MAMMAD MUSTAFAYEV Born Baku, 1948 Lives and works Baku
Mammad Mustafayev graduated from Azimzadeh State Art College in Baku in 1968 and Azerbaijan State Institute of Architecture, where he studied in the Faculty of Construction and Design, in 1975. From 1969 Mustafayev participated in exhibitions in the Republic and across the USSR. Since 1978 he has been a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR. In 2001 he was named the Honoured Artist of Azerbaijan. Between 1972 and 1975, Mustafayev exhibited in the National Gallery in Krakow, Poland, as well as having solo shows in Paris, Casablanca and Algiers.
Group exhibitions 2011 ‘Contemporary works of Azerbaijan, the Land of Fire’, Hotel d’Evreux, Paris 2010 ‘Observer of the Fly’, Modern Art Museum, Baku
The artist in his studio
The work of Mammad Mustafayev reflects his architectural thinking,
example. The duality inherent in the material itself – its light weight
honed by his education. His designs leave one with an odd
and incredible strength – sets the tone for the works built out of it.
impression – while filled with esoteric meaning, at the same time
Mustafayev’s composition is an art object with two table lamps
they evoke a deep emotional response. They are light (in all senses
which is reminiscent at once of the fragile mass-produced
of the word) and at the same time grounded. This can partially
bookshelves of the 1950s and a bizarre model of a universe with
be explained by the materials chosen by Mustafayev – bamboo, for
Exhibition January 17-29, 2012 Location Phillips de Pury & Company Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB