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FARID RASULOV Born Baku, 1985 Lives and works Baku

Farid Rasulov graduated from Azerbaijan State Medical University in 2006. In 2007, having decided to step aside from medicine, he started to actively engage with contemporary art, a decision that led to his participation in the 53rd Venice Biennale. Rasulov is an energetic, hardworking artist who works actively in the various media – painting, 3-D graphics, animation, sculpture and installation.

Solo exhibition 2010 ‘Thing’, Kichik QalArt Gallery, Baku

Group exhibitions 2011 ‘On Soz’, Alternative Art Space, Baku 'Fabulous Four’, Kichik QalArt Gallery, Baku 2010 ‘Contemporary Art of Azerbaijan’, Aidan Gallery, Moscow ‘Fired Up’, Gazelli Art House, London 2009 ‘Cogito Ergo Sum’, Azerbaijan Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale 2008 ‘Steps of Time’, Residenzschloss, Azerbaijan Cultural Days, Dresden, Germany ‘Art is Not Only Ugly’, Azerbaijan Cultural Days, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin 2007 ‘Aluminium 3’, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Baku

A doctor by training, Farid Rasulov suddenly became involved in the

nothing, that he simply replicated the commonplace things that

visual arts after his graduation from university, to the great surprise

he saw around him. “My work is based on the fact that I do not take

of his friends and family and made great strides in a relatively short

it seriously – and neither do I take seriously the things I portray,” says

period of time. His artistic path began at the national ‘Aluminium’

Rasulov. “I often observe how the viewers carefully scrutinize

Biennale (2007), continued to Berlin (‘Azerbaijani Cultural Days’,

my works, searching for the hidden meaning therein. This is

2008), then on to Moscow (Fields of Mars Gallery, 2009; Aidan

fascinating to watch, because what they’re looking for does not exist.”

Gallery, 2010), Basel (2009), and finally to Venice for the 2009 Biennale, which represented the remarkable breakthrough for

“When people ask me why I painted this or that, I say, ‘Just because!’”

contemporary Azerbaijani art.

But we all understand that although he paints simple things, he does not only do so “just because”. In his new triptych, where objects and

His works are usually intellectually provocative. Not accidentally, this

their inner world take centre stage, is not only an invitation

conceptual artist stubbornly denies charges of his art being multi-

to contemplate the seen, but to consider the deceptive simplicity

layered and profound. He insists that he has meant absolutely

of our everyday life.

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Fly to Baku - Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan  

Exhibition January 17-29, 2012 Location Phillips de Pury & Company Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB

Fly to Baku - Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan  

Exhibition January 17-29, 2012 Location Phillips de Pury & Company Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB

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