance”, presented at the exhibition www.12symbols.uz. “Starting to work with this canvas, I laid out a material, applied a paint. When I came the following day, there was nothing on it. There were just several spots left. Then I turned the canvas backwards and saw what I needed. Therefore, I decided to show this specific artwork from both sides. It was something new and interesting for me personally”, point out the artist.
Gafur Kadirov
Born in Tashkent in 1958, Gafur Kadirov is the National Artist of Uzbekistan. His artworks have been featured in the exhibitions in Paris, London and Amsterdam, USA, Korea, Singapore and many other countries. His art surprisingly conveys the atmosphere of the East, combining the depth of traditions of past centuries and the modern perspective, at the same time.
Bayat Mukhtarov
Bayat Mukhtarov was born in Andijan in 1946. He was engaged in boxing in youth, became the master of Eastern martial arts, worked as exploration geologist and travelled extensively in Uzbekistan. He graduated from the Art Institute of Tashkent, specializing on the monumental decorative plastics at the age of 33. Nowadays, Bayat Muhtarov has left a legacy as outstanding sculptor and painter of the avant-garde in Uzbekistan. “My works have no logics, everything is intuitive. It is an emanation of my spirit that is revealed in any material,” the artist has told. In Uzbekistan he was the first who applied performance and happening in his art.
Bobur Mukhamedov
Has been born in Tashkent in 1965. His works take place in the private collections from the USA and Argentina up to China and New Zealand. Moreover, concerning his “art geography”, Bobur himself told the following at the interview (nuz.uz): “I do not experience emotions about the fact that I am the Uzbek painter or the artist of the worldwide artistic process. The artist should just paint; he does not have to realize himself in certain status – that is an extreme case, which would mean “to reach the limit and fall as a saving thread ripe apple”. These are the words of a philosopher, poet and painter Dzhebran Khalil in his parables”.
Jamol Usmanov
Jamol was born in Tashkent in 1961. His art is lyrical, he employs multiple forms of artistic expression and his installations often become a continuation of the painting. The art of Usmanov, inspired by the Eastern medieval poetry of Rumi, Nawai, Nizami, is full of references to the Sufi philosophy. Sufis have used a self-analysis as a method to unite with God. The painting of Usmanov, filled with harmony of shapes and colours, suggest a viewer to get teleported to its own world of fantasies.
Sardor Erkinov
Has been born in Kokand in 1995. The young painter recognizes that he draws on the inspiration of the art of Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Damien Hirst. Sardor experiments, uses different trends, including the photo art technique, when paints are applied above a photograph. “The art is a fairy illusion of all those wonderful and stronge human feelings that we experience inside us,” – Erkinov tells.
Vyacheslav Useinov
Has been born in Ferghana in 1962. Poetry and art, textile and structures made of metal – Useinov creates in the very different trends and techniques. He repeatedly exhibited his works not only in Uzbekistan, though abroad either – in Russia, Italy, India and the USA. Not without reason his painting “On the Territory of the Sky” has taken a place at one of the best collections of Europe, acquired at the broadly known auction house Sotheby’s (London) in 2014.
Timur Ernst Akhmedov
Has been born in Tashkent in 1968. His works are philosophical and observing. The art that echoes meditation. Elegant colour combinations in his paintings awaken the spiritual. “Perhaps, during the working process, I call upon some distinctive images, but if they do not come, everything remains in an abstract form,” – Timur Akhmedov tells.
Bobur Ismailov
Bobur Ismailov is an artist, philosopher, illustrator, accomplished theatre artist, respected teacher and author of many successful creative projects both in Uzbekistan and abroad. Since 1993 he has been regular participant of national and international exhibitions. “There is a mark of the theatrical education in my paintings. Above all, I am interested in a human being. Either it is an actor on the stage, or an image on a painting,” explains the artist.
Nuriddin Rasulov
Has been born in 1986. He has started his path from the art of woodcarving, and then has developed himself in painting. Nuritdin is characterized as a modern painter, “gravitating towards non-objective painting, playing with colour masses”. He combines various art forms in his creating: his installation “The Value of Time” has been marked with the gold medal of the 8th Tashkent International Biennale of the Modern Art.
Khamdam Shorakhmedov
The master of a landscape photography that shows a wonderful nature and historical places of Uzbekistan, transferring their spirit. Khamdam catches statics, dynamics and metamorphoses, and reflects them in his compositions. He is interested in the traditions of the craft: recently the works of Sharakhmedov were presented at the exhibition “The Lullaby under the Moonlight”, dedicated to a national Uzbek lullaby beshyk.
Yakub Beknazarov
Has been born in Tashkent in 1994. A young seeking painter, whose exhibition “She” has become a monologue of love. “To look for means to foresee something more,” – Iokub tells. – “It is like to touch the love and find her. She…! The love is revealed under the impact of a material image”.
Viktor An
Viktor An, born in 1947, is a renowned Uzbekistan photographer. During the 1980s he was engaged working for different media outlets. Nowadays Viktor An is a member of the Artists Union of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan. His photo artworks have been featured in numerous photo exhibitions world-wide. “The breath of photography is more important for me than its structure,” notes the artist.
Bobur Mukhamedov
Viktor An
Bayat Mukhtarov
Bobur Ismailov
Jakhongir Bobokulov
Eldos Fazylbekov
Ernest Kurtveliev
Gafur Kadirov
Gairat Ibragimov
Khamdam Shorakhmedov
Ildar Sadikov
Inna Sandler
Jamol Usmanov
Mashud Tokhtaev
Nuriddin Rasulov
Sardor Erkinov
Sanjar Jabbarov
Timur Ernst Akhmedov
Vyacheslav Useinov
Yakub Beknazarov
European Artists
Salvador Dali
Rene Magritte
Giorgio de Chirico
Piet Mondrian
Sir John Everett Millais
Joan Miro
Pablo Picasso
Man Ray
Gustav Klimt
Max Ernst
Gunars Binde
Vincent van Gogh
Alexander Volkov (1886-1957)
Painter, graphic artist, theater artist. The author of genre and thematic paintings, portraits, landscapes, still lifes, abstract compositions. He studied at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of St. Petersburg University (1906-1908). Since 1907 he attended the private studio of D. Bartinker in St. Petersburg. He studied at the Higher Art School at the Academy of Arts (1908-1911) under V. Makovsky, at the private school of M. Bernshtein (1910-1912) under N. Roerich, I. Sherwood, at the Kiev Art College (1912-1916) under the direction of F. Krichevsky. He was influenced by M.A. Vrubel. Participant of exhibitions since 1920. Member of associations and participant of exhibitions AARR (Artists Association of Revolutionary Russia), AAR (Artists Association of Russia) (since 1927), “Masters of the New East” (since 1928), Tashkent Association ARIZO (since 1930). He was the organizer of the “Volkov crew”, which brought together a number of artists from Uzbekistan.
Viktor An
Viktor An, born in 1947 is a renowned Uzbekistan photographer. During 80 he worked in different media outlets. Nowadays Viktor An is a member of the Artists Union of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan. His photo artworks have been featured in numerous photo exhibitions world-wide. “The breath of photography is more important for me than its structure,” notes the artist.
Mikhail Kurzin (1888-1957)
In 1904-1907 he studied at the Kazan Art College, in 1908 - at Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. From 1910 to 1912 he was a student Of the private workshop of M. Bernshtein in St. Petersburg. In autumn 1919 made a trip to China. In 1921 he taught at Vhutemas. In 1922, Kurzin, together with E. Korovay, went to the Crimea, to Simferopol, from there in 1923 he moved to Tashkent. He worked at the opera and ballet theater, newspapers, and taught In Tashkent. In 1927, Kurzin was one of the organizers of the group of artists “Masters of the New East”. In 1936, Kurzin was arrested and sentenced to 5 years to prison and three years of loss of rights. Kurzin was accused of a hostile attitude towards the Soviet authority, expressing terrorist intentions against Stalin, anti-Soviet agitation .. At the end of 1945, Kurzin arrived to Bukhara. In 1948, for an unauthorized departure to Tashkent, Kurzin was again arrested on charges of anti-Soviet activity and sent to the Krasnoyarsk Region.
Vasiliy Lysenko (1899-1970s)
Born in January 1899 in the village of Sosnovka, Bryansk Region (Belarus) in a peasant family. V. Lysenko moved to Tashkent in 1922. Since 1924 enters into a circle of contacts with prominent artists of Uzbekistan A. Volkov, M. Kurzin, N. Karakhan, U. Tansykbaev, V. Markova. Engaged in the art studio of the railway club named Kafanov. After studying at the art school of Leningrad, he entered in 1925 to Inhuk. Studying lasted until 1929. But Lysenko did not finish his education and went to Dnepropetrovsk. In the middle of 1930. returned to Tashkent. He worked as an artist in the Museum of the Revolution and the railway club, Tashkent, painted the scenery. In 1935 arrested and sentenced to 6 years in camps for counter-revolutionary anti-Soviet activities.
Valentina Markova (1907-1941)
In 1920-1922 she attended a private school of art by the artist Nadolskaya in Barnaul. Here she met with M. Kurzin and E. Korovay. In 1926, like many artists, she went to Central Asia, where she lived for ten years. Exactly in Central Asia that Markova succeed as as an artist, found her way in art, but at the same time she was in constant search. In 1927, Markova joined the group “Masters of the New East”. In her works, Markova invariably turned to the works of masters of the past - the Italian Renaissance, French, German, and English romanticism. Unfortunately, the life of this talented artist was short - in the fall of 1941, in Leningrad, she died.
Alexander Nikolaev (Usto-Mumin) (1897-1957)
In 1908-1916, Alexander Nikolaev studied in the Sumy Cadet Corps near Poltava, then in the Ulan Corps in Tver. In 1918 he visited the studio of the artist A. Buchkuri in Voronezh. In 1919 he continued his artistic education in the II State Free Art Studios at K. Malevich. Same year he was mobilized to the navy. After demobilization in 1920, Nikolaev was sent to Tashkent under the mandate of the TurkCEC commission to strengthen and develop culture and art in Central Asia. While working as the chief artist of the Uzbek Pavilion at the AUAE (All-Union Agricultural Exhibition) in Moscow in 1938, Nikolaev was unexpectedly arrested and imprisoned. But already in 1943 Nikolaev received the Certificate of Honor from the Central Executive Committee of the Uzbek SSR for his participation in the creation of the Uyghur Theater. In subsequent years of life, A. Nikolayev conducted active creative and public work.
Oganes Tatevosyan (1889-1974)
In 1908 he entered the Tiflis Art College. In 1910-1917 he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture with K. Korovin, then at VKHUTEMAS (1921-1927). Since 1917, the artist lived in Samarkand. He was close to A. Nikolayev, V. Ufimtsev. One of the organizers of the “Samarkand Commune” school (1918) and the School of Painting and Sculpture in Yerevan (1921). In 1918-1919, Tatevosyan took an active part in the decoration of Samarkand for revolutionary festivities. He was the author of colorful propaganda panels. Since 1932, Tatevosyan lived in Tashkent. In 1937, Tatevosyan worked as the chief artist of Uzbekistan pavilion at the All-Union Exhibition in Moscow. Participant of exhibitions since 1912. In 1966, Tatevosyan moved to Moscow.
Wassily Kandinsky (1866 - 1944)
Wassily Kandinsky is considered as the founder of abstract art. Kandinsky received his initial art education as a child, but then chose a career as a lawyer. He made the final decision to become an artist after he saw a picture of Claude Mone at one of the exhibitions. He studied painting, and then taught in Munich. He became one of the founders of the famous “Blue Horseman” art group. Participated in the First Exhibition of Russian Art in Germany. In Berlin, Wassily Kandinsky began to teach painting, and in the summer of 1922 he worked at the Bauhaus, becoming school prominent theoretician. In the interwar period, Kandinsky received worldwide recognition as one of the leaders of abstract art.
Samuel Rubashkin (1906-1975)
Born in Vitebsk. After the 1917 revolution, the family moved to Moscow. In 1927, Rubashkin graduated from the camera faculty of VGIK. He worked at film studios of the country. He participated in the filming of feature films. He began painting in 1959. Without a special education, Rubashkin independently mastered the secrets of fine art. The drawing and narrative that brought him closer to the "primitivists" were just a way to convey concrete life impressions. The name of the artist is included in the World Encyclopedia of Naive Art.
Arkady Stavrovsky (1903-1980)
Graduated from I Moscow State University, Department of Theory and History of Arts. At the same time studying at the university he was engaged in painting in various studios, but mainly in the Lentulov studio. He served in the navy. Since 1926 he worked as an artist in publishing houses and under contracts. Participated in exhibitions of the society "Being", AHRR. During the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) Stavrovsky was again drafted to the navy. After demobilization, he worked under contracts at the Moscow Association of Artists, performed a number of monumental murals in Tambov and Zlatoust for the palaces of culture.
Alexander Sardan (Baranov) (1901 -1974)
Alexander Sardan was an artist, composer, musician, film director, teacher. His first pencil drawings were made in early 1920s, when the future artist decided to convey musical sounds in paints: “The music of sounds is virtually dynamical in time, and the music in paints catches and conveys this dynamics in space”. Sardan was interested not only in the matters of culture, but also such sciences as physics, astronomy, geology and psychology. He was a member of “Amaravella” - a group of young artists active between 1923 and 1928 that explored creative concepts of cosmic harmony.
NATTA KONYSHEVA (b. 1935)
The artist, a member of the Moscow Union of Artists, a bright representative of the "Soviet avant-garde." She studied at the Moscow Polygraphic Institute (graduating in 1959) with E. Belyutin and I. Chekmazov. For a long time she worked as an illustrator, while participating in apartment exhibitions. Konysheva's works are stored in the collections of the Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum and other large assemblages. The artist’s solo exhibitions were held several times in Russia and in France.
Ivan Klyun (1873-1943)
Ivan Vasilievich Klyun (real name - Klyunkov) is a Russian avant-garde artist, art theorist, a vivid representative of several latest trends, including Suprematism, a special branch of Russian abstract art in the first half of the 20th century.
George Stenberg (1890-1933)
Designer of buildings and city squares, architect, theater artist, poster artist, master of book design. In 1912-1917 he studied at the Stroganov School of Industrial Art in Moscow with V. E. Egorov, P. V. Kuznetsov, and A. S. Yanov. In 1918-1920 he studied at the First State Free Art Workshops (GSHM), in the workshop of G. B. Yakulov. Since 1919 he participated in exhibitions of the Society of Young Artists (OBOZHU) in Moscow, where he exhibited flower designs, glass and metal structures, industrial models, and poster designs.
Amshey Nuremberg (1887-1979)
Russian and Ukrainian avant-garde artist, graphic artist, one of the cohort of “Odessa Parisians”, art critic, professor of the history of Western painting at VKHUTEMAS. He studied at the Odessa Art College and the Julian Academy in Paris, sharing the same workshop with Marc Chagall. In 1913 he returned to Odessa, where he headed the Society of Independent Artists. Since 1923 he lived in Moscow, worked in the windows of ROSTA with V.V. Mayakovsky.
Varvara Stepanova (1894-1958)
Russian artist, designer and painter, fashion designer and polygraphist, a bright representative of the Moscow avant-garde, in particular, constructivism, poet, wife and associate of Alexander Rodchenko. Varvara Stepanova was born in Lithuania in the city of Kovno on November 5, 1894. In 1910-1913, Stepanova studied at the Kazan Art School, where she met her future husband, artist Alexander Rodchenko. It was exhibited and printed under the pseudonym Warst. As one of the five main “Amazons of the Russian avant-garde” actively created a new world through art.
Max Penson (1893-1959)
Famous Uzbek photographer, photojournalist of the newspaper "Pravda Vostoka" and the All-Union News Agency TASS. His most famous photo is the portrait of the “Uzbek Madonna”, who received the highest award at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937, depicts a liberated Muslim woman, who took off her veil and breastfeeds her baby. In 1949, he was forbidden to continue working as a photojournalist. On this, his work as a public photographer, was terminated.
Nikolay Karakhan (1900 -1970)
In childhood, he moved to Turkestan from Nagorno-Karabakh with his parents. While studying at school he drew a lot. This hobby led him to the Tashkent Art College (1918-1921). In 1921 he was drafted into the Red Army, where he worked almost all the time as an artist. Demobilized, Karakhan teaches painting at the Turkmen Pedagogical College (1925-1934), then leads painting at the Tashkent Art College (1934-1941).
Artists from Uzbekistan State Collections
Alexander Sardan (Baranov)
Alexander Nikolaev (Usto Mumin)
Arkady Stavrovsky
Natta Konysheva
Mikhail Kurzin
Vasiliy Lysenko
Samuil Rubashkin
Ivan Klyun
Georgii Stenberg
Amshey Nurenberg
Varvara Stepanova
Oganes Tatevosyan
Alexander Volkov
Wassily Kandinsky
Nikolay Karakhan
Valentina Markova
Max Penson
About the Exhibition
Eduards Stiprais
Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Uzbekistan
Shakhnoza Karimbabaeva
Art Curator. Founder of Bonum Factum Gallery
Kamola Akilova
Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Review by Marinika Babanazarova