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.