MIRNADIR ZEYNALOV Born Baku, 1942 Lives and works Baku
Mirnadir Zeynalov graduated from the Azimzadeh State Art College in Baku in 1963 and ten years later he graduated from graphic art faculty of the Moscow State University of Printing Arts (formerly the Moscow Polygraphic Institute). In 1989 he received the bronze medal at the Biennale of the Caspian Republics for his work Spring Garden. In 1992 he was awarded the title of Honoured Artist of the Azerbaijan Republic. As well as a painter, Zeynalov is a poet and musician, a fact which greatly influences his art.
Solo exhibitions 2007 2002 1995 1990
Museum Centre, Baku S. Bahlulzade Art Gallery, Baku, in honour of the artist’s 60th birthday The R. Mustafayev Azerbaijan State Museum of Fine Arts, Baku The Central House of Artists, Moscow The N. Radishev Museum of Fine Arts, Saratov, Russia 1987 ‘Over India’, Friendship Society Exhibition Hall, Moscow 1986 ‘Over India’, Friendship Society Exhibition Hall, Baku 1981 The V. Samedova Exhibition Hall, Union of Artists of Azerbaijan, Baku
Selected group exhibitions 1993 ‘The Artists of Azerbaijan’, Union of Artists Hall, Berlin ‘The Artists of Azerbaijan’, Los Angeles, USA 1989 ‘The Artists of Azerbaijan’, Houston, USA 1988 ‘All-Union Exhibition of Painting’, The Central House of Artists, Moscow 1977 ‘Decade of Azerbaijan Literature and Art’, Union of Artists Hall, Kiev, Ukraine
People’s Artist of Azerbaijan Mirnadir Zeynalov is a recognized
sometimes screams, sometimes whispers, sometimes sings.
master of painting and drawing, as well as collage. Abstraction is his
(It is worth noting that this artist also writes poetry and music.) The
favourite artistic style. He always delights audiences with stunning
symbolism in the works of Zeynalov is multifaceted, and, to invent
combinations of colours and paints, that convey a sacred meaning,
a word, polyconfessional – with its lilies, fish, wheels, and much more.
because colour in his work is the form, the means, and the language. All these are traditional religious symbols interpreted in various Spirituality is the main theme of Zeynalov’s canvases. His great
manners by different faiths, as is the palm tree, an image
experience – he has travelled to such diverse corners of the planet
he particularly loves – a tree sacred to Zoroastrians, Jews, Christians
as Kamchatka, Sakhalin, India, Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Italy and
and Muslims. But he also utilizes very transparent, secular, mundane
Malta – enables him to express the entire globe in a single piece. For
symbols. Thus, in his Dedication to Karaev, among other objects one
the artist, whose works clearly reflect motifs of ancient Egypt, India
finds a guitar silhouette. Zeynalov actively utilizes elements
and the Far East, these journeys must have been necessary
of collage in his works – cardboard, cloth, and even fragments from
pilgrimages. It is very easy to meditate before his canvases. But from
his stencils. Among such works are Middle and Consent and Fishing
time to time one senses that the paintings themselves are meditating
Tackle, where inclusion of three-dimensional objects (pieces of stone,
before you. In any case, there is a sense of interaction. Their colour
bottles and rope) exaggerate and enrich his message.
Exhibition January 17-29, 2012 Location Phillips de Pury & Company Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB