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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.

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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

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