Faridun Zoda An interview by Stephen J. Ellis and Dario Rutigliano, curator firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the most convincing feature of Faridun Zoda's approach is the way he accomplishes the difficult task to create a point of convergence between a refined Eastern sensibility with a pragmatic Western approach. A skillful combination of different media conveys memories and imagination to a coherent unity, capable of creating an area of interplay that transports the viewer in a hidden dimension behind the world we perceive, discovering unsuspected but ubiquitous connections. I'm particularly pleased to introduce our readers to his stimulating artistic production. Hello Faridun, and a very warm welcome to LandEscape: to start this interview, would you like to tell us something about your background? You have a solid formal training and received his Masters in 1982 at the Moscow Surikov Academy of Fine Arts. How did this experience influence your evolution as an artists and how does it impact on the way you currently conceive and produce your works?
I was born in Dushanbe in the Republic of Tajikistan in a family of teachers. My father was a professor of Philology at the university and my mother was an elementary school teacher. I started drawing at a very young age, my father noticed my interest in art and enrolled me in
an art study program for children at the university. At the age of 12 we travelled to Moscow to compete with students from across the Soviet Union for the limited admission to the Surikov high school for the arts. I was accepted as a student and so I began my training in art. It was very intense study, we lived in a dormitory and I was with very talented students, most of the time we learned from each other. I was there for six years, this training prepared me to attend the Moscow Surikov Academy of Fine Arts where I studied for another six years. Following graduation from the academy, I returned to Tajikistan and continued my work. To support myself, I began to accept public art commissions for murals and traveled with my shows in the region, to the Middle East and to the United States. In 1994 I relocated to the United States and settled in Lincoln Nebraska with the help of my friend. At the Academy we gained skills and were introduced to age old techniques which helped me to understand why other artists took the paths they did in art, why they looked for a particular kind of idea. I was inspired by the beauty of the works and themes by artists like Botticelli, Rueben, Rembrandt, Renoir, Van gogh, etc., to create the themes they used from my own point of view. They gave me a push, mountains can be an interesting idea, rocks can be an interesting idea. In the course of gaining an understanding about the art world, that Juerg Luedi