Altai Sadiqzadeh

Solo exhibitions and projects
2011 ‘22HX’, Modern Art Mu­seum, Baku
2007 Launch of the book ‘Painting and Sketch’ by A. Sadiqzadeh, Librairie Flammarion Centre, Centre Pompidou, Paris ‘Bindalli Sanat Evi’, Huma
Kabakchi Collection, Istanbul
2005 Q Gallery, Baku
2003 Spiller Vincenty Gallery, Jacksonville, FL, USA
2002 Gallery of International Art, Beijing
2001 Q Gallery, Baku
2000 Humay Gallery, London
1999 Pedestrian Gallery of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL, USA State Museum of Fine Arts, Baku Van Droff Gallery, Jacksonville, FL, USA
1995 Baku Arts Centre, Baku
1994 Le Palais des Papes, Avignon, France Baku Arts Centre, Baku L’Orangerie Gallery, Saint Paul de Vence, France
1993 Les Palais des Papes, Aviqnon, France Sattar Bahlulzade Central Exhibition Hall, Baku 1992 Galerie L’Orangerie, Saint Paul de Vence


Born in Baku, Azerbaijan 1951. Lives and works in Baku
Altai Sadiqzadeh studied at the Azimzadeh State Art College in Baku. He continued his education at the Faculty of Painting at the Surikov State Academic Art Institute in Moscow in 1971–77. The scope of Sadiqzadeh’s artistic practice includes pictorial and graphic work, sculpture and installation, and his work has been featured in many exhi­bitions since the 1970s. He has been a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR since 1979 and a member of Baku Arts Centre since 1988. His works are held in national and private collections in Azerbaijan, Belgium, France, Ger­many, Iran, Israel, Norway, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA. During 2008–09, he was the designer of the Museum of Modern Art in Baku.

Altai Sadiqzadeh was responsible for the concept behind the architectural design of the Museum of Modern Art in Baku. The interior space, with its sloping walls and without doors or corners, was designed especially with avant-garde art in mind, allowing the art and the building containing it to enjoy a symbiosis. His sculptural metal constructions, installations and paint­ed canvases are incorporated into the museum. He has also been instrumental in selecting the museum’s collection and curating its exhibitions.

Sadiqzadeh is primarily known as a painter, who also engages in graphic work and stage design. In recent years, his flexible and visual imagina­tion has led him to explore his ideas in monumental three-dimensional art objects – the series of welded metal
constructions entitled The Mechanics of Space. This artist creates his sculptures as if they were multi-dimensional paintings. His work exemplifies a new discovery of the world through its colourful, self-constructing text, teeming with ‘apparatuses’, hieroglyphs, esoteric epistles, palm trees, anthropomorphic machines, extra-terrestrial ‘guardians’, star observers and people.
At the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, Sadiqzadeh exhibited his monumen­tal ‘cosmic’ canvases and sculptures at the Azerbaijan Pavilion. Looking at them, one sees humanity through the eyes of other worlds and it becomes evident that the possibilities of individual freedom and creative art forms are endless and cannot be limited by anything.